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The Voodoo Killings by Kristi Charish
Series: Kincaid Strange #1
on June 12, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Horror
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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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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge