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The Hummingbird Wizard

Author: Blevins, Meredith Set In . . .
 North America, USA, California, San Francisco
Genre: Mystery
Time Frame: 2000s
Published: 2003
Description: This sexy, witty, suspenseful, and wildly original mystery paints the portrait of a vibrant family. When the Szabo women put their heads together, sometimes bending a few laws, balance and justice are restored . . . At least temporarily!

"Blevins flavors her lively prose with frequent humor and unexpected twists. Readers will be drawn in by the riveting characters, great plot, and insights into Gypsy culture." ~ Library Journal, starred review, Best of Year, Genre Fiction

Moving on with her life after the unexpected death of her husband, Annie Szabo and her grown daughter are settled in, and finally earning some real bucks. But when Annie’s oldest friend, Jerry, turns up dead, she is plunged back into the family—an outrageous clan of Gypsies—that she tried to leave behind.

Suspecting murder, Annie must form an alliance with Madame Mina, her fortune-telling mother-in-law . . . . the quirky heart of the Szabo family. Determined to catch Jerry’s killer, the two women—with the help of Annie’s daughter—unravel a tapestry wild with lawyers, kink, magic, threats, and theatrics.

To catch the bad guy, three generations of women pull out all the stops, using ancient curses, a talent for petty theft, love magic, a strong sense of humor, flirtation, and their family bond which is much stronger than death.

Rising from the mayhem is an extraordinary Gypsy man, the Hummingbird Wizard. Appearing in Annie’s life, and in her bed, he could prove to be the only person to bring the scattered pieces of the community, and Annie’s life, together. Or, he could tear it all apart forever in the wake of passion and revenge.

MORE REVIEWS

“If you don’t fall in love with the Szabo’s you don’t have hormones!” ~ Kirkus

"Meredith Blevins covers new literary ground ... pulling it off with flair and grace and humor." ~ Jonathan Kellerman


Publishers Weekly raved in a starred review: "Fascinating Gypsy lore, unforgettable characters and a wicked sense of humor distinguish Blevins's highly unusual novel . . . This stellar first, with its assured prose, will delight any mystery or women’s fiction fan.”

"An exciting debut. Meredith Blevins has written a thoroughly original first novel with characters you'll never forget." --Tony Hillerman

LIBRARY JOURNAL named it one of theirTOP FIVE books of the year.

“Meredith Blevins has a sorcerer’s command of language, and ear for electric dialog . . . A new master in the making.” Loren D. Estleman, multiple Spur and Edgar Award-winning author.

"A terrific read of a truly intriguing, finely crafted mystery."Clive Cussler

“I had a splendid time with the unforgettable Szabos—particularly the unsinkable Madame Mina and the wizard himself, one of the sexiest heroes I’ve come across in a long while.” ~ Julie Smith, Edgar Award-winning author of the Skip Langdon and Talba Wallis series.
  
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