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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 law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights.
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 is going through 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 if they forfeit what their husband left them? 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 about the will 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.
Inspired in part by a real woman who made history by becoming India's first female lawyer, 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.
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By Kindle Customer on 02-07-18
Outstanding Historical Mystery
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I'm a fan of Sujata Massey; I read all of her mysteries set in Japan. I was excited to see that she had started a new series (I hope it's a series) set in India in the 1920's. The story is excellent and a wonderful look at the many cultures of India during the time the British ruled.
I especially enjoyed reading about the place of women; the main character, Purveen, is the only woman lawyer in Bombay. This is so much more than a mystery, but wonderfully written look at a social and cultural time well before independence. The reader added a lot to this story, so glad I listened. I am always torn between listening and reading--love both. It's a plus when a reader adds so much to the story. This is a great listen, highly recommended.
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By hachiko on 02-09-18
I have read the Rei Shimura mysteries by Sujata Massey so I was curious about this new series. What a delight this was! It was a little tricky for me at first to grasp the laws of Perveen's time. But once I allowed myself to just enjoy the story, I was enraptured by 1920's Bombay. It was so interesting to hear Perveen's struggles with marriage and her fight for justice. Another very addictive series!
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