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Armed and Outrageous: An Agnes Barton Mystery (Volume 1) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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About the Author
Madison Johns spent most of her childhood locked inside her head. She preferred to distance herself from other children her age, and had been described as a dreamer. Even as a small child, she remembers staying awake many a night fighting dragons, whisked away to foreign lands, or meeting the man of her dreams, if only in her head. Her caring nature led her to the healthcare field where she was employed as a nursing care assistant at a nursing home, and it was there that she was inspired to write her first cozy mystery, Armed and Outrageous.
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Please don't get me wrong -- I find it perfectly okay for adult people, no matter how old they are, to be interested in the pleasures of making love and in pursuing an active love life. But too much is too much, especially in a book that is labeled cozy mystery. I did not expect to be confronted with oversexed seniors and consider it inappropriate in this kind of book.
Some romance is fine, but this is simply vulgar filth. Maybe it's meant to be funny and I just don't get this kind of dirty humor. In my opinion it is repulsive and doesn't carry a plot.
My overall impression was that this author would love to write porn, but for one reason or another she doesn't do it; instead, she is pushing that weird vulgar stuff on the unsuspecting reader.
I quit reading it when those two ladies investigated in the backroom of the bikini store and the author absolutely had to describe all those sex toys. Yuck. Then Eleanor Barton came up with the idea to pull a prank on her friends by cooking a dildo and I was definitely done with the book. I mean, how sick is that, even if we give her the benefit of advanced dementia?
I do agree with other reviewers who suggest a rating for books.
Fortunately there are plenty of really good writers of cozy mysteries, so I simply deleted this book and put the author on my personal blacklist.
What disturbed me about this book was the level of violence. I chose this book because it was a "cozy mystery" which are supposed to have minimal violence. But I agree with the other critical reviews, it was wrought with gratuitous sex and violence, most of it from Eleanor. I can see how the author might have wanted to make the character seem edgy, but I'm sorry to say it failed. If they cleaned up the filth and reworked the plot it could be a good book. Too be fair, not everyone is going to enjoy the excessive sex and violence this book comes with and that's fine. The issue I have is that this book is blatantly mislabeled.