Wine and Punishment (Literary Pub Mystery, #1)
In the first in an engaging new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox, the owner of a charming literary pub finds her fresh start on the rocks thanks to a case of murder.   Booklover Sadie Coleman knows that in life, as in fiction, the right setting can make a world of difference. The small town of Shady Creek, Vermont, seems like the perfect place to start over after losing her Boston job to a merger and her relationship to her ex’s gambling addiction. She’s bought and redecorated the old grist mill pub, transforming the Inkwell into a cozy spot where tourists and regulars alike can enjoy a pint or a literary-themed cocktail, or join one of several book clubs.   Little by little, Sadie is adjusting to the rhythms of her new home. Fall in Shady Creek is bookmarked by the much-anticipated Autumn Festival, complete with a pumpkin catapult competition and pie bake-off. Unfortunately, the season also brings an unwelcome visitor—Sadie’s ex, Eric, who’s angling for a second chance . . .   Before Sadie can tell Eric to leave, he’s found dead near the Inkwell. When the local antique shop catches fire on the same night, it’s clear the town is harboring at least one unsavory character. Now, with her Aunt Gilda, her friend Shontelle, and the pub’s patrons all in the mix, Sadie must uncover the truth . . . before a killer declares last call.

Wine and Punishment (Literary Pub Mystery, #1) Details

TitleWine and Punishment (Literary Pub Mystery, #1)
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ReleaseDec 18th, 2018
PublisherKensington
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GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery

Wine and Punishment (Literary Pub Mystery, #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox is the first book in the new cozy Literary Pub Mystery series. The setting for this series is just as it may sound, a Literary Pub owned by booklover Sadie Coleman who has opened the Inkwell in an attempt to restart her life in a new town.Sadie had lost her job due to a business merger and she had become fed up with dealing with her ex’s gambling addiction so she chose to move to Shady Creek, Vermont for a fresh start. Sadie’s bookish side put a spin on the Inkwe Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox is the first book in the new cozy Literary Pub Mystery series. The setting for this series is just as it may sound, a Literary Pub owned by booklover Sadie Coleman who has opened the Inkwell in an attempt to restart her life in a new town.Sadie had lost her job due to a business merger and she had become fed up with dealing with her ex’s gambling addiction so she chose to move to Shady Creek, Vermont for a fresh start. Sadie’s bookish side put a spin on the Inkwell in which she serves up themed cocktails and hosts many book club events in her literary themed rooms.Enjoying her new life the last person Sadie wanted to walk in was her ex, Eric, so when she sees he’s shown up in her new town she dodges a confrontation heading out to her original plans for the night. However, when Eric’s body is found shortly after Sadie wishes she had taken the time to hear him out and find out just what brought him to her new town.Wine and Punishment was a solid start to this new series. The author did a nice job setting up a mystery upon mystery to solve and keep a reader on their toes guessing with plenty of suspects. I did find myself wishing I had developed a stronger connection to the characters in this opener, perhaps it’s due to reading so many cozies or that they truly did need more depth to them but so far no one was really standing out and making me fall in love with the charming town just yet but I would be interested to see what happens in book two.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Gail C.
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and Punishment is the first book in a proposed new cozy series from author Sarah Fox. In this series, Sadie Coleman is picking up the pieces from a job loss and a broken relationship by buying a pub located in an old mill in a small town in Vermont. Her aunt has a hair salon there, which is Sadie’s connection to the town. In this first book, Sadie’s ability to settle happily into her new life is almost immediately interrupted by a series of unsettling circumstances along with a couple of m Wine and Punishment is the first book in a proposed new cozy series from author Sarah Fox. In this series, Sadie Coleman is picking up the pieces from a job loss and a broken relationship by buying a pub located in an old mill in a small town in Vermont. Her aunt has a hair salon there, which is Sadie’s connection to the town. In this first book, Sadie’s ability to settle happily into her new life is almost immediately interrupted by a series of unsettling circumstances along with a couple of murders. The troubling events start with Sadie finding all four tires of her car slashed when she goes out early one morning to do some running around. Almost immediately she encounters the dead body of her former boyfriend. Are the two events related? Is Sadie being targeted? What has she done to deserve this? As Sadie becomes a suspect in her ex’s murder, she decides she must solve the question of who killed him. Along the way the reader is introduced to Sadie’s aunt, who represents a strong support system along with the hunky, single guy for whom Sadie denies her growing attraction. Add to the mix a couple of employees for Sadie, Mel and Damien, who may develop stronger personalities and voices of their own in future books, a picturesque Vermont town in fall with leaves turning and a charming fall festival that serves to draw in tourists and please both them and the townspeople. All these combine to give weight to the book, although they seem to be more trope-like in terms of what you typically find in a cozy mystery book than actual characters who serve a strong purpose in furthering the story. Because this is the first in a proposed series, these characters may develop stronger voices of their own as the series continues and they are written in more depth. It will be entertaining to have more of the town of Shady Grove described as the series moves forward. Hopefully, the reader will get a greater opportunity to see as well as experience the charms of a small new-england village.Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to the next book in the series to learn more of Sadie’s adventures as well as having the opportunity to delve further into the personalities of the secondary characters.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    I am a fan of this author's Pancake House Mystery so when I read that she had a new series coming out centered around a pub with a literary theme I was intrigued. I thought this was a solid start to a new series. I enjoyed stepping into the the world of the Inkwell, which is a great name for the pub, and getting to know Sadie Coleman, and the rest of the characters. I think that as the series progresses and the characters are developed more that readers will take to them. I just felt that in thi I am a fan of this author's Pancake House Mystery so when I read that she had a new series coming out centered around a pub with a literary theme I was intrigued. I thought this was a solid start to a new series. I enjoyed stepping into the the world of the Inkwell, which is a great name for the pub, and getting to know Sadie Coleman, and the rest of the characters. I think that as the series progresses and the characters are developed more that readers will take to them. I just felt that in this first book we didn't really get to know some of the more prominent secondary characters enough. They mystery was well done, but a little drawn out for me. I didn't guess the identity of the killer but thought it could have been wrapped up a bit quicker. There was a part in the middle of the book, when incidents just kept happening to Sadie that I thought the book dragged for me.Overall, I liked this first book and think with some more character development and shortened mysteries that series has really good promise to stick around for awhile. I voluntarily read a digital ARC provided to me by the publisher, Lyrical Underground, through Netgalley.
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  • Tari
    January 1, 1970
    This was seriously so good I could barely put it down. I did manage to squeeze in the time to read it all in one day. I really loved this first in a new series, and I'm already anxious to read the next book.Sadie Coleman had moved to Shady Creek, VT after losing her job leaving a lying, dishonest ex-boyfriend behind. Eric was apparently so determined to win her back that he'd bought a ring and traveled from Boston to Shady Creek, but he ended up dead before he could do anything with that ring. S This was seriously so good I could barely put it down. I did manage to squeeze in the time to read it all in one day. I really loved this first in a new series, and I'm already anxious to read the next book.Sadie Coleman had moved to Shady Creek, VT after losing her job leaving a lying, dishonest ex-boyfriend behind. Eric was apparently so determined to win her back that he'd bought a ring and traveled from Boston to Shady Creek, but he ended up dead before he could do anything with that ring. Sadie was the person of interest even though she insisted she hadn't seen the man when he was in town, nor had she spoken to him in over four months. The side story of Sadie's neighboring small business owner, Grayson Blake was interesting. He seemed to have a chip on his shoulder concerning her, but everyone else swore he was so nice and polite. It was a nice switch-up to have a female detective in charge of the case. She was by-the-book, but she was very fair and didn't jump to the conclusion of Sadie or anyone else being guilty until evidence pointed that way. Despite their initial differences, Grayson came in very handy towards the end, and it seems as though he and Sadie could be making amends and even becoming friendlier. I really enjoyed the character of Aunt Gilda! Everyone needs an aunt like her. She was completely in favor of Sadie buying the old mill and leaving it as a pub (but adding books) even though Sadie's mom wasn't. Gilda offered her a place to stay a couple of times when someone was threatening Sadie. The showdown was pretty exciting and led to a fun ending. For drink and muffin fans, there are three drink recipes at the end and a recipe for carrot muffins. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher which in no way swayed how or if I would write a favorable review. My opinions are my own.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    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 anti 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.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox is the 1st book in Literary Pub Mystery, and a great start. Sadie Coleman loves books, and she is happy about a new beginning in Shady Creek, Vermont, where she bought a pub, calling it Inkwell. Sadie lost her job in Boston, and broke up with Eric, her ex because his gambling debt, before moving to Shady Creek. Sadie is busy with Autumn Festival in town, when she hears Eric is looking for her because he wants her back. Before Sadie talks to Eric, he is found dead Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox is the 1st book in Literary Pub Mystery, and a great start. Sadie Coleman loves books, and she is happy about a new beginning in Shady Creek, Vermont, where she bought a pub, calling it Inkwell. Sadie lost her job in Boston, and broke up with Eric, her ex because his gambling debt, before moving to Shady Creek. Sadie is busy with Autumn Festival in town, when she hears Eric is looking for her because he wants her back. Before Sadie talks to Eric, he is found dead. Not only is this book an exciting mystery but also very refreshing and a quick read. If you love fun cozy mysteries, which are my favorite, I recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the idea of a literary pub. The story was well written and the mystery itself kept me guessing until the end.Sadie is a fun, likeable character who I am looking forward to getting to know.I recommend this book and happily give it 5 stars.I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    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 l 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!
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The first book of a new series from an author I enjoy. It is an easy read and the writing flows smoothly. However, I never attached to the characters. I didn't think much of the protagonist, Sadie Coleman. I felt she cross the line when she went peeking places.Sadie is visiting a town in Vermont and sees a grist mill which she is able to buy. It was a pub and she added special cocktail drinks and literary sections so book clubs can meet and discuss books. Her ex-boyfriend comes to town and is mu The first book of a new series from an author I enjoy. It is an easy read and the writing flows smoothly. However, I never attached to the characters. I didn't think much of the protagonist, Sadie Coleman. I felt she cross the line when she went peeking places.Sadie is visiting a town in Vermont and sees a grist mill which she is able to buy. It was a pub and she added special cocktail drinks and literary sections so book clubs can meet and discuss books. Her ex-boyfriend comes to town and is murder. Sadie has an alibi and she hears nothing from the police. Sadie is being dazzled by someone. She decides she must find the guilty party before her new life becomes broken. The ending is unusual and creative. I recommend this book.Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and Punishment is the debut of the Literary Pub Mystery series set in the small town of Shady Creek, VT and featuring Sadie Coleman. Sadie has left her job and her gambling ex boyfriend behind in Boston and sunk her life savings into purchasing the old gristmill turned pub and creating the Inkwell, a book themed pub.It's time for the annual Autumn Festival and Sadie is looking forward to having a booth on the Town Green which will feature samples of her delicious drinks named after famous b Wine and Punishment is the debut of the Literary Pub Mystery series set in the small town of Shady Creek, VT and featuring Sadie Coleman. Sadie has left her job and her gambling ex boyfriend behind in Boston and sunk her life savings into purchasing the old gristmill turned pub and creating the Inkwell, a book themed pub.It's time for the annual Autumn Festival and Sadie is looking forward to having a booth on the Town Green which will feature samples of her delicious drinks named after famous books, authors and characters. The two employees that she inherited with the pub, Damien and Mel, are working on building a pumpkin catapult and helping to keep things running smoothly. Sadie is also thankful for her Aunt Gilda and her new friend Shontelle who are both helping her to settle into the community.Things are looking up until her ex boyfriend, Eric appears in the bar and not looking for a public confrontation, Sadie and Shontelle sneak out the back door. On the way back from Aunt Gilda's birthday party Sadie comes across the local antique store which is fully engulfed in flames, the next day rumors swirl that the fire was arson.The only person that is not very welcoming is brewery owner, Grayson Blake. While all of the other women in town think he's dreamy, Sadie can't understand what they all see in the grumpy man. After finding her tires slashed Sadie confronts Grayson in his driveway and they are both sidetracked from the argument when Grayson's dog discovers a dead body on the bank of the creek. Shockingly, the body turns out to be none other than Eric and it's no surprise when Sadie becomes the primary suspect in his murder.Determined to clear her name, Sadie sets out to investigate and ultimately finds herself the killers target. A series of cruel pranks and another bout of arson threaten to drive Sadie and her fluffy cat Wimsey away, but an unlikely ally comes to her aid and together they uncover a murderer.A terrific debut with a fast paced plot. The author creates a cozy town setting and a wonderful cast of main characters. So many possibilities lie ahead for the series, the creation of the different book clubs, a possible friendship between Sadie and Grayson, etc. I will definitely be on the lookout for the second in the series.I received an advanced copy of Wine and Punishment from NetGalley via Kensington Books. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion.
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  • Liz Caldwell
    January 1, 1970
    Sadie Coleman has left behind her Boston job and her ex-boyfriend for the small town of Shady Creek, Vermont and bought the old grist mill pub, turning it into a pub with literary-themed drinks and book clubs to build on the local and tourist trade. Then her ex shows up, she has a face-off with the local brewery owner, her ex turns up dead between the pub and the brewery, and there's a fire at the local antique shop. To add to the fun, someone is vandalizing her car and her pub.This is a delight Sadie Coleman has left behind her Boston job and her ex-boyfriend for the small town of Shady Creek, Vermont and bought the old grist mill pub, turning it into a pub with literary-themed drinks and book clubs to build on the local and tourist trade. Then her ex shows up, she has a face-off with the local brewery owner, her ex turns up dead between the pub and the brewery, and there's a fire at the local antique shop. To add to the fun, someone is vandalizing her car and her pub.This is a delightful first book in a new series. The town is charming, though it has its share of secrets and competitiveness. The characters could be a little better fleshed out, but they are likable and believable. The pub offers plenty of potential for all kinds of activities, positive and nefarious. Sadie is a young woman finding her strengths, and it would be hard not to root for her. I look forward to watching her growth as the series continues.This voluntary review is based on an ARC received from the author.
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  • Maranda
    January 1, 1970
    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. 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."
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and Punishment is the first book in Sarah Fox’s Literary Pub Mystery series and is a solid start to a new series. The characters are likable, but I would have liked to have more background information on the prominent secondary characters. This is an easy read, and the writing flows smoothly at a steady pace with lots of twists, red herrings, and suspects.Looking for a new start after leaving her gambling-addicted and lying live-in boyfriend, Sadie Coleman decided to move from Boston to the Wine and Punishment is the first book in Sarah Fox’s Literary Pub Mystery series and is a solid start to a new series. The characters are likable, but I would have liked to have more background information on the prominent secondary characters. This is an easy read, and the writing flows smoothly at a steady pace with lots of twists, red herrings, and suspects.Looking for a new start after leaving her gambling-addicted and lying live-in boyfriend, Sadie Coleman decided to move from Boston to the small town of Shady Creek, Vermont where her Aunt Gilda lives and owns a hair salon. Sadie bought the old grist mill and is transformed the Inkwell into a cozy pub where tourists and residents can enjoy a beer or literary-themed cocktail. She lives in the apartment above the pub with her cat, Wimsey, and plans to host several genre-specific book clubs that will meet in the Inkwell. Two of the previous pub’s employees, Melanie Costas and Damien Keys, stayed on, but Sadie was still looking for a chef. She’s become fast friends with Shontelle Williams, a single mother of an eight-year-old daughter, and owner of the gift shop, the Treasure Chest, across the village green from the Inkwell. Sadie wanted to show her community spirit, so she and her staff are decorating and preparing for the town’s annual Autumn Festival. Shortly before she left for her aunt’s birthday dinner, Sadie learns her ex-boyfriend, Eric Jensen, who she has no interest in seeing, is in Shady Creek and looking for her. On the way home from the birthday dinner at Louie Edmonds’ home, she learns a fire has broken out at a local antique store, and the next morning she discovers all four of her car’s tires have been slashed. Thinking Grayson Blake, the owner of Spirit Hill Brewery, a local craft brewery, might be responsible, she confronts him and while they are walking with his dog, Bowie, they discover Eric’s body by the creek. After Eric’s death is ruled a homicide, Sadie worries that she’s a suspect, and she’s determined to clear her name. After she’s cleared, Sadie continues to investigate and finds herself in harm’s way. As a series of malicious pranks and more crimes are committed in Shady Creek, Sadie wonders if everything is related and if she’s being targeted because she’s not welcome in town.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWINE 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 Sadi 3.5 starsWINE 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.
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  • RoloPoloBookBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and Punishment by Sarah FoxBook #1: Literary Pub MysterySource: NetGalleyMy Rating: 4/5 stars**MINI-REVIEW**The Bottom Line: I have to say, I have really been fortunate to come across some excellent new cozy mystery series this year! As you might suspect, Wine and Punishment is one I am glad to have run across as it combines two of my favorite things, a brewery/pub setting and a book theme. As far as the story itself goes, I was pretty much hooked from the beginning. Sadie is trying hard to Wine and Punishment by Sarah FoxBook #1: Literary Pub MysterySource: NetGalleyMy Rating: 4/5 stars**MINI-REVIEW**The Bottom Line: I have to say, I have really been fortunate to come across some excellent new cozy mystery series this year! As you might suspect, Wine and Punishment is one I am glad to have run across as it combines two of my favorite things, a brewery/pub setting and a book theme. As far as the story itself goes, I was pretty much hooked from the beginning. Sadie is trying hard to fit into to her new community and her new life and that is made all the more difficult when her ex is found dead, she suspects the local most eligible bachelor, and the bad just keeps piling up. What I like most of Sadie is her determination to save the new life she has begun to build for herself. She isn’t going down without a fight and if that means she must solve a mystery on her own then she is absolutely going to do so. What’s more, Sadie isn’t the type of woman to fall for the first fine man she meets (plus she thinks he’s guilty of murder!) which makes for a decent level of personal and interpersonal tension throughout the read. I found the mystery itself to be interesting but made all the more fun and enjoyable because of the cast of characters and the fantastic setting. For sure, I will be coming back for more of this awesome and can’t wait to see how the bar and the community grow as they embrace Sadie and her brand of community spirit(s)!!
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    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 m 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.
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  • Miss W Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and Punishment is the First Book in The Literary Pub Mystery Series by Author Sarah Fox. First of all, A Literary Pub as a locale? FANTASTIC! Such a unique setting a pub with BOOKS! Whats not to love? Well there is the small case of the murder. In Wine and Punishment we meet Bookworm Sadie Coleman who has moved to Shady Creek, Vermont and restored an old grist mill pub, the Inkwell and turning it into a premium location for tourist and locals where they can enjoy cocktails and books. Unfort Wine and Punishment is the First Book in The Literary Pub Mystery Series by Author Sarah Fox. First of all, A Literary Pub as a locale? FANTASTIC! Such a unique setting a pub with BOOKS! Whats not to love? Well there is the small case of the murder. In Wine and Punishment we meet Bookworm Sadie Coleman who has moved to Shady Creek, Vermont and restored an old grist mill pub, the Inkwell and turning it into a premium location for tourist and locals where they can enjoy cocktails and books. Unfortunately, Saide's ex shows up trying to win her back, but before he has a chance, he is found dead very close to the Literary Pub. Then the antique shop catches on fire. Sadie is on the case with the help of her aunt and her friend Shontelle. I absolutely DEVOURED this book. It is so captivating, a real page turner. The characters are so well developed and the plot is very well thought out. The setting is so unique and so well described. I was so surprised by the ending too! Highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the next book in the series.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    After a break-up with her long time boyfriend, Sadie moves to Shady Creek, Vermont, buys an old building and opens up a literary themed pub. Cute concept! However, the story doesn't deal much with the day-to-day events at the pub, but more with events around the town, including the Autumn Festival. It was a good way to introduce many characters, but I felt the central theme of the pub wasn't given enough attention. I hope this is remedied in future installments. There seem to be a lot of possibi After a break-up with her long time boyfriend, Sadie moves to Shady Creek, Vermont, buys an old building and opens up a literary themed pub. Cute concept! However, the story doesn't deal much with the day-to-day events at the pub, but more with events around the town, including the Autumn Festival. It was a good way to introduce many characters, but I felt the central theme of the pub wasn't given enough attention. I hope this is remedied in future installments. There seem to be a lot of possibilities for future books in this series. Sadie is a strong character and I can see some good mysteries in her future! I can't wait to read them.A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 follow 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.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for an honest review.This cozy series starter is a great introduction to a new setting and character. While it uses a lot of the standard and expected genre conventions, the author made choices within these expectations that kept the story entertaining (I'd like a literary pub near me, please, and I'm eager to learn more about the neighboring brewer's past).
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  • Jennifer Ritter
    January 1, 1970
    Wine and Punishment is the first book in Sarah Fox’s new Literary Pub Mystery series. Sadie Coleman has recently relocated from Boston to Shady Creek, Vermont. She came to visit her Aunt Gilda after breaking up with long time boyfriend Eric Jense, but fell for the area and decided to stay. Eric’s chronic gambling and lying had finally pushed her away from him and her old life.Now she has purchased the old mill and converted the former bar to a literary pub where she lives in the upstairs apartme Wine and Punishment is the first book in Sarah Fox’s new Literary Pub Mystery series. Sadie Coleman has recently relocated from Boston to Shady Creek, Vermont. She came to visit her Aunt Gilda after breaking up with long time boyfriend Eric Jense, but fell for the area and decided to stay. Eric’s chronic gambling and lying had finally pushed her away from him and her old life.Now she has purchased the old mill and converted the former bar to a literary pub where she lives in the upstairs apartment. The pub is serving as a local meeting place, watering hole, and host to a variety of book clubs and events. Luckily, former employees of the previous owner, Mel and Damien, have decided to stay on, and between the three of them they are making it work. The three of them are working together to give the Pub a positive presence at the annual Autumn Festival, and sharing the workload at the pub.On the evening of her Aunt Gilda’s birthday, as she and best friend and fellow small business owner, Shontelle Williams, are ready to depart, Mel comes to Sadie’s apartment to tell her Eric the ex is downstairs in the pub. Sadie and Shontelle sneak out the back door and head to a pleasant evening at Louie Edmonds, Aunt Gilda’s fellow, home for the celebration. As they are walking home later in the evening they encounter Grayson Blake, owner of Spirit Hill Brewery located adjacent to the Inkwell. While the town seems to be enamored with Grayson, Sadie has always found him to be aloof and borderline rude. As they run into each other, they smell smoke and find the local antique market ablaze. The following morning Sadie finds her tires slashed and confronts her neighbor to see if, and why, he would do such a thing. She encounters him on his driveway with his white German shepherd, Bowie. When Bowie takes off, they follow him to get him back under control before coming to the road. But not only do they find Bowie, they also find Eric’s lifeless body.In the ensuing days, while clearing her own name and seeking justice for Eric, Sadie is plagued by threatening events, including a gasoline can set by her back door, a fire set to an out building, being grabbed from behind as she leaves her friend’s after dinner, and the egging of her entire building. And at this point the story takes off into well woven twists and turns to lead to a very unexpected climax!I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more in the series. I do recommend it!
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    WINE AND PUNISHMENT by Sarah FoxThe First Literary Pub MysterySadie 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 sh WINE AND PUNISHMENT by Sarah FoxThe First Literary Pub MysterySadie 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.
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  • Lghiggins
    January 1, 1970
    I stayed up obscenely late to finish Wine and Punishment, the first book in Sarah Fox’s new series, and I don’t regret it at all. Engaged in the plot all the way through, I could not have predicted the ending. It has an action packed conclusion, and the murderer reveal is quite astonishing.Sadie buys a picturesque old mill located in Shady Creek, Vermont, that had been turned into a pub by its previous owner. Anxious to be successful in her first business venture, she participates in the town’s I stayed up obscenely late to finish Wine and Punishment, the first book in Sarah Fox’s new series, and I don’t regret it at all. Engaged in the plot all the way through, I could not have predicted the ending. It has an action packed conclusion, and the murderer reveal is quite astonishing.Sadie buys a picturesque old mill located in Shady Creek, Vermont, that had been turned into a pub by its previous owner. Anxious to be successful in her first business venture, she participates in the town’s annual Autumn Festival. All but two of the town residents are welcoming until Sadie’s ex-boyfriend from Boston turns up in town—dead. Then rumors start to fly. Various threads, including a gambling problem and industrial espionage, lead to potential suspects. Sadie does some investigating on her own with a backdrop of personal attacks against her.There are lots of interesting characters including Sadie’s two employees, a handsome, but mysteriously disgruntled craft brewery owner, her supportive Aunt Gilda, her new friend Shontelle, and lots of local regulars at the pub. Cat lovers will enjoy the frequent appearance of Sadie’s cat Wimsey.What makes this cozy mystery extra fun is the literary theme of the pub which Sadie renames the Inkwell. In addition to all the bookshelves in the main room, there are more in the two overflow rooms. Sadie names one of them the Christie room for Agatha Christie, one of her favorite mystery authors, and she decorates it with appropriate memorabilia. These two rooms will also be reserved as needed for the book clubs she is forming. Going beyond the physical facility, Sadie creates literary themed cocktails and in the future, when she can find a chef, the pub will have cuisine with a literary motif. Book lovers will find all these details icing on the cozy mystery cake.I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    A good start to a new series which is set in Shady Creek, Vermont. The town, & the pub, the Inkwell, that Sadie, the main character owns, sound like places you'd want to visit. I truly loved the description of the Inkwell & the little footbridge you need to cross to enter the pub. The description of the little creek made it so easy to not only picture, but to hear it babbling.I do wish publishers would allow a small map to be included because I was confused about where the shops were on A good start to a new series which is set in Shady Creek, Vermont. The town, & the pub, the Inkwell, that Sadie, the main character owns, sound like places you'd want to visit. I truly loved the description of the Inkwell & the little footbridge you need to cross to enter the pub. The description of the little creek made it so easy to not only picture, but to hear it babbling.I do wish publishers would allow a small map to be included because I was confused about where the shops were on the village green & where the Inkwell was in relation to the green. The author did give descriptions of where things were located, but I was still confused, so it could just be me. The mystery was excellent, & not easy to solve. I certainly didn't figure it out!. But it did make perfect sense. It truly had me going "one more chapter".The literary themed cocktails were a very creative touch & sounded really good too. Some recipes are included for them which is a nice touch.My favorite character was Grayson Blake, owner of the Spirit Hill Brewery located next to the pub. He was a fun character & if he turns into a love interest for Sadie maybe he can loosen her up. Sadie seems awfully serious for somebody who's only 30. I thought that there was just the right amount of characters introduced in this 1st book. Maybe they weren't all totally fleshed out, but I felt I had enough info to know them. I'm sure as the series progresses we'll get to know them better.All in all, a strong start to a new series & I'm looking forward to the next book.I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity to review this debut cozy mystery series. My opinion is my own. i am delighted with this new debut cozy mystery series ! This was a wonderful read and i look forward to further books in the series in the future. Very well done to the author ! This the "Literary Pub Mystery series". Sadie is the protagonist and her new pub is just opened in a small New England town. A fall festival is beautifully described throughout this book. She Thank you to Net Galley and to the publisher for the opportunity to review this debut cozy mystery series. My opinion is my own. i am delighted with this new debut cozy mystery series ! This was a wonderful read and i look forward to further books in the series in the future. Very well done to the author ! This the "Literary Pub Mystery series". Sadie is the protagonist and her new pub is just opened in a small New England town. A fall festival is beautifully described throughout this book. She already is doing well as the pub had a great following of locals. She lives above the pub and is enjoying her life in her new town and making friends. Sadie is a complex interesting character of varied interest. of particular interest to this reader is her great love of books and her book collection that was delightful to read about. She brings the town together through reading and holds book clubs . This was a very enjoyable aspect of this book. Sadie’s nefarious ex boyfriend surfaces and is found dead. Now a suspect, Sadie wants to find who killed the louse. Sadie has a unfortunate series of incidents after his death that threaten her life. She is supported by her regulars and friends and soon has a suspect in her sights. This was such a fun mystery that is very well crafted with lots of twist and turns to keep me guessing. i enjoyed the book aspect of the series and I like the supporting charcters. There is much to like here and i look forward to the next in series and Sadie's next adventure in sleuthing.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Don't miss this new series set in the small community of Shady Creek, with a big hearted protagonist who runs the new pub in town! And this isn't just any new pub, but a literary themed pub with book club dates and themed drinks for all! Sadie is fleeing the big city of Boston to be closer to family and her dreams of incorporating her love of books into a successful business. Before long, an uninvited guest shows up in her pub and she quickly runs the other way. Unfortunately, this would be the Don't miss this new series set in the small community of Shady Creek, with a big hearted protagonist who runs the new pub in town! And this isn't just any new pub, but a literary themed pub with book club dates and themed drinks for all! Sadie is fleeing the big city of Boston to be closer to family and her dreams of incorporating her love of books into a successful business. Before long, an uninvited guest shows up in her pub and she quickly runs the other way. Unfortunately, this would be the last time she would see her ex-boyfriend Eric and would never get to ask him why he was showing up unexpectedly in her new town, unannounced. His body would be discovered the next day by Sadie, when confronting her arch-nemisis, Grayson Blake. While Sadie tries to uncover the truth surrounding Eric's murder, we learn more about the new characters of Shady Creek. You will enjoy the personalities and characteristics that make each member of town a special player in the story. I felt the town and the literary pub was a fun setting and I loved how the author mentioned so many of my own favorite authors and stories (Nancy Drew, Baby-Sitters Club, Jody Holford, and so many more). The details were well developed and thought out and the reader is only wanting for the next book in the series to arrive sooner rather than later, once finished! Shady Creek, Sadie and friends have a lot to offer us as readers and I can't wait to catch up with them soon!
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    Sadie Coleman has relocated to Shady Creek, Vermont, purchased an old grist mill and turned it into a literary pub – The Inkwell, featuring a literary-themed menu and a few book clubs. The story gets off to a quick start with the pub preparing for the town’s upcoming Autumn Festival, a must participate for all local businesses. In addition, Sadie is picking up a cake for her Aunt Gilda’s birthday party and sneaks out of the pub to avoid a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend and gambling addict, Sadie Coleman has relocated to Shady Creek, Vermont, purchased an old grist mill and turned it into a literary pub – The Inkwell, featuring a literary-themed menu and a few book clubs. The story gets off to a quick start with the pub preparing for the town’s upcoming Autumn Festival, a must participate for all local businesses. In addition, Sadie is picking up a cake for her Aunt Gilda’s birthday party and sneaks out of the pub to avoid a confrontation with her ex-boyfriend and gambling addict, Eric, who is seeking to re-unite with her. On her way home from her aunt’s birthday dinner with her friend Shontelle, she runs into brewery owner Grayson Blake as they all spot flames coming from the local antiques store. Grayson calls the fire department.When Sadie discovers the tires on her car slashed the next morning, she wonders if Grayson is responsible and accuses him of having a problem with her presence in Shady Creek. Turns out a few people are unhappy with the way the mill was sold, not knowing the full story. As Grayson turns to leave, he chases his dog only to find Eric, dead at the creek side.This is Sarah Fox’s first entry in the Literary Pub Mystery series. The mystery is well plotted, sustaining interest at a steady pace. The characters are quite believable and the dialogue realistic. There are a good many twists. And the exchanges with her cat Wimsey are simply charming.
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  • Dawn Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent start to what looks to be a great new series by Sarah Fox! I read the author's other series "The Pancake House Mysteries" and I have both enjoyed them and the writing very much, so when I saw this available on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read this and I am happy to say, I was not disappointed at all! I love the setting [an old renovated mill converted into a pub] - the idea of turning a pub into a literary pub is genius. With books all around, literary-themed drinks and spa An excellent start to what looks to be a great new series by Sarah Fox! I read the author's other series "The Pancake House Mysteries" and I have both enjoyed them and the writing very much, so when I saw this available on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to read this and I am happy to say, I was not disappointed at all! I love the setting [an old renovated mill converted into a pub] - the idea of turning a pub into a literary pub is genius. With books all around, literary-themed drinks and space for book clubs to meet, it sounds like a place I wish my own town had. And the characters that both work at the pub with Sadie and around the town she lives in are fun and engaging if not a bit snotty and suspicious. I will say that I guessed who the killer was about midway [though there are plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing] and as the reveal was happening, I realized I knew the why too. And yet, this is still a 4 star read simply because the writing is very good, the characters are believable and fun and I absolutely adore the setting. And I cannot wait for the next one!!! A HUGE thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed the Pancake House series from Sarah Fox and so was eager to read this first book in her new Literary Pub series. In this very promising first book in an extremely promising new series, Sadie Coleman leaves Boston and relocates to the small town of Shady Creek, Vermont where she opens a literary pub, the Inkwell, at an old grist mill, complete with literary-themed cocktails and book clubs. The book includes a number of engaging characters and, to me, is a series that seems primed for I've enjoyed the Pancake House series from Sarah Fox and so was eager to read this first book in her new Literary Pub series. In this very promising first book in an extremely promising new series, Sadie Coleman leaves Boston and relocates to the small town of Shady Creek, Vermont where she opens a literary pub, the Inkwell, at an old grist mill, complete with literary-themed cocktails and book clubs. The book includes a number of engaging characters and, to me, is a series that seems primed for a long and fun run for cozy lovers. I especially loved the chemistry between Sadie and the brewery owner. This book, one of the best new cozies I've read this year, is one I'd highly recommend to cozy fans. Absolutely loved it.(I received a free copy of the book from the publisher, via Net Galley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.)
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