Sujata Massey
The Widows of Malabar Hill (A Mystery of 1920s Bombay)

The Widows of Malabar Hill (A Mystery of 1920s Bombay)

A MINIMALIST SUMMER PICK. Perveen Mistry is Bombay’s first female solicitor, employed by her father’s respected firm. When her father’s Muslim client dies, he is tasked with executing the will, but the three devout widows “stay behind the veil,” and must not be seen by men. When the duo discover irregularities in the estate documents, Perveen resolves to speak with the widows, because—as a woman—she’s the only one who can. Perveen is determined to protect their interests, not just because of her legal obligations but because of a disastrous past marriage, where she experienced firsthand the cruelty women can endure under the law. Toss in a murder investigation, and you get a tightly-crafted mystery, a vividly-drawn multicultural setting, and a plucky heroine fiercely taking on the challenges of her time.
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India Gray: Historical Fiction Boxed Set

India Gray: Historical Fiction Boxed Set

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If you've read The Widows of Malabar Hill from the Summer Reading Guide, you might want to check out this collection of novellas by Sujata Massey, including a prequel about Perveen Mistry. The set contains Outnumbered at Oxford, the story of Perveen's Oxford days, caught in a case involving a stolen mathematics proof. The collection also includes stories The Ayah's Tale, a class story set in British Colonial India; Bitter Tea, involving a fifteen-year old trapped in a remote village taken over by religious fundamentalists; and the title story, India Gray, following a Bengali woman volunteering at a World War II hospital.

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The Salaryman’s Wife (Rei Shimura Mysteries Book 1)

The Salaryman’s Wife (Rei Shimura Mysteries Book 1)

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We read <a href=https://modernmrsdarcy.com/books/the-widows-of-malabar-hill-a-mystery-of-1920s-bombay/><em>The Widows of Malabar Hill</em></a> together this summer in the <a href=https://members.modernmrsdarcy.com/modern-mrs-darcy-book-club-srg-landing-page/>Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club</a> and discussed with author Sujata Massey. She talked to us about her first mystery series, set in Japan, that she wrote during her time there.

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