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Grumpy Old Wizards [Kindle Edition]

John O'Riley
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Fifty years after the Disaster, the world is vastly different from days of old. Wizardry is the norm and magical talent is categorized. Josephine O'Connor, an eighty-four-year-old with a penchant for off-beat antics, is a category six, which means she possesses magical powers as rare as they are unsettling and a talent for psychometry that is so strong and acute that she can read the psychic impressions in a room without touching anything.

With her unique physiology, she’s over 80 years of age and still gets carded at R-rated movies. Most of the time it’s flattering but it can sometimes be a nuisance. For the most part, Josephine spends her days like any other retirement community member. She plays cards with friends, attends get-togethers, and occasionally visits the beach until she is called upon by the police to investigate a crime scene left behind by a suspect with powers equal to her own.

Now the race is on. Can an out-of-practice wizard marshal her abilities and catch a menace before he becomes so powerful even she can’t stop him?





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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2012 KB
  • Print Length: 592 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B84JEVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read April 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only Got to 37% February 25, 2015
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I really wanted to like this book. The premise was good, and it had some great elements that really should have made it shine. The trio of BFF old ladies (one of whom looks 30, thanks to her magic), an annoying ex and irritating neighbor, a wizard consulting for the Police Department - the story had a lot to work with, and could have been a riot.

Unfortunately, it just didn't work for me. The writing was flat. I don't know if it was the word choices, the pacing, or what, but things that should have been engaging, funny, or started to build drama just didn't have any depth or power to hold the reader's attention. The characters also failed to make a connection. The main character whined, pouted, and was churlish and manipulative to others constantly for no reason. An astonishing amount of time was spent on her "pranking" or shouting stupid insults back and forth with either her neighbor or her ex. Possibly I'm just not the right target reader for this book, because I didn't find it amusing or endearing.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN FUN READ January 5, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
OMG - this was such a fun fun read. Josephine, an 86 year old wizard, lives in a retirement community but - because she is a level 6 wizard - has to help the local police department with solving crimes.
I don't want to spoil it for you - so I won't say much more about the actual storyline - but, I will say this: Once you start reading this, you will find it hard to put down!!!
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Unique August 5, 2013
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I found myself laughing out loud at many of the passages......and being tickled later in the day when the dialog or situation popped into my head again. The author has a keen eye for quirky characters and humor that can be subtle and at other times nearly slapstick. The ideas are unique. I find this author light and refreshing. I will read and enjoy every one he writes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars poorly written fantasy novel January 28, 2015
By R. West
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I do my best to give books a good shot. Sometimes they turn around in the middle. I couldn't get past 16% (according to my handy Kindle) on this one.

The story didn't flow very well. It felt like it jumped around. Some places sorely needed transition where there was none. Other paragraphs were run-ons with far too much packed in. This might well be due to editing, but it was still annoying and made reading a chore.

Character dialogue was redundant. The author went on about the same thing over and over. Then over and over again. I don't want to read pages of character gripes. Especially not the same gripes! I was reading the same conversation on repeat. That's when I put it away and I won't be picking it back up.

I thought the idea behind the plot was awesome but the writing dragged it down.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awkward January 23, 2015
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After reading some of the 5 star reviews, I thought this was exactly the sort of book I'd enjoy. Sadly I cannot agree with them.

It seemed to me that this would be a funny, original concept but the book was let down by the writing. The characters are incredibly juvenile and silly. It could be moody teenagers saying the exact same thing and yet the dialogue needs some serious re-editing. This would have been a great rough draft but in no way was it ready to be published. The sentence structure trips over its own feet with awkwardness and reads like a school essay.

I see that there are a few more books to this series and I hope that the author has matured in his writing, but I won't be downloading them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wizards! February 13, 2015
By Nancy
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3.5 stars for this novel. This book was a relatively quick read. The dialogue was a little repetitive. The somewhat juvenile "pranks" the heroine and her friends exchanged with their neighbor were meant to be humorous, but they seemed mean and petty to me and were irrelevant to the plot. In fact Josephine appeared mean and petty as well. She was pretty much unlikable which I don't think was the intention of the author. She used immature invective against almost all males in the novel. The plot line was good and the method of the ending a surprise but not the identity of the villain. If available for a low price, I will read more in this series mainly because I like the general concept of the novel and hope the author will make Josephine a more mature adult and I am not talking about age, but character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get past the first chapter.
Ugh, couldn't get into it.
Published 5 hours ago by Micron Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a good book, funny at times and interesting
Published 1 day ago by Marilyn Stack
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good start for a series looking forward to the next ...
Very good start for a series looking forward to the next volume.
Published 1 day ago by Cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
THIS WAS FUNNY...
THANK YOU
Published 1 day ago by anne jorgensen
3.0 out of 5 stars The way I wish to grow old
Without the magic, of course. But to be so ornery and stubborn would be traits for fun,only. Overlooking some obvious grammatical errors and one inconsistency, the rest of the book... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Elizabeth Norvell
3.0 out of 5 stars Distracting
While the storyline was interesting, I was constantly distracted by sections that were repeated multiple times, wrong use of tenses in grammar, and omitted words. Read more
Published 5 days ago by judy tolle
1.0 out of 5 stars What a terrible read!
This book was very disappointing to me. I wanted to read it because it had older women as the main characters. I don't find them very often. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Jill Dew
2.0 out of 5 stars Killed a few hours
I liked the story line but had a hard time getting past the main character. She spent an irritating amount of time whining about everything and being petty. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lynn
1.0 out of 5 stars Suited for a 12 year old
The is mildly entertaining but written in an amateurish way. The author obviously ran out of ideas because he spent an inordinate amount of time describing the outfits the women... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Suzy Q
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
A decent read. Would benefit from a good edit. Grammar errors and inconsistencies were distracting. Characters were somewhat flat but the plot was almost enough to overcome the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kirsten'sBOOKNOTES
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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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