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Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish
Series: Kincaid Strange #2
Published by Penguin Random House on January 8, 2019
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Horror
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Kincaid Strange cannot catch a break. After dealing with a spate of paranormal murders, there's barely time to recuperate--let alone sleep in--before there's a new problem in Kincaid's world of paranormal activity. When her roommate, Nathan Cade--the ghost of a grunge-rocker with a pathological lack of self-control--comes home bound to a dead body, it's up to Kincaid to figure out how to free him. Ideally before her new mentor, Gideon, a powerful sorcerer's ghost, discovers that Nate is trapped in the body he'd coveted for himself.
When Aaron, a Seattle cop on the afterlife beat--and Kincaid's ex--calls her in to help out with a cold case, she takes the chance to mend fences with the police department. The problem: they want to interview Nate's ghost, which she can't produce. Then people from Nate's past start showing up dead, and what's killing them doesn't seem to be human. And the way it's killing them is especially brutal.
Nate's hiding something, but he's Kincaid's friend and she wants to help him. But she also wants to stay alive...
With the world and characters established, I enjoyed this second book in the Kincaid Strange series even more than The Voodoo Killings.
I feel Kincaid is still so alone. No one, even her friends, seem to help her. Throughout Lipstick Voodoo, I worried who would hurt her or betray her. She seems to constantly have new issues thrown at her and spends lots of time reacting rather than being able to set forth with purpose. For her level of talents, I’m surprised often at how much she doesn’t know. The great thing is there is so much character growth ahead for her.
The plot was like real life, a mish mash of multiple happenings all at once. I love the complexity these layers give. Kincaid had her problem with Nate the zombie/ ghost. Aaron calling her in to work murder cases, for FREE, with the lure of getting back to her police consulting. Gideon providing lessons and tasks for her to learn but also to assist him.
Finally, I feel she and Nate were truly working together. I hope she has her first real ally. Gideon is a conundrum. What is he really about? Sometimes he seems terrifying and evil; sometimes he even acts like a mentor or friend. Aaron was a douche, is a douche and likely will continue to be a douche.
So, this was really exciting and I can’t wait to see what is next for our girl. The ending sets up the next wild adventure. She has so much potential. If she can dump the douche, curb Nate’s worst meanderings, and survive Gideon.
“… There is always corruption in the ruling class. Even in your United States today.”
“Except the US is a democracy where we vote on our leaders. They aren’t elected by their family members.”
Lee made a derisive noise. “Never mind that two families, the Bushes and the Cintons, have appeared in all your elections since 1988 and split the presidency between themselves for twenty years, and the orange man has instated his offspring in positions of power. No, there is certainly no corruption or nepotism occurring in hte choosing of your candidates.”