THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL
By Sujata Massey
A Mystery of 1920s Bombay (Book #1)
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL is set in 1920s Bombay, India. Perveen Mistry is the “first female solicitor” in Bombay though she is not allowed to plead cases before the bar, she handles contracts in her father’s law firm. She becomes suspicious when one of her father’s Muslim clients dies and his estate submits paperwork indicating his three widows intend to donate the bulk of their inheritance to charity.
I rarely read historical fiction; however I read a short story featuring Ms. Massey’s new protagonist, Perveen Mistry, “Bombay’s First Girl Lawyer” in the anthology THE USUAL SANTAS (Soho Crime, 2017) and found the character feisty and endearing so I gave THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL a try and I was not disappointed.
It was intriguing to view a woman’s worth through the glimpses of a foreign and somewhat distant past. I could envision this series being televised by the BBC or Masterpiece: Mystery! (Hint, hint.)
Sujata Massey is also the author of the Rei Shimura series.
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