New Release Mondays: Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred

9781432831899Rum Luck (Mystery / Humor)

Release Date:  June 22, 2016

Synopsis:  With death threats piling up on the rum-soaked bar, Ben and his friends take over a ramshackle cantina in search of a fresh start – or a quick end. An Arthur Ellis Award finalist and the first book in the Bar on a Beach Mystery series.

Excerpt: The clack of the lock echoed in his head like a cannon shot. A guard pushed open the door and ushered in a young woman wearing a business suit. If Ben didn’t know better, he would say she looked like—


“Hi, Ben.” She gave him a wan smile. “You look like hell.” Victoria, as ever, was class personified . . . a fashionista’s dream. An errant fleck of seaweed tickled Ben’s nostril.

“Please, make yourself at . . . home.” He gestured to the thin mattress that he had abandoned at some point during the night for the blessed coolness of the concrete floor.

Victoria glanced at the mattress, but remained standing. “Thanks, I’ll pass.”

“What are you doing here?” Was she some sort of withdrawal-induced hallucination?

“Miguel called me,” she explained with a shrug.

Her arrival cleared the fog from a dozen missed engagements. When they graduated—him to IT consulting and her to her father’s law firm—Ben had known his best friend from university would be busy trotting the globe and building her career. It took a few years to realize that meant she’d only be available to meet up between 3:08 and 3:11 p.m. when the moon was waxing gibbous.

Yet here she was. Ben would have to get Miguel a trophy that read “World’s Best Best Man” to thank his Colombian friend for his quick thinking. Except there was no best man, not after what had happened between Ben and Tara Whitmore, his former fiancée. “World’s Best Ex-Best Man” didn’t have quite the same ring to it, somehow.

“He said you needed me to take your case,” Victoria finished.

Case? It couldn’t be as bad as that, could it? “It’s great to see you. It’s been ages. But I’m sure they’ll let me out of here once I sober up and pay the fine.” He fought back against the fear creeping into his voice. “I don’t think Miguel meant for you to fly down from Toronto in the middle of the night . . .”

Victoria took a deep breath. “Ben, you’ve been arrested for murder.”

ryan headshotAbout the author: When not writing, Ryan Aldred runs a small Canadian charity that supports education in Afghanistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and other at-risk regions. He previously worked as a defense analyst and continues to serve as a Sergeant in the Canadian Forces Reserve. Ryan and his family live in beautiful Prince Edward County, Canada. He’s never met a beach he doesn’t like. Find Ryan at

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14 responses to “New Release Mondays: Rum Luck by Ryan Aldred

  1. Thanks, Kathleen – hope you enjoy it. I’d say there’s a bit of influence from Donna Andrews in my work, who I think does a great job of balancing humor and mystery. I’d be interested to hear your favourite humor-mystery author(s) if you get the chance.

  2. Sounds like a fun read, Ryan. I’ll check it out. Best of luck with your writing. And, yes, I love humor in any mystery. It does add a nice balance.

  3. Thanks, Debra! Early reviews have been quite favourable, so I think you’d enjoy it. Hope you decide to check it out.

  4. Judy Penz Sheluk

    I’m a sucker for those umbrella drinks myself Debra. If it’s got pineapple, has to be considered fruit, right?

  5. Rum Luck sounds particularly interesting. I’m a sucker for anything that has the beach, lawyers, and good beverages.. Sounds intriguing.

  6. Hi Steven, great question – there’s definitely a similar feeling to Bloodline, in that the setting of Rum Luck in Tamarindo, Costa Rica provides a sharp contrast with the threats and dangers faced by the characters, and raises the stakes by giving them so much to lose. There’s also some dysfunctional family in the Bar on a Beach series, though more of that will emerge in later books.

    The tone’s a bit different, though – Rum Luck is funny, but it’s also a book with optimism and hope for a fresh start, rather than the risk of losing a family dynasty. One could say it’s Paradise Found compared to Bloodeline’s Paradise Lost. I also really enjoy that series, and am looking forward to getting into season 2 later this summer. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks for stopping by Steven…I’ll be interested to hear Ryan’s response!

  8. Steven Rector

    Does the book have a similar feeling/tone as the TV show bloodline? I absolutely love that show.

  9. Question for readers – what’s the funniest book you ever read? And do you ever read books just for the humor, or should authors be careful to balance off the humor with the plot?

  10. Hi Kristina – great to hear from you. I’d love to take part in Mystery Mondays. Whatever slot you have available will work just fine for me. Please feel free to e-mail me at, or just post a reply here. Thanks!

  11. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks for stopping by Kristina. You and Ryan do have the Arthur Ellis in common! I first met Ryan at Bloody Words 2013. We were both looking for a publisher. And now we are both published 🙂

  12. Kristina Stanley

    Hi Ryan, Congrats on being an Arthur Eliis finalist. It’s a great way to get a jump start on promoting your book. If you’d like to guest post on Mystery Mondays, I’m now booking for August and forward. I’d be great to have you there too. Exciting Excerpt. Best of luck with your book.

  13. Judy Penz Sheluk

    Thanks Ryan. I am hoping for questions for you 🙂

  14. Thanks so much, Judy. For those reading, I’ll be around to answer questions on Rum Luck, writing in general, Costa Rica, and so on. Look forward to hearing from you.

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