I have written a mystery novel set in South Boston. The protagonist is a Social Worker in her mid 30's investigating the death of her client's mother. The death was ruled accidental by the police (anaphylaxis due to a nut allergy), but the daughter believes it was murder.
The title of the book is Ruby Milk. Set in S .Boston, Jaipur India and the perils of the gem trade are part of the story.
The title is based on an old tale where a man finds a ruby the size of a hen's egg tumbling out of a rock in the river. He takes it to the emperor to show his love of his ruler and his land. The emperor puts the ruby in a glass of milk and it turns the milk red.
This will be an e-book so the cover needs to look great even when tiny.
The last thing South Boston social worker Penny Wade should have had to worry about was being pushed onto the subway tracks.
The last thing 16 year-old Dani Martin’s mother should die of was anaphylaxis, as she always carried an EpiPen.
The last people we would expect to be imperiled by the complex and exotic world of the Indian gem trade are these three women in South Boston.
The connections unravel in this 62,000 word mystery about the value and the price of beauty, friendship, family, and our personal and collective histories.
Penny Wade chose a career in social work because she wanted to help other people navigate the heartbreak, trauma and loneliness that she knows well. But while she is dedicated to her job, even at the cost of a shared, shabby apartment and ramen noodles at the end of each paycheck, she finds that clients who honestly try to help themselves are few.
When Penny meets her new client, Dani Martin, she thinks her job is to help the girl move forward after losing her mother. But there are some troubling questions about Anita Martin’s death. Who was with her when she ate a pastry contaminated with nuts, and where was her EpiPen? The police call it an accidental death, but Dani is convinced her mother was murdered. When a second victim turns up, Penny becomes involved beyond counseling sessions in her office, and well beyond the therapeutic guidelines. Risking her job and personal safety, she works to uncover the truth about the past— both that of Dani’s family, whose connections overlap with the back alleys of the art world and the Indian gem trade, and her own. When a death in Penny’s family forces her to face her intentionally forgotten childhood, she gains insight about the human motivations that led to the inhuman act of murder.