Title: The Red Heart of Jade
Author: Marjorie M. Liu
Original Copyright: 2006 (Love Spell)
Edition Copyright: 2011 (Avon); 369 pgs.
Edition ISBN: 978-0-06-201988-2
Series: Dirk & Steele #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Summary: Dean Campbell works for Dirk & Steele, a detective agency that employs people with special gifts — psychics, shape-shifters, etc. Dean can track people’s energy signatures and he’s in Taiwan to hunt down a killer who’s murdering people by setting them on fire. So far, the authorities are at a loss with no leads. Dean hasn’t had any luck either, since whoever is doing the killing is also able to hide his energy signature. During his investigation, he learns that the woman he loved, and thought long-dead, was very much alive and in Taipei.
Dr. Mirabelle Lee is an archeologist. She teaches at Stanford but she’s in Taipei because her friend and mentor has uncovered a major archeological find. Miri’s life gets upended when a mysterious man attempts to kidnap her — and Dean, who she thought died when they were both sixteen, shows up at her door.
Reunited and pursued by more than one party, the pair tries to make sense of how and why they fit into the mystery surrounding the jade stone found in one of the mummies unearthed by Miri’s friend.
Comments: I really liked the book. It was a bit like an Indiana Jones adventure, especially after they found out there was another piece of jade and they had to find it. I did figure out part of how Dean and Miri fit into the puzzle early on — it made sense to me and it also made parts seem less confusing (I’m being vague to avoid spoilers).
Miri was a great heroine. She was strong as well as smart and put up quiet a fight during the kidnapping attempt. She also funny and had a great sense of humor. She put up with the weirdness calmly — it helped that she already knew of Dean’s skill, so it wasn’t like she hadn’t encountered something supernatural before.
As for Dean, I loved him. He wasn’t afraid to put his heart out there, to show emotions, to say he was sorry and really mean it. He was also funny.
A character that turned out to be something of a surprise was Miri’s would-be kidnapper. He shows up at the end of the book and gives Miri a piece of unnecessary advice, and it made me wonder exactly what did the love of his life say or do to warrant his words to Miri.
Looking forward to the next book.
Start: 20 October 2012
Finished: 21 October 2012