Dr. Ruby Roy is a twenty-nine-year-old, goofy, warm, and absent-minded professor in her third year at Baron University, located a few miles from the Falls. A plus-size woman of mixed Indian and Canadian roots, cursed with an overactive imagination stemming from watching too many Bollywood and Disney films, Ruby is struggling to make her mark and stay out of trouble. It doesn’t help matters that she keeps stumbling into a series of embarrassing incidents, even as she desperately tries to keep her superiors in the College happy. Unfortunately for Ruby, things take a turn for the worse when she discovers her Chair’s dead body in his office. But who could have killed him? And why? Suddenly all the Poirot, Marple, Sherlock Holmes, and Father Brown books she loves reading seem to have come to life as she finds herself in the middle of a real-life murder mystery. And with the murderer on the loose, no one is safe. With the help of her husband, Cleo, her very own Watson, Ruby tries to solve the mystery before she is next on the killer’s list!
Targeted Age Group:: This book could be read by a wide audience as it’s quite family friendly. So, I would say teenagers and up can enjoy this book.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It has been a long and colorful journey for me. Growing up I have lived in Kuwait, Qatar, Japan, Singapore, India, Canada and the US. My experiences have shaped my unique multicultural perspective of how I see the world. Given the diversity of my background, I could have shaped my first novel on some of the more challenging experiences in my life. However, during the Covid-19 pandemic, I realized the importance of humor in our everyday life. And with my favorite genre being mystery, I decided to work on a humorous mystery novel.
Crime and mystery novels are interesting and exciting, but they make you witness the darker side of human nature. And sometimes you come out of that experience seeing the world as a grim place. And while we know that evil exists in this world, I wanted my book to bring joy and happiness to people’s lives. There will be moments in my novel when readers will get emotional, but by and large, I want them to smile and enjoy the reading experience. Also, as I was thinking of my story, I realized that there were not as many female leads in the mystery genre and hardly any fictional detectives who were women of color. In that respect, I never found a detective or amateur sleuth I could relate to. That’s where the inspiration for Ruby Roy, a plus-size, mixed-race academic, came about. She is loosely based on me, but I would say a more funny, exciting, and exaggerated version of me.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The protagonist, Dr. Ruby Roy, is loosely based on my life as an assistant professor. My dad is a diplomat like Ruby’s. I’m married to a French-Canadian man like Cleo in the novel. And just like Ruby, I have two beautiful cats, Million and Nobel.
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