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On a trip to Georgia to see her father, M. J. Holliday finds herself trapped in a haunted mansion and discovers... THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN—FROM THE DEAD  M.J. has had a distant relationship with her father since her mother died more than two decades ago. But when M.J., her boyfriend, Heath, and BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show, Ghoul Getters, and visit her family On a trip to Georgia to see her father, M. J. Holliday finds herself trapped in a haunted mansion and discovers... THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN—FROM THE DEAD  M.J. has had a distant relationship with her father since her mother died more than two decades ago. But when M.J., her boyfriend, Heath, and BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show, Ghoul Getters, and visit her family home in Valdosta, Georgia, they find Montgomery Holliday a changed man. The source of his happiness seems to be his new fiancée, the charming Christine Bigelow. But despite the blush of new love, Montgomery and Christine are dealing with a big problem in the form of the antebellum mansion she is having renovated. After a series of strange accidents, the work crew is convinced the place is cursed, and the contractor has walked off the job. At Christine’s request, M.J. and her pals agree to find out if they’re really dealing with some spirited saboteurs and a possessed plantation home.


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On a trip to Georgia to see her father, M. J. Holliday finds herself trapped in a haunted mansion and discovers... THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN—FROM THE DEAD  M.J. has had a distant relationship with her father since her mother died more than two decades ago. But when M.J., her boyfriend, Heath, and BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show, Ghoul Getters, and visit her family On a trip to Georgia to see her father, M. J. Holliday finds herself trapped in a haunted mansion and discovers... THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN—FROM THE DEAD  M.J. has had a distant relationship with her father since her mother died more than two decades ago. But when M.J., her boyfriend, Heath, and BFF, Gilley, take a break from their show, Ghoul Getters, and visit her family home in Valdosta, Georgia, they find Montgomery Holliday a changed man. The source of his happiness seems to be his new fiancée, the charming Christine Bigelow. But despite the blush of new love, Montgomery and Christine are dealing with a big problem in the form of the antebellum mansion she is having renovated. After a series of strange accidents, the work crew is convinced the place is cursed, and the contractor has walked off the job. At Christine’s request, M.J. and her pals agree to find out if they’re really dealing with some spirited saboteurs and a possessed plantation home.

30 review for No Ghouls Allowed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gigi

    I adore the M.J. Holliday Ghost Hunter mystery series, and it's still going strong in this 9th installment. Victoria Laurie's books have a magic combination of page-turning suspense, characters you'd follow to the ends of the earth, clever mysteries, and humor. No Ghouls Allowed has a darker theme than the previous books, but Laurie strikes the right balance and I devoured the book in two days.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sally906

    NO GHOULS ALLOWED book creeped me out more than any of the previous ones. Some seriously disturbing events occur both in the present and when the past is revealed. I have to confess the story had my heart pounding in fear and then overwhelming grief over what some of the characters go through. MJ has returned home to attend her estranged father’s wedding and meet her new step mother to be, Christine. Christine is a lovely woman and she has turned MJ’s dad back into the warm, happy and caring man NO GHOULS ALLOWED book creeped me out more than any of the previous ones. Some seriously disturbing events occur both in the present and when the past is revealed. I have to confess the story had my heart pounding in fear and then overwhelming grief over what some of the characters go through. MJ has returned home to attend her estranged father’s wedding and meet her new step mother to be, Christine. Christine is a lovely woman and she has turned MJ’s dad back into the warm, happy and caring man she once had. MJ and her father never recovered after the death of MJ’s mother – her father became emotionally remote to his young daughter and she left home as soon as she could. However, Christine has bought a Creepy run-down house on top of a hill. The only remaining members of the family who once owned the house are a broth and sister who now live separately in the nearby town. The renovation are not going well and a series of minor ‘accidents’ have escalated to possession and murder. The ghost busters agree to help and the story is launched that investigates past murders, present murders and a seriously evil demon called the Sandman. MJ and her boyfriend Heath and best friend and researcher Gilley are not sure they’ll get through alive – especially as MJ’s mother somehow is linked to the past events (something that is revealed in the very beginning by the mother) and the Sandman fixates on MJ because of the connection. There are a wide range of emotions and issues in NO GHOULS ALLOWED and certainly a lot of tension as the story builds. As always Gilley is the light relief as he eats his way through his fear – runs for cover whenever spooky things happen – but pulls through when needed. I love this series and do hope there will be more to come.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ami

    3.75 stars rounded up Penultimate Ghost Hunter Mystery book. This time M.J., Heath, and Gilley go to Valdosta, Georgia for the wedding of M.J.'s father. Of course trouble finds them soon, since the manor that M.J.'s future stepmother purchased and renovated is haunted with evil spirits, that soon costs life of one of the construction men. I really enjoyed being acquainted with M.J.'s family history this time, learning about her mother, her father, and meeting Gil's mom. The evil that haunts the ma 3.75 stars rounded up Penultimate Ghost Hunter Mystery book. This time M.J., Heath, and Gilley go to Valdosta, Georgia for the wedding of M.J.'s father. Of course trouble finds them soon, since the manor that M.J.'s future stepmother purchased and renovated is haunted with evil spirits, that soon costs life of one of the construction men. I really enjoyed being acquainted with M.J.'s family history this time, learning about her mother, her father, and meeting Gil's mom. The evil that haunts the manor opens a horrible history that is related to M.J.'s mother, and I think it makes it one of the most personal cases for the team. I liked the ending, I hope M.J. will now have better relationship with her father. One book to go...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda Quick

    I loved this book. I have enjoyed all the books in this series and think this one might be the best yet. I love how the characters have continued to develop and how we learn more about MJ and her family. In this book, MJ, Gil, and Heath head to MJ and Gil's home town to attend MJ's dad's wedding. MJ is already uncomfortable going home again, but quickly likes her soon to be step-mom. The future step-mom bought a local mansion that is fraught with problems and in need of major renovation. The gho I loved this book. I have enjoyed all the books in this series and think this one might be the best yet. I love how the characters have continued to develop and how we learn more about MJ and her family. In this book, MJ, Gil, and Heath head to MJ and Gil's home town to attend MJ's dad's wedding. MJ is already uncomfortable going home again, but quickly likes her soon to be step-mom. The future step-mom bought a local mansion that is fraught with problems and in need of major renovation. The ghouls disagree about having workers there to renovate and cause a series of maladies that even leave someone dead. Obviously, MJ and her pals must try to help, even though they are unprepared for a ghoul hunt and have none of their equipment with them. This leads to a series of problems that our favorite ghoul hunting group must face and overcome. If you like a paranormal mystery with humor, this is the book for you. Victoria Laurie is a talented story teller and her books just keep getting better. Thank you to the author for providing a complementary ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    meghann

    I just love this series more and more with every book. A lot of times these long running series tend to get a bit formulaic. Not this one. This book probably creeped me out more than any of the others. Seriously disturbing shit goes down. So much happened in this book that I can't even process it all right now. I actually texted a friend about a major reveal toward the end because I just had to express my shock and horror to someone. She said I ruined her night, but that's what besties are for, I just love this series more and more with every book. A lot of times these long running series tend to get a bit formulaic. Not this one. This book probably creeped me out more than any of the others. Seriously disturbing shit goes down. So much happened in this book that I can't even process it all right now. I actually texted a friend about a major reveal toward the end because I just had to express my shock and horror to someone. She said I ruined her night, but that's what besties are for, right? Omg I wish these books came out more than once a year!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kim Bishop

    **Book provided by the author for an honest review** In this rarely seen 5 Fang review, this story is about medium Mary Jane Holliday, aka MJ, going home from Boston to "Insert any small town in the south", GA for her father's upcoming wedding to Christine, sweet as can be, Bigelow. Along for the nuptials are MJ's beau, Heath, a hot and sexy medium as well, and Gilley, her childhood BFF. Shortly after they arrive, like the next day, tragedy strikes, and MJ is pulled into a ghostbusting investigat **Book provided by the author for an honest review** In this rarely seen 5 Fang review, this story is about medium Mary Jane Holliday, aka MJ, going home from Boston to "Insert any small town in the south", GA for her father's upcoming wedding to Christine, sweet as can be, Bigelow. Along for the nuptials are MJ's beau, Heath, a hot and sexy medium as well, and Gilley, her childhood BFF. Shortly after they arrive, like the next day, tragedy strikes, and MJ is pulled into a ghostbusting investigation while on vacation for her soon to be step-mother, Christine. Christine purchased a house that had been a legacy in the town for seven generations, the Porter Mansion. The mansion was owned by a very prominent family, The Porter's, which recently consists of an elderly brother and sister. The house was in disrepair, so Christine hired a contractor to do the renovations, and while they originally planned to be done by now, Christine has had trouble keeping a crew on site and has gone through a few different crews already. After MJ arrives, the latest crew has an encounter of the third kind, just enough to injure one of the workers and scare them off for good. They quit! In play with this new development is MJ's emotional state visiting her father and being in her childhood home. MJ lost her mother at a young age to cancer, and Montgomery Holliday, her father, closed MJ off emotionally, and they have remained very distant in her adult life. Being in her house, seeing how daddy has upgraded the interior and how happy he seems with Christine puts a mixture of loss and regret in her that she wasn't prepared for. As a first time reader of this series, I'm pretty sure it's safe to say it's a stand-alone read. I felt very connected to the characters despite not knowing their past together. Their didn't seem to have any holes in the story that only a follower of the series would know. For the story line, I thought the whole idea was awesome! Let me just say, there was an eerie similarity to the movie Salem's Lot with the creepy old abandoned house on a hill, previously owned by a nukinfuts family, that had some tragedy....HOWEVER, no vampires were involved in the making of this story. The unique and unbelievable twist put on the story had my head spinning, heart pounding and tears flowing with the overwhelming grief and injustice that the characters, Sarah Porter and Madelyn Holliday, went through. So lets talk characters... Madelyn Holliday is MJ's mother, aka DeeDee. As described in the book, she was also a medium, and grew up in Valdosta. She was once best friends with Sarah Porter, even though her family was not wealthy like the Porter's but it was accepted because of DeeDee's sheer beauty, and mama Porter was all about appearances. Despite the fact that Madelyn's own mother did not believe in her daughter's ability and treated her harshly, she grew up to be a very loving, caring person who adored her husband and child. Her life was cut very short by that evil cancer bullshit. Montgomery Holliday, MJ's father, is a lawyer, a no nonsense kinda dude, that had no idea his wife was a medium nor his child 'til she was an adult. He was a very loving, caring father until Madelyn died, then he closed himself off, even to poor MJ. Gilley Gillespie, is MJ's best friend from childhood and current research investigator on the Ghost Bustin team. He grew up with just his mother who is a retired nurse. He has daddy issues of his own, but we won't get into that right now. Heath Whitefeather,is MJ's boyfriend and a medium who also works with her and Gilley on the Ghost Buster's team. He comes off as well adjusted, kind and wise in his young years, and he loves MJ to pieces. Mary Jane Holliday, aka MJ, is a medium who started her own business ghost hunting to try and help people and spirits so they can move into the light and give the living some peace. The supporting characters are; Mrs. Gillespie, Linda Chadwick, Sherriff Kogan, and Deputy Breslow. Mrs. Gillespie is Gilley's mom and a second mother to MJ while growing up, as well as the person the trio stayed with while in town. Linda Chadwick was Madelyn's best friend til the end and was also a mother figure to MJ after her mother passed. The story about the Porter family and all their disgusting secrets was the main mystery MJ was trying to figure out, after she had an out-of-body experience (OBE as the experts called it) involving her mother as a child. What MJ had witnessed was so horrific, she couldn't let it go and was determined as all hell to find out what in the hell was going on. This part of the story more than any other is what had me up in arms. The secrets, there are always secrets! MJ and her team where also deputized to help solve the murder that took place in the house with one of the construction workers. This wasn't hard for me to swallow because of the nature of the murder. It appears that not only were many unexplained objects moving, there was a possession involved in the man's murder, as well as the terrifying haunting activity taking place right in front of the whole damn police force, that scared them so badly, they had a hard time processing what they just saw. The consistent flow of the story, as the events took place was as smooth as butter. There was no page deemed boring, only action, after drama, after revelations were happening constantly throughout the entire book. I was literally glued to the book the whole time with gasps and tears and OMG moments that had me stress eating potato chips and chocolate! Now I know why you send the chocolate bars with your books!! I felt like Gilley with all the ice cream he kept eating, LOL! Now I have grease and chocolate spots on almost every page of the book! It's forever mine now, haha.. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I haven't given a book 5 Fangs in awhile, but this one sure did deserve it! So if you're looking for a little excitement in your life, pick up this book as soon as it's released! It was like the television show Most Haunted but on steroids!! Ya I know, I watch too much TV....But I love, love, love this book, and you can bet your sweet arse I'm going to be reading all of the books in this series now!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan Wagner

    I have had the problem with other series where I read the latest installment and I put the book aside with a shrug. It's still the characters I love, but I'm not "in love" with them anymore. With Victoria Laurie's latest installment of her ghost hunter series featuring the Ghoul Getters crew of MJ, Gilley, and Heath though, I will say that the magic is still there! In No Ghouls Allowed, MJ and Gilley take Heath back to their hometown just in time for MJ's daddy's wedding. MJ has a bit of a strain I have had the problem with other series where I read the latest installment and I put the book aside with a shrug. It's still the characters I love, but I'm not "in love" with them anymore. With Victoria Laurie's latest installment of her ghost hunter series featuring the Ghoul Getters crew of MJ, Gilley, and Heath though, I will say that the magic is still there! In No Ghouls Allowed, MJ and Gilley take Heath back to their hometown just in time for MJ's daddy's wedding. MJ has a bit of a strained relationship with her dad who has been emotionally distant since MJ's mother died when MJ was a child. MJ finds her childhood home infused with warmth and love that her daddy has found with fiancee Christine. Christine is having trouble of a spiritual nature with the renovations on a grand old house. MJ, Gilley, and Heath investigate and find ghoulish activity that "recognizes" MJ as her mother's daughter. As MJ and Heath delve deeper into the activity at the house and beyond while Gilley researches from a safe distance, MJ finds out things about her mother's past she never expects. I am continually impressed by the wide variety of emotions that these books express. As one would expect in a ghost hunter book, this book does evoke fear and a sense of tension. There were a few parts where I tried to read faster to see how and if they would make it out okay! This book has made me want to steer clear of Ouija boards for good (to be fair, I was already a wee bit wary!). I loved the little details such as MJ being called Mary Jane in her hometown and the Southern sayings and manners. No Ghouls Allowed also offered a glimpse into the familial relationships with Gilley and his mom and MJ and both of her parents. I loved how MJ had to look at how her relationship with her living parent and deceased parents affected the other. Gilley continues to add lightness and humor as he eats his feelings and scurries for cover, but you also see how much he cares for his family/friends and can cut through the BS and get to the heart of the matter. Great book and I would highly recommend it. I laughed, teared up a little (ok, maybe a few tears leaked out), and chewed off several fingernails.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Allison Collins

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I usually like to savor books, and build up the anticipation before reading them, but big fail on that one. I started it the day I received it, and read until I finished it 4 hours later. I was completely sucked into the vortex called "No Ghouls Allowed". If it has Victoria Laurie's name on it, then I expect it to be good...and it was! A trip to her hometown leaves MJ facing the hardest case of her life, one that hits way too I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I usually like to savor books, and build up the anticipation before reading them, but big fail on that one. I started it the day I received it, and read until I finished it 4 hours later. I was completely sucked into the vortex called "No Ghouls Allowed". If it has Victoria Laurie's name on it, then I expect it to be good...and it was! A trip to her hometown leaves MJ facing the hardest case of her life, one that hits way too close to home. Having to face the father who withdrew emotionally from her after her mother died is hard enough, especially when he is getting married. Her soon-to-be stepmother (a very nice lady) has purchased an old mansion and is having it renovated. But she can't keep construction crews long enough to get real work done because something is chasing them away. As MJ, Heath, and Gilley look into the disturbances, dark secrets, and an even darker demon, are uncovered about her beloved mother's childhood. And now she has to face the dark and dangerous demon, who has the ability to possess innocent people, and lead them to commit murder. This time, the demon has a name: "The Sandman." Even though he has an innocuous-sounding name, it's one of the deadliest and scariest demons MJ and her crew have to face down. What's even scarier - the Sandman knew her mother as a little girl, and knows MJ is her daughter. Ms. Laurie has an excellent voice for writing humorous, terrifying, satisfying books, and is one of the most brilliant storytellers I've ever read. (Heck, even her Acknowledgements are must-reads.) I laughed, I teared up, and had goose bumps up and down my arms. Yes, I had to sleep with a light on...and why do I do that to myself? Because these books are so dang good I can't NOT read them. The author brings her characters, ghosts, and demons to life. She makes you want to be friends with them...er, not the ghosts and demons, however. Thank you to Ms. Laurie for sending me a copy to review (EARLY!), and scaring the pants off me. I adore the characters and can't wait for the next Abby and MJ books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Potts

    HEA chats with Eileen Stevens, who is one of my favorite audiobook narrators, about No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie. Fans of Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch, Frostfire by Amanda Hocking and The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting will recognize Eileen's unique tone and "feeling" while narrating. I love how she reads the main characters. Her pitch and tone are perfect and draw me n immediately into the story. In No Ghouls Allowed, Eileen brings Mary Jane HEA chats with Eileen Stevens, who is one of my favorite audiobook narrators, about No Ghouls Allowed by Victoria Laurie. Fans of Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Deliver Me by Kate Jarvik Birch, Frostfire by Amanda Hocking and The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting will recognize Eileen's unique tone and "feeling" while narrating. I love how she reads the main characters. Her pitch and tone are perfect and draw me n immediately into the story. In No Ghouls Allowed, Eileen brings Mary Jane to life as she tries to renovate an ancient house where the ghouls do not take kindly to strangers and workers coming into their home. While the book will be better if you read the previous eight, readers won't be lost if they read between the lines in this book. There're ghouls, creepiness and twists a-plenty, and fans of the light horror and fun will enjoy reading about MJ's adventures and, of course, the awesome that is Heath Whitefeather (her boyfriend). Head over to the HEA blog to check out an interview with the audio narrator Eileen Stevens! She talks about No Ghouls Allowed as well as her favorite scene in the series! http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyev...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    I was fortunate enough to be able to read this book in the "uncorrected proof" version thanks to Victoria Laurie. I am so excited that I got to read it early because it was an amazing book...but now I can't wait for her next one! Not to give away any spoilers, but in No Ghouls Allowed M.J. heads home for a visit to attend her father's wedding and, in her usual manner, quickly gets in over her head. You'll swoon at how Heath works to keep M.J. safe and you'll laugh at Gilley's antics, but if you d I was fortunate enough to be able to read this book in the "uncorrected proof" version thanks to Victoria Laurie. I am so excited that I got to read it early because it was an amazing book...but now I can't wait for her next one! Not to give away any spoilers, but in No Ghouls Allowed M.J. heads home for a visit to attend her father's wedding and, in her usual manner, quickly gets in over her head. You'll swoon at how Heath works to keep M.J. safe and you'll laugh at Gilley's antics, but if you don't have tears in your eyes by the very end, you're a stronger person than I am. The twists and turns will keep you guessing, but the unexpectedly emotional ending made me cry (in a good way).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Christensen

    So good. Usually when reading a series you get to about the 8th or 9th book and the characters get stale. I can say that this has yet to happen with this series. The plot is different, the characters aren't always saying and doing the same things and solutions are different for every story. The basic premise of the story is the MJ, Heath and Gilley go back to MJs hometown for her fathers wedding. They have a strained relationship dating back to the death of her mother, and she's hoping that this So good. Usually when reading a series you get to about the 8th or 9th book and the characters get stale. I can say that this has yet to happen with this series. The plot is different, the characters aren't always saying and doing the same things and solutions are different for every story. The basic premise of the story is the MJ, Heath and Gilley go back to MJs hometown for her fathers wedding. They have a strained relationship dating back to the death of her mother, and she's hoping that this trip home will be simple and easy. Not happening. Besides the demon wreaking havoc on her soon to be step-mothers new house, she has to deal with secrets about her deceased mother, and try to repair a relationship with her father. There are quite a few twists and turns in this book, and I definitely recommend both this author and the series that she writes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I love this book! This is the latest in the M.J, Ghost Hunter series and it rocks! I was hooked from the first page. I love all the characters and the writing is fantastic. The story had me on the edge of my seat until the end. I can't wait for more! I highly recommend this book and the entire series. I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    In this book in the series, MJ, Heath and Gillie go back home to Valdosta, Georgia to attend MJ's father's wedding. Christine, the bride, has purchased Portor Manor and is renovating this old home. But mysterious things keep happening to the construction workers and company after company have refused to work there anymore. MJ and her sidekicks take a run over there to see if there is a resident spook that they can take care of really quickly. However, on their first trip in, the Sandman makes hi In this book in the series, MJ, Heath and Gillie go back home to Valdosta, Georgia to attend MJ's father's wedding. Christine, the bride, has purchased Portor Manor and is renovating this old home. But mysterious things keep happening to the construction workers and company after company have refused to work there anymore. MJ and her sidekicks take a run over there to see if there is a resident spook that they can take care of really quickly. However, on their first trip in, the Sandman makes his appearance and in the long run this ghoul is also somehow tied into MJ's mother who passed away a long time ago. This was one of note. I could not read this late at night, very spooky. I really enjoyed the mystery and the twists and turns and the connection to MJ's past made this a really great book. Kudo's to the author. This is a good one!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    No Ghouls Allowed is the ninth book in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series Quite a gripping book for Victoria Laurie. Though I, personally, don't feel this book falls into the "cozy mystery" category it is definitely a very exciting read. M.J., Keith and Gil are headed to Valdosta, GA to attend the marriage of her father to Christine Bigelow. Upon arriving they find that Christine is restoring an old mansion that is inhabited by very evil beings. Even without their equipment they agree to meet the evi No Ghouls Allowed is the ninth book in the Ghost Hunter Mystery series Quite a gripping book for Victoria Laurie. Though I, personally, don't feel this book falls into the "cozy mystery" category it is definitely a very exciting read. M.J., Keith and Gil are headed to Valdosta, GA to attend the marriage of her father to Christine Bigelow. Upon arriving they find that Christine is restoring an old mansion that is inhabited by very evil beings. Even without their equipment they agree to meet the evil spirits head on. M.J. learns some disturbing news about her late mother's childhood and feels compelled to solve that mystery and send the spirits to a lower world. Another exciting look into the lives of M.J. and Keith as their relationship continues to grow. And of course no book would feel right without the drama queen, Gil, around. He continues to want to be on the very outside of the ghost huntings. Gil, when he is stressed by the work, eats. This book is no exception and there isn't an ice cream store that he doesn't love. M.J. has been, for the most part, estranged from her father since the death of her mother, but with this story she is able to come to terms with her father. Definitely will be looking forward to the next book in this exciting series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    Really enjoyed this book. Though I would liked to have seen more of Gilly. There weren't as many LOL moments. Loved the curveballs and the suspense. The story kept me guessing till the final pages. Looking forward to the next instalment.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    It's well written but I'm getting a bit tired of every spook being the worst one they ever saw. And I didn't buy one of the basic premise requirements.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I finally picked up Victoria Laurie's No Ghouls Allowed and enjoyed yet another delightfully creepy mystery. Victoria's Ghost Hunter Mystery series is one of my most favorite paranormal mystery series ever! It's fun and spooky, and the mystery is always really well thought out as well! In No Ghouls Allowed, M.J., Heath and Gilley all return to M.J.'s childhood home in Georgia to attend her father's wedding that will take place in a few days. M.J. hasn't had the best relationship with her father, I finally picked up Victoria Laurie's No Ghouls Allowed and enjoyed yet another delightfully creepy mystery. Victoria's Ghost Hunter Mystery series is one of my most favorite paranormal mystery series ever! It's fun and spooky, and the mystery is always really well thought out as well! In No Ghouls Allowed, M.J., Heath and Gilley all return to M.J.'s childhood home in Georgia to attend her father's wedding that will take place in a few days. M.J. hasn't had the best relationship with her father, ever since her mother died when she was young. But they try. And when she learns that his new soon-to-be wife has a ghost problem at a house she was trying to renovate, M.J. offers to take a look. And what she finds is a very hostile and dangerous spook. To make matters even more interesting, while taking a look around the house, M.J. and crew find a secret room and in it, a long ago dead body. Then to make things even more intriguing, a man is murdered in the haunted house and now the local sheriff is asking for M.J.'s help in that as well, because even he can see that there is something unnatural going on in this house. And so M.J. and her friends agree to work the case. And what M.J. uncovers is something far more sinister than just an angry spook. Once again I am blown away by the awesomeness that is Victoria Laurie! It makes me sad that I only have one more final adventure with M.J. and Gilley and Heath! This series has been a boatload of fun since I started it 10 years ago. Victoria really knows how to write her creepy scenes, as there were quite a few moments in this one with our spook that was just downright scary! And I usually don't go for scary, but I'm always up for it when I know Victoria is at the helm. I was quite surprised with how M.J.'s deceased mother played a role in the story. Her spirit comes around every so often to M.J. but in this one, we really get an insider look at who her mother was and by those events I am left in awe at this woman's strength and yet, we've never got the chance to meet her. Other than being a spirit that is. So needless to say the mystery was good. I really enjoyed how the old murdered body is connected with the current one. It wasn't something I saw coming. Though, that being said, I felt like when the murderer is revealed, it was just too convenient. I mean one minute M.J. is speaking to the murderer for the first time, and then in the next chapter or two, bam! Revealed! Naturally, things aren't that simple though. And why I may not have enjoyed the reveal coming off as too easy, and not leaving enough room to speculate, it does still come with a few twists of its own. And the ending is still pretty jaw-dropping too, in a roundabout kind of way. I've said it before, but it can never be said enough, Victoria Laurie is without a doubt one my most favorite paranormal mystery authors. She was in fact, my first author to read in this genre and open me up to it as well. Her mysteries are always entertaining and well-thought out. Plus, there's still lots of other good things coupled with her mystery, such as good humor and romance. M.J. and Heath have the occasional heated moment, when Gilley isn't being a pain and interrupting. Then there's Gilley himself who provides the much needed comic relief. Even if he does tend to interrupt said heated moments! Heehee! I will be sad to see this series end when I get to the next and final book, but like they say, all good things must come to an end! Now if only M.J. could make another appearance in Abby's series. Like if Abby needs the help of a good ghostbuster with her latest mystery, then we'd be in business! Overall Rating 4.95/5 stars--just a minor take down on the reveal of the murderer, I felt like it came too soon after M.J. talked with them for the first time. I had no time to speculate on whether or not they'd make a good suspect or not. But still, such a small minor thing in the grand scheme of it all!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Even with my sentimentality attached to the series, I really enjoy these books and the characters as well as the mysteries they have to solve to stop the hauntings and keep themselves and others safe.

  19. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    http://openbooksociety.com/article/no... Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Heath, M.J., and Gilley are still on their break from filming their show, Ghoul Getters, and are visiting M.J. and Gilley’s hometown, Valdosta, Georgia. This is the part of the break that M.J. dreads the most as she and her father haven’t had a good relationship since the death of her beloved mother many years ago. But to M.J.’s surprise her daddy seems to be a changed man thanks to his fiancé, Christine. The couple will http://openbooksociety.com/article/no... Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi Heath, M.J., and Gilley are still on their break from filming their show, Ghoul Getters, and are visiting M.J. and Gilley’s hometown, Valdosta, Georgia. This is the part of the break that M.J. dreads the most as she and her father haven’t had a good relationship since the death of her beloved mother many years ago. But to M.J.’s surprise her daddy seems to be a changed man thanks to his fiancé, Christine. The couple will be tying to knot before M.J. and crew leave town! But currently Christine is plagued with the troubles going on at the plantation house she recently purchased and is renovating. Strange things are happening and the contractors are getting hurt in the process, causing them to quit in the middle of the job! So Christine turns to M.J. and her friends to figure out exactly what’s going on. And, while investigating the home they run straight into the most powerful evil spirit they have ever encountered. And, worse they discover that the spook knew M.J.’s mom and knows she’s her daughter and wants to play! But now they must figure out how to stop an evil entity so powerful and without all their usual ghost-busting equipment and solve a few murders along the way as well! This group definitely has their work cut out for them! This is the third Ghost Hunter Mystery novel I have read, and I must say that this one seems more ‘grown-up’ than the others. This haunting in this book is much darker than in the other two installments I’ve read. The ghost is pure evil and more powerful than anyone could imagine. This book reads like a scary movie that you can see unfolding before your eyes. This book also is full of more emotion than I’m used to seeing in the series as it deals with M.J’s mom, particularly her childhood and the horrors she had to endure unbeknownst to M.J. until now! And the last scene with M.J. and her father is very touching and emotional as well! We also get to see more of Heath and M.J.’s relationship and why they are so good together. Gilley plays a minor role in this book, staying away from the scary parts of the investigation, but is always ready to be a shoulder to lean on, an ear to bend, and of course ready with a triple scoop cone with sprinkles! And, his mom is great too! I found that I really enjoyed this book and think anybody who likes a paranormal mystery will have a spook-tacular time reading it! *OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*

  20. 4 out of 5

    viktoria

    Quick disclaimer: I borrowed an ARC my sister was sent in an exchange for an honest review, but it affects my review in no way. Another important disclaimer: this book terrified me, holy crap. For a while, I feared that this series had entered a dangerous spiral: one where the characters come against the biggest Big Bad they've ever faced over and over again with escalation on the plot side without the necessary balance of proportionate character development and the inevitable consequences of d Quick disclaimer: I borrowed an ARC my sister was sent in an exchange for an honest review, but it affects my review in no way. Another important disclaimer: this book terrified me, holy crap. For a while, I feared that this series had entered a dangerous spiral: one where the characters come against the biggest Big Bad they've ever faced over and over again with escalation on the plot side without the necessary balance of proportionate character development and the inevitable consequences of dealing with the Scariest Thing We've Ever Seen to the Book No. power. I don't mean this is an insult, but I think we've all read or watched books and shows where the creators must constantly top themselves to the point of ridiculousness: "they've dealt with dozens of serial killers, but now... it's a serial killer who uses spiders to kill people! Followed by a serial killer who kills with clowns! To a serial killer who dresses up as a clown when he kills people with spiders! Now the spiders are serial killers who wear clown costumes!" and so on. Luckily, No Ghouls Allowed seemed to break that cycle without compromising the intense scariness of the MOTW. I missed #8, The Ghoul Next Door, but I'm really happy about how this book contributes to the overall series, and I'm looking forward to #10, as well as going back to read #8. PROS: Series contribution!, holy crap scariness, the sheer terror that is humanity, plot + characters, Mama Gillespie, family ties, a break from the ghostbusting show, aka a nice deviation from the new series normal, & the usual awesome Laurie humor. CONS: It's small and insignificant (and a personal annoyance), but MJ constantly referring to Heath in the exposition as "my sweetheart [verb'ed]," (Once or twice is cute, but four or five times a chapter is a bit much), no Michel, and the beginning and endings seemed unusually abrupt for one of Laurie's books. tl;dr: This was a scary, awesome book, both as a standalone and relationally to the series, and I'm definitely continuing the series. P.S.: You may have noticed I place this book under the shelf "trigger warning for a spoiler." It's an especially sensitive trigger warning, but it also gives away a major plot point, so proceed with fair warning: (view spoiler)[a non-major character verbally recounts sexual assault and rape of herself and another character as children by a relative (hide spoiler)] .

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dion Santiago

    I just finished reading No Ghouls Allowed! I loved it! No Ghouls Allowed serves up a very scary story of ghosts, ouija boards, demons and possession with some wonderful bits of humor. I love the relationships between the characters. We get to learn more about MJ and Gilley and how they became best friends and we get a glimpse into MJ's family dynamic and learn how she became the character we love. The craziness begins as early as chapter one and from that point it was difficult to put the book d I just finished reading No Ghouls Allowed! I loved it! No Ghouls Allowed serves up a very scary story of ghosts, ouija boards, demons and possession with some wonderful bits of humor. I love the relationships between the characters. We get to learn more about MJ and Gilley and how they became best friends and we get a glimpse into MJ's family dynamic and learn how she became the character we love. The craziness begins as early as chapter one and from that point it was difficult to put the book down. All of the books in the Ghost Hunter series are fast paced and fun, while giving a good fright along the ride! I highly recommend!! *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review! Thank you VL

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alice Liu

    This is my favorite of the Ghost Hunter series, and for once I didn't feel like I was being held hostage by Gilley's high maintenance. Instead there is a sense of coming home as M.J. tries to clear the way for a new future when she agrees to investigate the cursed mansion of her father's fiance. Doing so dredges up an ugly past and lets loose a powerful and malevolent entity. There is lots of action and it was great seeing the people of the town experience the paranormal for the first time...and This is my favorite of the Ghost Hunter series, and for once I didn't feel like I was being held hostage by Gilley's high maintenance. Instead there is a sense of coming home as M.J. tries to clear the way for a new future when she agrees to investigate the cursed mansion of her father's fiance. Doing so dredges up an ugly past and lets loose a powerful and malevolent entity. There is lots of action and it was great seeing the people of the town experience the paranormal for the first time...and deal with it without the rose colored lenses of denial. The tragedy with M.J.'s mother also really humanized the characters for me. This was definitely a nice change of pace in the series and, as usual, I can't wait for the next one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sallee

    Once again M.J., her boyfriend, Heath and friend, Gilley are able to use their ghost-busting skills. This time, it is the large historic mansion bought by M.J.'s soon to be stepmother that M.J. and her group are trying to clear of evil. After every construction crew has suffered mishaps and in one case a death, no one is willing to work on the mansion. M.J. discovers that what is going on in the Porter mansion has a direct correlation to her deceased mother. The author does a good job of making Once again M.J., her boyfriend, Heath and friend, Gilley are able to use their ghost-busting skills. This time, it is the large historic mansion bought by M.J.'s soon to be stepmother that M.J. and her group are trying to clear of evil. After every construction crew has suffered mishaps and in one case a death, no one is willing to work on the mansion. M.J. discovers that what is going on in the Porter mansion has a direct correlation to her deceased mother. The author does a good job of making things spine chilling along with the humor caused by Gilley tech man in M. J.'s Ghoul Busters team. Lots of things going on keep this story rolling along at a fast pace. This was a great fun read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kellie Clodfelter

    I am getting ready to start this latest (yet to be released) book in the Ghost Hunter series. I received it as a prize of being one of the winners in a Halloween costume contest! :) I love Victoria Laurie's books. All of them. But the Ghost Hunter series is by far my favorite. I can't wait to start it but am afraid I am going to gobble it up like cake, which is the usual result when I start one of her books! Keep ya posted! :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    ❂ Murder by Death

    Scared the bejezus out of me. A great story, but there are some trigger warnings here as some very confronting events take place within the story's timeline. I hope Ms. Laurie doesn't feel like she has to outdo herself in the next book - the series has just that perfect amount of creep factor, imo, and anything more would move this series to another genre altogether. Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/116755... Scared the bejezus out of me. A great story, but there are some trigger warnings here as some very confronting events take place within the story's timeline. I hope Ms. Laurie doesn't feel like she has to outdo herself in the next book - the series has just that perfect amount of creep factor, imo, and anything more would move this series to another genre altogether. Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/116755...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carlene Cayenne

    I like Victoria Laurie’s psychic Eye series but I I am starting to dislike her other stories of MJ holiday. I know it’s the same writer but MJ holiday and her crew seem condescending and judgy where is the psychic I series is not and it’s way more interesting. I don’t know how else to explain it so I think I won’t continue reading any of the MG series but I’ll continue on with the psychic eye series

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    The ending felt a bit rushed and I feel like there wasn't enough setup to solve the crime, but it was genuinely an interesting story, and it humanized M.J. a whole lot more than the other books. Per usual, I don't like the author's treatment of Gilley, but she seems to be softening to him again as the series goes on.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    I had just about given up on this series, but I thought I'd give this one a chance. Glad I did, really great plot, no Gilly hysterics and a pace that kept me turning pages. I'd say this one ranks up there with the first in this series in humor, suspense and mystery.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Consoer

    Such a fantastic read!! Bravo, Victoria! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this book. Each character was perfect! The storyline was amazing!! I can't wait for another year for the next book!!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    This is a fun, quick read. I'm impressed with all of the various "spook" scenarios that she comes up with. The whole planchette aspect was interesting. I like the look into MJ's back story, even though her Mother's was a little tragic.

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