I’d like to welcome author Sarah Fox to the blog. She’s here to celebrate the publication of Through the Liquor Glass, the fifth book in her popular Literary Pub Mysteries, which comes out today!
Take it away, Sarah!
Thank you to Barbara Ross and all of the Wicked Authors for inviting me here today!
I was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and that’s where my love of mysteries began. Growing up, I never really pictured myself living in a small town, but that’s where I’ve ended up. Living in a small town has turned out to be a good thing for me as a cozy mystery writer because it has provided me with plenty of fodder for the imagination.
Although my first cozy mystery series, the Music Lover’s Mysteries, takes place in Vancouver, all of my subsequent series are set in fictional small towns: the Pancake House Mysteries in Wildwood Cove, Washington; the Literary Pub Mysteries in Shady Creek, Vermont; and my upcoming True Confections Mysteries in Larch Haven, Vermont.
Small-town living has inspired many of the events in my books. The first Literary Pub Mystery, Wine and Punishment, features an autumn festival with a pumpkin catapult competition. The idea for that came from my town’s annual pumpkin harvest festival, which also has a pumpkin catapult competition. Then there’s ladies’ night at the hardware store, which made its way into Yeast of Eden, A Pancake House Mystery #4 (more fun than you might think—I went every year until the pandemic hit). In the latest Literary Pub Mystery, Through the Liquor Glass, the protagonist, Sadie Coleman, takes part in a food and drink festival called A Taste of Shady Creek. Once again, the idea for that event came from one held here in my town.
The local festivals and events aren’t the only sources of inspiration for me, however. I’ve also experienced other aspects of small-town living that I’ve incorporated into my books, like how the local hair salon is a great place to gather gossip and hear the latest news. In fact, the stories I’ve heard at the hair salon inspired plot elements like the flower thefts mentioned in one of my Pancake House Mysteries. Even after publishing sixteen books, I still have plenty of ideas inspired by small-town life that I hope to incorporate into future cozy mysteries. For the moment, however, I hope readers will enjoy the small town atmosphere and autumn vibes of my latest mystery, Through the Liquor Glass.
Readers: Does your town or city hold any fun seasonal events?
About Through the Liquor Glass
In the picturesque New England town of Shady Creek, Vermont, fall is in full swing, and Sadie Coleman, owner of the literary-themed Inkwell pub, is serving up delicious food and drinks—with a side of sleuthing . . .
Autumn brings a wonderland of color and atmosphere to Vermont. As the last leaves fall from the trees, the town is gearing up for a new festival: A Taste of Shady Creek. Pub proprietor Sadie Coleman is looking forward to visitors coming to sample her literary-themed cocktails. She’s a little more wary about her mother’s impending first visit. What if her mom doesn’t like Sadie’s adopted town—or her new boyfriend, Grayson Blake?
Those concerns are overshadowed when a food critic is found dead at Grayson’s craft brewery, pinned under a barrel. Curiouser and curiouser—the victim is linked to Grayson’s past as a private investigator, and all the evidence points to him as the killer. While Grayson lays low, Sadie starts some investigating of her own, diving down a rabbit hole of suspects. Was it a bad review that made the killer mad as a hatter? Or are there other motives at play?
In between serving Kiss of the Cider Woman cocktails and book-minded bites to festival goers, Sadie is striving to clear Grayson’s name. But it’ll take more than a dash of ingenuity to prevent the festival from fizzing out completely—and stop a killer from downing another innocent life . . .
About Sarah Fox
Sarah Fox 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. http://www.authorsarahfox.com