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Pains and Penalties: (A Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery Novella #1) (Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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A Geeks And Things Cozy Mystery Novella, Book 1
A new amateur sleuth is on the case in the first book of this Cozy Mystery novella series.
When Kalina Greystone returns home to the small town of Ellesworth, MA in the wake of her father's passing to take over the family's comic book shop, she never expects to reconnect with her old flame, Detective Christian Harper. But when elderly Mrs. Davies winds up murdered at the annual Solstice Fair, Kalina can't help but get swept up in his investigation and solving the case. While Detective Harper runs his investigation, she cozies up to the dead woman’s best friend, Mrs. Grant, and learns that she and a third woman, Ms. Ellicott, might be targets. Someone has sent them notes with the cryptic warning ‘Lying is a mortal sin’. As Kalina digs deeper into the women’s shared past, she unearths the perjury that sentenced an innocent man to prison. After discovering Ms. Ellicott dead in her home, Kalina and Detective Harper must race to unmask the killer before vengeance can be sated. (Goodreads)
This novella was very entertaining. It had all the elements that I look for when reading a cozy: suspense, humor, likable characters
and a small town setting.
The characters were well developed and I look forward to learning more about them. I liked the fact that Kalina and Chris have a history and that they may try to rekindle their romance. I enjoyed reading about the small town atmosphere, and having one of the murders take place at the Solstice Fair was a nice touch. I thought the mystery was carried on well throughout the novella and there were enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I was surprised when I learned who the killer was.
I would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys a well crafted read. I would have been happy if the story was longer and I could have spent even more time with the characters but I did enjoy the read.
I really liked Kalina. True, there wasn't much character development in the story, but it's a 77-page story, so I think it's acceptable. There was enough information there to make me enjoy reading about her little adventure. After all, she owns a shop with geeky things! Games, t-shirts, gadgets - all a geek like me might want :P.
I think I did say once that a hot detective is a must? We've got one here too and the romance between these two was rather cute. Of course, it's not the most important part of the story. I liked how Kalina pretty much solved the case and even though the "who" might've seemed obvious at the beginning, I was surprised who it actually was.
So if you have totally no money and are in need of a cozy mystery - check this one out.
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No sex - main character and policeman's relationship will probably develop in the next books, if you care to read them.
Little or no strong language
I found the story unbelievable. Usually the amateur sleuth has a somewhat compelling reason for getting involved. At the very least one of the characters will ask for help. In this book her motivation seems to be vaguely that the murder took place in her hometown and that her nephew is a witness, though it is never suggested that he was a suspect. As usual, authorities tell her to let them do their job, but then for some reason she's allowed to tag along.
Our main character proceeds to see or point out clues that any marginally competent policeman would have seen, too. She interviews possible witnesses and does internet searches that competent police detectives would surely have done.
Writing style: bland. Also, "old" newspaper articles are reproduced for us to read. Has the author ever read a newspaper account? These did not ring true because they read more like somebody's blog than what even the hokeyest small town paper would print.
The plot line is actually okay. So, the story has potential; it simply needed a stern editor to help the author out.
At least it was short. So, if you need to kill a couple hours at the airport or something, this could be a good option.
Just as they start their sale at the fair, a woman keels over. It appears she has been poisoned. The nephew, AJ, see her die but does not know what caused the death. After another murder and much research, we begin to see a pattern but not the killer. Not a long book but it is interesting and kept me reading until the end.
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