The Red Hot Empress by Meredith Blevins
(Annie Szabo Mysteries)

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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.
But 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.

About Meredith Blevins

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Meredith Blevins is a fifth-generation Californian. She grew up in Los Angeles, and spent her adult life in Northern California. Her fantasy was to write for The National Enquirer and run away with the Gypsies. Instead, she attended college in California, worked as a music therapist, wrote textbook articles, and, following a circuitous path, became a financial columnist. She was an active member of the American Assn. of Business Journalists.With a push from her family and husband, writer Win Blevins, she made the switch from non-fiction to fiction. Her first novel, The Hummingbird Wizard, garnered praise from the likes of Tony Hillerman, Jonathan Kellerman, Clive Cussler, Loren Estelmen, and Tim Sandlin.
Published May 21, 2012 by Blevins Wordworx. 364 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The trouble begins when Annie Szabo (The Hummingbird Wizard, 2003), now freelancing for The Eye, writes up her former mother-in-law, Mina the indomitable fortuneteller, and Mina’s new find, young Jimmy Qi, who “tones”—healing sick bodies by attuning their sounds to his own.

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Blevins's third Annie Szabo adventure offers a more coherent plot than the previous entry to feature the California freelance journalist, The Vanished Princess (2004).

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