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FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics, Vol. 4: The End Times by Simon Oliver
The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie
Icons of Popular Culture by Marshall Fishwick
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The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Mischievous Meg by Astrid Lindgren
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Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott
The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage
Off Road by Sean Gordon Murphy
Old Magic by Marianne Curley
Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway by Phil Patton
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
Orbiter by Warren Ellis
Out West: A Journey through Lewis and Clark's America by Dayton Duncan
Sins and Needles by Monica Ferris
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The Ghoul Next Door: 03/27/16

The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie

The Ghoul Next Door by Victoria Laurie is the eighth book in the Ghost Hunter mystery series. MJ and crew are finally home but now she's waylaid by the reappearance of Steven who wants to hire her because his new fiancee's brother is possessed.

I have no problem with previous characters re-appearing and needing help. But to have MJ suddenly act like a jealous other woman when she is in a much better relationship than she was with Steven doesn't make sense. It's there as an artificial love triangle.

Fortunately the demon possession thing is far more compelling than the love triangle. Once the mystery really gets started the triangle is put aside. The possession thing seems to be tied to a single house with a long history of violent crime.

This mystery appealed to the part of me that enjoys Supernatural. There's a good balance between ghosts, crime fighting, local history, and sleuthing.

Four stars

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