Stacia Kane – Chess Putnam (Downside Ghosts) Series Reading Order:

by Maryse on July 28, 2010 · 4 comments

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One of my favorite series!!

Stacia Kane’s “Downside Ghosts” captured and held me through the entire series so far. Witches with innate magical powers assist in controlling ghosts that now run rampant on earth, protecting humans from their wrath. Chess Putnam, a highly and naturally skilled witch (struggling with her own personal demons) runs into trouble however, when she assists both the “Church” she works for, and the battling underground gangs that run her city. Caught in the middle, she experiences more danger, and fear than ever before, all the while developing unconventional friendships, a potential romance, and heartache that will leave you aching for more.

Check out my series review here: I have Terrible Fever – My Review of the Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane

As per the author’s website:


The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen and constantly attack the living. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Consequently, there are many false claims of hauntings from those hoping to profit. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully-tattooed witch and freewheeling Debunker and ghost hunter. She’s got a real talent for nailing the human liars or banishing the wicked dead. But she’s keeping a dark secret from the Church: a little drug problem that’s landed her in hot and dangerous water.

Chess owes a murderous drug lord named Bump a lot of money. And Bump wants immediate payback. All Chess has to do is dispatch a very nasty species of undead from an old airport. But the job involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and crossing swords with enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust with a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump’s ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

The author also states: “the Chess Putnam books are pretty dark and gritty.”


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Lily July 29, 2010 at 12:25 AM

Do you want to read these together? Since I didn’t go to the RWA I have extra book money……

Mariana August 22, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Just finished Chasing Magic. I’m IN LOVE with these books. And, of course, with Terrible. Any news on when the next installment is coming out? I’m already jonesing for more

Debra Smith August 25, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I’ve been looking for something new in my PNR reading list and this looks fantastic. I need to get lost in a good series. As always Maryse your lists are wonderful! Thanks

Lori August 17, 2015 at 9:36 AM

I read this series a while back. I absolutely loved it. However, I don’t understand why she hasn’t either released a new book or at least closed out the series. She has written other stuff and other series since then. I have to say I am disappointed….

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