Finding Magic - Stacia Kane N/A

A novella.

Before Chess Putnam was a magic-wielding Churchwitch, she was a student in the Church of Real Truth — with a keen sensitivity to magic, a strong rebellious streak, and a penchant for self-destruction. And in Finding Magic, a grisly ghost murder becomes Chess’s baptism of fire.

When eighteen-year-old Chess Putnam is offered the chance to train with a special team of investigators known as the Black Squad, she feels torn. She’s never been a team player and hates how one male Inquisitor condescends to “the new kid.” But at her first bloody crime scene, she gets a taste for investigation — and is hooked on the high. Though the seasoned Inquisitors consider the series of ghost murders random events, Chess starts to detect a pattern. Is a psycho killer summoning ghosts from the City of Eternity and using them as murder weapons? As Chess gets closer to the dark truth, she puts herself in grave danger and risks losing everything she’s fought so hard for.


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Release date June 4, 2012
Details updated June 20, 2022

The Downside Ghosts :: Series

Series contains 6 primary works and has 9 total works.

In Chess Putnam’s world, ghosts are real, and — what’s worse — they’re dangerous. Lucky for her, she has the ability to hunt and banish them, which she puts to good use in her job as a debunker. People who try to get government money by claiming they’ve got a ghost need to go through Chess first. It’s up to her to decide whether they’re committing fraud — and she rarely makes mistakes. Dark, sexy, and always suspenseful, the Downside Ghosts series chronicles Chess’s adventures in a frightening, fascinating world wholly unlike our own.

Unholy Ghosts (The Downside Ghosts #1) 8.40   5
Unholy Magic (The Downside Ghosts #2) 7.50   4
City of Ghosts (The Downside Ghosts #3) 9.26   4
Sacrificial Magic (The Downside Ghosts #4) 7.66   3
Chasing Magic (The Downside Ghosts #5) 7.50   2
Finding Magic N/A
Wrong Ways Down 7.50   2
Five Down N/A