The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish @kristicharish @vintagebooks @penguinrandom

Posted October 25, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 22 Comments

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The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish @kristicharish @vintagebooks @penguinrandomThe Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
Series: Kincaid Strange #1
on June 12, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Horror
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
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Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner...
For starters, she's only twenty-seven. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running seances for university students with more money than brains who are desperate for guitar lessons with the ghost of a Seattle grunge rocker--who happens to be Kincaid's on-again, off-again roommate.

Then a stray zombie turns up outside her neighbourhood bar: Cameron Wight, an up-and-coming visual artist with no recollection of how he died or who raised him. Not only is it dangerous for Kincaid to be caught with an unauthorized zombie, she soon realizes he's tied to a spate of murders: someone is targeting the zombies and voodoo practitioners in Seattle's infamous Underground City, a paranormal hub. When the police refuse to investigate, the City's oldest and foremost zombie asks Kincaid to help. Raising ghosts and zombies is one thing, but finding a murderer? She's broke, but she's not stupid.
And then she becomes the target... As the saying goes, when it rains it pours, especially in Seattle."

I was so pleased to be invited to read this Kincaid Strange series.   It’s urban fantasy which is a favorite. I’ve always heard good things about this author. The whole voodoo / raising zombies theme seemed perfect for the autumn and Halloween time frame.

Kincaid Strange is really alone. She has some co-workers and ex-colleagues, one of whom is an ex-boyfriend. Her life has been turned inside-out by a new regime in law enforcement. She can no longer consult for the police to make her living and has to find new work utilizing her skills with zombies and ghosts.

But back to Kincaid being alone. I really hated some of her so-called friends for not helping her (with her questions) as people began turning up dead or otherwise not human anymore. She doesn’t have any close circle of family, friends or anything. She often has only herself to rely upon and she does, too much. She borders on the TSTL by placing herself in danger at times.  Kincaid doesn’t seem to ever catch a break.

The Voodoo Killings has a bit of the first book – I’m not sure what’s going on here – for me. There is also a fascinating world, interesting implementations of supernaturals,  a strong female character who does care about others, and a twisty mysteries with action. I’m going right on reading Lipstick Voodoo now, which releases in January 2019.


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About Kristi Charish

Kristi is the author of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS (Simon and Schuster Canada/Pocket Books), an urban fantasy about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world, and THE VOODOO KILLINGS (Random House Canada), an urban fantasy/mystery about a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle with the ghost of a deceased grunge rocker.

She writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists, pop culture, and the occasional RPG fantasy game thrown in the mix. She’s also a co-host for the Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing Podcast.

Before becoming an author Kristi was a research scientist. She holds a BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Her specialties are genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology, all of which she draws upon in her writing. She is represented by Carolyn Forde at Westwood Creative Artists.

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Posted October 25, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review, Giveaway / 22 Comments

22 responses to “The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish

  1. Janet

    I loved Owl and the Japanese Circus, so I’m glad to see she has another series out.

  2. Shannon Capelle

    No I havent. New author to me but not for long! Books look really good this one grabbed me from description!

  3. Jen

    I haven’t heard of this series. I have listened to the first book in the OWL series – It was okay… I think I need to give the second book at try.

  4. Anne Burner

    I’m a little behind, but I’ve read almost all of the Owl books, and also Voodoo Killings, the first book in the Kincaid Strange series. I love them all!