Out of Service

The Rooks series

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Pub Date 29 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 07 Nov 2022

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Description

A supernatural comedy adventure about a family of ghost hunters - Stranger Things meets Little Miss Sunshine  

After the events in Coldbay where they sealed the hell hole, Lucy is trying to learn more about it and how to save Murzzzz from eternal damnation. Yes, he’s a demon and all, but he’s also a part of the family. Lucy’s turned to her diocese for guidance but they’ve gone strangely quiet so she persuades the Rooks to drive there so they can sort this out.

On the way, they realise something is incredibly wrong with a motorway service station - it’s empty except for lingering, sad ghosts and… oh no, another hell hole has opened up and sucked in a load of people. They know they need to stay until they can rescue them and close it down, but not before they’ve done everything in their collective power to rescue Murzzzz. After all, one man’s hellhole is a family of ghost-hunter’s opportunity to save their demon friend. That’s the expression, right?

A supernatural comedy adventure about a family of ghost hunters - Stranger Things meets Little Miss Sunshine  

After the events in Coldbay where they sealed the hell hole, Lucy is trying to learn more...


Advance Praise

*Praise for Gabby Hutchison Crouch*

‘Gabby is one of the funniest writers I know.’ Sarah Millican

‘Very funny. If you like Terry Pratchett, or think gothic fairytales should have more LOLs, ’tis the book for ye.’ Greg Jenner

‘Pratchetty fun for all the family.’ Lucy Porter

‘Magical, surprising and funny.’ Jan Ravens

*Praise for Gabby Hutchison Crouch*

‘Gabby is one of the funniest writers I know.’ Sarah Millican

‘Very funny. If you like Terry Pratchett, or think gothic fairytales should have more LOLs, ’tis the...


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ISBN 9781788424035
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Following on from the narrowly averted apocalypse on Coldbay Island, the dysfunctional ghost-busting Rook family are thrown into another crisis while on their journey to discover the truth behind their new possibly-not-a-priest amnesiac adoptee, Grace. A simple stop at a motorway services becomes a fight for their lives and continued human existence, and with their only muscle being a half-demon who looks like he came from a Halloween range at Build-A-Bear, survival is anything but certain.

Gabby Hutchinson Crouch delivers another excellent genre mash-up, filled with one-liners, daft situations, ghosts, demons, family angst, and adorable Polish accountants. Light-hearted and somehow cosy, Out of Service provides a welcome break from reality, and make us all wish we had a Janusz in our lives. Not to be read without reading book one in the Rook series, Wish You Weren’t Here, first.

I received a free reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Great fun and soothing read. I have laughed and has a ball with this book. Is it different? Yes. Quirky characters. Unusual plot? Yep. But it worked. I've been getting in a rut with books lately and they were all starting to read the same. This was what was needed to break things up. I love it when different genres are mixed. Unfortunately, not many authors can pull it off. This book? The author took a risk and it played of effortlessly. Authors should take note on how it's done. The flow and writing style was easy to get into. I finished this book in one sitting. This was a second in a series. I liked that I was able to come into this book, without reading the first one. Now I can't wait to go back and read the first one and I look forward to future books in this series.

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I will be revisiting this because I hadn't realized it was the second book in a series! I made it the first few chapters and enjoyed the almost-campiness and humor, but I'd like to visit the first book before continuing. I'll modify this review in the near future!

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thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review

a supernatural comedy, the best of both worlds, this was a great read!

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10th of October was my spot on Instabooktours blog tour for The Rooks series book 2 - Out of Service - by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch. I read this humorous novel as a paperback for this tour and I’m so happy that I took part on this blog tour as I really liked this novel just as much as I liked the first novel in the Rooks series. This funny novel tells a story about demon and ghost hunting family, who keep saving the world. I loved this novel, it makes great, lighthearted and a bit of light reading. It is nice for a change to put the more serious thrillers and crime novels aside and read a funny and humorous novel. I loved finding out more about this rather dysfunctional family who are all superheroes in their own unique ways.
This novel is quite a quick read but an entertaining one. It is fast-paced and action-packed. I thought the service station on an English motorway is a great setting for this novel, albeit an unexpected one. The whole novel is one big surprise after another, as you never expect anything that happens in this novel when you turn a page. I read this novel in one sitting, and found that it held my interest and attention throughout.
I liked this Rooks series of novels, and just like the first novel, I’m giving this one 5 stars as I really liked it and I think other readers will like it too.

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Another very funny book in this series, a serious humorous horror. A bit slower than the first but thoroughly enjoyable.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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I hadn't read the first book in the series and was a little lost so that's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Read the first one so you know the family background info. Otherwise this is an awesome October read or for anytime you want a fun humorous read. Love the one liners! Great characters and story line. This is one family I could hang with! Thanks#Netgalley and #Kensington for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

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Out of Service is the second outing for the tremendously enjoyable family of ghostbusters, the Rooks. This time a hell mouth has opened above a motorway service station and, although they’re still tired from the last time, the family need to save the world again.

A recommended and highly comic read, but you definitely need to have read the first book before this one.

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Loved this one but not as much as the first. This one seemed a little slower and I felt a bit let down by the lack of describing the action/fighting scenes. Overall another good read.

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This book was great for October! This second book is a trilogy, was a fun Ghosthunting story. It's a quick read but a fun journey. I would recommend reading the first novel prior in order to really enjoy this!

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Despite the brief synopsis at the beginning of the book, I strongly suggest you grab a copy of the first in the series, Wish You Weren’t Here (The Rooks Book 1). Otherwise, I think you will find you are missing much of the family history up to this point, which is of importance.
Like the first book, Out of Service contains plenty of subtle humour and excellent one-liners. There is an abundance of wit within the narrative, even if some of it is dry, dark, and at times a little morbid.
In fact, Out of Service is much darker in my view than Wish You Weren’t Here. The demonic figures are of a more despicable nature, and even the ghosts have a nastier visage to them.
Things get really complicated after Coldbay, and certain characters are not exactly who they appear to be. And it definitely comes as a surprise to all and sundry when The Suits turn up, looking like movie heart-throbs or angels in disguise. Their ulterior motives soon become evident to family and friends.
Getting down to the nitty-gritty of the review. I enjoyed the banter between the family members, but it appeared that Richard was more of a bit part player since the loss of Murzzzz. Brenda's love of the drink continues to amuse, and it is that love of the booze that comes to the aid of the family again in bizarre circumstances.
Constance and her running commentary were fun if a little sad in places. This was especially the case in the more moving and emotional moments.
Darryl and his newly acquired demon and Charity, the dispatcher of the dead, are brilliant characters, as is Brenda, the Priest/Vicar.
Out of Service is a ghost/demon-busting, tongue-in-cheek, fun novel. Action-packed, with some tremendous punch-ups (literally in some cases) and plenty of mayhem and destruction. There is violence, obviously, but it is not gratuitous. In fact, some of it can be quite hilarious, depending on your point of view.
I really enjoyed Out of Service, but as I mentioned earlier, I would suggest reading Wish You Weren’t Here first, so you can enjoy the book to the full.
Thank you, NetGalley and Farrago Books, for the advanced copy.

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The second in the entertaining trilogy featuring the ghostbusting Rook family. The book hits the ground running after the first book, so there is a definite need to read the previous book. As with the first book, there is the wonderful interaction of the family members, now joined by Grace Berry. Full of humour and non-stop action, this is a fun and quick read.

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