“Death on the Beach” Cocktail

Ahhhh, the beach. Nothing says Relaxation with a capital R like the rythmic sounds of the waves crashing to the shore, the warm kiss of the sun on your face, and…a murder!?

L’Étranger things have happened, so have a couple “Death on the Beach” cocktails for this week's Pick Your Poison—where we create a cocktail inspired by a recently published mystery, thriller, or crime novel—inspired by John Keyse-Walker's upcoming debut novel, Sun, Sand, Murder!

Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker
Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker
Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse-Walker is the debut novel from the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award winner (Available September 13, 2016).

As a Special Constable, Teddy Creque is the only police presence on the remote, sun-drenched island of Anegada, nestled in the heart of the British Virgin Islands. In all his years on the job, Teddy has never considered the possibility that he might have to address an actual crime on his peaceful island. That is, until he receives a hysterical call about a dead man on the beach. Indeed, Teddy is shocked to discover Paul Kelliher, a biologist who traveled to the island every winter for research, lying dead on the sands of the island’s most remote beach, killed by a single shot to the head. And when the BVI’s “real police” task Teddy with informing Kelliher’s nearest kin of his death, Teddy makes an even more surprising discovery: there’s no record that Paul Kelliher ever existed. Suddenly Teddy’s routine life is thrown into tumult as he tries to track a killer—against his boss’s wishes—while balancing his complicated family life, three other jobs, and the colorful characters populating the island around him.

Read an excerpt form Sun, Sand, Murder here!


“Death on the Beach”


– 2 oz. coconut rum
– 1 oz. peach schnapps
– 2 oz. orange juice
– 2 oz. cranberry juice
– orange (garnish)

How to make the cocktail:

  1. Build all the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice.
  2. Garnish with an orange wheel.
  3. Couple with death.
  4. Drink and repeat.

So, take a dirt nap relax in the sand with a few “Death on the Beach” cocktails, and don't forget to pick up your copy of Sun, Sand, Murder by John Keyse Walker!


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John Keyse-Walker practiced law for 30 years, representing business and individual clients, educational institutions, and government entities. He is an avid salt- and freshwater angler, a tennis player, kayaker, and an accomplished cook. He lives in Ohio with his wife. Sun, Sand, Murder is his first novel and the winner of the 2015 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award.

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