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Wine and Punishment

(Literary Pub Mystery #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  739 ratings  ·  178 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published December 18th 2018 by Kensington
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Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Gail C.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s Autumn in Shady Creek, Vermont and Sadie Coleman is excited to take part in the yearly festival. You see, she is new in town and has turned the old grist mill pub into a book lover’s delight. The Inkwell is the perfect place to relax with friends or hold your book club meeting. Sadie pushed out by a merger in her old job and moving on after breaking up with her gambling lying ex is ready to make herself at home in this wonderful little town. Her literary-themed cocktails
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cozy fans
Shelves: 2020, cozy-mystery, series
I picked this up in hopes that it would distract me enough from current events and provide an engaging story to make me continue with the series. I'm happy to report both happened. Sadie Coleman is our pub-owner sleuth who also loves all things books. She's embarked on a new business, in a new town and is joining in on community events when her ex-boyfriend turns up in town and is promptly murdered. It's a problem and she'll need to solve it because beyond being thought a suspect, it may be that ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
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
Chatting About
A great debut! Fun with originality! I highly recommend!
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Fox's first Literary Pub Mystery was sheer enjoyment! Protagonist Sadie Coleman is my kind of sleuth--smart, courageous, and a wee bit nosy. The book's Vermont setting warmed my heart, and each of the characters was a delight. Just when I thought I'd ID'd the killer, I got a big surprise--an ending I never guessed! Now I'm anxious for the second installment in this charming new cozy series. ...more
Peggy R
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 ...more
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 ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Lisa Morin
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sadie is adjusting to life in a small town as the owner of a pub which has literary-themed drinks and several book clubs. While she is getting ready for the town’s fall festival her ex shows up but before she can see him, he is killed. The local antique also catches fire the same night so something is up. Sadie tries to figure out who killed her ex and why.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cats, e-books
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
Angelique Simonsen
Enjoyed this old fashioned and kinda sweet novel
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This looks like a promising new cozy mystery series! I am very pleased with the setting. The main character owns and manages a Literary Pub in Shady Creek, Vermont. There are many books inside the pub. In the main room there is a bar and tables for dining, and there are two other rooms named the Christie room (named after Agatha Christie, of course) and the Mary Stewart room. So far there are two book clubs that meet in one of the rooms, the Romance Book Club and the Mystery Book Club. Additiona ...more
Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox is the debut novel in A Literary Pub Mystery. Sadie Coleman has purchased an old grist mill in Shady Creek, Vermont. She has turned the lower floor into Inkwell, a literary themed pub. The annual Autumn Festival is scheduled to begin in four days with the pumpkin catapult contest, a pie contest (which Sadie has got roped into judging) and vendor tents. Sadie is getting ready to depart for her Aunt Gilda’s birthday party when one of her employee’s tells her that h ...more
While reading, I kept picturing this as a Hallmark movie (not necessarily a bad thing). A quick read that may be considered a "cozy mystery"...the setting was definitely a place I'd like to visit and the characters-while not completely fleshed out-were likable. #2 in the series was just published this week, so I'll check it out and see how the series moves forward.

"Booklover Sadie Coleman knows that in life, as in fiction, the right setting can make a world of difference. The small town of Shady
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Dianne Landry
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This was okay. I'm a little off cozies right now as they all feel like the same book. ...more
Liz Caldwell
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pat Chrivia
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was ok. Not a fan of the heroine. She is kind of ditzy.
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
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
RO G'ma
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
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
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 Sadi
Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox
Book #1: Literary Pub Mystery
Source: NetGalley
My Rating: 4/5 stars


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
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Miss W Book Reviews
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.

Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
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Sarah Fox, writer of cozy mysteries, was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she developed a love for mysteries at a young age. When not writing novels or working as a legal writer she is often reading her way through a stack of books or spending time outdoors with her English Springer Spaniel.

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