The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry #1)

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. Oma Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, ...

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Title:The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry #1)
Author:Sujata Massey
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1616957786
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:385 pages pages

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

  • Sassa
    Jul 10, 2018
    This book was enjoyable and has many teachable moments concerning Indian customs, cultures and law. My notes do not have any memorable quotes but several defined terms that broaden my understanding of India. The author is well-versed in understanding the religions and customs of the Bo...
  • Sarah
    Oct 14, 2017
    ?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 th...
  • Sue Em
    Jan 23, 2018
    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 fo...
  • Kathy
    Jan 13, 2018
    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...
  • Barb in Maryland
    Jan 17, 2018
    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...
  • Julie
    Feb 09, 2018
    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...
  • Kari Ann Sweeney
    May 20, 2018
    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 th...
  • Caitlin
    Feb 12, 2018
    "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...
  • KOMET
    Jan 28, 2018
    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 returne...
  • Andrea Larson
    Jan 08, 2018
    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. Wa...
  • Cathy Cole
    Oct 06, 2017
    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 P...
  • Leslie
    Aug 07, 2017
    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 cult...
  • Liz Ekstrom
    Jun 04, 2018
    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. ...
  • Sue Dix
    Jul 15, 2018
    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 thrillin...
  • Jane
    Feb 18, 2018
    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 dist...
  • Theresa
    Feb 05, 2018
    4.5 stars This 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 fir...
  • Aman Mittal
    Feb 13, 2018
    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,...
  • Theresa
    Feb 03, 2018
    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 stor...
  • Elizabeth
    May 18, 2018
    First abandoned book of the MMD Summer Reading Guide. Personally, I found the writing very simplistic with lots of telling instead of showing. Just not my cup of tea. ...
  • Deborah Stevens
    Jun 03, 2018
    Just NOT the book for me. ...
  • Jeanette
    Feb 06, 2018
    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 an...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Apr 16, 2018
    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 inheri...
  • Charlsa
    May 20, 2018
    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 narrato...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    Jul 05, 2018
    3.5 stars ... 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 t...
  • Lynn
    Feb 05, 2018
    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 w...
  • Tripfiction
    Jan 12, 2018
    A mystery of 1920s BOMBAY This 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 cen...
  • Kelli Roberts
    Jul 03, 2018
    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 right...
  • Bookworm
    May 14, 2018
    3.5 stars I 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 cha...
  • Sunita
    Jun 29, 2018
    No rating and no proper review because the author is connected personally and professionally to people I've been connected to personally and professionally. My thoughts on the book overall: I wound up really enjoying this and sinking into the parallel stories. There was a fair ...
  • Tammy
    Jan 12, 2018
    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...