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Length: 350 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

The author, John O'Riley, is an award winning writer of novels and screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, mystery, science fiction and young adult. His movie feature screenplay, Cursed, is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival. His most recent accomplishments include the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout. He loves reading fantasy, science fiction, and humorous fiction. Some of his favorite authors include Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Kay Hooper (Bishop Files/ psychic detective thrillers), Kat Richardson, J.K. Rowling, Angie Sage, Jayne Krentz, and Janet Evanovich. He currently lives in Lynnwood, Washington which is by Seattle and owns a parakeet named Amy. Amy is by far the most polite bird he's ever had as she always quiets down if he takes a nap or needs rest. However, when she wants a treat, she will squawk at him until he takes her out of the cage and gives her millet seeds.

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  • File Size: 1990 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B84JEVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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John O'Riley is an award winning fiction writer. He is the author of the Grumpy Old Wizards series, The Winters Family Psi Chronicles series, and the Wizards of Seattle series. His official author website is at http://johnoriley.webs.com. You can sign up for his newsletter and new book notifications to stay in the loop about new books coming out and special offers.

His most recent accomplishments include the movie feature screenplay, Cursed, which is an Honorable Mention Winner for the 2012 Screenplay Festival and also the screenplays Cursed, Project Pandora, Pinky Swear, Incipio, and Bad Sister which have been listed as Quarter Finalists, Semi Finalists, and Top Finalists in the 2012 Screenplay Festival, 2012 Filmmakers International Screenplay Awards, 2012 StoryPros International Awards, 2012 Pulsar Sci Fi Screenplay Contest, and the 2012 Reel Authors International Breakout.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Buneary Thomas on May 6, 2015
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When I bought this book I expected grumpy men wizards sitting around playing cards and smoking pipes belly aching about wizard stuff. I was surprised this book ended up being about women (mostly), who are not only wizards but also elderly living in a retirement complex, as well as a cereal killer mystery. I enjoyed the twist of Josephine being a level 6 wizard and she may be in her 80's, however being a level 6 wizard has caused her to age a little to gracefully and she looks to be in her 30's. I like that there aren't to many level 6 wizards, they are kinda rare, you only meet two in this book.

I enjoyed the pranks (Even though other reviews claimed they were childish, which they kinda are but I still enjoyed them. If I had magical powers I'd be taking advantage of pranking people too.) I'm sure elderly people get bored and do annoying things to each other and if you had magical powers, sure I could see them stooping that low and booby trapping each others homes with spiders and roaches.

I was entertained by the detail put into naming spells, and enchantments, and specific things that are unique to this alternate universe like the 3 vortexes. For instance the ring that knocks you out if you use to powerful of magic. I was also laughing at the crazy pranks and calling your ex husband spot, from time to time. I look forward to reading book two, this series is something I am interested in. Wizards, crime solving with wizard skills and humerus little side notes.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jack on March 8, 2015
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I've always loved the mystery genre and also loved a good sense of humor. The Grumpy Old Wizards" by John O'Riley is well written, organised plots and portrait all characters so nicely. This book has just given me awesome read and I kept reading to see what prank these three women would play next. I loved Josephine spirited attitude, she was quite a woman to reckon with. The characters were interesting and I liked them a lot and the plot was very good. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is very much fan of mystery read and looking forward to see next in the series
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Simone Lilly-Egerter on April 12, 2014
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I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

This is book one in the "Grumpy Old Wizards" series. Josephine and her best friends, Helen and Alice, live in a retirement community near Siesta Key, Florida. They spend their days, well most of them, drinking coffee, playing cards and playing enchanted pranks on their annoying neighbor Dale. Life seems great until a serial killer comes to town and, Josephine, a level six wizard is called in to consult on the case. Will Josephine be able to solve the case before it's too late? What part does the vortex in Siesta Key play?

"Grumpy Old Wizards" is a funny page turning mystery. Even though I was able to solve the case long before the end of the story, I kept reading to see what prank these three women would play next. I loved Josephine spirited attitude, she was quite a woman to reckon with. If you like cozy mysteries or mysteries with good humor mixed, in then this is the book for you.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane on April 24, 2015
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Grumpy Old Wizards is the first book in a uniquely written, engaging series created by John O'Riley. What I like about this author's style of writing is his ability to make something fictional like wizardry and magic, feel natural and incredibly realistic. That is something I commend him for because when dealing with this type of genre, it can be very difficult to achieve that level of realism given the subject you're dealing with. And sadly, sometimes it doesn't work well even when that level is met, but that definitely is not the case here. John O'Riley's style is quite unique, because he manages to mix the fantasy aspect with the element of a crime story which makes it all the more refreshing to read. Overall, the world that he has created is very intriguing and easy to lose yourself in. Escapism is something I always list when defining what a good book is, and this one definitely gives me that feeling. I won't give away any spoilers, but all I'll say is that if you're looking for a modern day crime story mixed with magic and wizardry, this is the book for you! Very highly recommended!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Chariss K Walker on March 7, 2015
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An interesting, cute, and humorous mystery novel that's all interlaced together with talented writing from the author, John O'Riley. I've always loved the mystery genre, and I've also loved a good dash of humor. This book is just my cup of tea. The characters were interesting and I liked them a lot, and the plot was very good. I recommend this to anyone who likes mystery/humor.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By D Roberts on March 28, 2015
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Grumpy Old Wizards is an engaging and comical story. The author has an amusing sense of humor that adds a bit of liveliness to the set-up and plot. It also helps balance it all out when you get into the darker aspects of the mystery and serial killer storyline. In many ways, it’s a modern day crime story with all the fantasy aspects that most everyone is a wizard and has some form of magical powers. Another unique way this wizard world functions is that it isn’t a secret that only some people know. The government is in charge of a lot of the higher level wizards and many of them, such as our eighty-year-old heroine Josephine, are called in to help with police cases and crime scenes. The author spends a good amount of time in the everyday world of the characters and you really get to know all of them and care about them. There is a connection and you are having an amusing time when things get a bit more on edge with the mystery and murder, but I continued to enjoy the adventure and I’m looking forward to more.
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I saw the same thing, but they were in two different book reviews. I also see she gets carded and can make herself look thirty! Perhaps we should just think of her as ageless? As a soon to be fifty year old I 'd like to learn some of her tricks!
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