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The Red Hot Empress (The Annie Szabo Mystery Series, #3)

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  133 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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: an evangelist; a tong society; a CDC doctor; a dolphin fanatic; and an FBI agent who seems too good to be true. Feeling responsible for creating San Francisc
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Forge Books (first published 2005)
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Sep 13, 2007 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really like the characters in this series. They are all so unique and fun and crazy. I also like the writing style a lot.
Aug 26, 2007 Morgan rated it really liked it
I stayed up late last night finishing this book. I really enjoyed it. The characters were all just so darned likeable! It's a mystery about his kid who can tone(healing through sound)& various deaths surrounding him. There's also some other supernatural elements. I would highly recommend it. I truly enjoyed the writer's style, it was easy to read and rather amusing. I will definitely look into reading more books by Blevins.
Melissa Dinwiddie
The Red Hot Empress is Red Hot Fun!

Annie Szabo is in a heap of trouble, and it all started (not surprisingly) with a call from her mother-in-law, Madame Mina. A simple assignment, to write up an article about a kid who heals people through music, and suddenly Annie, and the kid, and everyone around them, is embroiled in a mysterious--and dangerous--chase.

As with the previous two books in this series, the characters are colorful and fun, their dialogue hilarious, and the plot as twisted as a ta
Oct 22, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a book that I din't want to see end, especially since it was the last in the series. I usually skip to the end, find the who done it and then settle back to finish the book, and no it doesn't spoil it for me. These three books were so good, so full of life, I didn't even think of checking out the end. I don't usually share my books on FB, but I really want people to enjoy this book as much as I have.
Nov 28, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
Widowed journalist Annie Szabo is in San Francisco and comes to the aid of her sometimes hostile former mother-in-law Madame Mina, a gypsy fortuneteller. There's a young boy near Mina's shop in Chinatown who has a strange power. Soon everyone, including the Centers for Disease Control, want to control Jimmy, who has his own defenses. Annie and Jimmy bond, with often surprising results, as she tries to fight their way through the crowded Chinese New Year's festivities to get him to safety. ...more
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Mar 21, 2016 Dixie Petersen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved-it
A very fun and funny read!

As our lead characters step out the third time, we are treated to more laughter, sorrow, challenges, and danger, and, as always, the current behind it all is love.

Less gypsy history and tradition in this one. The two Mrs. Szabos and various new characters, are out to protect the life and future of an amazing young Chinese boy . . . or steal him away from everyone else! Blessed with the ability to heal, it seems after Annie wrote the boy's story, everyone wants him and h
shannon stradford
Great book

I am in love with all the characters.... and in this book I fell even harder for the new characters. I missed reading about Lawless. I dream about these books. Can't wait for the next one.
Elizabeth Cooper
Feb 01, 2016 Elizabeth Cooper rated it really liked it
Our Annie falls into an exceptional little boy in Chinatown... everybody wants him...some are killed because of him...witty repartee, adventure and beautiful words all mix together to make this last book the best
Angela White
Feb 18, 2016 Angela White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the fun of the fair.

This was such a fun trilogy to follow. It is full of whacky people, colour and warmth. I hope to read more about the Szabos family.
David Stewart
Aug 26, 2016 David Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth the time to read

Another good fun kooky read. I want more of Jimmy. I Iove these funny crazy characters. I want to read more about Frog & Toad.
Jan 30, 2014 Nanci rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. the dialogue is fresh. the characters are interesting. the setting is spectacular. I enjoyed this book. I read it on my Kindle.
May 06, 2016 Patsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun Series

Fun characters and plot. Would make a great gypsy sitcom or chick flick. I am looking forward to the next book.
Feb 06, 2016 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series

Very humorous and thrilling at the same time! I couldn't put all three books down, so glad it was recommended to me.
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