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Rum Luck, Book One of the Bar on a Beach Mysteries
Gale Cengage (2016) | ISBN 9781432831899

9781432831899Sand. Monkeys. Murder.

Ben Cooper was supposed to be off on his Pacific honeymoon. Not waking up in a Costa Rican prison cell with no memory of the night before.

Then again, Ben never thought he would catch his fiancée with some clown—literally. Or that his friend Miguel would drag him to the surf paradise of Tamarindo before Aunt Mildred could ask why they cancelled the open bar reception.

But surely his friend and lawyer Victoria didn’t need to fly down from Toronto overnight. After all, the police would let him go once he sobered up and paid his fine. Right?

Except for the little matter of a murder. And Ben’s buying a beachside bar from the victim, hours before the man’s death.

With foreclosure looming and death threats piling up on the rum-soaked bar, Ben and his friends must must turn to the wild idea that got them into this mess—building a business around those who’ve always wanted to run their own bar on a beach somewhere, even for just a week.

But to survive, they’ll need every skill at their disposal—including those they’d rather forget they have.


“The author keeps his tale popping with ample subplots… a good deal of humor… bolstered by a tropical setting and the added pressure of trying to sustain a business.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Ryan Aldred has crafted a clever fast-moving mystery with a marvelous setting that is alternately charming, funny, and deadly serious.”
– Vicki Delany (aka Eva Gates), author of the Year Round Christmas Series

“Aldred has the touch. Rum Luck is magical and works on so many levels.”
– Garry Ryan, author of the Detective Lane Mysteries

Rum Luck was published by Five Star – part of Gale Cengage – in June 2016. It was a finalist for a 2015 Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada.

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