GEEK AND THINGS BOOK TOUR: BOOK REVIEW

Welcome to my tour stop for Geeks and Things Book Tour. For my tour stop I am going to review the first two books of the series.

Pains and Penalties
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #1
by Sarah Biglow
Genre: Cozy Mystery
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.
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REVIEW

This is the first book of the series and it establishes Kalina as a sharp witted young lady with a liking for mystery.

Pains and Penalties is a nice mystery story set in a small town. The story kept me at the edge right from the time the murder happended. New clues were being discovered very now and then and this kept me glued to the book and made me keep on turning pages.

I really liked Kalina’s character as an amateur sleuth and her nephew AJ’s character as a kid equally interested in mystery like his aunt. Chris’ character as the cop was also nice.

“If you are looking for a nice cozy murder mystery then you can give this book a try, and I am very sure you won’t be disappointed.”

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐

(4 OUT OF 5 STARS)

Forgive and Forget
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #2
Your favorite amateur sleuth is back on the case in the second installment
of the Geeks and Things Cozy series.
Life is looking good for Kalina Greystone. Geeks and Things is thriving
and she’s even rekindled her high-school romance with Detective
Christian Harper. But her world spins off-kilter when she finds her
high school best friend, Nadine Larrabee, huddled over her father’s
dead body.
Nadine fears she’s responsible for her father’s death but doesn’t
remember details. As Kalina keeps close to the investigation–certain
her friend is no killer–a horrifying family history unfolds,
providing motive for the girl Kalina once knew. Refusing to believe
Nadine is capable of such an act, Kalina peels back the layers of
family drama to find the truth.

REVIEW

This is the second book of the series, though it can be read as a standalone but there are some references to the previous book, however these references are not connected to the actual mystery of this book.

This mystery is also set in the small town of Ellesworth and was another page turner for me. Like the previous one, this installment of the Geeks and Things series is also thrilling and full of suspense. We don’t get to know what happened to the Nadine’s father until the last few pages where the mystery is revealed.

In this book too, I loved AJ, Kalina and Chris’ characters even though Chris was more in the background in Forgive and Forget than in Pains and Penalties.

I liked Forgive and Forget a bit more than Pains and Penalties because I found the mystery more mysterious than the last book.

“I would like to suggest this book to all cozy mystery lovers out there”

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸

(4.5 stars out of 5)

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Debts and Debtors
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #3
Kalina Greystone is back for another small town, amateur mystery in the
third installment of the Geeks and Things Mystery series.
It’s Thanksgiving in the small town of Ellesworth, MA and Kalina and her
family have gathered to celebrate the holiday—their first since her
father’s passing—but all is not well when Savannah Chase,
Jillian’s college roommate appears on their doorstep. She’s
distraught over her missing husband. She just knows something’s
happened to him. Despite knowing Chris wouldn’t approve, Kalina
keeps tabs on the investigation. After all, Savannah is like family.
The investigation takes a turn for the curious when Mr. Chase’s body is
found in a foreclosed house in a area ripe for commercial
development. Kalina and Chris soon discover that Thomas had recently
changed jobs, giving up real estate for debt collection. But who
would want him dead? The more Kalina digs, the more she finds herself
in the cross-hairs of a dangerous man. She and Chris must solve the
case before she becomes the next victim.
Have and Hold
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #4
Your favorite amateur sleuth is on the case in a new Geeks and Things
Cozy Mystery.
The small town of Ellesworth, MA is abuzz with the upcoming wedding of
Kalina Greystone and newly promoted Police Captain Christian Harper.
But not everyone is thrilled for the happy couple. On the morning of
Chris’s promotional ceremony, they receive a shocking package—a
severed finger wearing an engagement ring! Under the guise of
last-minute wedding preparations, Kalina questions a local jeweler
who may have sold the ring adorning the finger. In fact, he’d sold
three such rings recently. When a second finger is sent to a local
reporter and the bodies of the victims are discovered near the beach,
Kalina knows there is little time left to find the third victim. But
why target these brides-to-be? After digging deeper, she uncovers a
startling connection between the players and must race to save the
woman who is the true target of the killer’s rage.
Saints and Sinners
A Geeks and Things Cozy Mysteries Novella #5
Your favorite amateur sleuth is back for one last case in the final
installment of the Geeks and Things Cozy Mystery series.
Kalina Greystone’s life has finally fallen into place. Now happily married
and eight months pregnant, she is ready to step away from sleuthing
and give all of her time to her family and Geeks and Things.
Unfortunately, sleuthing isn’t quite done with her. On a trip to
the cemetery to visit her father’s grave, she happens upon a dead
woman’s body. Video footage reveals the killer but the case takes
one bizarre turn after the next. The woman, Verona Maxwell, shares
fingerprints with Paige Fischer, a little girl who died over fifteen
years ago in a boating accident with her twin brother, Patrick. Or
did they? The killer looks an awful lot like Patrick. Having briefly
known the twins in her youth, Kalina searches their past in the hopes
of making sense of the present. But the more she digs, the darker the
reality becomes. Systemic abuse by Paige and parental neglect rise to
the surface, making her wonder if the past isn’t as buried as
everyone was led to believe.
Sarah lives in Massachusetts with her fiancé. She is a licensed attorney
and spends her days combating 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 (and sorority sister),
Jen. Sarah currently enjoys an array of TV shows including (but
definitely not limited to) Once Upon a Time, Blindspot, Chicago Fire,
Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Grimm, The Flash and Arrow. She is always on
the hunt for new shows to binge!
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A new page

He touched her hand accidentally and a new page was written about him
“His hands touched my body, penetrated my soul and left an imprint I know I could never erase, even after this moment would be gone, even after he would be gone, a part of him will always remain with me.”

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Above poem is in response to:https://katmyrman.com/2018/02/05/twittering-tales-70-6-february-2018 

I wish

Did I fall in love with the man or the beast in you,
The beast who feasts,
On my self esteem, on my soul,
That urges me to die a little, 
Everyday inside.

I scream, I plead,
But all you do is make me bleed,
Tearing my heart apart indeed.

Your words, 
Your constant craving to judge, 
To make me believe,
I am useless piece,
Who can’t do anything  properly.

I wish I could spend my life,
With the man who made me blind,
In his love, in his devotion,
The man who believed in me,
And in everything I did.

I wish you had not changed,
I wish you had managed to remain the same.

Above poem is in response to:https://secretkeeper.net/2018/02/05/weekly-writing-challenge-127/

2018 reading challenges

So finally I have got a hang of my current schedule, and am able to take time out for reading after managing other things that I am doing. Thus to keep me motivated to read throughout the year I have decided to take up two reading challenges.


1) Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge

So this is the first challenge that I have taken up and here are the genres or themes you can say I have to read books from. I have made a page for this, where I would update the books I would read for this challenge.

For more information and to participate please visit:

https://modernmrsdarcy.com/reading-challenge-2018/

And here is the page I have created to keep track of the books I would read for this challenge:

https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/modern-mrs-darcy-reading-challenge/

Now moving on to the second challenge :

2) 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.
You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles.
The First Main Word Needs To Be The Letter You Are Counting

Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

For more information and to participate please visit:

https://www.escapewithdollycas.com/reading-challenges/2018-alphabet-soup-reading-challenge/

Similarly for this challenge too I have made a page to keep track of all the books I read. Here is the link:

https://lifeat17.wordpress.com/2018-alphabet-soup-reading-challenge/

 

LIFE UPDATE

Finally I am writing after a very long time. I have really missed this feeling of typing and writing out my heart’s content on this electronic sheet through poems, stories, book reviews and other articles. But for the last few months, right after my college  started, things became a lot difficult and hectic because after a long holiday I was again coming back to a scheduled life. And hence my blog posts became fewer and fewer and then it was almost like I used to write one post a month (And this time, I wrote after two months*headbang*) . Another thing that happened is that I almost stopped reading books.

But finally I have decided to come on track and be regular with my blog posts and again start supplying you people with poems, stories and book reviews.

Every day

The beginning I was looking forward to,

Brought me a end more hideous,

More painful,

Than the one I had left behind.

In this new beginning I see darkness,

only darkness, no sunshine, no new hope,

Cracking me open is this constant pain,

This hurt of not belonging,

Of dying a little every day,

every day.