Tuesday, July 16, 2019

First Chapter ~ First Paragraph

It's Tuesday . . . time for . . . 


First Chapter ~ First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, now hosted by Vicki at I'd Rather Be At The Beach, where bloggers post the first paragraph(s) of a book they are currently reading or planning to read sometime soon. 

Today I'm featuring an upcoming read, Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox.  The excerpt shared is from an eBook borrowed from the library.

Chapter One

The crisp autumn breeze rustled through the colorful maple trees flanking the old grist mill.  I stood back from the red-trimmed stone building, near the edge of the road, so I could get a full view of the property.  A creek flowed along in front of the mill, gurgling and splashing, turning the old red water wheel, and a wooden bridge led the way from the wide footpath to the flagstone walkway that ended at the building's main door.

Beyond the mill a forest of sugar maples, beech trees, and conifers formed a serene backdrop, birdsong audible even from where I stood.  Overhead, the bold blue sky was cloudless, and the early October sunshine brightened the entire scene before me.

It was postcard-perfect.

What do you think?  Would you continue reading?
This book has multiple appeal factors for me:  (1) the beautiful cover; (2) it's the first book in a series; (3) the play on words in the title; and (4) the name of the series: Literary Pub Mysteries.  The opening paragraphs set an idyllic picture, so I'm wondering, what can go wrong?

This First Chapter ~ First Paragraph post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the blog, bookclublibrarian.com.  It cannot be republished without attribution. Sharing this original post on Twitter with appropriate recognition is appreciated.


  1. The cover is lovely and the intro very descriptive (I can feel fall in the air already) LOL

  2. I love the title too! I'd definitely keep reading.

  3. Great intro...and gorgeous cover, too. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL”

  4. "A creek flowed along in front of the mill, gurgling and splashing, turning the old red water wheel, and a wooden bridge led the way" sure did grab my attention!