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 ...

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

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

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

  • Rhiannon Johnson
    The first book of 2018 that I will be raving to everyone about!Read my full review here:
  • Leslie
    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.
  • Mainlinebooker
    When you can learn from a book as well as be entertained, it is a novel that deserves attention. Sujata Massey has accomplished this in what I hope will be the first in a series set in Bombay and Calcutta India. Peppered with Indian words(don't worry, there is a glossary) and woven around Parsi (Zoroastrian) beliefs, I felt submerged into a world that I knew somewhat about but was fascinated how this religion's beliefs engulfed womens' lives. Per...
  • Yoana
    A purely fantastic summer read that has mystery, romance, drama, friendship and strife. Set in 1920s Bombay (and briefly in Calcutta), it follows the life story and current work of Perveen Mistry, Bombay's first woman lawyer. While she's investigating a suspicious case wherein three Muslim widows have declared they want to give up all of their inheritance in favour of the family charity fund, Perveen gets more than she's bargained for, including ...
  • Melissa
    I actually can't believe how much I enjoyed this book! It's not like me to be so engaged in chick lit that includes a flashback whirlwind romantic twist, but somehow this amateur sleuth mystery novel managed to keep my attention and actually care about the characters I was reading about. The premise and culture this novel explores is as fascinating as it is foreign and I am absolutely looking forward to the next installment!
  • OLT
    It's 1921 in Bombay, India. Perveen Mistry, Oxford graduate in law, now works at her father's law firm. Of course, it being 1921 India and Perveen being a woman, she is only allowed to work behind the scenes, contracts, wills, document work, nothing high profile. Perveen is especially interested in working to protect women's rights, not only because she has faced discrimination in her studies but also because she was the victim of an exceptionall...
  • Donna
    Perveen Mistry, is the first woman lawyer in Bombay, India. Born into a family of attorneys, Perveen rises above prejudicial difficulties in her schooling and a shattering of her heart to become a successful young solicitor with her father. One of their cases involves a complex situation of three widows whose husband has just passed away. The problem is deep and leads the reader into an intriguing story of the Parsis Zoroastrian culture in India ...
  • Jill Meyer
    Good historical fiction can both instruct and entertain the reader. Sujata Massey's new novel, "the Widows of Malabar Hill, certainly does both. Set mainly in Bombay (now Mumbai) and a bit in Calcutta (now Kolkata), the book goes back and forth between 1915 and 1921. The main character, Perveen Mistry, is the Oxford-educated daughter of a busy Bombay solicitor. She is the first female solicitor in India (the character is modeled after a real woma...
  • Nora
    I'm so glad I've been introduced to Sujata Massey's writing through my work. She is a thoughtful author, and writes not only with skill, but with great compassion and wisdom - you can tell by the way she cares for her characters, and gives each of them layers of nuance. It was wonderful to read a classic mystery set in India, with Indians as the main actors. I loved the atmosphere, the thoughtful inclusions of historical events and zeitgeist, the...