Award-winning author Sujata Massey returns readers to the 1920s India of Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, and this time Perveen must travel north while reluctantly in the employment of the British Raj to assist in a complex di...
Award-winning author Sujata Massey returns readers to the 1920s India of Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, and this time Perveen must travel north while reluctantly in the employment of the British Raj to assist in a complex dispute over a late maharaja’s estate. Instead of a straight-forward legal matter she finds a treacherous web of palace intrigue and a history of suspicious deaths.
India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Satara mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja’s widow.
The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s council is required—but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India’s only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future, but knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman into the remote countryside. And she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curse?
“A Goodreads Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers of Spring.”
“Well-researched and convincing.”
–The Wall Street Journal
“A most promising series.”
—The Washington Post
“The Widows of Malabar Hill, with its deft prose and well-wrought characters, is a splendid first installment in what promises to be a memorable series.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Massey’s second whodunit featuring Bombay attorney Perveen Mistry is even better than the series’ impressive debut ... The winning, self-sufficient Perveen should be able to sustain a long series. ”
–Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on The Satapur Moonstone
“Once again Massey does a superb job of combining a fascinating snapshot into 1920s British-ruled India with a top-notch mystery. She has created a strong, appealing heroine who is forging her own path in a rapidly changing world.”
–Library Journal, Starred Review
“Perfect for fans of Vaseem Kahn's Inspector Khan series ... A super book.”
–Robert Daws, Partners in Crime Podcast on The Satapur Moonstone
“[The Satapur Moonstone] will certainly please readers looking for an engaging new female lead. ”
“Simply put, The Satapur Moonstone is a flawless gem. Historical mysteries don’t get any better than this.”
–New York Journal of Books
“One of my new favorite historical mystery series is written by Sujata Massey and centers on Perveen Mistry, the only female lawyer in Bombay and one of the first women to practice law in India....I recommend this series to fans of the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear.”
“[The Satapur Moonstone] has the most delicious sense of suspense. It's not necessary to read The Widows of Malabar Hill before undertaking The Satapur Moonstone, but why deny yourself the pleasure of experiencing two excellent novels? Needless to say, I am eagerly awaiting the third book!”
“Female attorney Perveen Mistry, a rarity in 1920s India, investigates a high-stakes dispute between two maharanis... I'd recommend this series for fans of Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs novels.”
–Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on The Satapur Moonstone
“Bright, determined... Perveen, whose aim is to help women and children, continues to engage us, thereby ensuring a long-running series.”
–The Seattle Times on The Satapur Moonstone
“A gloriously descriptive, imaginatively plotted and thrillingly concluded tale. Ms Massey has created a majestic evocation of the period and has another captivating success.”
“Massey is as deft at conjuring rainy jungles and isolated palaces as she was at bringing cosmopolitan Bombay to life in The Widows of Malabar Hill. It is this wealth of detail and research that make the books stand out, along with Perveen’s endearing and forthright spirit.”