On the Rocks (A Ruby Steele Mystery—Book 1) - Mia Gold

On the Rocks (A Ruby Steele Mystery—Book 1)

By Mia Gold

  • Release Date: 2020-12-18
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4
From 117 Ratings


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.


  • Too much violence...

    By Barnzart
    I love mysteries and I liked the storyline... just a bit gory for my taste- especially for a cozy mystery.
  • Keep Moving- might not mean moving forward

    By Bend in like a Bohemian
    Ruby is a former MMA fighter who took a career ending hit and spiraled after things got rocky with subsequent endeavors When she discovers a body behind the bar she now works at, she is torn. Her efforts to try to help the family of the dead man might bring her more lethal trouble than she can handle in her sloppy state Intense drama and action for a painfully self reflective, yet still in denial damaged fighter. Skills alone might not be enough to save her from the trouble she attracts, or from herself I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.