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!!
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. 🙂