Agnes Barton Senior Sleuth Mysteries Box Set, cozy mystery, books 1 - 3

Agnes Barton Senior Sleuth Mysteries Box Set, cozy mystery, books 1 - 3

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Agnes Barton Senior Sleuth Mysteries Box Set, cozy mystery, books 1 - 3 by Madison Johns

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Armed and Outrageous
Agnes Barton is not your typical senior citizen living in Tadium, MI, on the shores of Lake Huron. She drives a red hot Mustang, shops at Victoria's Secret, rankles local police officials, and has a knack for sticking her nose where it doesn't belong.

What does a murder that happened forty-three years ago have to do with missing tourist Jennifer Martin? Agnes makes it her personal mission to find out, and she's not letting the fact she's seventy-two get in the way. Butting heads with Sheriff Clem Peterson is something she's accustomed to, but lately Clem seems to be acting even more strange, making Agnes wonder what he may be hiding ala the Martin disappearance.

Agnes' partner in crime, Eleanor Mason tags along, Watson to her Holmes.
Together, they unearth clues. If only Eleanor would behave, as although lovable, she has a knack for getting into trouble by tangling with her rival, Dorothy Alton, or flirting with anyone--male or female--and gossiping! She's incorrigible, but she does carry a Pink Lady revolver in her purse, one that has proved useful at times.

Life for Agnes and Eleanor is shaken up when Agnes' former boss and secret crush comes to Tadium. Before long, the lady sleuths have more on their hands to contend with as goons roll into town and bullets begin to fly.
Adult content.

Grannies, Guns and Ghosts
Senior snoop, Agnes Barton, has taken up residence in a Winnebago at a campground in East Tawas, Michigan. It's not the ideal place for a woman of seventy-two to live, but she's making do. She had planned to start a detective agency with partner in crime, Eleanor Mason, but a snag with the license has them free wheeling it, not that it matters because they are the ones folks call when dead bodies turn up.

A frantic phone call has Agnes and Eleanor racing to the scene of yet another crime scene. Herman Butler has fallen to his death from a third story window, and the widow, Betty Lou, is beside herself with either grief or competing for the Oscars, and it's up to Agnes and Eleanor to unravel the mystery, which gets more interesting when a ghost is listed as a possible suspect.

This time around, Agnes and Sheriff Peterson can agree, the widow is nuts, but wait, a few days later the ghost ship, Erie Board of Trades, was spotted off the shores of Lake Huron. Ghost hunters, G.A.S.P., hightail it into town, and East Tawas is overrun with ghost sightings.

Agnes and Eleanor must sort fact from fantasy before another body is found or a curse is realized.

Senior Snoops
True to his words, Sheriff Clem Peterson sends Agnes Barton and Eleanor Mason packing to Florida via a Cessna, but things go haywire when during a fuel stop, two men shoot the pilot. Agnes springs into action slamming the door just as shots are fired while Frank Alton jumps into the cockpit flying them out of there.

When they land in Florida, they're asked tough questions by Putner and Palmer from Homeland Security. They keep asking if they found a packet on board the plane, a packet that Agnes has tucked in her purse, but they never mention what's in the packet. She decides to hold onto it; after all it contains twenty-five thousand in cash.

Sheriff Calvin Peterson, Sheriff Clem Peterson's brother, picks them up from the airport in Florida, but tells them the bad news. His brother Clem made arrangements for them to stay at Sunny Brooke Retirement Village and work as the hired help to pay for their room and board. They go unwillingly, but discover in town that two maids have disappeared at Sunny Brooke.

It's a race against the clock; will Agnes and Eleanor solve the case of the missing maids and finally figure out what happened to their pilot before they also show up on a milk jug?

Also by Madison Johns
Pretty and Pregnant (Kimberly Steele novella).
Coffin Tales Season of Death (YA short story collection).

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148574064
Publisher: Madison Johns
Publication date: 10/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 80,546
File size: 980 KB

About the Author

Madison Johns burst onto the writing scene in 2012 and writes quirky books featuring a zany cast of characters, writing in both the mystery and romance genre.

She’s best known for her Agnes Barton senior sleuth mystery series featuring Agnes’ larger than life sidekick, Eleanor Mason. The series depicts two elderly ladies digging up clues with enough laugh aloud antics to make James Bond blush.

Madison Johns is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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Agnes Barton Senior Sleuth Mysteries Box Set, cozy mystery, books 1 - 3 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoy the ladies in these books. Agnes et al are smart, independent, and gutsy women. I love that. It is nice to have woman of a certain age represented in this manner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a quick & fun start to this senior snoop series. The characters roll from one predicament to another...proving not all seniors are sedentary. A little light romance thrown in makes the reading more fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I hoped to enjoy reading a book with women of a certain age as the protagonists and pretty good plots, I did not enjoy the poor use of English.  Were these books (particularly the third) edited?   Were the books written or spoken to a computer voice "translation" program?  That might explain the ridiculous homonyms but not the many grammatical mistakes and lack of knowledge of prepositions and their objects.  The errors made a chore out of reading for me.  I only hope the later books in the series, which I may read, are treated with more care.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love "cozy mysteries", but the first I read was not well written, and rambled way too much. I never even bothered to finish it. The second seemed a bit better, but I haven't finished it either. Too bad. It seemed such a good buy. I guess you get what you pay for!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure how to approach a review for this. I am not a fan of the Cozy Mystery genre, so I knew the type of story I'd be reading and I have tried to judge it with that in mind. I wanted to give this series a try. Being a nurse and having dealt with many elderly patients, I do appreciate that aspect of the book. There were many situations in the book where it became evident the author does have experience in the healthcare field and that life in that environment can be unexpected and amusing. I liked the characters and I feel the author did a good job giving color to their personalities. I don't care for zany antics in mysteries or for what seems to be blatant product placement (is this now creeping into our books?). Lexus was mentioned over and over, as well as a few other products, such as KFC. Who says "How did you know where to find your LX?" Did he also have a GS and an RX and confusion needed to be avoided as to which missing Lexus was meant? Or was that a sponsored plug for the Lexus LX? I don't know, maybe I am cynical, but most of us would ask how he knew where to find his car. My interest was maintained enough to be curious to find out how the mystery resolved, but I felt that the information on the case was not so much discovered by investigative technique, gossip, or well-placed casual chit-chat, but by being forcefully shoved into the face of our heroine in the most unlikely of contrived circumstances. I want my sleuths to think a little more, work a little harder, be more clever. However, the part that I can say was the most unpleasant, and which produced the only audible groan from me, was the unwelcome visitation to the "I'm going to be strong; I must tell my love interest to leave before he leaves me" attitude. I thoroughly detest this device in any book; it is the reason I won't touch an Iris Johansen book after reading one long, angst-ridden, see-how-independent-I-am book. It makes me want to slap the character and not in a Snap-out-of-it way, but rather from disappointment that this character just became a self-martyring fool for no reason. I gave it 3 stars rather than 2 because I did want to see how it ended and because I probably will read the next one to see if the roughness of a first book in a new series levels out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good premise but poor execution. I bought this set because the concept was intriguing. The first book was very roughly written, but often an author takes a little while to find the characters' voices. The second book was no better and by the third book I was firmly convinced that the author has had no formal education in English usage or dialogue. The author's grammatical usage is terrible. This person cannot seem to write a simple declarative sentence correctly, let alone a paragraph. These books were truly painful to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a book filled with Senior stories---not a book by someone who only 'thinks' it is about Seniors. Speaking as a Senior, it is impossible to imagine myself doing almost ANY of the things the writer writes about. Some of the dialogue could be true, most of it is what a younger person thinks we say and talk about. If you want 'fluff' to read, go to Janet Evanovich, she is funny in a little more 'age' acceptable way. This trio of stories just does not ring true.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could eventually be good if the someone could do a lot of editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By page 18 of the first book I was calling my 74 year old mom telling she had to get these books. She loved them as much as I did. Keep up the good work on these books by letting everybody know that just because a person gets older it does not mean they stop living! God bless you for showing us younger people that seniors Rule!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absurd plot, very poor editing. 72 is a good age to be,but if you are this odious, and you live in a place so unprotected by intelligent law need to clean up your own act and move. Plots are totally unrealistic, characters demean the average senior who lives independently, does not get in physical altercations, can enjoy a social life without getting drunk,have a non-nymphomanicical sex life, and can certainly spell better, use proper grammar, and know how to puncuate effectively. Don't waste your time on this sophmoric trash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many of authors mystery books now and all of them are humorous, enjoyable quick reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories are fun,, the concept is interesting. Agnes and El could be Stephanie Plum and Lula fifty years from now. There is a delightful absurdity in the dialogue, which rings true. The thread of outrage over how seniors are barely visible in our society is sincere and thought-provoking. The myriad spelling and grammar errors are jarring, and the series would benefit enormously from some editorial advice. Some of the scenarios are illogical, the scenes are not as coherent as they could be and the transitions are rough. I admire the author's mission to present mature citizens as vibrant as anyone else, not to mention backing it up by self-publishing. If she tightens the plots, does a bit more fact - checking and uses the services of a proof - reader and copy editor, the series would be serious competition for the likes of Janet Evanovich.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these characters and their adventures .
Genee74 More than 1 year ago
I have to totally agree that the read is difficult because of poor editing and lack of a decent education in grammar. The characters are funny to the point of being melodramatic. Any off colour language is in character and is not excessive. Fun to read even if it is a struggle .
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JayMT More than 1 year ago
The plots are a little far fetched but a good read.
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what can I say - I'm old and these 2 ladies are too....I understand!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
oh my, all my friends who love a good laugh and a mystery needs to read these , they are hilarious . I love them and looking forward to reading more of these elderly mystery sleuths.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book, Armed and Outrageous. It's a book I would put in my Quick Read & Light Escape, Comedy plus Mystery area. Agnes, the main character, is likable and gutsy. Her sidekick, Eleanor, meant to be a free-thinker who says whatever is on her mind, whenever, comes across less believable for me (and I also spent time working with the elderly, as the author did). The rest of the characters are hit & miss, as are a few points in the plot. But as a light read, the first book was fun and I liked it. The second book, Grannies, Guns, & Ghosts, wasn't as good as the first. The plot twists seemed too much, and finally, some of the antagonism between characters just wore thin! I started the third book, Senior Snoops, but have yet to finish it. If you like light, comedic mysteries, with our often over-looked senior citizens in the starring roles, these books may be for you. They have problems, but if, like me, you're usually not too picky about that to get a light, escape read, try these books.
sukiaz More than 1 year ago
Check it out! Found the older women funny!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It reminded me of my grandmother and her friends, and all the trouble they could cause. The low points are poor grammar, poor word usage, and atrocious editing. Wow. I wonder if the printed books are edited as poorly. Some of the phrasing is over used and a better editor would have made this series more believable and funny. There is nothing a little better proof reading would not fix.