Madison Johns is USA Today bestselling author and writer of many novels that span different genres. The many different series that Madison Johns has written include: “Agnes Barton Senior Sleuths Mystery” series, “Agnes Barton/Kimberly Steele Cozy Mystery series, Agnes Barton Paranormal Mysteries, and the “Sweet Romance” series. Some of the series starring Agnes Barton are really a part of the main series, but Johns put them in their own series so that if readers wanted to sit those other installments out, they could.
Madison Johns started writing novels late in life (at forty-four), and has seen two books from her independently published series “Agnes Barton Senior Sleuth Mystery” hit the USA Today Bestseller list. It would take her four years after she started her writing before she would write something that she thought she had done something worth printing and something she thought readers would enjoy. She set her main series about Agnes Barton in her favorite vacation spot as a kid (Tawas, Michigan). All the books in the series have also made it on Amazon’s bestseller list as well. All the good attention, praise, and recognition for her work is something she never thought would happen for her.
Inspiration to start writing novels hit her while she was working her third shift, she knew that if she could use her experience working with senior citizens to good use, something good would happen as a result of it. And it worked, with her series about Agnes Barton and Eleanor solving crimes changing her life forever.
She is now able to do the work that she loves and stay at home and write full time. Her two kids, one cat, and four dogs keep her company while she writes more books. She also writes under the pseudonyms Clara Kincaid (western historical romances) and Maddie Foxx (she writes paranormal romances under this name).
“Haunted Hijinks” is the first novel in the “Agnes Barton Paranormal Mysteries” series. This is a part of the “Agnes Barton” series (requires that readers have read the original series), but focuses in part on the Paranormal aspect. Agnes’s life has changed a lot since she got into a car accident; she sees her son, which is odd as she has not seen him in a while and he is now a ghost. Her and her friend Eleanor get the Butler Mansion (a bed and breakfast) ready for its grand opening on Halloween. Matters are complicated when the pair find the dead body of Katherine Clark. She has a new partner that has taken the form of a ghost. She struggles to keep this a secret from Eleanor, which is difficult as Eleanor does not miss a whole lot. Agnes wants to connect with her son, Stuart, as she has not had contact with him for a while.
Fans of Agnes Barton enjoyed the book, saying that it allowed Johns another way and a new twist to write stories for her aging investigators. Some enjoyed the humor in the novel, and simply how fun and funny the novel was to read. Not only that, but the mystery in the novel kept readers guessing throughout. It was great for some readers to see Agnes go to such lengths to find a missing child the way she does. Fans enjoyed the way Johns was able to tell a clean and quirky mystery novel; the novel does not feature anything overtly sexual (all the sex in the novel is only implied) or foul language.
Some found the novel had too many characters, only a mildly interesting mystery, and that the mystery was secondary thing to the main characters of the novel. Some felt the story moved very slowly. Some readers found that the novel was full of too many typos and poor grammar to continue reading the novel. Some readers gave up on the book because of the two main characters being so nosy and they were unable to get into the story.
“Ghostly Hijinks” is the second novel in the “Agnes Barton Paranormal Mysteries” series. On a drive on Highway 50, through Nevada to see a real ghost town, Agnes finds a little girl named Rebecca who has been separated by her family who was looking Leister’s gold. The capper of the whole thing is that Agnes saw the whole thing in a dream, but she gets to the Goldberg Hotel and Saloon, she realizes the whole thing was real, especially the inside of her room. She soon finds out that the entire hotel is haunted by all kinds of spirits from past guests; which only serves to make Agnes’s vacation that much more interesting. She wants to find out what happened to the family. She knows with every fiber of her being that it was not just a dream, and that a little girl really did go missing in the night before Agnes showed up. Will they be able to find the missing kid or will a killer (called “The Cutter”) ruin their chances?
Fans found themselves turning the pages and laughing the whole time they were reading the novel. Some found the book to be cleverly executed and had great twists and turns; it also featured some great spirits in it. A lot of readers found that the hotel scenes were the best part of the whole novel. Another fun and light read from a good author. Fans find themselves reading the books faster than the author can write them.
Some readers did not like the book due to its bad dialogue. And some of the readers found themselves unable to relate to any of the characters in the novel, and the book was not written well. Some readers found themselves unable to figure out if it was supposed to be told in third or first person. Some found themselves forcing themselves to finish the book and that the book was a waste of time to read.
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