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For freewheeling ghost hunter Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. An agent for the Church of Real Truth, she investigates claims of harassment by the undead. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes. Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.
©2010 Stacia Kane (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

Unholy Ghosts is a wonderful, weird, wild tale filled with gritty magic, punk rock and macabre spirits. Kane’s world is dark, dangerous and haunted, populated by hustlers, junkies and exorcists…and you’ll never want to leave. Simply the best book I’ve read this year.” (Caitlin Kittredge, author of Street Magic)
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By The Book Nympho on 03-20-12


Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES. The characters and world are awesome. Narrator goes a great job of bring characters to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unholy Magic?

The sexual tension between these two are off the charts. And I love that they are one of those couples that doesn't get together in the first book. It keeps you hanging on to see if they will or won't make it. And you just know if they, do it will be explosive and life changing for the both of them.

“I figure you really wanted me you'd say. Like now, maybe, if you dig. I'll f-in carry you down your place on a run, you tell me aye, get you on your back afore the next word comes out your mouth. But you oughta have yourself certain, causen I ain't lookin for charity, an I ain't lettin you go after. Once...once ain't enough for me, dig?”

O.M.G. Just reading that quote again makes me what to re-listen to the book again. Terrible is such a great anti-hero. I was told by friends that he might replace Jericho Barrons (Fever series) on the top of my list. He is very close; he and Barrons might have to hang out at the top together for awhile.

Which character – as performed by Bahni Turpin – was your favorite?

Chess and Terrible

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The WHOLE book!

Any additional comments?

Seriously, if you have not started this series get off your butt and do it! FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC.

For all you Urban Fantasy fans that has not started this series yet I highly recommend that you put down what you are reading and start this series TODAY.

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By Charlene on 10-04-10

Great urban fantasy series

I started with this book, thinking it was the first one, and was able to pick up on the back story without trouble - which says a lot for the writing. The narrator is fantastic. A number of the characters speak in a street slang dialect which I think would have been awkward to read in print, but the narrator's inflections made the dialect seem totally natural and understandable. The characters and world are complex and there is nothing in the way of a bright shiny happy ending - which I kind of love about it. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

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By Maureen on 02-15-11


This book keeps you wanting more - I didn't want to stop listening. The Narration was excellent, the writing the same. All in all a really good listen.

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By Allison on 06-26-10


I am emotionally wrung out after Unholy Magic. I don't know how Stacia Kane does it, because seriously, the main characters are people you shouldn't like. The heroine, Chess, is a promiscuous drug addicted 'church witch', her friend 'Terrible' is an enforcer for her drug dealer and her boyfriend is a gangster in a rival gang - but Stacia draws you in and makes you care about, and sympathise with, the characters.

I don't want to spoil it for anyone who is following the series, so I'll just say that this book made me cry. Several times. We learn more about the characters and get an insight into why Chess is the way she is. Her inner monologue is sometimes so heartbreaking, it was hard to listen to - I just wanted to mother this fictional character and give her a big fat hug. We learn more about Lex and my favourite character, Terrible, completely steals the show. I LOVE the interaction between Chess and Terrible - they are both very broken, jaded, people, but there is something so innocent and sweet about them when they are together.

There was a good solid (not to metion creepy) plot but, for me, some truly phenomenal character development overshadowed it in this book and the interaction between Chess and Terrible is what is I am left mulling over after finishing it. Although some people will probably be turned off by the drug use, I think Stacia handles it really well and doesn't glamourise it at all. In fact, quite the opposite.

The narrator, Bahni Turpin, also deserves a mention for doing an excellent job.

Can't wait for the next one!

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