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Book Title: Meows, Magic & Murder|
The author of the book: Madison Johns
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Edition: Outrageous Books
Date of issue: January 19th 2015
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Reader ratings: 7.4
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Book Review – Meows, Magic and Murder – Madison Johns
I really wanted to like this book. I like cozy mysteries. I like paranormal/fantasy. I like cats. But I didn't like this book. I had to give up after chapter 1.
I know that everyone has their own opinion and that an author is perfectly entitled to accept or reject feedback as they wish. I also believe it's fair to give context to any bad (or good) score to allow others to better judge for themselves whether or not they are going to like a book.
I know other reviewers have mentioned issues with line edits, but I don't tend to worry about things like that too much unless they're really bad. I can deal with misplaced commas and semicolons that shouldn't be.
It wasn't even the idea, though the handsome stranger falling in love with his new neighbour and helping her out of a perilous situation can become a tad formulaic. It can make a light, unchallenging read which is what I want sometimes.
What I struggled with was the execution. It was all tell and no show and the telling was frequent. In the first chapter alone (4% on my kindle), we were told the heroine had turned a man into a cat by accident at least four times and that she was bad at making potions at least as often. And a body had been discovered. And the heroine was linked to a missing person case. And she was considered the crazy cat lady. And the handsome neighbour had fallen in love with the her green eyes.
I know that's a lot of sentences starting with and, but that's how this book made me feel.
It felt unevenly paced and I believe it would have helped to hold some of those secrets back to reveal later. I would have loved to have more about the setting, something that gave me a better feel for who the main characters were. It was a bit of a shock to find out the crazy cat lady was young enough to be fancied by the new neighbour; I had a picture in my head of an older lady with wispy hair in a bun and sensible shoes. It would have been nice to have something that built the tension and instilled some emotion in me.
I don't like to give up on books but, in this case, it was the kindest thing to do.
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When Madison Johns began writing at the age of forty-four, she never imagined she'd make it onto the USA Today best-selling books list with her first cozy mystery, Armed and Outrageous, as an independent author. Sure, this book is an Amazon bestseller, but USA Today?
Although sleep-deprived from working third shift, she knew if she used what she had learned while caring for senior citizens to good use, it would result in something quite unique. The Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths mystery series has forever changed Madison's life, with each of the books making it onto the Amazon bestseller's list for cozy mystery and humor.
Madison is a member of Sisters In Crime. Madison is now able to do what she loves best and work from home as a full-time writer. She has two children, a black lab, and a hilarious Jackson Chameleon to keep her company while she churns out more Agnes Barton stories with a few others brewing in the pot.
Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths Mystery series in order:
Armed and Outrageous
Grannies, Guns and Ghosts
Pretty and Pregnant novella
Redneck Romance (Published by Tirgearr Publishing)
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She is actively involved on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and Goodreads. She is always willing to chat it up or give advice, and supports other writers whenever she can.
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