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Review: Ghosts Galore – Fiona Glass

Ghosts Galore - Fiona Glass

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

LGBTQ+ Category: Gay

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

Let me get this straight. You’re making a programme about haunted houses and you don’t believe in ghosts?

Cash-strapped artist Adam Price is the owner of Greystones Hall, an ancient manor house he shares with a plethora of ghosts. He adores the place, but life is a constant battle to pay the bills and he’s lonely, too, following the death of his beloved grandfather two years earlier.

Lonely, that is, until the Ghosts Galore crew offer to film an episode at Greystones Hall. Adam’s a bit dubious about letting them loose in his home, but allows himself to be persuaded by the fee they’ll be paying him. Led by handsome producer Carl, dotty medium Stella and pleasant-but-nondescript historian Guy, they fill the house with wiring, cameras, lights and people. But when filming starts, things soon go wrong. The crew turn out to be using dodgy tricks. Carl refuses to believe in ghosts in spite of all the evidence to the contrary. And Stella stirs up a new and malevolent spirit, more dangerous than any that have been known at Greystones Hall before, who seems to have a violent dislike of Adam’s art.

As Carl and Stella disappear and the local vicar is powerless to help, Adam turns to Guy—who has a secret of his own—for help. Together they must solve a centuries-old mystery involving lost paintings, a priest hole, and a death that might have caused all the negative energy in the house. But that’s not all the pair discover, on a night of adventure that also brings unexpected romance…

A shorter, m/f version of this low-heat, plot-heavy paranormal romp was previously published by Fox Spirit Books as Got Ghosts? but the book has been expanded and extensively rewritten as m/m romance with a new title and cover art.

The Review

Adam Price has lived much of his life in Greystones Hall mansion. His grandparents took him in at the age of four after he lost his parents. Now, with the death of his grandfather, he’s dealing with the finances, keeping Greystones up and running.

The mansion has been passed down through generations, and although its upkeep is costly, he still loves the old place. He’s set up a small room where he can spend his time in peace and quiet while he paints. Even with the strange occupants of the old mansion keeping him company, Adam still feels lonely.

Because of an old article that a friend had written, Adam finds himself railroaded into a deal that he really can’t turn down. He gets a call from Angelica of Angelic Productions that produces the TV show Ghosts Galore. Everything has already been set up for the production crew to come and invade Greystones for an episode of the show.

The first to show up are Carl, the production manager, and Stella, the medium. Needing the money, Adam reluctantly lets them go forward with the chaos that a TV production brings. He’s a little attracted to Carl, but there’s still something not quite right about him. And even the medium, Stella, is a bother. No one want’s to listen to Adam whe he tries to tell them where all the paranormal incidents take place in the mansion. As more cast and crew invade the once quiet mansion, all the ruckus gets on Adam’s nerves.

He meets the production historian, Guy Beaumont, who is the only one to ask Adam questions that make sense, and actually listens to him. With Adam’s special connection to his Grandpa and others of the mansion, Adam realizes that Guy may have heard him talking with his Grandpa.

When Carl says he doesn’t believe in ghosts, Adam is disturbed – and there’s something very odd about a video of Ghosts Galore that he watches. He also doesn’t like that the crew had invaded his private sanctuary where he likes to paint. And there’s an enraged ghost who sends everyone running for cover.

Guy is the only one worth talking to, and he helps Adam in a very important way. Between the ghosts, possible hidden paintings, and Adam’s Grandpa, what will happen to (and between) Guy and Adam?

Glass has created a well-written short paranormal story with a smattering of spooky moments, humor and a budding romance. Even though this tale is brief, the author still fleshes out the main characters well. I liked both Adam and Guy, and the gradual connection that they make. As Adam shares his family history, Guy’s interest grows, and he also has a surprise for Adam. And it’s really wonderful how Adam still has a warm and loving relationship with his Grandpa.

The secondary characters were all kinds of quirky themselves: Carl, Stella, Donny and the chaotic crew. Did the really know what they were doing?

Ghosts Galore was fun and entertaining to read – I had this book sitting in my library for a while and wish I had read it sooner. It’s a wonderful paranormal story with a special touch of romance.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California.  Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018.  My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen.  New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012.  She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series.  Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book! 

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing.  I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews.  One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group.  Joining her site was such an eye opener.  I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.

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