The combination of swashbuckling and deductions remains a winning one.
– Publishers Weekly
Steve Goble's third installment in his Spider John mysteries takes his pirate-detective into strange waters, or rather land, when he follows a twisted trail in search of a lost shipmate and friend. Treachery, bloodshed, wenches and dark secrets abound as Spider and his one-eyed companion, Odin, face death and damnation to quench their thirst for justice, and perhaps a swig or two of Rum.
– Bradley Harper, 2019 Edgar Finalist for A KNIFE IN THE FOG
Avast, me hearties, here be an excellent read! Spider John and one-eyed Odin are back with a swashbuckling, page-turning plot and a treasure chest full of the most original characters to ever swagger, steal, and sleuth their way through a mystery. Once again, Steve Goble proves himself a master of piratical prose and mysterious mayhem.
– Susan Spann, bestselling author of the Hiro Hattori mysteries
A Bottle Of Rum entertains from the first knife thrust to the final explosion. Goble’s mystery-solving pirate, Spider John, comes ashore in his latest adventure, but the swashbuckler’s trademark ingenuity, loyalty and mind-boggling profanities are on full and dazzling display as always.
– Andrew Welsh-Huggins, editor, 'Columbus Noir' and author, the Andy Hayes private eye series.
A twisty, suspenseful story full of murder and—unexpectedly—of friendship, A BOTTLE OF RUM is a darkly funny, bloody good time.
– Kristen Lepionka, Shamus and Goldie Award-winning author of the Roxane Weary mystery series
Spider is at heart a funny, wise and caring individual whose personality is depicted in a way that immediately engages the reader. One wonders why there’s a touch of evil and insanity in former pirates but recognizes that there are some good souls among them worthy of admiring and rooting for. Taverns are not only sources of satisfying drinks but also unexpected but probable fights... A Bottle of Rum is a fascinating tale that puts a new twist on Spider John and his friends and enemies. Nicely crafted, Steve Goble!
– Crystal Book Reviews