by Kristi Charish
Penguin Random House Canada
General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 08 Jan 2019
Lipstick Voodoo is a pleasant departure from the average paranormal/ urban fantasy. While it isn’t perfect, (Nate can be extremely annoying) it has a lot in its favor - an intriguing magical premise (spiritual energy comes from the otherside and can be used to contact/raise the dead), a capable heroine, and interesting supporting characters (a sorcerer’s Ghost, a zombie attorney/bar owner, a dead grunge rocker stuck in a decaying body, etc..).
Kincaid Strange is a Voodoo practitioner, bringing the dead back in order to resolve issues and answer questions. She was looking for murderers with the local police, but the new chief has canceled all contracts and is painting all practitioners as charlatans. Now, she is left dealing with lawyers looking to resolve disputed wills. Kincaid’s biggest problem is...
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Quentin Archer is a rare cop, a straight cop who had to leave his job in Detroit when an attempt to out drug trafficking cops, including his two brothers went awry. His wife was murdered as a warning, and he daily receives threatening phone calls. Quentin isn't willing to take the easy "out" of accusing a young ex-con for the murder of a judge. He wants to find the truth. Quentin's integrity makes Solange, a talented mambo...