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The Wizard Murders [Kindle Edition]

Sean McDevitt
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The year is 1981. A small Southern California town is sent into a tailspin over a young girl’s grisly murder, and aging detective Andrew Pitt must try to decipher the very few clues left behind by a serial killer before they claim their next victim. In the wake of the ensuing murders, Pitt, along with his partner Clarence and a bubble-gum-chewing secretary, scrambles to uncover the secret behind the only real evidence that they have: the eerie paintings of a bearded wizard at each crime scene.

Unraveling cryptic clues and reading star charts is not what Detective Pitt had in mind for this stage of his life; he planned to be sitting in a cabin somewhere in Maine, finally retired from police work. However, when the police chief is stricken with cancer, the burden of keeping the little town of Beaumont secure falls squarely onto Pitt’s tired shoulders...

"Sean McDevitt certainly has great potential to write very intriguing and involved thrillers and mysteries...I would definitely pick up the next write by McDevitt and gladly read it." -Tenya Sharp Ingalls, O. Scarlett! Reviews

"Sean McDevitt’s first short novel is a promising effort, and it will be interesting to see what type of story he will spin next." -Jeri Walker-Bickett, JeriWB What Do I Know? blog

This Kindle version of THE WIZARD MURDERS has been edited since its initial release.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Sean McDevitt; 3rd edition (19 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MTQJN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #505,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Sean McDevitt is a videographer, award-winning actor, and self-published author.

His full-length novel, "CALL ME ISMAY", was released April 15th, 2013- meant to coincide with the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

His crime fiction novella, "THE WIZARD MURDERS," was released March 20th, 2012.

He is also the author of "THE VELVET SOFA," a short story set in the 1940s involving deceit, lies, murder -and a ratty old sofa. It was based upon a never-before-published story written by the author's late father, Dr. Steven J. McDevitt.

McDevitt's latest novel is "YESTERDAY'S RIVER" - a parable of resilience, as seen through the eyes of a young boy.

He has yet another untitled project that is in the works, scheduled for release in November 2015.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wizard Murders 3 Feb 2014
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A good fast moving plot with believable characters.This is the type of book you can read at one sitting if you are looking for a not too long book and you like a mystery thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book With Interesting Storyline 30 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Good Points

I found this to be an interesting and unusual plot to choose. Detective Andy Pitt has to unravel the crimes, being able to only follow a series of clues after receiving calling cards in the form of dark blue wizard paintings. I felt that the beginning of the book was a good start, as it launched straight in, while setting up the characters at the same time. Some of the characters, namely the secretary, were well filled-out and believable; whereas others were not. The original idea of the storyline was very cool, and an interesting idea that no-one else has thought of, so I have to give the author a lot of credit for that. I also liked that the author really made the landscape come to life, it was very well-described, and let the reader had a peek into what the town looked like.

Bad Points

The main character seemed a little flat, and it would have been nice to see him a little more multi-dimensional. Also, the book was written in present tense, and yet a lot of the book was in italics for the character's thoughts. This made it seem a little awkward, and it perhaps would have been better if it had been written in first person. Some of the writing seemed a little too clunky, and didn't flow as well as it should have in places.

Overall

This was an interesting idea for a story from this author, and I did like the storyline. The characters were great, but could have done with a little more plumping out. It also might have been nice to see the book in first-person narrative, in order that it could flow better with the thoughts of the main protagonist. Overall, I thought this was an enjoyable read, that could do with a little bit of polishing up.

I give this book......3/5 stars!
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out plot & easy to read 25 May 2012
By Heavenly Store - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a short novel which I found easy to read in the midst of one of my mother's far too infrequent visits and the presence of many extra family members in and out of my house. It took me about one week to read simply because I was very busy. Ordinarily, it would be an easy one or two sitting book. I did not have a problem keeping the plot and characters straight as I read in snatches here and there. That does not mean that the plot is overly simplistic; the plot is quite involved, truthfully.

I did struggle a bit with the present-tense in which the author chose to write. After about half way through the book, however, I was captured enough by the story to not notice it any longer. It did feel as if I was reading a script or a police report, which could be considered a genius device by McDevitt that really places the reader almost literally within the pile of paperwork heaped upon the desk of the police detective who is the main character.

When a small, southern California town is sent into a tailspin over a young girl's murder, aging detective Andy Pitt must try to follow the strange series of clues left by the killer before he claims his next victim. In the wake of the ensuing murders, Pitt, along with his partner Clarence and a bubble-gum-chewing secretary, scramble to discover the secret behind the only real evidence they have - the strange paintings of a wizard at each crime scene. Deciphering cryptic clues and reading star charts is not what Pitt has in mind for this stage of his life; he planned to be sitting in a cabin somewhere in Maine - finally retired from police work. But, when the police chief is diagnosed with cancer, the burden of keeping the little town secure falls squarely on Andy's shoulders.

Figuring out the clues along with the characters, and sometimes before the characters, is the real fun of reading this book. I enjoy investigative police drama on television, and this book was quite familiar in the way it presented the story in that manner. I do wish the book had a bit more depth to feel more like a suspenseful full-length feature film instead of a sixty minute TV show. I put the read down feeling like I needed more "episodes" to really get to know the characters better. If the author's intention is to follow-up with more short novels in a series, The Wizard Murders is a great beginning.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Stuff 21 Mar 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book to be a tense, gripping thriller. I'm not usually a fan of this particular genre but I was hooked from start to finish. Would recommend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good murder mystery 4 July 2014
By Godzilla - Published on Amazon.com
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Good characters and good, tight writing in this cop story about a serial killer terrorizing a small town. Enjoyed the subtle references to the time frame of the 80's
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wizard Review 19 April 2012
By Lrnl80 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Just read this great little murder mystery that takes place in, can you believe it?, BEAUMONT CA! Yep..the little town were I grew up. Lol...It was fun reading about my old neighborhoods and haunts. Check it out... the author had a good grasp of the landscape and feel of the area, and took me back there to 1981! It's a fun little romp down Beaumont Ave. Only wished it would have been a little longer.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, needs fleshing out and a more bite. 17 Aug 2012
By April Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a compelling story, but it sometimes read more like a story pitch or outline than a fully realized novel. I would have liked more clues as to who the murderer could be, and a few red herrings dropped along the way. I also want to know more about the killer. Those are what make me a fan of mysteries for my light reading. I like to either be able to figure it out one step ahead of the protagonist, or realize that I should have been able to figure it out. I was left with a feeling of "Is that it?"
There were a lot of great moments, especially the scenes between Pitt and Debbie, but I never really got to know anyone, which meant that the stakes weren't high enough for me to fully care about anyone.
I also think it would behoove the author to use an editor in the future, just to clear up distracting issues like overloaded sentences and verb tense disagreement. Overall, though, he has a lot of potential and I'd love to read a more fully realized version of this book.
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