The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel by Kristi CharishThe Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel by Kristi Charish

The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange Novel

byKristi Charish

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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Vintage Canada is thrilled to announce the debut of a new urban fantasy series. Kristi Charish's The Voodoo Killings introduces 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.
KRISTI CHARISH, author of Owl and the Japanese Circus and Owl and the City of Angels, has a background in archeology and a PhD in zoology from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a scientific adviser on projects such as fantasy and SF writer Diana Rowland's series White Trash Zombie, and is the co-host of the Adventur...
Title:The Voodoo Killings: A Kincaid Strange NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9.2 × 6 × 0.9 inShipping dimensions:9.2 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0345815882

ISBN - 13:9780345815880


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Summon Some Fun Welcome to the wonderfully quirky, fun and enthralling world of your friendly neighbourhood local Practioner, Kincaid Strange. Seattle is overtly and covertly populated with zombies, ghouls, ghosts and all the fixings near and dear to the world of the supernatural. We join our plucky protagonist, Kincaid when she's slumming it for cash with her Cobain-esque ghostly bestie, Nate. An unexpected call brings Cameron into her life and things go from odd to downright murderous. A page turner for sure! Fun, urban paranormal grit. I hope this is the first of a wonderful new series for an entertainingly relatable heroine! Cheers to you Kincaid Strange, we'll see more of you soon.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fresh take on Urban Fantasy Without summarizing the story or offering spoilers, I will say that this book is a very fresh take on urban fantasy. I enjoyed the Seattle setting and the great twist on zombies, ghouls, ghosts and those who "practice" magic. I also enjoyed the main character, Kincaid Strange, very much and the fact that she very much has her own mind without being intolerably conceited. She's average, has a great sense of humour and baggage just like a lot of people. The story is a solid mystery with interesting characters, both living and dead, and also some interesting politics regarding the "non-living". I also really loved the ending and eagerly look forward to book two!
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inventive new urban fantasy! Without summarizing the story or offering spoilers, I will say that this book is a very fresh take on urban fantasy. I enjoyed the Seattle setting and the great twist on zombies, ghouls, ghosts and those who "practice" magic. I also enjoyed the main character, Kincaid Strange, very much and the fact that she very much has her own mind without being intolerably conceited. She's average, has a great sense of humour and baggage just like a lot of people. The story is a solid mystery with interesting characters, both living and dead, and also some interesting politics regarding the "non-living". I also really loved the ending and eagerly look forward to book two!
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Intro to Urban Fantasy Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. Despite how the world got me from the get-go, I found it hard to keep reading. The first chapter had everything it could ever need to grab a reader's interest yet I just couldn't read more than a few pages at a time until I decided to attack it all in one go. The characters were great. There was no name confusion, they were quite distinct, their personalities were strong, and they were all well rounded. The world was also unique and easily understood, and though I'm not well read in urban fantasy (this might be the reason why it was so hard to get into the novel for me - even though it was intriguing) I was able to settle in easily and enjoy my time in it. The narration was great (though at the beginning I felt the details were a bit heavy handed), the plot folded nicely together, and the conflict was apparent from the start (I wish it had gone into the overarching plot sooner, though; dealing with the zombie problem felt a bit dragged out). I might be interested in reading more urban fantasy because of this novel (the world really did impress me and, again, it was easily understood). All in all, it was a decent read and the author did a good job. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quriky Urban Fantasy The Voodoo Killings was a fun, fast paced book, full of imagination. The book is a contemporary urban fantasy set in Seattle — and the location is used to its full advantage with amazing descriptions of the underground city. The paranormal has become a part of everyday life — with zombies, ghosts, and other supernatural beings. Charish has a fresh take on urban fantasy in this book that is compelling, light, and drew me in right away. Kincaid is a voodoo practitioner, just trying to make ends meet and sort out her love life when she becomes embroiled in someone else’s problem. I love how human Kincaid is — she makes huge amounts of mistakes and runs headlong into things before thinking them through, but she is also passionate and stands up for herself. She’s the kind of heroine I love to read about, one who could be anybody but who doesn’t need others to save her and can roll with the punches or even use the punches to her advantage. The other characters — the artist-turned-zombie and the grunge-rock-icon-turned-ghost — are terrific and almost steal the show. They are not stereotypical zombies and ghosts and definitely have their own personalities. The Voodoo Killings is a fantastic first book in this series and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for book 2. I recommend this book for anyone looking for a quirky urban fantasy or murder mystery. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh new urban fantasy! Kristi Charish’s The Voodoo Killings was a lot of fun! I haven’t read a new urban fantasy book for a while (the ones I have read lately are part of long-running series) so it was great to try something new (and from a Canadian author!). In the Voodoo Killings, Kincaid Strange is a broke voodoo practitioner just trying to make some money. She has a ton of problems, starting with her ghost of a roommate, and continuing on to a zombie that was dumped in her care. The zombie, incidentally, is under suspicion for murder. So she has to figure out who is behind the murders, and try to get money to pay for her basic voodoo necessities. Now I’m not usually one to enjoy books with zombies (Gena Showalter’s white rabbit series being an exception), but I found that I was easily sucked into this new world. I really enjoyed how snarky and wise-cracking Kincaid was. While the world-building did take up a large part of the book, the rest of the plot managed to hold up very well. I will say that it was sometimes hard to keep up with who was who in the book and who was bad/evil or simply mercenary – but that made the book more fun in the end. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves urban fantasy, or to anyone who is curious about urban fantasy and hasn’t yet had a chance to indulge their curiosity.
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from when you raise the dead for a living, you gotta trust your gut feeling! Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy: Kincaid Sinclair has just had her livelihood made illegal, discovers a ghost trap in her lobby and now a random zombie shows up at her favourite bar... She's having a rough day in Seattle. And of course, it's raining. THE VOODOO KILLINGS takes place in the wet, ghost-filled world of Seattle, where a new police chief has put a stop on using mediums to question murder victims and witnesses, either in zombie or ghost form. Overnight, Kincaid has lost her main source of income and her Detective boyfriend too. He says it's not related, but she figures it is; when you raise the dead for a living, you gotta trust your gut feeling. The zombies and the voodoo magic make this book. The "otherside" is it's own character, cold and draining, and potentially addictive in the wrong hands. Some people, like Kincaid's mentor Max, can access it as easily as opening a door (although that door doesn't always shut), but Kincaid needs to actually try, needs to concentrate to call on ghosts and to work the bindings that articulate a zombie. I really liked Kincaid; she was fabulously down to earth for a woman with a ghost for a roommate. She can see her savings disappearing, and the need to make rent makes her make stupid decisions, which I can understand. It doesn't help when she gets a third emergency roommate in the form of a "lost" zombie who doesn't remember how he ended up this way. He needs brains, now, and they don't come cheap. The plot was excellently twisty. Just when I thought I knew who was behind the lost zombie and the ghost attacks and the ritual murders plaguing the city, another important detail would be revealed. Although it meant a bit of confusion at the beginning, the slow discovery of some of the details really led to a complete understanding of the characters, slowly peeling layer upon layer. With an electric end and a dramatic cliffhanger that made me swear out loud in surprise, THE VOODOO KILLINGS manages to make magic accessible and scientific at the same time. It's a fun ride with an original setting and a good attention to world-building that I really dug.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from iZombie meets necromancy I found this book completely intriguing. I was instantly drawn to Kincaid Strange's snark. I love books with supernatural elements and I don't know that I've ever read an urban fantasy novel before - certainly not like this one, anyway. It uses tropes we know well - zombies, ghosts, necromancy - and spins a page-turning tale of mystery, betrayal, and an underground city. The perfect read for anyone interested in a cool take on books about the supernatural.
Date published: 2016-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Urban fantasy meets mystery This new release by Vancouver author Kristi Charish combines the genres of urban fantasy and mystery effortlessly. The book is about a young woman named Kincaid Strange, a voodoo ‘practitioner’ in Seattle who can talk to ghosts and raise zombies. She used to work for the police (it’s easier to solve crimes when you can reanimate the victims) but can’t anymore due to a recent ban on the use of the paranormal by police. Kincaid is forced to make ends meet by performing seances with the help of her roommate, the ghost of a grunge musician. Kincaid can’t avoid crime for long, though. When Kincaid tries to help an unauthorized zombie, she finds herself investigating a series of murders targeting members of Seattle’s paranormal community. The author has some fun with zombies and ghosts while still delivering a solid mystery. This is a great pick for mystery and paranormal fans, as well as anyone looking to support an up-and-coming Canadian author.
Date published: 2016-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Marks the start of another fantastic series from Charish The Voodoo Killings marks the start of another fantastic series from Kristi Charish – a ghost story with a twist, and a voodoo tale with far more depth than even a fan of her work might expect. Strange is a very different sort of heroine than Owl, more likable in personality and more deliberate in her planning, but still just as compelling. Where the book really began to win me over, though, was with our first trip into Seattle’s Underground City – and not the one tourists get to explore. There’s some real world building here, establishing it’s paranormal place in the world, while still tying it to the history of Seattle. This is a world where ghosts and zombies are real, and where a different sort of Voodoo allows the mortal world to intersect with the supernatural. On that note, this is not your grandmother’s Voodoo, and while I’m sure there are some readers who make take issue with the appropriation of a culture/faith, I really like what she did with it here. Of course, characters and setting are only part of what makes a good book work so well. Fortunately, the central mystery here is legitimately compelling, and genuinely exciting. It’s a testament to the narrative strengths of Charish that she’s able to so casually walk the reader through a zombie’s mystical bindings, and point out how unusual they are, and make us care about it. I was hooked early one, and wanted to know what the heck was going on. Once the issue of mass murders enters into the equation, it just gets even more interesting. The Voodoo Killings is a fast paced paranormal adventure that somehow also manages to feel down-to-earth. Even with all the supernatural trappings, it’s still a story to which the reader can easily relate. Yes, it’s violent and gory, complete with chilled goblets of mashed brains, but never so over-the-top that you have trouble suspending disbelief. It’s also an exceptionally well-written tale, demonstrating the further refinement of Charish’s unique voice.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 Reanimated Zombies! Canadian author Kristi Charish has a new book in the Urban Fantasy realm! Kincaid Strange is a necromancer. By law, however, she can’t practice her profession. Raising the dead and binding a Zombie is illegal. So, when a wandering zombie who was once a high profile artist lands in her care, Kincaid must use her Otherside abilities to find out how he came to be, and why, before anyone finds out that he is actually a zombie. Kincaid’s roommate, the talented Nate, a ghost with just a little bit of attitude, helps Kincaid make money the only legal way they can: Nate does celebrity guest appearances during her seances. To say Kincaid’s life is complicated is an understatement. With zombies, ghosts, ghouls, and other Otherside forces at work against her, Kincaid lands herself in the middle of a multiple murder investigation. She also has common human problems to deal with. Her on again off again BF, the cop that she used to consult with on paranormal cases, is tagging her in this latest string of unexplained murders. I truly enjoyed the world that Kristi Charish has created in this undead version of Seattle. There are a whole host of great characters living in Seattle’s Underground City that is quite literally under ground. This novel has the right amount of humour, mystery, and intelligence and is great for fans of urban fantasy/paranormal series. Think Kelley Armstrong meets Charlaine Harris without the vampires and werewolves but with all the kick and all the paranormal. Can’t wait for Kincaid’s next chapter in this great new urban fantasy series.
Date published: 2016-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Butt-kicking heroine in a fresh, smart, and wildly entertaining urban fantasy. What a wild ride. Going in I wasn't sure what to expect but in the end I LOVED THIS. Kincaid Strange is a no nonsense, stubborn as hell 'practitioner' meaning that she can see, commune and manipulate the 'Otherside'. In a world where zombies, ghosts and ghouls are a almost regular part of life, Kincaid makes a living off her connection with the paranormal. When an undocumented zombie shows up and Kincaid happens to be called to help out she becomes involved in a tangled web of murder, voodoo, ghosts and intrigue. With witty and smart characters and writing I got lost in the world and Charish's characters. My absolute favourite was Kincaid's grunge rock ghost roommate/friend, Nate.....ya just let that sink in for a bit. Super cool magical/paranormal world and premise that the author has crafted. Am so stoked for the rest of the Urban Fantasy series to come out.
Date published: 2016-03-16

Editorial Reviews

“If you’re a fan of Buffy Summers and Sookie Stackhouse, you’ll definitely like Kincaid Strange.” —Canadian Living“The Voodoo Killings is such a spectacular mix of urban fantasy and mystery it kept me up to two in the morning. Give me more Kincaid Strange.” —Faith Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series “Kristi Charish grabs the zombie novel by the throat and drags it back to square one, creating a voodoo zombie mystery that is a fresh and fantastic take on a whole genre. A must read!” —Peter Clines, author of The Fold, 14 and the Ex-Heroes series“What a rush! Highly entertaining, original, and brimming with wit—and zombies in closets—I loved The Voodoo Killings. Can’t wait for the next!”  —Julie E. Czerneda, author of This Gulf of Time and Stars “This was an absolute delight to read. With a smart, cynical hero and zombies whose morals are as gray as the brains they snack on, The Voodoo Killings offers a fun and creepy new world—or two—to get lost in.” —Patrick Weekes, author of the Rogues of the Republic series