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On the Rocks (A Ruby Steele Mystery—Book 1) Kindle Edition
--Amazon review (5 stars)
"Just a great read!! Did not want to put it down!!"
--Amazon review (5 stars)
Ruby Steele, 30, beautiful, fit, seems just like any other ex-pat hiding out in the Bahamas and playing local bartender. But unruly patrons find out the hard way: Ruby is a mixed-martial-arts pro, and not one you’d want to cross.
In fact, Ruby would be a champion if she hadn’t been forced to walk away and hide out in the Bahamas.
Because Ruby knows too much. She knows where the bodies are buried. And she knows when it’s time to get out of town.
But what Ruby doesn’t know is why there is a dead tourist in the dumpster behind her seedy bar.
Or why, she, of all people, had to find it.
Or why this guy was out at 3am when he had a pretty fiancé waiting in a hotel room a mile away.
Or why the local cops are pinning her.
Or why she’s gonna be forced into a choice: find the killer, or do hard time herself.
For Ruby, good choices have never been her strong point.
And this one’s definitely not going to be good…
Welcome to the Bahamian world of Ruby Steele, replete with her local dive bar, her wily pet monkey, her major drinking problem, her (way) too many fights, her inability to get herself out of trouble, and her fists made of stone. Ruby’s life is a complete wreck. But there’s one thing she’s good at: capturing your heart.
ON THE ROCKS (A RUBY STEELE MYSTERY) is the debut novel in a page-turning mystery/thriller series, one that will linger with you long after the last page is read.
Books #2 (EXTRA DIRTY) and #3 (FULL-BODIED) in the series are also available.
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- ASIN : B08Q2BWLCV
- Language : English
- File size : 1354 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,301 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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So I was surprised (and she lost my sympathy here) that she was drinking so much most of the time - well on
the way to becoming an alcoholic. I wanted to shake her!
Also I doubt this book will help the tourist trade to the Bahamas as it was depicted as a place where if you left
your hotel complex you were fair game to muggers, murderers, beggars and prostitutes.
That said, I did enjoy the book and Ruby was a one-woman fighting machine, despite the fear that a blow
to her head would kill her. She managed to solve the murder of the body in the dumpster despite annoying
the local cops. Who killed her ex-employer and why was not resolved, but was set to be investigated more in
the next book. I hope by then that Ruby has weaned herself off the booze! There was no graphic sex or romance in the book.
‘On The Rocks’ is the first book in a series starring Ruby Steele but it reads well as a stand alone novel with numerous twists, turns and red-herrings leading to a satisfactory conclusion that augers well for the future. Unlike the ‘cheesy’ and somewhat sanitized features of a ‘cozy’ novel the storyline is hard-hitting and violent with Ruby as a martial arts expert where something in her past caused her to hide away in Nassau in the Bahamas from authorities in the USA. She scrapes to get by as a bartender where she makes supportive friends, but she also comes across unsavoury characters involved in gambling, prostitution etc. and illegal bare-knuckle fighting. Ruby has to use her skills to survive as she acts on behalf of the wealthy widow of the murder victim to find the killer as well as prove her own innocence.
Author Mia Gold looks behind the gloss of the tourist side of the Bahamas at poverty and crime, and she introduces a number of sub-plots to make ‘On The Rocks’ a gripping and compelling 5-star action story – which is not ‘cozy’ – but it looks like the start of an exciting and entertaining Ruby Steele series.