Wine and Punishment

Wine and Punishment

by Sarah Fox


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ISBN-13: 9781496718686
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Series: A Literary Pub Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 296,015
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Sarah Fox is the author of the Music Lover's Mystery series and the USA Today bestselling Pancake House Mystery series. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer, she can often be found reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel. Sarah lives in British Columbia and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada. Visit her online at

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Wine and Punishment 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MusicInPrint 5 hours ago
Love the cover! Sadie Coleman is starting over in Shady Creek, Vermont. She has purchased a historical mill that will full fill her dream of a new beginning, let her be closer to her aunt, and get away from an ex- that has wasted four years of her life. I felt disappointed that Sadie was giving the hunky leading man a hard time and that their relationship did not end with hugs. A murder, an arson, and multiple instances of vandalism plague the pages during the back drop of their Autumn Festival. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
BookMomof3 5 hours ago
Wine And Punishment is the first book in the new Literary Pub Mystery series by Sarah Fox. I enjoy the authors other series so I was excited when I heard about this one and couldn’t wait to read it. I loved this book, I didn’t want to put it down! I read it in two days. It is a solid , well written mystery, and the murder was committed in a rather interesting manner. The characters are charming and relatable. I would love to spend an afternoon having a cocktail with Sadie discussing books. And I have to mention Aunt Gilda, she’s a hoot! I am already anxious for the next book and looking forward to the Sadie’s next adventure in Shady Creek. I received an ARC of this book from the author which I voluntarily reviewed.
CozyUpWithKathy 7 hours ago
complex and compelling WINE AND PUNISHMENT by Sarah Fox The First Literary Pub Mystery Sadie Coleman is gearing up to celebrate her first Autumn Festival in Shady Creek. Proud of her newly purchased business, and thrilled that locals and tourists alike seem to like her literary themed pub, Sadie is excited to embrace the event and promote the Inkwell. Having left her gambling addicted boyfriend in Boston, Sadie's dismayed when she learns he's come to town looking for her. After avoiding him for the night, she figures she'll have to face him in the morning. What she faces, however, is the discovery of his dead body. Surely, it must have been a tragic accident, after all, no one else in town knew him...or did they? When a series of malicious acts begin plaguing her, Sadie begins to wonder if she is indeed welcome in town. Could whoever killed Eric also be the person targeting her? But why? And does any of it have to do with the arson that seemed to announce the start of the crimes in her sleepy little town? WINE AND PUNISHMENT is a wonderful start to a new series. The characters are richly drawn with many layers, some just hinted about, ready to be explored in more detail in future books. Sadie is a likable protagonist with the fun habit of having a literary bent to her exclamations as well as her beverages. Shady Creek provides a wonderful setting. Autumn in Vermont screams cozy and fun events such as a pumpkin pie contest and pumpkin catapult competition are delicious details that add to the cozy charm. I adore the idea of a pub with literary themed drinks. I'm lucky in that I have such a bar near me. It's known for its sci-fi and book named cocktails, such as The Bell Jar, Picard's Jacket, and Hufflepuff. I was excited to read about Sadie's Huckleberry Gin and Count Dracula and delighted to see some recipes at the back of the book! The mystery in the first Literary Pub Mystery was complex and compelling. Were the crimes in Shady Creek even related? It wasn't until the very end that things were made clear, and once revealed everything clicked into place. WINE AND PUNISHMENT is a smart, witty mystery that made me feel at home. I devoured this book and can't wait to read more about Sadie Coleman and her friends at the Inkwell. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
DanieleK 11 hours ago
3.5 stars WINE AND PUNISHMENT lays a strong foundation and is a great starting point for the new Literary Pub Mystery series. Its small town Vermont setting provides the perfect cozy backdrop for the story. I am completely charmed by the old grist mill pub, Inkwell, with its bookish theme and setting. I would love to visit Shady Creek, Vermont, when the fall foliage is at its peak and have a lovely cocktail at the Inkwell during a Book Club meet up. In WINE AND PUNISHMENT, we meet protagonist Sadie Coleman, a recent transplant from Boston seeking to start over after losing her job and her boyfriend Eric. She is settling in nicely with her Aunt Gilda close by and has already made a new friend Shontelle. Business is steady, and she is looking forward to the upcoming Autumn Festival. Things start to deteriorate when her tires are slashed, a local antique store goes up flames, and Eric comes to town to win Sadie back. Sadie avoids him, and is shocked to discover him murdered the next day. Sadie finds herself a suspect and must find the real killer to clear her name and find justice for Eric’s family all while facing more peril of her own. It is a treat to investigate along with Sadie as she weeds through suspects and motives. Fox provides a steady tale with plenty of red herrings. The killer, though they appear throughout the book, was never even on my radar. It is always nice to not have it all figured out until the end, but looking back there were clues that I disregarded. The mystery does drag a little in the middle, but it is enjoyable nonetheless. I like Sadie, Aunt Gilda, Shontelle, and local brewery owner Grayson Blake. There is plenty of chemistry between Sadie and Grayson, and I look forward to seeing where their friendship, or more, goes. Even though we get a good introduction to the recurring characters, I do hope that they a much more developed in future books. They have the potential to be really appealing, stellar personalities. I enjoyed WINE AND PUNISHMENT and look forward to reading more adventures featuring Sadie and friends. I received an ARC of this title from the author/publisher and voluntarily shared my thoughts here.
BookloverUT 13 hours ago
Sadie Coleman moves to the small town of Shady Creek, Vermont to renew her life and leave behind an ex with a gambling addiction. Because of her love of books, she opens a literary pub named the Inkwell. Then her ex comes to town to win her back. When his body is found near Sadie’s pub, Sadie becomes a suspect and decides a little snooping is in order. But, will this nosey Parker find herself in more trouble than she can handle? This was a good beginning to a new cozy mystery series from one of my favorite authors. The plot was engrossing and suspenseful. The setting was either fun or spooky and helped with the thrilling plot twists. The main character was very interesting and likeable. I was curious about her profession of being a pub owner, but it was not distastefully written, but had an intelligent feel. When the culprit was revealed, I didn’t remember her. She was not that prominent of a character and I felt uncertain how she related to the main plotline. I loved the recipes found at the end of the story. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
Mama_Cat 13 hours ago
I love this cozy mystery! First in A Literary Pub Mystery series, this is everything a cozy mystery should be. It is a challenge to solve, has a few red herrings that this armchair sleuth followed, the characters are delightful and well-rounded, and the setting sounds like a place I’d love to visit. The Inkwell is Sadie’s new pub, open only a few months and already popular in this New England town. The former owners also had used the picturesque gristmill as a pub, so it already had a good following, made even better with the new theme. Sadie, getting her love of books and reading from her father, has many, many books. Her beloved library is on shelves throughout the pub and in her apartment upstairs from the pub. She plans to bring people together through book clubs for various genres, and already has people interested in two different groups. Sadie left Boston and a troubled ex-boyfriend after visiting her Aunt Gilda in Vermont and learning she could purchase the pub. Eric has a gambling problem and the lies and behaviors that go along with it. Four months later, Sadie and close friend Shontelle are heading out to Aunt Gilda’s birthday dinner when one of her employees comes to tell her that her ex wants to see her. Not wanting to miss the birthday celebration, the two ladies leave out the back door. After the dinner and seeing a fire at the building with an antique shop and a vacant storefront, Sadie returns to a peaceful, closed pub with no sign of Eric. The next morning, all four of Sadie’s tires are slashed. She sees the owner of a nearby brewery, Grayson, who seems to dislike her, and asks him if he did the deed. His dog goes down to the lake near their properties and bar0ks. The German shepherd discovered the Eric’s body, covered in blood. Stunned and struggling through shock, the police allow her to go to her pub to await questioning. Now a suspect, Sadie wants to find who killed Eric for his family’s sake. Then, incidents begin to occur, including things that threaten Sadie’s life. I like Sadie, Shontelle and Gilda. Many of the pub regulars are good-hearted, friendly folks. Sadie is young and enthusiastic; she is happier with this than she was in other careers. A young mother, Shontelle and Sadie became fast friends. Gilda is the family member Sadie is closest to who encourages her and is an excellent sounding board and friend. Between this wonderful group of people and the book clubs meeting in the pub, this is a place I would love to be and can’t wait to “visit” again and hope to see more of Wimsey! What a fabulous start to this series! The author describes the New England Autumn Festival beautifully. I admit to being thoroughly stymied by this mystery. I followed a couple red herrings, even suspected someone who wasn’t on Sadie’s “list”. From a nameless creepy guy to the owner of the property that burned, Sadie considers one person after another. Grayson even makes the “list”, even though he simply doesn’t feel right. Plot twists kept me on my toes, yet never did I suspect the real bad guy. Nor did Sadie, until it was too late…I highly recommend Wine and Punishment to everyone who has enjoyed the author’s other series, book clubs and reading, New England, and classic mysteries. From a grateful heart: As a street team member, I received a copy of this novel from the author, and this is my honest review.
ArizonaJo 14 hours ago
Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox is the first in a new cozy mystery series and has one of the most unique settings of any that I have read this year. Sadie Coleman has moved to Shady Creek, Vermont and opened the Inkwell, a literary pub. I found this book to be charming and completely captivating. I liked Sadie from the beginning and was so proud of her as she faced some extremely tough situations in her new home - her new pub/home and car are vandalized, an arsonist has struck at the local antiques store, she's butting heads with the local brewery owner and her ex-boyfriend is murdered when he surprises her with an unannounced visit. I appreciated the fact that police did not immediately zero in on Sadie as the prime suspect for the murder which is definitely a change from most cozy mysteries. Sadie's Aunt Gilda and her best friend, Shontelle, were great supporting characters. I look forward to getting to know all of them better as this series progresses. The plot moved swiftly with plenty of twists and red herrings. Although there were few suspects, the twists kept me turning the pages until the end. I was gripping my chair during the reveal as Sadie was in a lot of danger. The reveal was startling and I never even came close to guessing who was behind the arson, murder and vandalization. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
BeagleGirl123 19 hours ago
I really enjoyed this first book in Sarah Fox's new Literary Pub Mystery series. Wine and Punishment takes place at a literary pub - a pub with books, how clever is that?!?! I love, love, love the idea behind this setting...and it did not disappoint! Sadie Coleman has moved to Shady Creek, Vermont after breaking up with her boyfriend, and opens the Inkwell, the aforementioned literary pub. Due to the facts that her ex-boyfriend is murdered during a surprise visit to town, an arsonist is on the loose, and she's butting heads with the handsome owner of the local brewery, Sadie may have bitten off more than she can chew, especially since the events of the annual Autumn Festival are taking up all of her time. A well-crafted cozy with what promises to be a good cast of recurring characters, I didn't guess whodunit, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. 5 stars!