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Ruby Milk (Penny Wade Mysteries) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 3, 2015
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I was sucked into Ruby Milk after the first few pages. Lucy English has a talent for capturing a situation in just a few words. I have never been to Boston, but I found myself picturing the scenes subconsciously. On occasion, I felt as if I was trotting along beside Penny as one of her friends. Lucy English has written a great book. Ruby Milk has all that is needed in a mystery novel: family intrigue, hidden riches, mysterious deaths, lust and greed. Lucy English is a new author and I look forward to her next book.
-Reviewed By Mike Dixon for Readers' Favorite
This is an excellent book, well-written, fun to read, and gives excellent insight into the life of an adventurous social worker. I loved it! I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
Reviewed for The New Social Worker by Marian Swindell, Ph.D.
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The development of the characters added credibility to the story, and though the intention was not for the book to become a self study, I did find myself reflecting on my own professional development. There are so many examples of social work conundrums in the story, and Lucy does a great job of navigating them. At the same time she does not allow the reader to wallow in the difficulties of our modern life and labors. So many books with a social work theme are dark and depressing. This book attends to the problem, but is refreshing. I enjoyed the added complexity of relationships in the story, but admit to wishing the story had a few fewer characters for me to recognize as the story unfolded.
I recommend Ruby Milk to readers who are interested in mystery, but not seeking to become steeped in gore and body parts. The story line is intriguing and made for a great weekend read. I look forward to the next and the next and hopefully the next in the Penny Wade Mysteries. It has been a long time since I just sat down for any length of time to finish a book, but this book grabbed my attention and carried me along until the last page. Well done Lucy English. I look forward to reading more as Penny grows professionally and as you grow as an author.
There are a few pg-13 style sex scenes and a bit of a romance that lends this book not just in the accidental mystery category but also a bit of chick lit.
This story is an accidental detective story primarily, however, with the fact that Penny is a social worker her investigating Dani's mom's death seemed right to me. No one else wanted to help this girl and a social worker is who she would turn to.
I liked this more than a thought I would. It was obvious the author did her own research into the different government departments (like social services) and convincingly wrote about Boston's art scene and the India Gem Trade. Simply put; she put a lot of time and hard work into writing this.
Four stars instead of five because there were some grammar, narrative and formatting issues, but I tend to over look those. I mean I self publish and have an editor for my own work and still things get missed. I don't like solely to judge a novel on this, especially when I liked reading it. Plus I find these sorts of issues in professionally edited books sold at Barnes N Nobles. This novel could stand right along side in the Mystery Section as far as I am concerned.
Also, I love the cover.
This novel does end on a small cliff hanger, put I enjoyed the way the story wrapped up. Writing a review on a mystery is hard! I don't want to give away anything. All I can say is read this book and check it out for yourself.
Penny leads us on a fast-paced journey into the Indian gem trade, via the streets of historic Boston, where she not only seeks a murderer, but also stumbles through her love life, wrestles with a painful past, and frequently seeks the sanctuary and advice of her circle of good friends, who are all quite entertaining themselves.
English really has created a captivating heroine in Penny Wade, who proves to be as feisty and resourceful on the job as she is vulnerable and wounded in her private life. She’s no stranger to heartbreak or trouble, and she’s a fierce advocate for the innocent. Readers will find themselves pushing and punching right along with Penny as she fights for justice in this whirlwind of a novel.
Ruby Milk charmingly draws its title from a bit of Indian folklore, found deep in the heart of the story, which winds its way to its conclusion without ever stopping to take a breath. And check this out- as an added bonus, the author offers readers an expanded experience by inviting us to follow some of Penny Wade’s interesting friends on Pinterest. It’s a great way to stay connected while waiting for the next installment to come out. I normally am not a mystery reader, but the Penny Wade Mysteries definitely have me hooked. I strongly recommend this book.
Interesting background on fair trade, corruption and child labor.
All in all a good read with some romance, mystery and intrigue. I've ordered the next two in the Penny Wade mystery series.