Pains and Penalties (A Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery Novella #1)

Pains and Penalties (A Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery Novella #1)

by Sarah Biglow

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A new amateur sleuth is on the case in the first book of the Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery novella series. 

Small-town life brings big-city problems when Kalina Greystone returns home to Ellesworth, MA to take over the family's comic book shop. A murder in plain sight at the annual Solstice Fair pushes Kalina to snoop where she doesn't belong--much to the chagrin of former high school sweetheart, Detective Christian Harper.

As Kalina digs into the victim's past, she uncovers a dark truth that the victim and her closest friends were hoping to take the grave. A truth the killer wants revealed.

Will Kalina and Chris catch the killer before the killer's thirst for vengeance is sated?

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940152820454
Publisher: Sarah Biglow
Publication date: 03/22/2016
Series: Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 16,090
File size: 276 KB

About the Author

Sarah lives in Massachusetts with her husband and child. She is a licensed attorney and spends her days combatting employment discrimination as an Investigator with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

She is a self-professed TV junkie and in her spare time (what’s that?), she runs a TV recap blog with her best friend, Jen.

You can connect with Sarah at her website:, follow her on Twitter @SBiglowWrites and on Facebook

For those TV-obsessed souls, you can head on over to the recap blog: You can also follow the blog on Twitter @MoreTVPlease and check it out on Facebook:

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Pains and Penalties (A Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery Novella #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading and following the series.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Good story. Lml
Tangen 10 months ago
amateur-sleuth, law-enforcement, murder-investigation, small-business, small-town, family-dynamics, friendship, short It takes a lot of skill to craft a mystery this short, but this one works! Kalina takes over as owner of the local comic book shop when she returns to town from the job that required a business degree after her father died. But she has an eminently logical mind and quality research skills, so when her teenage nephew witnessed a dramatic death at the town fundraiser and she suspects foul play, she dives right in! A very good read made even better by narrator Barbara Nevins Taylor!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was better than I thought it was going to be. Although the police don’t seem to be all that smart Kalena does the research and figures it out. It came as a surprise when the murderer was revealed as it isn’t quite clear. The author manages to pull the reader in and you’ve read the whole book before you know it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to get started and didn't hold my attention but got better
Badkitty70 More than 1 year ago
My rating leans more towards 3 1/2 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 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.
csrsvivr More than 1 year ago
Can law enforcement get away with murder? Kaline Greystone owns and works in her late father’s comic book store. She has her nephew, A.J. helping and she feels she may renew her relationship with Detective Chris Harper. This was my first read in the “A Geeks and Things Mystery” series done by this author. I found it very good. Fast paced and intriguing. I’ll read more for sure!!!
321HM More than 1 year ago
I've been looking for a cozy mystery series that has characters I actually like (imagine that) and I FOUND IT! I enjoyed both the story and the characters. I look forward to the reading the next book. But lets face it, she had me at "comic book store."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting detective story!