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Pains and Penalties (A Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery #1) by Sarah Biglow


I rated this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Kalina Greystone has moved back to Ellesworth, MA after the death of her father to take over the family comic book shop. A curious person by nature, she can’t help but get herself involved when an elderly resident, Mrs. Davies, is poisoned at the annual Solstice Fair. As she gets swept up in the investigation, another body is found and Kalina starts to worry that the killer has just gotten started.

A light and fluffy read, this cozy doesn’t even crack 100 pages, yet that doesn’t slow this story down. Filled with well-developed characters (for a short story) and an interesting yet simple plot, it is definitely a good start to the Geeks and Things series. Kalina is a bit on the nosy side and isn’t all that great at questioning people, but she’s still a likable character and has plenty of room to grow in the sleuthing department. The mystery itself was well written and I wasn’t able to figure out who the killer was before the reveal…so that’s a bonus. I admit I was really surprised at how much depth there was for it being such a short tale. I definitely will be checking out the rest of this series.

Total pages: 75, Nook edition

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Pains and Penalties

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Pains and Penalties


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This entry was posted on April 24, 2017 by in Books I've read and tagged , , , .
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