The Widows of Malabar Hill

The Widows of Malabar Hill

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
Author:Sujata Massey
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:The Widows of Malabar Hill
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:385 pages pages

The Widows of Malabar Hill Reviews

  • 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...
  • Barbara
    Aug 09, 2018
    Perveen is India's first female attorney. To get around all the restrictions against women lawyers, she studied at Oxford and works in her father's law firm. Her family are Parsi's, members of the Zoroastrian religion. This book foregrounds the religious differences between Islam and Z...
  • 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...
  • Annet
    Jan 03, 2019
    Loved this book! What a pleasant surprise and new writer for me, Sujata Massey, talented. I read this book during December and just finished in the days off from work. A great view on India in the 1920s, an interesting and rather grim view on the position of women then and there and a ...
  • 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...
  • Shomeret
    Nov 22, 2018
    The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey was nominated in the mystery category in the earliest phase of this year's Goodreads Choice Awards. Since I had a copy from the F2F mystery group that I attend, I decided to prioritize it. I am reviewing it on Thanksgiving because I am thankf...
  • 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...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Sep 06, 2018
    My tastes in mysteries lean towards those with drama and danger or twists and turns. Or, I can enjoy cozy mysteries on occasion if they are full of humor or satire, even if they go lightly in the scenes of murder (if they have murders at all). Mysteries which are primarily procedural a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kavita
    Aug 20, 2018
    Perveen Mistry is a solicitor, preparing herself for the day when women would be allowed to the Bar. Working with her father, she comes across a mysterious case in which three Muslim women, widows of the same man, want to donate away their inheritance to a wakf (Islamic trust). Curious...
  • Ingrid
    Jan 12, 2019
    Five big fat stars for this book that I just LOVED! A whodunnit situated in India in the 1920's with a female lawyer as main character. It's fast paced and has lots of interesting information. I hope #2 will be published very soon! ...
  • 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...
  • Cheryl
    Jul 13, 2018
    Will refrain from rating as I abandoned mission on this one. Can see how others might find the time, setting, plot line and premise delightful (think Maise-Dobbs-Goes-to-India), but I found the writing too light and trite when there are a gazillion wonderful books waiting for me. ...
  • Diane Lynn
    Nov 02, 2018
    My first book by this author. I?m looking forward to the next in the series and I?ll have to look into what else she has written. Loved the setting of 1920?s Bombay. ...
  • 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...
  • Kate Olson
    Aug 09, 2018
    I'm SO happy I finally read this one! I bought it right after publication and finally moved it to the top of my TBR this week. Just the smart/#ownvoices/feminist/historical mystery I needed! I absolutely adored the deep cultural and religious education that I received through reading a...
  • 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...
  • Rowizyx
    Jan 04, 2019
    Il bello dei piani di lettura Ŕ mandarli al diavolo con determinazione. Piacevole romanzo giallo, mi Ŕ piaciuto, basato su due donne reali che hanno aperto la strada per le donne alla professione forense in India e hanno contribuito a rendere le leggi religiose di alcune comunitÓ...
  • 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 (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 ju...
  • 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...
  • K.J. Charles
    Dec 26, 2018
    A really cracking atmospheric historical murder mystery set in 1920s Bombay with an Oxford-educated female solicitor dealing with three widows and the man who's trying to exploit them. Lots of atmosphere and local colour, fascinating and horrifying on the many traditions besetting wome...
  • 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...