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No Saving Throw

(A Ten Again Mystery #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  25 reviews
A supremely geeky murder mystery perfect for Whovians, gamers, and Muggles alike.

Autumn has everything she could possibly want: Loving friends, a successful business, and a gaggle of nerds in her store every day.

Welcome to Ten Again, a tabletop gaming store that attracts nerds of every kind and fosters a community Autumn’s pretty proud of—a community that also keeps busi
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 19th 2019 by Diversion Books
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Sammi  Jayne Brooks
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
All through this book, I kept thinking to myself: "This book is missing something".

The whole book just felt very disconnected, but at the same time, there was a lot of detail so it was strange why I was feeling that way about it.

The writing kind of flowed (flowed in a good way but that also became boring) in paragraphs like "I got to the store...", "I walked up the sidewalk...", "I dug in my bag..." "I fished out the card...".

Now thinking about it more, I feel like the author wasn't brave enou
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such an enjoyable audiobook! I’m fairly new to cosy mysteries, always thinking they’re a bit lame in plot, characters and setting but actually this was excellent. Autumn was such a great character, I really liked her and could imagine being friends with her. I loved her dedication to her shop ‘Ten Again’ and how she saw the gamers as her friends and family. She was a bright and friendly businesswoman but also also quite snarky, especially towards certain characters. Her best friend Jord ...more
Seema Rao
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hilarious ~ Compelling ~ Charming

tl; dr: Gaming store own gets herself in a game she didn't want to play, one that's about life and death.

This mystery novel is for the game nerd in all of us (well, maybe just me). Autumn is an irreverent game shop owner with quirky friends and some surprising problems. As the problems get worse, she has to get solving. This book winks at many, many nerd franchises, like D & D and Veronica Mars. The storyline is fast-paced, and any nerd/ nerd-adjacent person
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a delightful, amusing and unique little tale “No Saving Throw” by Kristin McFarland was! It is a cozy mystery novel with a difference - it is set in the world of gaming.

‘Ten Again’ is a tabletop gaming store that attracts nerds of every kind and nurtures a community that the owner, Autumn is pretty proud of—a community that also keeps her business afloat. And now that Autumn is in contention for a grant, ‘Ten Again’s’ future is looking brighter. However, audacious Autumn has some quirky fri
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, uno19, mystery
When I saw this book on Netgalley I immediately wanted to read it. The main character owns and runs a gaming store, and there were lots of nerd references in many genres. (I personally really like that it's a female too, and that both males and females are represented as loving to play.)

No Saving Throw has a lot of the familiar cozy mystery elements, but instead of tons of references to food, or quilts we get references to nerd culture.

When a customer is murdered during a gaming event, Autumn w
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dungeons & Dragons Death
Triple D's!
See what i did there?

Drizzt Do'Urden vs Harry Potter. Who wins? I'm a proud nerd.

Some books all it takes is a page or two to connect with the main character. A chapter or two to connect with the story. This unfortunately is missing that something something.
Maybe i could cast a spell to change that.

Murder at a Dungeons and Dragons get together.
The participants will "Scooby it up" to solve the case.

If you don't get that Scooby Doo reference, don't know
Cynthia Moore
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this new release, Autumn owns a gaming store. This store is located in an indoor mall. During a game night sponsored by the store, one of the young people is found dead. The police arrest some of the store employees and Autumn sets out to prove that they didn't do it. We then taken through several days of sneaking around and searching for proof. I found this book very interesting. I think I am older than most people who LARP for fun. I did, however catch every TV or movie geeky reference to s ...more
Ashley Reyes
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

I’m a huge nerd. Let’s just put that out there first. I’ve LARPed, I do tabletop, I do video games, and I play consoles. That doesn’t include my deep knowledge of all things sci fi and fantasy either. So, when I say I know this culture, I really do. I loved this story. The small business aspect of owning a local game store was great, the mystery was wonderful, and the references were fun without being too obscure. I would be int
Lelia Taylor
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
3.5 stars

I surprised myself by wanting to read this book because I’m about as far from being a gamer as I could possibly be but a couple of things drew me to it. First, I’m really overdone with the crafty and culinary cozies and, while I’ll certainly keep reading some of those, I appreciate the thought of something just a little bit different. Secondly, I may not be a gamer but my grandson is and I’ve at least picked up some of the jargon when he tells me about campaigns and so forth. Besides, w
Coralee Hicks
In book One of the Ten Again Series, McFarland introduces the reader to the world of gaming. Autumn speaks to us in first person, sharing her insights as a gaming shop owner in White Lake, a town in rural Wisconsin.

The book opens with a frenzied scene, involving LARP's, RPG vampires, a draft for Spellcasters, a shop filled with a hundred preteens plus a creepy guy in a suit brandishing a letter opener. Presenting a calming influence is Jordan, Autumn's best friend since elementary school. She i
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a fun twist on the usual cozy mystery, this one is set in the gaming world of nerds and geeks. Autumn has returned to her hometown after earning her MBA and has opened a gaming store, specializing in Live Action Role Playing games (LARPs). Returning home, she has also returned to old grudges from high school...and old friends. Things are going great until a young role player is murdered in the mall. Was it his fellow gamers? Or is more involved? If you like Dr. Who, Scooby Doo, and games, giv ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what the title has to do with the story but I enjoyed the story. It's different than most cozy mysteries in the settings and the characters and that definitely made it a pleasure to read . #NoSavingThrow #NetGalley
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good cozy! I enjoyed the unusual setting, the cast of characters and the plot.
The book is well written, the character fleshed out and the mystery keep you guessing till the end.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Felicia's Bookshelf
Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was looking forward to this new series being a Tabletop Board gamer myself. But, when I started reading, I was highly disappointed.
The writing was off, no character development. I didn’t care for any of the characters. The reason why the killer killed someone made no sense.
I wish the author took more time with character development and did more research on nerds in the gaming community.
Thank you goes out to Netgalley and Diversion Books for providing me with an advanced digital read. The op
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book through NetGalley.
Autumn's tabletop gaming store is doing well, until one of her LARPers is murdered, his friends are suspected and a rival wants to see her thrown out of a grant competition and the mall.
So many nerd culture references. I enjoyed almost everything about this book. The mystery is well plotted, the characters are people I would (mostly) like to get to know better. Highly recommended for anyone interested in gaming and roleplay.
Apr 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
This was a really fun hobby cozy. I was attracted to reading it because it featured a different kind of hobby that I normally don’t see a mystery written about. It’s everything you want a cozy mystery to be!
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

You may be wondering exactly what a “saving throw” is, why Autumn Sinclair doesn’t have one – and why she needs one so very badly.

If you are familiar with role-playing-games like Dungeons and Dragons, you are already familiar with the concept of a saving throw. In those games, characters often stroll, walk, skulk or stride into danger – all of it controlled by rolls of multi-sided dice.

(All dice have multiple sides, the standard die you’re probably thinking
Diane Hernandez
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
No Saving Throw is a cozy mystery set in the nerdy world of Dungeons & Dragons. If the D&D term “No Saving Throw” is unfamiliar, it means you can’t roll the dice to prevent or mitigate the awful thing that just occurred. Also, it means this book may not be a good choice for you.

Autumn is the owner of a gaming store especially role-playing ones like Dungeons & Dragons. When a gamer dies, Autumn decides to protect her gaming friends, and her store’s reputation, by finding the murderer
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Autumn is home after earning her MBA and owns a gaming store in a mall. The store "Ten Again" specializes in LARPs (Live Action Role Playing) and Autumn is making a good existence and is looking into getting a grant will give her some room to breathe. However, when a gaming night sponsored by the store finds a young person dead then all bets are off. The police arrest some of her store employees and Autumn sets out to prove them innocent. Her best friend Jordan is a police officer so that helps ...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Queen)ஐ
This was good, but not great. I put it down to go to bed 83% of the way in and just couldn't get back into it. Too many college kids were recruited to help her investigate. Too much confrontation with the would-be murderers. I'm a geek through and through and read a lot of mysteries... the author was good at throwing you off the real suspect, but there was too many things happening. Too many people involved. I'd read another Ten Again mystery ...but I wouldn't pay for it. This was NOT worth the ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A solid, twisting mystery. Even while congratulating myself for figuring out the culprit, there was still one more unexpected twist. The ending really made this book for me.

I wanted a better feel for Autumn in this. I never clicked with her, which is a big factor for me with books in general and especially with cozies. I will try book 2 and see if we get some more character development since the mystery itself was so good. (Language, LGBTQ)
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a shorter young adult book that teen gamers will love. Autumn runs a game store called Ten Again that caters to nerdy kids and adults that like role playing card games and online team challenges. When one of the gamers is killed she helps police officer Jordon realize it’s not a simple open and shut murder. This is book 1 in the new Ten Again series. I received a copy of this arc in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Janet Graham
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cozy Mystery With Role Playing Games
This fun cozy mystery has role-playing games at its epicenter. Much of what was said and references made sailed right over my head. That did not take anything away from my enjoyment of the story. The story has a good plot and a good cast of characters. The mystery has lots of good angles and a surprising ending that I never saw coming. Very good book! I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Fun mystery related to a table-top game store, though with some tweaks the mystery story could have been in any setting. I enjoyed the geeky references, and for a change I guessed who the killer was but didn't have all the info until the end of the book. I rarely guess so I was proud of myself.
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Very sweet cozy mystery. I enjoyed the setting and the main characters felt well rounded. Nice, easy read if you like the genre or gaming. I look forward reading more in the series.
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Kristin McFarland has a Master of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University, which launched her on a short-lived but very exciting career as a newspaper reporter. After graduate school, she worked for five different newspapers around the country, writing about politics, crime, arts, environmental issues, crack addicts, prostitutes, and parades. She eventually wised up and decided that making up p ...more