The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry, #1) by Sujata Massey

The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry, #1)

Bombay, 1921: 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 her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's rights. Mistry Law is handling the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But ...


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TitleThe Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry, #1)
ISBN9781616957780
Author
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherSoho Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, India
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Reviews The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry, #1)

  • Tammy
    2018-01-12
    This is a very well done old-fashioned historical novel and my first experience with Massey. Perveen is the only female practicing lawyer in 1921 Bombay. She is unable to argue cases in court due to the strictures of the time and instead works as a solicitor for her father’s practice. At its heart, this is a murder mystery and a good one. There is a bit of a dual timeline but it doesn’t occur every other chapter so the novel flows more smooth...
  • Sarah
    2017-10-14
    “As the only female lawyer in Bombay, you hold a power that nobody else has,” a British government official tells Perveen Mistry in this first of a refreshingly original mystery series – and he’s right. It’s 1921, and Perveen is a solicitor in her father’s law firm. Even though she can’t appear in court, her position and gender mean she’s the only individual with the means to look into a potential instance of deception and fraud.A...
  • Cathy Cole
    2017-10-06
    Having been a fan of Sujata Massey's award-winning Rei Shimura mystery series, I was thrilled to hear about this first Perveen Mistry mystery set in 1920s Bombay, India. There are two interwoven timelines in The Widows of Malabar Hill. One is present-day Bombay in 1921 which shows us Perveen working hard to become an integral part of her father's law firm. The second timeline takes us back to 1916 so we can learn what happened to Perveen to make ...
  • Charlsa
    2018-05-20
    I can see how many people would enjoy this series. It fell a bit flat for me. It read like a Nancy Drew mystery to me. I've upgraded my rating from two to three stars. I started thinking about it more, and I realized that because I listened to this book, I was influenced by the narrator's voice for the characters. As I said, it felt like a Nancy Drew mystery to me. I think that was due to the narrator. If I had read it, I think that the story of ...
  • Lynn
    2018-02-05
    Sujata Massey was a new author for me. I enjoyed The Widows of Malabar Hill very much. The location is Bombay, India in 1921 to flashbacks to Calcutta 1916-1917. Perveen Mistry is the first female lawyer in India. She was educated in Oxford but can not represent clients in court. She works in her father law office.Her father is representing the estate of Omar Farid who is a wealthy Muslim mill owner. He has left three widows who are living in pur...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    2018-07-05
    3.5 stars (round up) ... Even though I appreciate the setting of 1920s Bombay and learning about another culture, the story develops slowly. Although it’s categorized as a mystery, the mystery is not revealed until about the 50% mark. There are many storylines and the mystery is just one of them. The main reason I persisted with this is because it is one of Modern Mrs Darcey’s top summer picks. The story picks up the pace at about 75%. It’s...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    2018-05-20
    I loved the setting and time period- 1920's Bombay. The main character was a strong, smart, complicated female and the first female lawyer to boot. The mystery kept me guessing as well. Perhaps what I appreciated most was the education I received about Indian culture and laws during this time period. Was this a knock-my-socks off book? No. But it sure was an escape! And it would make for great conversation.
  • Bookworm
    2018-05-14
    3.5 starsI wavered between 3 and 4 stars throughout the story. I enjoyed that it took place in Bombay, India, in the early part of the 20th century. It was fascinating to learn about Indian culture and laws during this period of time. The protagonist, Perveen, was also a likeable character who represented women's rights and the suffragette movement that was taking place around the world. I was captivated during the chapters that focused on Pervee...
  • Taryn Pierson
    2018-04-16
    Perveen Mistry is the first practicing female lawyer in Bombay in the early 1920s. In assisting her father with the administration of an estate, she notices something odd about a letter they received from the widows of the decedent: the widows claim they all want to donate their inheritances to the family charity. The custodian of the estate is pushy and demands the funds be made available for charitable purposes, but Perveen wants to meet with t...
  • KOMET
    2018-01-28
    A few minutes ago (it's 11:20 AM EST as I write this), I had the satisfaction of finishing reading "THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL." It's centered around India's first woman lawyer, Perveen Mistry, who had received her legal training at Oxford. The time is February 1921 and she has returned to her home in Bombay, where she has a job working in her father's law firm. Perveen has been given the responsibility of executing the will of Omar Farid, a weal...
  • Kathy
    2018-01-13
    Several years ago, when I read The Sleeping Dictionary by Sujata Massey, I discovered an India of beauty, historical importance, depth, tragedy, redemption, and diversity. That book, set over a period of seventeen years, 1930 to 1947 mostly in Calcutta, stunned me with its impact on my reading life, as India became a source of interest and intrigue to me. It’s quite difficult for me to choose just one favorite book or even ten favorite books, b...
  • Theresa
    2018-02-05
    4.5 starsThis book took me completely by surprise, so much so that I read it in a single day. What a pleasure.The book follows Perveen Mistry, a woman in her early twenties who happens to be the first female lawyer in 1920s India. She works together with her father at his law firm and in this book takes on the settling of his estate after a client's death. He had three wives, who oddly enough have all agreed to donate their inheritance to charity...
  • Barb in Maryland
    2018-01-17
    3.5 stars for the first in s new series by the author. I really liked the mystery, the setting(1921 Bombay), our heroine--just about everything in the main storyline. Young lawyer Perveen is a delight; I enjoyed watching her deal with her wily fox of a father. I am happy to see her good friend Alice again (introduced in the prequel novella 'Outnumbered at Oxford'). The mystery was clever--process of elimination gave me the killer, but not the 'wh...
  • Sue Em
    2018-01-23
    Amazing book. Perveen Mistry is the first female solicitor in 1921 Bombay. While she cannot plead cases before the bar, she aids clients of her family's law firm. Assisting her father in an inheritance case, she discovers a murdered man at the house of the three widows. As the women follow the tradition of purdah--not having contact with men, Perveen's gender becomes an asset in unravelling the mystery. The cultural details educate and inform the...
  • Sue Dix
    2018-07-15
    Having not realized that this was a mystery, the title at first made me think that this was going to be chick lit, which is not my genre, so I was pleasantly surprised. This is quite a good book, and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The writing held my interest and was even thrilling in some parts. The details about India and the different cultures and customs were fascinating. Purveen is interesting but sometimes frustrating and eventually he...
  • Jane
    2018-02-18
    Enthralling murder mystery about an Indian Parsi woman lawyer in 1920s Bombay, Perveen Mistry [surname a pun??], and her efforts to catch the murderer of the steward of a Muslim household in which there are three wives in purdah of the [now deceased] owner, a wealthy man, and fair distribution of their inheritances. With the aid of Perveen's English friend from university days, Alice, she discovers the means by which the perpetrator did the crime...
  • Julie
    2018-02-09
    I really enjoyed this book! The mystery was pretty good, but the historical setting and the descriptions of the people and the customs are what really made this book enjoyable for me. The main character Perveen, is a Parsi woman living in Bombay in 1921, who is working toward being one of the first female lawyers in India. Although her gender puts her at a disadvantage in a law school filled with men and in situations where she has to negotiate, ...
  • Michele
    2018-07-18
    The author does a great job in describing the setting. I could picture Bombay and the way the buildings looked. For the most part I liked the main character, Perveen, though at times I wondered why if she was suppose to be so smart she kept doing really stupid things. I did have a really hard time with keeping characters straight. For some reason the names really confused me. Because the book takes place in India the names were not names I’m fa...
  • Kelli Roberts
    2018-07-03
    I give it 3.5 stars. While it wasn't a page-turner for me, I found it to be a very comfortable read, even considering the many situations with which I was not familiar. I enjoyed reading about India in the 20s, and I really liked Perveen's independence and strong sense of women's rights. It moved along at a good pace, and I felt that the author did a good job of explaining what was needed without feeling like that's what she was doing. I will def...
  • Liz Ekstrom
    2018-06-04
    I just loved the rich setting of 1920's Bombay. It's the perfect backdrop for this cozy mystery and it's cast of delightful characters.
  • Jeanette
    2018-02-06
    This is a difficult review/ reaction to compose. Because I wanted to give this one more than a 3 star. Perveen Mistry is a terrific character. She's multi faceted and interesting in both a self-identity and expressive style sense. She's logical, and very smart. And up against severe and diverse restriction, tradition, culture, tribal based and religious finely drawn strictures. All of those.And it also taught me quite a bit within this length of ...
  • Aman Mittal
    2018-02-13
    Set in Bombay, India, 1921, A Murder on Malabar Hills is mystery fiction with touches of historical fiction and is written by Sujata Massey. The book follows a female solicitor who has joined her father's law firm and happens to be the first female lawyer in India.During that time, women were not allowed to appear in court under British law. One of the touches of history this book provides. Young Perveen Mistry is appointed to execute the will of...
  • Theresa
    2018-02-03
    Very enjoyable start of a new series, a legal thriller set in 1920s Bombay featuring Bombay's first female lawyer. Perveen Mistry, Esq. , a Parsi, is settling an estate of a polygamist Muslim textile mill owner on his 3 widows and their children, when murder happens. Perveen's own story, its tragedies and triumphs, is told in flashbacks, providing further cultural revelations. In some ways this parallel story slows the narrative, and the troubles...
  • Leslie
    2017-08-07
    Perveen Mistry, first female lawyer in Bombay in 1921, takes on a case that leads to investigation into murder. Being female is in many ways a negative in this time and in this place--except for the doors that it opens for Perveen in this particular instance. A novel that combines culture, religion, mystery, history and women's rights, this is a strong first in a new series that features a compelling heroine in a lovely family.
  • Tripfiction
    2018-01-12
    A mystery of 1920s BOMBAYThis is the first novel I have read by Sujata Massey and she is a prolific writer who has set her novels in many wonderful places – Japan, USA, India…. Her experience of the locations clearly comes through in her masterful writing skills.The central character of Perveen Mistry was inspired by India’s earliest women lawyers who struck out to study and qualify at a time when women were heavily censored in what they co...
  • Caitlin
    2018-02-12
    "In a corner of the office, a tall Godrej cabinet was Perveen's alone. It held umbrellas, extra clothing, and the Bombay Samachar article touting her as Bombay's first woman solicitor. She'd wanted to frame the news story and hang it on the downstairs wall along with Jamshedji Mistry's many accolades. Her father had thought it too much to throw in the faces of clients who needed a gentle introduction to the prospect of female representation."The ...
  • Andrea Larson
    2018-01-08
    Sometimes I end up reading books that are unexpectedly timely. Case in point: The Widows of Malabar Hill. I picked it up for the mystery, the exotic setting and the historical time period (India 1916-21), but I ended up really appreciating its relevance to current women's issues. Watching the Golden Globes on Sunday night, I was reminded of the strong, intelligent main character, Perveen Mistry. She is based on the real-life Cornelia...