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The Voodoo Killings

(Kincaid Strange #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  835 ratings  ·  202 reviews
For the first time since we launched Bitten by Kelley Armstrong, Random House 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 27. Then there's the fact that she lives in rain-soaked Seattle, which is not exactly Haiti. An
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Vintage Canada
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Kristi Hi Sue and Nicole! Just saw this question pop up. So, long story short-currently I do not have a US publisher for The Voodoo Killings - my publisher i…moreHi Sue and Nicole! Just saw this question pop up. So, long story short-currently I do not have a US publisher for The Voodoo Killings - my publisher is Canadian (as I'm from Canada ;-)) The biggest effect that has is the $9.99 CAD ebook is not available through, though some people in the US have reported being able to buy the ebook from I'm not entirely sure how they are getting around the regional restrictions- potentially someone out there might know (hint for someone to chime in!)

In order to purchase the physical book you need to go through (note- the price on is often shown in Canadian dollars), Chapters/Indigo (Canadian version of B&N- Canadian $), or Book Depository (though they are momentarily sold out, you should be able to hop on the wait list- bonus: free shipping!).

Last, but not least- Audible. If you have an audible membership The voodoo Killings is available internationally through for 1 credit. If you haven't ever tried Audible you can sign up for a free trial and get Voodoo Killings as your free book. The narrator does a great job.

There will also be a number of giveaways going on US blogs- Talk Supe, Goldilox and the 3 Weres, The Book Nympho, etc- so keep an eye on Twitter, FB, or here.

Long winded but I really hope that helps! And sorry you're having a time of getting a copy!

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Kristi Hey Lisa,
Sorry! Just seeing this now. So there is an update on the second book - it's been done for a while and will be released in June 2018 in the …more
Hey Lisa,
Sorry! Just seeing this now. So there is an update on the second book - it's been done for a while and will be released in June 2018 in the US and Canada. One year from now but it's pretty well set in stone. (less)

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Always on the look-out for something new in urban fantasy, Charish did not disappoint with her light-hearted take on death magic. I had previously read two books in her Owl series Owl and the Japanese Circus, a fun take on a thief trope with a more mythological/archeological focus. Verdict? Diverting. It’s a quick, summer-drink kind of book that focuses on the personal.

In true middle-rating fashion, I find myself both uninspired and lazy with little to offer in the way of summary. Tadiana has a
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.25 stars for this zombie fantasy set in Seattle, Washington. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Kincaid Strange is one of only two known remaining voodoo practitioners in Seattle. She’s had a hard time making end meet, ever since new laws went into effect restricting the raising of zombies. Permanent zombies ― called five-line zombies for the magical lines that anchor their four limbs and head to life ― are outlawed entirely; four-line temporary zombies (who are missing the magic
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I want to say right off the bat, this was the most fun I’ve had with an urban fantasy in ages! Not only was I blown away by the potential—the most I’ve seen when it comes to a new series—Kristi Charish appears to have this uncanny ability to push all my right buttons. I became a fan of hers after the Adventures of Owl, and I’ve been hankering for anything she writes ever since. That’s how this first book of her new serie
Skyler Autumn
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

Voodoo Killings is not a bad novel it's just not a really good novel either. It lives in that 'meh' territory. The I can take it or leave it type of read. The one that is enjoyable enough at the time but given a few years you'll not remember ever reading it.

This novel follow the adventure Kincaid Strange a Voodoo practitioner (a person that raises the dead, talks to ghosts, and has seances) as she gets roped into helping a murder investigation, babysitting a zombie suffering from anesthe
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
I've been waiting for like a year for this one to pop up. DO WANT.

Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you step tentatively into a book, not quite sure where the intersection of your hopes and expectations will lie. Urban Fantasy is not generally a must-read genre for me, but I’ve become a fan of Kristi Charish’s Adventures of Owl. Having said that, however, I know that much of the appeal in that series (for me, at least) is in the archaeology and the mythology. As such, I really wasn’t sure if I was up for a more, for lack of a better word, generic urban fantasy.

Well, let me spare you
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
If not for one particularly frustrating thing, I would have adored this book. The thing in question is just a personal preference of mine that shouldn't play any role anywhere else except in my mind (I wish I could ignore it too).

The world building is good. You don't get too much of it; you get just enough for the first book in the series. Dealing with ghosts, ghouls, poltergeists and zombies is public, but it doesn't mean the law is okay with it (at least, at this point). Kincaid Strange is a p
The Voodoo Killings is a brand new Urban Fantasy series by Kristi Charish which introduces Kincaid Strange, a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle, Washington. Struggling to make ends meet after losing her job with the Seatle PD and now that raising zombies is technically illegal, Kincaid resorts to making the rent by performing seances. Her roommate, a deceased Seattle grunge rocker by the name of Nate Cade, occasionally assists her with these but it’s often difficult for her to persuade him t ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Georgia Kincaid, Kim Harrison and Ilona Andrews will feel right at home slipping into Kincaid Strange’s world. The setting and world had aspects that I am familiar with making it easy to lose myself in the story. Charish added a nice spin to it with the voodoo, world building, and summoning rituals.

Kincaid is twenty-seven, broke, single and living in Seattle with a ghost. She is a Voodoo Practitioner who aids police by raising the dead to find out who murdered them. She also does odd job
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-

Favorite Quote: “Look kid, I’m not raising a zombie so you can send it to buy beer.”

Kincade Strange is a 27-year-old freelance voodoo practitioner living in Seattle, WA. Hard-pressed for funds and pulling seances for bored, rich kids, Kincade finds herself in the middle of a mystery when she happens upon a zombie who was a famous artist while alive and whose animation looks to be the work of her former mentor. Zombie raising
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was so refreshing!

I miss simple, action-packed, colourful and to the point urban fantasy I fell in love with ten years ago. And Kristi Charish delivers exactly that. This is so like early Anita Blake, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrison and Jim Butcher, I absolutely adored it.

Kincaid is a woman of many secrets and unbeatable tenacity bordering on suicidal recklessness, very much like Rachel Morgan. The reader is thrown right into action and it's presumed that we are supposed to know the bas
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading The Voodoo Killings and because of finals week at school and work I wasn't able to devour it in one night like I wanted to. My reading time just wasn't my own and I hated having to put the book down each night. I took it with me on a road trip to my sister-in-law's house in hopes that I would get to finish it but again, I had to talk to people instead of reading. LOL Then I saw it was released on audio so I requested it and was able to listen to the rest of the book on my d ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Full Review at Tenacious Reader:

Voodoo Killings is a fun and refreshing urban fantasy featuring ghosts and zombies. At the center of this story is Kincaid Strange, a voodoo practitioner struggling to make ends meet in Seattle. Now, what makes her story fun is a combination of her personality (and snark) and the people we encounter through her.

Kincaid is definitely the type of protagonist I enjoy. She’s had a life that keeps her expectations and outlook on
There really is too much going on in this book.

A great idea is weighed down by excessive clutter.

I could have walked away a few times in the first 50% and
I seriously considered it...I probably would have if any of a
few books I'm waiting for had been released.

So a 5 Star idea but 3 Star execution.
Douglas Meeks
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was not sure what I was going to find here but I stumbled up on the synopsis for the next book in this series Lipstick Voodoo and it appealed to me BUT I am kinda OCD about reading books in a series out of order so I grabbed this one since it is book 1 and I am SO glad I did.

Kincaid is a "practitioner" which in the version of our present day world is something akin to a cross of voodoo and necromancer which allows her to help law enforcement in the past but a new Captain thinks that is corrupt
Bookworm Extraordinaire
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Urban Fantasy can be kind of hit or miss for me, but this one sounded intriguing so I thought I've give it a go...


Kincaid is a 27 year old voodoo practitioner/witch who gets called to help when a mysterious newly risen zombie wanders into her local bar. From there a story unfolds with twists and turns. We meet Nate her ghost roommate. Cameron the newly risen Zombie. Max her practitioner mentor, and Aaron her ex-boyfriend a cop. Along the way we also meet some more zombies, ghosts, poltergeists,
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Ah, voodoo... I love you so ;)

This was one of those books that's just easy fun. She also managed to surprise me with both the killer's identity and the... rather interesting ending.

Kincaid Strange is a voodoo practitioner living in Seattle. Most of her business came from working with the police, and thanks to the new Chief of Police (I think he was Chief), practitioners are unwelcome. It's illegal to raise zombies, or at least permanent ones, and the new Chief sees any type of practitioner in
Talk Supe
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Very different from Owl, Kincaid Strange is more "magic" and less Otherworldly. The action is not as fast paced but just as intense. And where Owl is brimming with personality and quick wit, Kincaid is more cautious and an introvert.

Thanks Kristi for not making Kincaid and Aaron's relationship a romance drama. In fact, thanks for making this actually about voodoo killings and less break-up meltdowns.

I love this series debut, it has a lot of promise and I'm excited to know WTF and HTH Nate did
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF 25% audible version.
I really wanted to like this story but ICBA 🤷🏻‍♀️ (I cant be arsed). To be fair, once I realized a zombie takes center stage I knew it would be doomed. I’m finicky about zombies 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️. It is what it is.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I always look for new urban fantasy books to read, even when they're already few years old. Also, spice the story with some voodeux, and I'm sold.

The Voodoo Killings has it all - cool synopsis, stray zombies, magic and Voodoo in the title. Basically, I grabbed the copy as soon as I spotted it on Goodreads.

And I liked it. Mostly.

Kincaid Strange lives in Seattle. She's a 27-year-old freelance voodoo practitioner with some financial issues. In order to pay the rent, she pulls seances for rich and
Meghan (TheBookGoblin)
I wanted to love this one, I really did. Urban Fantasy was a favourite genre of mine in my late teens/early twenties, and it's books like these that make me remember why I don't read them very often anymore: it's so hard to do well.

The Good: I thought Kincaid was a cool character. In fact, all the characters had the potential to be really interesting. Honestly though, there was something missing from all of them that dropped them down into "characters I don't really care about" territory. Chari
Carrie Mansfield
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Finished copy provided by the publisher for review consideration.

Normally, I'm not much of a zombie person. Or at least, I'm not really much of a horror zombie kind of person. The apocalypse (which usually comes with zombies) doesn't interest me and beyond serving as a metaphor for death that is nipping at ones heels, they just aren't that interesting of a normal paranormal creature to me.


Kristi Charish's Voodoo Killings has made me a fan, of at least her special brand of the classic cr
All Things Urban Fantasy
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kim
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 m
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Anne - Books of My Heart
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7arcs, 2018
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Author. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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-colle
I'm not going to rate this one just yet because I'm DNFing it 50% of the way through. I wish this was better but it's just plain boring. The magic system is way too drawn out and the characters are super flat. Which would I might have been able to look past if this book wasn't set in Seattle.

Why is it that people from not Seattle like to write books about Seattle?

And why is it that they always get it so wrong?

This book puts a heavy emphasis on Seattle politics and how the city voted in a whole b
2.75 stars rounded up

It just didn't grab me much. I ended up putting it down several times over, being distracted with Youtube videos or doing online shopping ... I couldn't really explain why it didn't. The characters were okay; I couldn't find faults in them. But it just lacked something to make me emotionally root for either one of them *shrugs*.

Although I did kind of wanting to know more about Cameron (view spoiler)
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
*Source* Random House Canada
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

The Voodoo Killings, by author Kristi Charish, is the first installment in a brand new series featuring protagonist Kincaid Strange. Kincaid is a full fledged practitioner (i.e. necromancer) who lives in Seattle and has access to the land of the dead, better known as Otherside. She was once a consultant to the Seattle PD until a new Captain came along and disavowed her. (Before you say this sounds like Anita Blake, just st
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Thanks Penguin Canada for this book.

It's my first urban fantasy read and it was okay. I couldn't compare it to anything as I have never read a book in that genres.

It was a good first book in a series, yet it did leave gaps. Like that it didn't describe what happened in Seattle before the events and before the ban on rising zombies and use them and the ban on using paranormal practitioner to help police solve crimes.

I wish we were able to be inside Nathan and not just have the story from Kinca
Bambi Unbridled
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

Kristi Charish is a new-to-me author, and one I am happy to have found. I am always looking for more talent in the realm of urban fantasy, and the Kincaid Strange series has definitely piqued my interest.

Our heroine is Kincaid Strange, a 27 year old voodoo practitioner living in the heart of Seattle. But now that she is no longer allowed to be a paranormal consultant to the local police department, Kincaid is having to make ends meet by doing seances for frat parties. So dealing with a random ro
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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

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