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  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My new favorite narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Great narration and sweet romance

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Wanderlust, in the first full-length novel in the Part-Time Lover series by Lauren Blakely.

What happens when an American gal moves to Paris for work, who thinks she will be safe from sexy British accented men but finds her French interrupter is a sexy man who happens to be a Brit? Yep, a formula for things to heat up. Especially when that Brit has a thing for American accents.

Wanderlust is a story of languages, the most important one being that of the language of love. After Joy and Griffin realize they will be working together, they decide to stay friends for the three months he will be her interrupter. But we all know that with two people who have strong chemistry that won’t last long.

Joy is making her dreams come true by living and working in Paris. She believes that her limited French will get her by in the city of love, but she realizes fast she needs Griffin for the smallest of things like buying contact solution. She has a small meltdown on her rooftop with some wine but then asks Griffin to spend time with her outside of work to help her learn the language so she can be independent. With Griffin working on a bucket list that bonds him with his dead brother, he sees an opportunity to mark one thing off the list, helping someone he cares about to achieve one of their dreams.

While the two hang out in social settings their chemistry grows and they believe they can be happy with the now. After spending time growing closer they fall in love, but Griffin has plans to move on to another item on the bucket list. Will it take him away from Joy? You’ll have to listen to Wanderlust to find out.

Grace Grant is an old favorite of mine. Grace’s narration always sounds like she has a smile on her face in the happy moments and a pained look when there’s a sad moment. She brings out the emotions from the characters like they are her own feelings.

Richard Armitage is a new narrator for me. I wondered if he was really British because he slipped in and out of three accents; British, French and American. When I looked him up I knew who he was by his face. I’ve seen him in movies/tv before and he is indeed a native British speaking person. I really enjoyed Richard’s POVs for Griffin. I look forward to listening to more of his work.

Side note my son has been watching Castlevania on Netflix and one of the main character’s voices sound very familiar…. It was Richard Armitage! It’s always fun to hear a narrator’s voice in another format.

  • Lipstick Voodoo

  • By: Kristi Charish
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series

  • By TAz on 01-31-19

Another fun and entertaining listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-19

Lipstick Voodoo takes place about two weeks after the events in The Voodoo Killings. This time around Kincaid is working a lipstick séance (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 say more so 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 get more info in the second installment and it seems more will 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 plotline 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 the whole book at 1.25 speed when I tried to listen to Lipstick Voodoo, Susannah voices for the returning characters sounded a little off to me and I quickly realized it was because I was listening to it as normal (1.0) 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.

  • Simply Irresistible

  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 428

The proof is irrefutable: Jill Shalvis is a USA Today best-selling author whose romantic fiction is one part steam, one part soul-lifting laughter. After leaving an abusive relationship, Maddie Moore heads to Lucky Harbor, Washington, and vows to channel her inner tough girl—and land the man of her dreams.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost too perfect...

  • By SIMARA on 03-26-12

Classic Shalvis. Narration was OK.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

I’ve read or listen to most of Shalvis current books and been meaning visit her backlist. Lucky Harbor series is a long one, but I’ve been told that it’s set up in threes. I figured I could tack it in behind other series by reading three at a time. My library has all the books, some in ebook and others in audio, but then I saw a few of the titles offered through the new Audible Romance program.

I also decided to try the title on audio because I’ve never listened to Celeste Ciulla narration work. She reminded me of one of favorite narrators, Marguerite Gavin. For the most part I enjoyed the narration, but there was a lot of “dead air”. By that I mean there was long pauses between sentences and not for drama effect. I’m not sure if it was the narrator’s choice or a production thing.

In any case, I grabbed Simply Irresistible knowing I would be entertained because Shalvis has never failed me before. The same voice is there. The small town, sweet (and sometimes hot) romance is there. The likable characters are there too.

If you’re looking for a romance with heart and a touch of the holiday spirit pick up a copy of Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis.

  • Shuttergirl

  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Jo Raylan, Christian Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

I never forgot her. Not for one minute. Not from the last time I saw her, at 17, to today. I measured all women against her, and all women came up short. But being with her was unfeasible in high school, and it's taboo now. I see her sometimes, but I've never spoken to her. She runs, or I run. We're in the same town, on the same block, in the same building, and the gulf between us has been just too wide to cross. Until tonight.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cringe worthy

  • By tina on 01-24-16

Reiss, Raylan and Fox are a great team

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-17

C.D. Reiss is my go to author for dark and complicated romances. Jo Raylan is a go to narrator for sexy and emotional deliveries. When these two ladies work on a book together its pure magic!

Shuttergirl is a story about a girl and a guy with a high school history. The usual class separation romance. She (Lane) a girl who bounced between foster homes and he (Michael) a popular and rich guy with famous actors for parents. Fast forward a few years and she is taking his picture. He grew up to be an actor and she a paparazzi.

Lane is use to being the one behind the camera, not the one in front of it. At least that’s what she would have the world think. There was a time when she was the one having her picture taken. But those were by two sick guys using a teenage Lane as their sex toy.

Shuttergirl is a romance about two people finding each other again where one of them has a broken past.

Reiss and Raylan delivers another emotionally charged story about how dark the world can be, but if you let it, love can help shine some light in the darkness.

Even thought most of Shuttergirl is told from Lane’s POV (and narrated by Jo), Christian Fox was the perfect Michael. Fox is a raising start in the narration game. He delivers a great performance and I look for to listening to more of his work.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Marriage Games

  • The Games Duet
  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757

Thirty days. That's all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife. Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he'll sign her divorce papers and give her their company. That's how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The dominant master he hid when he fell in love with her five years before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS DUET IS BETTER THAN EBONY & IVORY

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 01-22-17

Reiss & York are Auto-buys for me.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-16

c.d. reiss is permanently on my auto-buy list and so is sebastian york, listening to marriage games is no brainer!

Marriage Games is told through both Adam and Diana’s POVs, with the first half of the book told from Adam’s POV while the second half switches to Diana’s POV. switching back between Present Tense and Past Tense. Each chapter is labeled as Present Tense, Past Perfect, feeding off the flashback aspect and the literary aspect of the publishing business the couple own and run together.

I love it when an audio book has switching POVs is performed by a male and female narrator. Elena Wolfe voices Diana’s POVs and her dialogue even in Adam’s POV. Sebastian York voices Adam’s POV and his dialogue during Diana’s POVs. At first, it took me a bit to get used to the voices changing in the middle of a conversation since it was clear the narrators did not record the scenes together. Often times the produce quality of the two voices were not the same, with the volume being the most noticeable.

Both Wolfe and York delivered outstanding performances. They nailed capturing all of Adam and Diana’s emotions. I felt the emotions of this couple as I listened to their story. I felt Adam’s heartbreak, Diana’s confusion.

I cannot wait for the second half of their journey. I’ll try to wait patiently for the January release of Separation Games by C.D. Reiss and I will for sure be listening to the audio book format.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful

  • The Beautiful Series, Book 10
  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant, Sebastian York, Jonathan Cole, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

A new couple finds love, and the casts of the previous books join in to celebrate this series finale in the most Beautiful way possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Is Time To End It

  • By Lulu on 10-28-16

Satisfying End to a Fun Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-16

Looking for a fun, sexy, and memory lane trip down the Beautiful Bastard series? Pick up Beautiful and get swept away in Pippa and Jensen's HEA and the wonderful way Christina Lauren wraps up this fun series.

All the narrators from the series are back. Grace Grant and Sebastian York are the main narrators as Pippa and Jensen and they do a fantastic job as usual. Jonathan Cole and Jeremy York set in at the end to voice a few of the MANY epilogs we get for EACH couple in the series.

  • Well Hung

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,644

Here's what you need to know about me - I'm well-off, well-hung, and quick with a joke. Women like a guy who makes them laugh - and I don't mean at the size of his you-know-what. No, they want their funny with a side of huge, not to mention loyal. I've got all that plus a big bank account, thanks to my booming construction business. Yup. I know how to use all my tools. Enter Natalie. Hot, sexy, smart, and my new assistant. Which makes her totally off limits...Hey, I'm a good guy. Really.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hammered!

  • By The Audio Flow on 09-19-16

Fantastic Author/Narrator Team!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-16

Lauren Blakely writes addictive romantic comedies and Sebastian York puts that something extra into the story and characters through his outstanding narration. Well Hung is another audio gem that you MUST listen to!

  • The Player

  • The Game Maker, Book 3
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

In Las Vegas, Sin City, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine - sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her. Descended from a long line of con artists, 24-year-old Victoria, a.k.a. Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER WINNER. WE NEED 12 MORE BROTHERS

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 07-02-16

The Long Con!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-16

Kresley Cole manages to take lust-at-first-sight and turn it into love with her couples in The Game Maker series. Much like the other two Sevastyan brothers, Dmitri knows he has met his soul mate in Victoria when he sees her for the first time. If you can suspend your disbelief that people can fall so hard for each other within a few days you can fully enjoy The Player. If you can’t then this series may not be for you, but I ask if you can’t suspend your disbelief why are you reading fiction anyway?!

Sure with romances like this the guy can come off as a creeper when he is obsessed so fast with the woman and Dmitri straddled that line but then there were also moments where he was just plain swoon worthy.


“I want to protect you. I want to spoil you. I want to have children with you and spoil them too. I want to grow old with you. And at the end of our lives, you will have no doubt you were loved and adored by me for every second.”


Victoria thinks she is conning Dmitri but she’s really conning herself if she thinks she can spend time with the sweet and sexy Russian and not fall for him. As a grifter, Victoria is great at reading people but Dmitri is very adept at reading Victoria and knowing things about her that she never knew about herself. Like the fact that she’s an exhibitionist.

I think that Dmitri is my favorite brother because he has shows vulnerable and uncertainty that makes him endearing.


“How can you be so sure about me?” He leveled his spellbinding gaze on my face. “When you’ve been in the dark as long as I have, moy angel, there is no mistaking the light.”


I am not sure if The Player is the last book in the series but since Dmitri is the last of the Sevastyan brothers it could be. Although Cole has introduced some interesting characters with Victoria’s family that more stories could happen. And let’s not forget Jess, she’s been around since The Professional, book 1. She needs her own story.

Dear Kresley Cole,

Please. Please. Please. Give Jess a story even if it’s only a novella.

My only complaint about The Player is the overuse of the grifter terminology. I understand that some are needed to set up Victoria’s world but I found that it was overkill in some parts. But once you get to the ending, I think the overkill was hitting to the ending. I predicted much of want was going to happen but then there was a WOW factor that’s classic Cole. I loved that I wasn’t able to guess all of the details of the ending.

Kimberly Alexis continues to deliver a great performance for the Game Maker series. I love her Russian accents for the Sevastyan brothers. Kimberly’s performance for The Player was spot on! When she performs the sex scenes that Cole wrote between Victoria and Dmitri I feel like a voyeur. The passion and robust performance makes my ear buds melt and has me reaching for . . . well, that’s TMI.

While there are cameos from previous characters in the series. The Player works well as a stand-alone but I recommend listening to the whole series. If you’re a fan of HOT sex, vulnerable billionaires with a sexy Russian accent then you’ll enjoy The Player along with the previous books in Kresley Cole’s The Game Maker series.

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  • Sin City Collectors Boxed Set

  • Aces Wild, Ante Up, All in
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the boss, and don't ask any questions. The characters in these three installments interact in a way that makes for one fun novel!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Boxed Set

  • By MANI on 02-14-17

Paranormal Romance Fans Will Enjoy These!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I only listened to two stories since I read Aces Wild...

I’ve had Ante Up on my TBR list since reading Aces Wild, and the Sin Collector series is on my list to finish up by the end of the year. I’ve enjoyed the two novellas I’ve read so far (the other by Kristen Painter) so when I saw that Amanda Carlson’s novellas in the series were now available on audio I thought it was a perfect time to finish up her stories in the series.

While Ante Up features a new couple, Diesel, and Sofia, they weren’t new to the series. They made cameos in Aces Wild but now it’s their turn to get a HEA. Diesel is a hot wolf shifter who had troubles controlling himself during the full moon. Sofia is a sexy witch, who has been mooning over Diesel since they met. A dangerous enemy from Diesel’s past puts the two closer together as he has to help protect Sofia. One thing leads to another and the couple is making their attraction known to the each other, but they have to put the sexy times aside to take care of the bad guy.

Ante Up might be novella sized but it’s full-sized on the action and romance. Carlson gets the job done in a few pages that some can’t do with a full novel. It was fun getting a look at the first couple in the series, Neve and Jake. We also get a glance at the next couple for All In, Diesel’s brother, Luke and Sofia’s best friend, Ginger. While you can read Ante Up as a stand alone I recommend reading Aces Wild too, it helps set up the world and characters so you don’t have the instant-love thing going on.

Emma Wilder did a good job with the female characters but like many female narrators, she didn’t do some of the male characters justice, but she hit the snark and sexy levels just right. While she didn’t blow me away with her narration I’ll give her another try with the next book in the series before I discount her totally.


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All In is the cream of the crop in Carlson’s novellas for the Sin City Collectors’ series. Luke and Ginger’s story just hit all my paranormal romance fan buttons.

No instat-a-love
No instat-a-lust
No love triangle
Low-level drama
No alphahole


I mentioned low-level drama – – Luke hates sex demons, Ginger is a succubus, but Luke isn’t the one with the issues over her being a succubus. Ginger’s dad was a self-loathing sex demon and it took a toll on the family. Ginger has a major hang up about being a succubus and doesn’t think anyone could truly love her. So when Luke starts to flirt with her, she freaks out and thinks that she had used her sex demon magic on him.

They get close when Luke helps Ginger find her brother and clear her name at the same time. Ginger’s bro has been under the influenced by a monster that was responsible for killing Luke’s dad. Ginger is hoping to bring him home and get her family back together.

Luke is a great leading man. He’s strong but not pushy. Sexy but not sleazy.

Ginger is a great leading woman. She’s strong but not bitchy. Sexy but doesn’t really know it.

While their attraction was there when they met, their relationship was a slow build, like a pot set to simmer on the stove. Once it gets hot enough it’s going to start boiling.

When I listened to Ante Up I was about 75% sure that I had listened to Emma Wilder narrator under another name, but because the speed was faster I thought I had set the audiobook speed to 1.25 then I checked and nope it was set at the normal 1.00 speed. I rarely change my listening speed but while listening to Ante Up I thought about changing it to 0.75 to slow Emma’s voice down. I stayed true though and when I listened to All In I didn’t notice the faster speed of her reading. I guess since I’ve listened to her narrator other books (I’m 95% sure I have now) at a slower pace, the faster pace threw me off a bit. I don’t like new listeners will notice but the next time I listen to her narrate under her other name I’ll think she’s reading too slow. LOL

So long story short, I enjoyed Emma’s narration of All In and will continue to listen to her work.

All In felt me wanting more! I hope that Amanda Carlson writes at least one more story featuring the were-panther Raoul that works with Ginger and Cassie, the elemental that’s mentioned at the end that is assigned to find him.

  • The Voodoo Killings

  • A Kincaid Strange Novel
  • By: Kristi Charish
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

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. And she's broke. With raising zombies outlawed throughout the continental USA, Kincaid has to eke out a living running séances 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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I devoured the audio of The Voodoo Killings

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 06-03-16

Great writing and narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-16

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 drive back home (9-hour drive) and it was fantastic!

The Voodoo Killings is a great mix of paranormal and mystery. The title made me think it would be set in New Orleans, but nope it's set in Seattle. Kincaid is a fun and sassy heroine and her ghost roommate Nate is a great partner in crime. I loved their relationship.

I switched between the print and audio, both were great but the audio kept me listening past my bedtime. Susannah Jones made Kincaid jump off the page. She performed Kincaid how I imaged her in my head when I was reading the print version.

I read/listen to a lot of paranormal books so some of the storylines and supernatural creatures get a little stale but Kristi's supernatural world she built in The Voodoo Killings was fresh and unique. I can't wait to find out what happens to Kincaid Strange and the other cast of characters next!

I look forward to experiencing more by Kristi Charish and Susannah Jones. I really hope they team up again for the next Kincaid Strange story.

If you're looking for a great twist on zombies, ghouls and ghost you should give Kristi Charish's The Voodoo Killings a try and I highly recommend it in print or audio.