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Grumpy Old Wizards [Kindle Edition]

John O'Riley
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Category six wizard, Josephine O’Connor, is called in to help with a series of murders involving dark magic. Unfortunately, the killer covers his tracks very well and destroys virtually all trace of psychometric energy which makes the crime scene unreadable – even for a talent such as Josephine. By all rights, Josephine shouldn’t be forced to contend with this case. After all, she’s a retired eighty-four-year-old and she can hardly be blamed for having a beautiful body akin to a woman in her mid-twenties. It’s just one of the perks of being a rare category six.
Josephine’s problems pile up to insurmountable odds as the killer grows stronger, Detective Riley pesters her for a quick resolution to this challenging case, and her obnoxious neighbor starts harassing her just because she looks too young to live in a retirement community.

The author, John O’Riley, is an award winning writer of novels and screenplays in the category of urban fantasy, comedy, mystery, and young adult. 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.


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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: 2024 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B84JEVS
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3 of 3 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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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.

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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining story despite the stilted dialogue December 19, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Josephine O’Conner is 84, but has a face and body of a much younger woman. That’s because she’s a category 6 wizard. As a wizard of that category she’s been required to work with the government, but she’s now retired – or so she’d like to think. Her nemesis, Detective Riley, calls her in to investigate a serial killer who is using magic to kill his victims and erase all traces.
I received a free copy of Grump Old Wizards: Book 1 by John O’Riley for review. A humorous book, it follows Josephine and her two best friends as she tries to track down a killer whose magic is as strong as her own, while contending with an obnoxious neighbor and assorted other nuisances. It’s a humorous book – for a murder mystery – but a bit dry in places. Josephine is an interesting character who I’d like to get to know better. She is, in this book, unfortunately a bit cliché – the grumpy old lady who just happens to have magic powers and a smart mouth. There should be much more to her than that. Hopefully, she’ll be more fleshed out in subsequent books of what seems to be billed as a series.
Despite the stilted dialogue it’s an interesting story, that I suppose just grows on you.
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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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