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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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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: 1992 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B84JEVS
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19 of 23 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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Commendable Wizarding Story by John! March 13, 2015
By A.E.M.
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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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic, Mind Control and Murder March 23, 2015
By DogsMom
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The first part of the book, where we are getting to know Josephine O'Connor and her friends, makes these seniors seem more juvenile than the old folks I know. Josephine, and it seems Alice as well, have a great dislike for men. Helen, the third of the regular trio, is the most cautious and would just prefer for everyone to get along.

Josephine is a level 6 wizard, and believes she is the only one of such power in the entire district. As such, she gets called upon by the local Sarasota police to assist in reading energy traces at crime scenes. Being retired, Josephine is grumpy about the impingement on her time.
The bonus of these "volunteer" duties is that she gets to spend time with her human grandson, Jake.

The present case she is consulting on appears to involve a serial murderer, but one who has extreme magical powers. It seems that 3/4 of the area's population have some sort of magical powers.
We see examples of this demonstrated when the three ladies go grocery shopping and when they are playing "pranks" on an upstairs neighbor with whom Josephine has an ongoing feud.

When another level six wizard moves to the area, the police bring him on as a consultant as well.
These extra duties are not requested, and often forced upon the wizards.
When the case escalates, a special Magical Enforcement Agency is called in to solve the case.
Also because it seems the serial killer is also murdering in Seattle.
There are three energy vortexes around the United States and this killer is pulling energy directly from those vortexes. Because of a disaster fifty years ago, syphoning energy from a vortex is strictly prohibited.

This is a book about magic and protection spells and various kinds of enchantments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wildly entertaining 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely must read
I really enjoyed reading this book and I was able to get immersed in the crime investigation that the main character is looking into. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Andrii
5.0 out of 5 stars Just because it says Grumpy and Old doesn't mean you should give it a...
I never thought a book called Grumpy Old Wizards would rock but I was wrong. I am very happy I was! I can say I will definitely read more of this author and I almost never do that.
Published 1 day ago by Rebecca J Townsend
3.0 out of 5 stars Good concept lacking in style
When you are an 80-year-old Wizard with top-notch rating in a world gone wonky, where magic is rated in categories like tornados and just because you are 80 it doesn’t mean you... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I didn't care about any of the characters
Published 3 days ago by specialk
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book
I did enjoy this book it seems a little over dramatic but reads well and will keep your attention throughout the book
Published 5 days ago by Stan Marshall
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
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Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Hurricane Humor
Yes, they are old, and yes, they are wizards, and yes, they do grouse a bit. But they also play pranks on their neighbors, and Josephine in particular does not look her age at all. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Deborah L. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars A Humorous and Suspenseful Urban Fantasy
Grumpy Old Wizards by John ORiley is a wonderful mystery novel amped up to a magical degree. Magic provides a complex landscape through which manipulations can occur on a realm... Read more
Published 10 days ago by M. Wallaby
3.0 out of 5 stars an easy read
The book was a fun fast easy read. It ended rather abruptly. I would have liked a little more interaction with the villain. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book about modern day wizards
It was really easy to dislike Morgan as he bullied Josephine and Gary. Having Josephine and her friends have such a normal everyday routine kept things grounded as the mysterious... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Karen Smith
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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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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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