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:1616957786
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...
  • Michele
    Jul 18, 2018
    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 real...
  • 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...
  • Stefanie
    Aug 31, 2018
    Set in 1920's Bombay we meet Perveen Mistry, India's first female lawyer. Two timelines co-mingle as we learn her back story bringing her through law school to practicing lawyer, happening upon a murderer while representing the estate of recent widows (yes, on Malabar Hill). We see how...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Elise Thanasouras
    Aug 13, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in India in the early 1900s, it gives glimpse into that society for women of the time. Plus, there?s a mystery to solve, too. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Renita D'Silva
    Oct 03, 2018
    A well researched story and a fabulous mystery ...
  • 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...
  • 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...