The Red Hot Empress
Annie Szabo has discovered a miracle: Jimmy Qi, a kid from Chinatown with the power to heal using music. He's dazzling, he's a scoundrel, he's wise, and he makes a great newspaper article. Now everyone wants Jimmy. Feeling responsible for creating San Francisco's latest hot commodity, Annie enlists her mother-in-law, the audacious fortune-teller Madame Mina, to help keep Jimmy safe from his avid pursuers: an evangelist, an ex-hero with a troubled past, a tong society, a CDC doctor, a dolphin fanatic, and an FBI agent who seems too good to be true. Then the bodies start turning up. Annie grabs Jimmy and runs, luring the killer through a tangle of Chinese New Year celebrations and north up the deserted coast where she forces the killer to face justice. Once again, though the spicy Szabo women would like to kick back with a lover, a good movie, and a few laughs, life has something else in mind. One meeting with an extraordinary boy leads them headlong into another wild adventure. Annie and Mina won't back down until their world is set right.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 142.2 x 213.4 x 30.5mm | 498.96g
- 01 Sep 2005
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
"In this fine sequel to her highly praised debut, The Hummingbird Wizard, Blevins, a fifth-generation Californian, blends a wild story, wonderful wit, and great characters."--Library Journal on The Vanished Priestess "Meredith Blevins covers new literary ground...pulling it off with flair and grace and humor."---Jonathan Kellerman on The Hummingbird Wizard"If you don't fall in love with the Szabos, you don't have hormones. A sublime debut whose sequel can't come fast enough."---Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Hummingbird Wizard "An exciting debut. Blevins has written a thoroughly original first novel with characters you'll never forget."---Tony Hillerman on The Hummingbird Wizard"Fascinating gypsy lore, unforgettable characters, and a wicked sense of humor distinguish Blevins's highly unusual mystery debut....This stellar first, with its assured prose, will delight any mystery fan."---Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Hummingbird Wizard "Blevins flavors her lively prose with frequent humor and unexpected twists; readers will also be drawn in by the riveting characters, great plot, and insights into Gypsy culture." ---Library Journal (starred review) on The Hummingbird Wizard
About Meredith Blevins
MEREDITH BLEVINS lives with her family in the canyon country of the Four Corners in Bluff, Utah.. She has been a teacher, a music therapist, and a financial columnist.