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FREE EPUB ⛑ Lipstick Voodoo ⛈ Kincaid Strange, not your average voodoo practitioner, is back in the freshly imagined and hugely entertaining second installment of Kristi Charish s urban fantasy series 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 Lipstick Voodoo, is the second book in the Kincaid Strange series The first book, The Voodoo Killings was released in 2016 so I had to do a quick relisten to help me get back into the world I enjoyed it the second time around just as much as I did the first time Lipstick Voodoo takes place about two weeks after the events in The Voodoo Killings This time around Kincaid is working a lipstick s ance a term coined by voodoo practitioners referring to seances where no really wants to hear what Lipstick Voodoo, is the second book in the Kincaid Strange series The first book, The Voodoo Killings was released in 2016 so I had to do a quick relisten to help me get back into the world I enjoyed it the second time around just as much as I did the first time Lipstick Voodoo takes place about two weeks after the events in The Voodoo Killings This time around Kincaid is working a lipstick s ance a term coined by voodoo practitioners referring to seances where no really wants to hear what the ghost zombie has to say In this case, it s a family fighting over a will of a cheating husband Kincaid is working gigs like this because she lost her job with the Seattle police department, thanks to the new chief who doesn t believe in the paranormal Aaron, Kincaid s ex boyfriend, is a cop and works under the chief He has tried to help her out as much as he is willing to without losing his own job He contacts her in hopes she will help him with a cold case from the 1990s This case happens to have a connection to Kincaid s ghost buddy, Nate Nate was a 90 s grunge rocker who died around 95 96 He also knows the victim in the cold case, but he and Kincaid already have their hands full with a problem from the end of The Voodoo Killings won t sayso as not to spoil you This issue, plus the cold case, is the major storyline for Lipstick Voodoo Kristi Charish has done a great job building a world surrounded by paranormal creatures like ghouls, ghosts, zombies, Jinn, poltergeist, and wraiths They are all part of the Otherside The mystical world that allows people to become these creatures after they die While the rules are not completely clear, yet, we getinfo in the second installment, and it seemswill be forthcoming with each book in the Kincaid Strange series Like similar series such as Charley Davidson and White Trash Zombie series, the Kincaid Strange series deals with mystery cases in each book with an overall story arc coming from book to book I wouldn t say each book ends on a cliffhanger, but Charish knows how to keep readers intrigued with a teaser for the next big thing in the overall plot line at the end of each novel The Kincaid Strange series has become an audio only series for me all thanks to Susannah s brilliant delivery of the characters I rarely change the speed of an audiobook when I listen, but I was rushed to relisten to The Voodoo Killings so I could listen to Lipstick Voodoo After listening to that whole book at 1.25x speed, Susannah s voices for the returning characters sounded a little off to me at the slower speed After adjusting the speed I felt like I was listening to the same narrator After listening to both books, Susannah is now the voice I have in my head for Kincaid and I can t see myself reading any following books in the series 3.75 stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Kincaid Strange is a 27 year old woman who s one of the only zombie practitioners in the Seattle area She can temporarily or permanently, for that matter raise people from the dead, which is clearly handy when you want to temporarily raise a rich old man and ask him to amend his will in order to avoid a family lawsuit Lipstick Voodoo opens with just such a scene, with a crotchety old man who s not impressed with his family s reas 3.75 stars Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature Kincaid Strange is a 27 year old woman who s one of the only zombie practitioners in the Seattle area She can temporarily or permanently, for that matter raise people from the dead, which is clearly handy when you want to temporarily raise a rich old man and ask him to amend his will in order to avoid a family lawsuit Lipstick Voodoo opens with just such a scene, with a crotchety old man who s not impressed with his family s reasons for raising him from the dead, and an impressively sleazy lawyer The laws against paranormal dealings have been relaxed somewhat due to the fallout from the events of The Voodoo Killings, the first book in this KINCAID STRANGE urban fantasy series obligatory spoiler warning here for that book Unfortunately Kincaid still has a boatload of problems, many of which resulted from the events in that prior book She has an on again off again boyfriend, Aaron, a police detective whose new chief hates the paranormal division So Kincaid s best client, the police force, won t hire her as a consultant any , and Aaron is caught between his boss and his former girlfriend The vengeful ghost of a powerful sorcerer, Gideon Lawrence, is massively unhappy with Kincaid, particularly since she burned a body that Gideon was planning on taking over and inhabiting.What Gideon doesn t yet know and Kincaid is afraid he ll find out, since Gideon is entirely capable of choking her to death with a hair dryer cord or some other household object is that the body in question was accidentally taken over by another ghost, Kincaid s roommate Nathan Cade, a grunge rocker who s been dead but not gone for twenty years Now instead of a ghost for a roommate Kincaid has a zombie, and one whose body is starting to rapidly deteriorate Even the brain Slurpees YUM aren t helping Nate s body much Despite her magical power and expertise in All Things Zombie, Kincaid can t figure out how to untie Nate from this gradually decaying body.In the middle of this, Aaron unexpectedly offers Kincaid a job helping him investigate a cold case, the apparent murder of a musician, Damien Fell, which occurred over twenty years ago Nate once knew Damien he claims not to know anything about Damien s death, but he s clearly hiding something important from Kincaid As Kincaid digs deeper into the case, interviewing Nate s old girlfriend Mindy and his bandmate and drummer Cole, people start dying in gruesome ways.It s always exciting when the sequel is better than the first book in a series, and that s how I felt about Lipstick Voodoo This one gets points for really sucking me into the story, muchthan The Voodoo Killings I had a couple of issues with the underlying logic of the mystery For one thing, Damien Fell is described as a devout Mormon who never drank alcohol or even coffee or tea one of the reasons his death from a heroin overdose is suspicious Yet Damien is also supposed to have been hooking up with Mindy before his death, which would contradict his character as a devout Mormon There s also an undeniably creepy demon like power from the Otherside the spiritual dimension called Eloch, with black, smoky tendrils that reach out and freeze their victim, but the powers it displays didn t seem to mesh very well when the answer to the mystery of Eloch was finally revealed.These quibbles aside, Lipstick Voodoo wove a compelling mystery that kept me glued to its pages It s interesting reading a zombie fantasy where the zombies are thesympathetic characters it s mostly the humans and the odd wraith and ghoul that cause the real trouble As I mentioned in my review of The Voodoo Killings, Kristi Charish s writing is reasonably good She s not using any poetic language, evocative imagery or other literary tricks, just straightforwardly telling a story So this is a fairly light, quick read.Which brings me to my final quibble reading the two books in this series back to back, I noticed a couple of places where Charish uses almost word for word the same language in both books to describe some secondary characters, including entire paragraphs It struck me as a bit lazy or sloppy.Several elements of the plot in Lipstick Voodoo hang heavily off of events from The Voodoo Killings, and there s a lot of significant character development that carries over from that first book as well In fact, I started reading this book before I d read the first one, but called a halt about 100 pages in because so much of the plot here relies on understanding events and characters from The Voodoo Killings So I went and read that book and then started this one over again Hence, I d very strongly recommend reading the books in this KINCAID STRANGE series in order.I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review Thanks Kincaid Strange is back in this dark and adventurous follow up to The Voodoo Killings Since this is the second in the series, there are spoilers for the first book in this review Synopsis Voodoo practitioner Kincaid Strange is invited by her ex boyfriend, a cop, to consult on a cold case that just might have been a paranormal murder The case is connected to her roommate, Nathan Cade, the ghost of a 90s grunge rock star Meanwhile, Kincaid must also navigate a new relationship with her n Kincaid Strange is back in this dark and adventurous follow up to The Voodoo Killings Since this is the second in the series, there are spoilers for the first book in this review Synopsis Voodoo practitioner Kincaid Strange is invited by her ex boyfriend, a cop, to consult on a cold case that just might have been a paranormal murder The case is connected to her roommate, Nathan Cade, the ghost of a 90s grunge rock star Meanwhile, Kincaid must also navigate a new relationship with her new mentor, the ghost of a psychopath sorcerer who used nefarious means to coerce her into becoming his apprentice Everyone has their secrets, but who can Kincaid trust World BuildingThis book is captivating from its very first page I absolutely adore the detailed world that Charish has created It s similar to real life Seattle, but very dark and swarming with ghosts, zombies, ghouls, and other mysterious creatures from the Otherside The amount of detail that Charish has put into engineering this world is praiseworthy As a health sciences librarian, I almost died from excitement when she mentioned PubDead , the paranormal version of PubMed Let s be friends, Kristi.A major part of the world building is the scientific way that Otherside works in this series Discussions of binding ghosts and setting mirrors all have a very matter of fact tone, with detailed nuances Some pages read like a paranormal textbook, but with a littlesass, since it s all coming from Kincaid s point of view.PlotThere are several plot lines in this story that are seamlessly interwoven I love how Charish blended effortlessly from one to the other, and they re so interconnected it s hard to tell where one begins and the other ends Excellent storytelling.CharactersSide characters in this book are also well developed Gideon, the mysterious ghost of a sorcerer, is quite intriguing This book gives us just enough information about his past to give us a better sense of who he is, but he s still an enigma Since Nate is a ghost, he isn t expected to grow as a person, which is something Kincaid comments on in the book However, I noticed that he had a little development of his own, which I won t reveal here, because it s a spoiler I did find the character development for her love interest, ex boyfriend Aaron, to be lacking It seems like Kincaid makes a revelation about their relationship or lack thereof during the latter half of the book, but it isn t quite addressed fully enough for my liking before the final pages I suppose I ll have to wait for the next book for this I recommend this book to anyone who s interested in a dark fantasy with a badass female lead It has a very detailed world, but it s not presented in a monotonous way It s very similar in feel to Kim Harrison sHollows book series Thank you to Vintage Canada and Netgalley for the ARC for review This review appeared first on Instagram Blog Website Twitter My 2019 Reading Challenge 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was nice getting back into the world of Kincaid Strange with Lipstick Voodoo, and reading it has made me realize how much I d missed this kind of urban fantasy Thing is, I m just not reading as much of the genre as I used to I ve gotten pickier these days, and my UF reads are mostly limited to series I ve already started and to only books that I feel are breaking the mold While I would hesitate to label the Kincaid S 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was nice getting back into the world of Kincaid Strange with Lipstick Voodoo, and reading it has made me realize how much I d missed this kind of urban fantasy Thing is, I m just not reading as much of the genre as I used to I ve gotten pickier these days, and my UF reads are mostly limited to series I ve already started and to only books that I feel are breaking the mold While I would hesitate to label the Kincaid Strange novels as typical , admittedly they do follow a certain type of formula, containing a lot of the tropes often associated with the genre At the same time though, I m guessing that s where all the warm and fuzzy down earth vibes I m getting are coming from.Lipstick Voodoo is the sequel to The Voodoo Killings, and picks up soon after the events of the first book As one of the only few licensed and legit paranormal practitioners on the entire west coast, Kincaid Strange has got her hands full with new jobs, and yet she s still always nearly broke At the moment, simply trying to keep her zombie roommate alive and in one piece is draining her bank account Nathan Cade used to be a pretty big deal on the 90 s Seattle grunge scene before he died in a boating accident at the height of his fame, and until recently, he s spent the last two decades or so continuing his musical career as a ghost But now, due to a magical ritual gone wrong, he is trapped in an animated corpse that is slowly decomposing, and if Kincaid doesn t find a solution to the problem soon, his spirit will die along with its vessel.Meanwhile, Kincaid is also in trouble with Gideon, the ghost of a sorcerer who is currently furious with her for destroying a body he had intended to inhabit Now Gideon figures she owes him a huge debt, and he s not going to rest until it is exacted As if her life wasn t complicated enough, Kincaid is also trying to sort out her feelings for Aaron, her ex boyfriend who is a detective on the police force The reopening of a twenty year old paranormal case has led to Aaron calling her up for her expertise, and the fact that it involves a murdered rocker who was a contemporary of Nathan Cade s has both the detective and our protagonist wondering if her undead roommate may have had something to do with the death.Lipstick Voodoo was everything I wanted fast and fun, with just the right amount of offbeat humor and charm We mostly have our main character to thank for that In some ways, Kincaid Strange reminds me a bit of a modernized Anita Blake but savvier and less raunchy , most likely due to her supernatural ability to draw energy from the otherworld to fuel her necromantic magic But while she may conform to the familiar archetype of the urban fantasy female protagonist e.g., strong and independent, to the point of preferring to work alone having few female friends and strained relationships with remaining family members always getting in trouble with the powerful head honchos of the paranormal community because of her snarky, sometimes impetuous attitude dealing with a tricky situation with an on again off again beau, etc., etc., etc , Kincaid also possesses a number of qualities that endeared me to her personality For one thing, unlike a lot of bull headed heroines who can t see past their own self importance, she knows what her weaknesses are and isn t afraid to take an L if it means fighting another day She s also very loyal to the people she cares about And slowly but surely, she s coming around to the idea that it s okay not to have to fight one s battles alone.On the world building side of things, I m onceimpressed As any fan of this genre knows, establishing the setting and a sense of place is always a huge component of an urban fantasy series, and I like how Kristi Charish is continuing to build upon her paranormal version of Seattle with an eye towards detail and atmosphere Not only has she populated her world with all manner of creatures from ghouls to ghosts, she s taken care to include examples of how the presence of the supernatural has also impacted everyday life Incorporating the musical culture of the city into her story was also a stroke of genius I d liked this aspect when I read the first book and was thrilled to see it carried through to this sequel.Lipstick Voodoo also ties up several plot threads from the previous novel while introducing new ones to look forward to For a series that only has two books out right now, Kincaid Strange is already flowing like an extremely well oiled machine with the promise of evenquirky and entertaining stories to come I am looking forward to the next adventure starring our plucky heroine.Audiobook Comments I made the switch from print to audiobook with this installment, a decision I do not regret at all I generally find that most urban fantasy works great in audio, especially with a book as light and fun as Lipstick Voodoo As a bonus, Susannah Jones was fantastic as narrator, possessing the perfect voice and cadence to portray Kincaid Strange, but she also delivered incredible performances for all the other characters If you re an audiobook listener thinking about checking out this series, I highly recommend this format