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Review: Ghost of a Smile

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Ghost of a Smile
Author: Simon R. Green 
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Ace
Ghost Finders #2
ISBN: #978-0441020751
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (279 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

      The Ghost Finders answer a distress call from the private research centre of one of the biggest drug companies in the world, where a team of police enforcement agents have vanished. They have no idea what they’re facing-except a deadline that threatens to remove the entire building from existence if they fail to get to the bottom of the mystery.

What G & U are talking about:

      Gikany and Una were first introduced to Simon R. Green through his book For Heaven’s Eyes Only in his Secret History’s series (review HERE).  So when the opportunity came to review Ghost of a Smile in his latest Ghost Finders series, we jumped for it.  We were hoping for another story that would have wonderful banter, engaging plot and fascinating world.  We got more than we hoped for!
      Since this is only the second book in the series, Gikany and Una went ahead and read the first book, Ghost of a Chance.  There is quite a bit of world-building and set up in the first book so we recommend that you grab it and read it first.  We will say we found the Ghost of a Smile much stronger, but we did enjoy the first novel.
     The story begins with our fearless (well, except for Happy) ghost finders of the famous Carnaki Institute up to their usual antics.  As their beginning mission ends, they are, again, thrust into a serious situation they must deal with (even though there are better teams the “higher” ups would rather send in, they are stuck with JC, Melody and Happy).  Mr. Green’s characters are absolutely charismatic and fun. The banter is wonderful and the plot flows well.

“Come on, Happy,” JC said cheerfully.  “Where’s your sense of adventure?

“I had it surgically removed,” Happy said coldly.  “It was endangering my life.”

“It’s true,” said Melody.  “He did.  I’ve got it in a jar at home, on the mantelpiece.”

     This was just an incredibly fun and engaging story.  The plot moves well, the writing is splendidly woven with humor and character development all while keeping the mystery moving and plot thickening up until the end.  There just are not that many books that can gross you out while laughing, but Mr. Green seems to be a genius at it.
     Even though we are left with a fairly large cliffhanger, the story in many ways is resolved satisfactorily.  It is the large questions remaining that will keep Gikany and Una on pins and needles until the next book comes out.  We encourage you to pick up Ghost of a Smile and enjoy.
Their Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
 
Books in the Series:

Ghost of a Chance (A Ghost Finders #1)
Ghost of a Smile (A Ghost Finders #2)

  • I’m always surprised that there’s isn’t much of ghost stories available in fiction. I like the sound of this one and will be checking it out. By the way, I can’t help but hear the Ghostbusters song in my head while I read through your review, G and U. LOL!

  • Una

    Ha…but when you start reading, Rummanah, it’s so beyond Ghostbusters! We have sent Twimom a snippet so keep an eye on Sundays for a sneak preview of this book.

  • Great review ladies! This sounds so good…I’m going to make sure to place book on on my TBR list and I’m going to have to check out more of Simon Green’s work it sounds like.

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