The Widows of Malabar Hill

The Widows of Malabar Hill

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"Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay! 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"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Soho Crime,, [2018]
ISBN: 9781616957780
1616957786
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Massey Sujata 01/2018
Characteristics: 385 pages :,maps ;,22 cm

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 29, 2018

The author's father and stepfather are both from India.

Good concept for a plot but story is not well crafted. I felt writer is underestimating her audience's intelligence.

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brangwinn
Jun 19, 2018

Based on the first female attorney in India, Parveen Mistry, gets involved in solving the mystery of the guardian of Muslim widows for whom she and her father are legal representatives. She’s Parsi and friends with the daughter of a high-powered British government employees. Add in the world of Muslim women, a multicultural view of India is the backdrop for the story. Set in the 1920s, even the British had a very limited view of what women could do, although it was far more progressive than the Muslim and Parsi. Weaving all this cultural information into the storyline, enhanced the story greatly. I look forward to more Parveen Mistry mysteries.

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EmilyEm
Apr 19, 2018

Perveen Mistry, recently graduated from Oxford in about 1920, has just joined her father’s Bombay law firm and goes to help three Muslim widows who live in full purdah with the details of their inheritance. Not is all as it seems.

Good mystery and good picture of social customs and life of young ambitious woman in India’s ethnic Parsi community. I learned a lot. Hope there are more Perveen Mistry stories.

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DVak
Feb 27, 2018

Based on a real person, the 1st Indian Zoroastrian woman allowed to read law at Oxford, something not possible then. I am dismayed at the writing execution that made me feel I was reading a school library book. Justice has not been done to the character who was a pioneer in the field. Extremely disappointed.

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nellybells
Feb 01, 2018

Liked it and made it through to the end. Not really what I read, kind of like Maisey Dobbs but more exotic. Fascinating details tho about India, about secluded women (purdah), women as second-class citizens, all taking place between 1916-1921. If this is going to be an ongoing series I think just this one will do. Too many books, too little time.

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maipenrai
Dec 03, 2017

Perveen Mistry, book 1

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