Nell’s Book Hunt
Grumpy Old Wizards — this title says it all. The description sounds fun and serious and just up my alley. I picked it up as quickly as I saw it. I checked the author’s website and he’s up to Book 4, so the series isn’t finished yet. Go grab it! Quick!!
Title: Grumpy Old Wizards
Author: John O’Reily
Series: Grumpy Old Wizards series 01
Publish Date: November 10, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Free on Kindle | Nook
Publisher’s 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?
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.
I don’t usually comment on Nell’s book hunts, but we had an interesting conversation about the cover. Nell likes the cover at the top better; I like the second cover better. However, both of us think that the title and the covers are mismatched. You can’t call a book Grumpy Old Wizards and then have a beautiful girl on the cover. Call me literal, but there is a mental disconnect for me everytime I look at the picture. We decided we needed to put this title on James A. Hunter’s Cold Hearted cover. Then it would match. 🙂
Posted on June 28, 2015, in Book Hunt. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
Cool, I’m adding this one to my TBR.
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And the cover doesn’t really bother me, it reminds my of the Eileen Wilks’ novella with the old lady heroine who looks young. So long as the character is (in mind) a grumpy old wizard, I’ll be happy.
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