In this intoxicating mystery by USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox, a winter carnival becomes a recipe for disaster when a Shady Creek celebrity gets iced.
The Winter Carnival always brings holiday cheer, Christmas joy—and tourists with cash—to picturesque Shady Creek, Vermont. At the center of the glittering decorations and twinkling lights is booklover and pub owner Sadie Coleman, creating original cocktails, hosting a literary trivia evening, and cheering on her loyal employee Melanie “Mel” Costas as she competes in the ice carving competition.
But holiday cheer can’t compete with former resident and renowned chef Freddy Mancini, who arrives with his nose in the air, showing off his ice-sculpting skills like a modern-day Michelangelo. During the artists’ break in the night-long contest, Mel’s tools disappear . . . and Freddy is found dead with her missing pick in his chest.
Although the police turn their attention to Mel, it seems everyone in town had a grudge against Freddy, including his assistant, his mentor, his former flame, and even his half-brother.
Faster than she can fling a Huckleberry Gin, Sadie finds herself racing to make sure the police don’t arrest the wrong suspect—all while sharing a flirtation with local brewery owner Grayson Blake. Their chemistry leads to a heated rivalry at the hockey rink—and to the hot pursuit of a killer.
About the Author
Sarah Fox is the author of the Literary Pub Mystery series, as well as 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 AuthorSarahFox.com.
PRAISE FOR SARAH FOX’S WINE AND PUNISHMENT “A fast‑paced race to see who can stop a killer from striking again . . . Readers will cheer this brisk, literate addition to the world of small‑town cozies.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Wine and Punishment hits all the right notes—a unique setting, friends and family, an intriguing mystery. Cozy fans will enjoy visiting Shady Creek. A great start to a new series!” —Sofie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of the Second Chance Cat mysteries
“Draws readers into the fold of suspects in Shady Creek and doesn’t let go until the culprit is uncovered. There are laugh-out-loud moments, hold-your-breath moments, and moments when you’ll think you have the mystery figured out, but the surprises keep coming!” —Amy M. Reade, USA Today bestselling author
“Fox offers plenty of plausible suspects and a thrilling confrontation with the killer, along with a dash of decorous romance.” —Publishers Weekly on An Ale of Two Cities