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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, 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.

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  • File Size: 1991 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B84JEVS
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,954 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Read 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Mystery Novel . Must read March 8, 2015
By Jack
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Commendable Wizarding Story by John! March 13, 2015
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John O' Riley's Grumpy Old Wizards is a unique approach to the wizardry and fiction. It incorporates characters although some were not well introduced, are somehow relevant to the story. The characters although they contain magical powers can be paralleled to the real world since the story John O' Riley relayed is somewhat realistic and it actually happens. The thrill of the story is a bit weak but the narration as to what happens next is coherent. I love this ebook. It is highly recommended read as well. Thanks John for this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Wizard World 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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10 of 14 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I kinda liked this one March 7, 2015
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I kinda liked this one. Honestly, it took till about 70% through for me to really get into the story and action. O'Riley did well with providing all the background info for the who's and why's, but I felt it just dragged a bit.
I like the idea... Years after a disaster that changed the lives of many people, wizards are now commonplace and living like everyone else. Josephine is a category 6 (max level) that now lives in a retirement community with her two friends. After being loaned out to the local PD, she consults on a case for a serial killer and everything she's used to changes.
With the addition of several other characters (Morgan and Jennifer) that's when I felt it picked up a bit. Prior to that the jinx's and pranks were funny, but took too much time before getting to the main reason of the story. Don't get me wrong, I don't regret taking the time to read this book, it was good and quite funny at times, I just wish there was a bit more to it. For this reason I feel it's a solid 3 star.
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3 of 4 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild and crazy story
This book was bizarre. But that is not a bad thing. Take three old ladies living in a retirement community where they play rummy all day and play pranks on their neighbors, give... Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Nymph
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with an intriguing storyline
"Grumpy Old Wizards" is a fascinating read. I developed a love hate relationship with the protagonist Josephine. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Regina Cobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to much more from this author! Bravo!
Grumpy Old Wizards is the first book in a uniquely written, engaging series created by John O'Riley. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mary Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Grumpy old wizards is an entertaining story full of adventure and...
This book is an exhilarating fictional story about three old ladies who are longtime friends. As the story kicks off with the three women playing an early morning game of cards, I... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Eric M
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This was a really fun and lighthearted book involving a senior wizard Josephine who is needed for her rare magical abilities in order to solve a police case. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Holly C.
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so grumpy
Odd book about wizards in Florida and a serial killer. It seemed to me like the only grumpy ones were policemen.

Not very organized. Some parts were rather boring. Read more
Published 6 days ago by AbbieNormal
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
This is a wonderful book for children of all ages 11-80. It is funny and serious. Everyone will love this book. You can accurately imagine this story happening.
Published 8 days ago by Diana Talleh
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average.
Better than anything run-of-the-mill, but it could use more explanation of how the current situation came to be. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this cute story
I enjoyed this cute story! It's a creative and new outlook into the world of wizards. I couldn't get enough of the fearsome yet hilarious trio: Helen, Josephine, and Alice. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Yvette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice read, good story. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.
Published 12 days ago by L. Baker
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More About the Author

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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