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Grumpy Old Wizards [Kindle Edition]

John O'Riley
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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, a seventy-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.

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  • File Size: 2023 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B84JEVS
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By David G
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Even without free copy the kindle price is so cheap it may be worth a trial. I gave this three star book four stars because of the inexpensive pricing and recognizing that it would have appeal to juvenile audiences. It also got much better in the second half.

This is not a deep read. It is fast and fun. The book starts slightly slow and Josephine the main character is so selfish, childish and all around unsympathetic I disliked her initially. For supposedly an 84 year old wizard she has the maturity of an eleven year old and thus appeals to the 11 year old in many of us. As the only wizard in the county powerful enough to read crime scenes she is on call to assist police in her area for murders. Yet she resents this intrusion on her valuable gin rummy playing time. She doesn't seem to feel any obligation to actually catch murderers. She engages in childish pranks with her neighbors which may escalate to dangerous levels, holds grudges for decades and engages in childish name calling and pranks like making men's pants fall down.

The Government had placed a charm on all wizards of her power to prevent them assessing excessive power because they have found this to be additive and resulted in thousands of deaths when the magic affects mental stability and things go wrong. She goes out of her way to find a way around this charm and although nothing happens at first completely disregards placing thousands, perhaps millions at risk. This strikes me like high school students playing with atom bombs or ebola virus. To some she may seem feisty and fun loving to me she comes across as dangerous and immature.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down! April 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I love mysteries so I was prepared to really enjoy reading Grumpy Old Wizards. What I wasn’t prepared for was to totally fall in love with this book. The characters are fun and interesting. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story to keep you wanting more and more. But, the most entertaining part of the book is the pranks they play on Dale and Josephine’s ex husband. I haven’t giggled while reading a book in a long time but this one definitely did it. If you’re looking for a fun, entertaining read, you have to download Grumpy Old Wizards by John O’Riley today.

I received a copy of this book for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Little Page Turner! January 18, 2015
By Denise
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What an incredible mystery by John O'Riley! Not only is it an intriguing little mystery, it is rather funny. In fact, the pranks were what kept me coming back and turning page after page. I have been reading a lot of heavy, dark novel, so this was a nice change of pace. I LOVED the heroine, Josephine. This girl has some spunk for her age. While it may never win any awards, it is a good book to sit with for a few nights.
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3 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy Old Wizards January 26, 2015
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Josephine and her two friends were engaging and hilarious. She's very old but because of her power she ages very slowly so she looks like a young woman while her two elderly and spunky friends look the age they are. There were a lot of pranks and shenanigans happening here as well as some suspense and a crime to solve. it's a very light and entertaining story.
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3 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worths Reading January 27, 2015
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This book was so much fun. Josephine and her friends were engaging and lively. The pranks they played on their obnoxious neighbor tickled me. There was some good action and I love the author's twist on immortality. It's kind of like an old person trapped in a young person's body.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Is Always a Good Read!
So, I have read this book now a couple of times. I find it is a little slow to get started but outside of that the plot is solid. Read more
Published 7 hours ago by RI-FL Review
3.0 out of 5 stars Good....not perfect.
A mystery this is not, it was painfully obvious when Gary first talked about his brother. But it is an entertaining fantasy. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Roc
2.0 out of 5 stars poorly written fantasy novel
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. Read more
Published 1 day ago by R. West
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is just plain fun, if you love magic and fantasy and...
This book is just plain fun, if you love magic and fantasy and mystical stories. It has a really fun plot and it was great to read something original for once. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Heather H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, anti-climactic finish.
Double standards from almost the first sentence, but, very much like real life. Real life with a dash of magic...
Published 1 day ago by Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and unexpected!
Wasn't sure what to expect when I got this but the title was intriguing. Turns out it lived up to the title and was very fun to read. Read more
Published 1 day ago by David Chamberlain
4.0 out of 5 stars Magical Mayhem!
I liked the main characters, and the mischief they got into with their pranks. There's definitively potential for funny magical mayhem. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sheila Carsins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
I was searching for something to read on my trip to Colorado and stumbled across this gem. It was free at the time so I figured what do I have to lose. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Victoria Ramirez
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband has made me fall int love with mystery books and movies
My husband has made me fall int love with mystery books and movies. After reading the reviews and the description of this book, I knew I would enjoy Grumpy Old Wizards. Read more
Published 2 days ago by TheMrs
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love it!
This is a great mystery to read. Josephine has an unique character and special magical powers. I've been reading this book few days and I couldn't stop! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Natasa
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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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