The Widows Of Malabar Hill
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The Widows Of Malabar Hill

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1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay's first female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine. Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India's first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth. Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women's legal rights especially important to her. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X--meaning she probably couldn't even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah--in strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 140 x 210mm | 566.99g
  • Soho Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1616957786
  • 9781616957780
  • 528,184

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An ABA IndieNext Selection for January The Bookseller (UK) Editor's Pick for Mystery A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mystery for Fall A Library Journal Editor's Pick for Fall 2017 Praise for The Widows of Malabar Hill "Perveen Mistry is an extraordinary heroine--one of the first female lawyers in India, she's whip smart, strong-willed, and, most importantly, compassionate. Defying convention while draped in a sari, Perveen is sure to join the leads of great mystery fiction." --Susan Elia MacNeal, New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie Hope mysteries "There is a new sleuth on the literary map and her name is Perveen Mistry, practicing woman lawyer, feminist, survivor of abuse and solver of murder mysteries. In The Widows of Malabar Hill, Sujata Massey brings 1920s Bombay to life, a time when the British still ruled, single women were not served alcohol in restaurants and there was murder most foul. With an indomitable heroine and a solid cast of sidekicks, this is the start of a series mystery readers should not miss." --Amulya Malladi, bestselling author of A House for Happy Mothers and The Copenhagen Affair "Perveen is strong, tenacious and smart, just the kind of advocate you'd want to have on your side. And as someone who was born and raised in the city, I love the way in which Massey recreates colonial Bombay, down to the architecture, social interactions, politics and gender dynamics. You can feel the breeze coming off the Arabian Sea and taste the pastries at Yazdani's bakery." --Radha Vatsal, author of A Front Page Affair "A fascinating setting, an extraordinary new sleuth, and a story that enthralls you--The Widows of Malabar Hill has all three and more. Sujata Massey's new historical series is absolutely terrific, and you are just going to love Perveen Mistry, India's first female lawyer." --Charles Todd, bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge series and the Bess Crawford series "Introducing an incisive, sympathetic heroine with a painful past while shedding light on a fascinating cloistered historical world, The Widows of Malabar Hill is not only immediately engaging--it has staying power." --Lyndsay Faye, Edgar-nominated author of Gods of Gotham and Jane Steele "Perveen Mistry is a rarity: a female solicitor in a bastion of masculinity! An astonishing heroine--fearless, intelligent and determined--she makes a memorable debut in Sujata Massey's The Widows of Malabar Hill. A gripping whodunnit, full of excitement and heart, the novel also delightfully evokes Bombay in the 1920s--and celebrates the Parsi community that continues to enrich their beloved city." --Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Ice Candy Man and Water "Sujata Massey is one of the most talented writers working today. In her hands, 1920s Bombay comes alive with the sounds, sights and smells of a place and time where women were still second class citizens. Perveen Mistry is an unforgettable heroine, fighting for justice in an enigmatic, beautiful and flawed world. With gorgeous prose, Massey weaves a captivating mystery. The Widows of Malabar Hill is an extraordinary novel." --Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl "[An] outstanding series launch . . . The period detail and thoughtful characterizations, especially of the capable, fiercely independent lead, bode well for future installments." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review "[Massey] does a wonderful job of taking life in India at the beginning of the 20th century. She gives enough cultural details without overwhelming readers with facts. The two plotlines wonderfully depict the development of the main character and the mystery as it unfolds . . . Fresh and original." --Library Journal, Starred Review "In addition to getting an unusual perspective on women's rights and relationships, readers are treated to a full view of historical downtown Bombay--the shops and offices, the docks and old fort, and the huge variety of conveyances, characters, and religions--in an unforgettable olio that provides the perfect backdrop to the plot and subplots. Each of the many characters is uniquely described, flaws and all, which is the key to understanding their surprising roles in the well-constructed puzzle." --Booklist, Starred Review "Launches Sujata Massey's new historical mystery series in fine style . . . The Widows of Malabar Hill shows that Massey has been inspired both by her newest creation and her setting, with the promise of a great series to come." --MADReads, the review of the Madison Public Library Praise for Sujata Massey "Beautifully constructed and highly emotional. Massey's knowledge of Japanese antiques and downtown D.C. enhances the story." --USA Today "A sprightly, engaging tale by setting a classic English-style whodunit in contemporary Japan . . . This young, hip, sake-sipping sleuth leads a reader into a Tokyo that doesn't make the guidebooks . . . Sly, sexy and deftly done, Wife is one to bring home." --People Magazine "Enthralling." --Dallas Morning News "Sujata Massey has worked her award-winning series to be a mirror on the Japan culture as seen through the eyes of an outsider . . . The result in Massey's nine novels are an intuitive view of contrasting societies and a young woman trying to find her place in the world." --South Florida Sun-Sentinel "Rei is a fascinating character: bold, unique, spirited and intelligent . . . Massey makes good use of the clash between American and Japanese cultures as a backdrop for an enjoyable story." --Chicago Sun-Times "Riveting . . . The Sleeping Dictionary, an utterly engrossing tale of love, espionage, betrayal and survival, is historical fiction at its best, accessible to all audiences." --Booklist, Starred Reviewshow more

About Sujata Massey

Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany, was raised mostly in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist. Her novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. Visit her website at sujatamassey.com.show more

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81 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
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4 51% (41)
3 12% (10)
2 2% (2)
1 5% (4)
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