Day: December 19, 2014
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. I give it three stars.
Rachel ‘Mack’ White was a simple historian whose husband had cheated on her and then cheated her out of half of everything she owned. She then hooked up with a wacky group of assassins and let herself be talked into going to Mexico on an ‘information gathering’ mission. That mission, unfortunately, put her in the crosshairs of Carmen Amaro, a vicious cartel wife, who decides that she wants Rachel’s head – literally.
Leigh K. Hunt’s Tijuana Nights is an entertaining, spine-tingling mystery-thriller, with enough action to keep your adrenalin pumping for a good weekend. Brilliant characters, credibly described; pithy dialogue; and heart-stopping action scenes, that make you wonder what the author actually does when she’s not writing.
Follow Rachel and her ‘friends’ as they take on a major job – assassinate several cartel members – before the cartel gets them.
I got a free review copy of Tijuana Nights. I strongly recommend you get your own. A thriller you won’t be able to put down. Five stars easy.