This book was very enjoyable! I think it would make a great BBC series! It‘s the first in a series and I‘m hoping the next book is as good (if not better).
Sujata Massey‘s historical crime novel (the first in a series) is a well constructed affair that does an excellent job of portraying 1920s multicultural Bombay, what the rise of the independence movement means for the city‘s various religious and cultural groups and the problems faced by women, but the murderer is a little easy to guess and I wanted more of Alice and Perveen‘s friendship than what‘s on the page.
Really enjoyed this one. It as the tone of a cozy mystery , but the setting (1920‘s Bombay) is fascinating and full of details about the different religions in India, including Hindu, Muslim and particularly Zoroastrianism which is the religion of the main character. The mystery involves a young female lawyer (one of the first in India at that time) who gets involved in a mystery involving the widows of a Muslim man. A fun and different mystery!
I finished this a few days ago, but I waited for a sunny day so that I could show off how shiny the cover is. This was my #cloakanddaggerchristmas2019 read and I really loved it! Perveen is a wonderful heroine who has an interesting backstory and an entertaining group of people around her. I also found the mystery compelling and I didn‘t guess the murderer. I‘m already planning to pick up the second book in January.
Down with the flu and the only thing to do was read. Sujata Massey‘s fictitious lawyer with super-sleuthing skills is great company! Perveen Mistry may be doing her bit for women‘s empowerment in the 1920s of Bombay. But she‘s every bit relatable! #Booked2019 #FemaleDetective #whodunit #MysteryWithAServingOfDelectableParsiCuisine
Roughly 60% historical fiction and 40% mystery, this book kept me engaged to the end. It‘s not a hardcore mystery written as a puzzle, which I appreciate; although I think the clues were there, it‘s much more focused on storytelling. I would happily read the next one in the series. This was my “souvenir” from visiting my brother in Minneapolis, where we stumbled across this great little shop.
I enjoyed the setting the most. Post WWI Bombay is a fascinating part of history we learn so little about in the US (are we surprised?) I very much enjoyed the main character‘s father. I can‘t say I completely enjoyed the book but I will read the next one. One thing I did appreciate, the author doesn‘t explain everything that won‘t be familiar to the average American. She uses words & phrases from religion & culture & trusts the reader to keep up.
I quite enjoyed this one, particularly due to Perveen—she‘s a great character, smart and confident in a time and place that doesn‘t really allow most women to be either. She doesn‘t let that hinder her but I like that the author didn‘t make it some big pointed thing. The plot did get a bit meandering and we do get the “villain monologue” trope which I don‘t love, but overall this was fun and fresh and I‘m looking forward to the next one. 3/5 ⭐️
Lunch time reading. Trying to finish this one by Wednesday for book club!
The first in a series of mysteries set in 1920s Bombay centred on the first female lawyer in India. Oxford-educated Perveen Mistry, daughter in a prominent Parsi family, is sensible and self-reliant. I enjoyed the way period details give a strong sense of place, the complex plotting, the thoughtful characterization, and the feminist issues that are at the forefront. The #audiobook narration by Soneela Nankani is a bit overwrought, unfortunately.
Well done murder mystery featuring a female Parsi lawyer in 1921 India. Well researched and informative about law and religious practice, seclusion and divorce. Perveen Mistry has a pretty interesting background that helps her in her work representing the widows. https://cannonballread.com/2019/05/the-widows-of-malabar-hill-a-perveen-mistry-n...
It took some time to adjust to the very measured pacing. But, the slow unveiling of Perveen‘s backstory combined with her first whodunnit legal case provides a solid introduction to a new mystery series. Although I prefer a faster tempo, the pace did give me time to absorb more of the world Perveen inhabits. I had little context to work with but the author gave me a lot without overwhelming me.
1. Becoming a writer, living in the mountains, and opening a pitbull rescue.
2. Movie theater concession stand employee.
3. The Woodcutter
4. The Widows of Malabar Hill (historical mystery set in India, it is superb)
5. @MidnightBookGirl @petersonks15 @hermyknee @MaGoose @Stacy_31
My “I wish it was Friday” dinner and book plans. 🍕📚
Perveen Mistry may have lived 100 years ago, but she‘s a thoroughly modern woman. She takes on an inheritance-related case for the widows of her father‘s late client. They live in secluded purdah. Then it becomes an entirely different case, because a member of the household dies. Massey brings out cultural, social, and historical issues with finesse. Recommended!
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Question for @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft and @BarbaraTheBibliophage regarding #Booked2019
For the female detective prompt, does the detective have to be officially a detective or do amateur detectives count, such as in the tagged book?
I wanted to like this more than I did. It felt slow and dragging through too many parts, and the mystery was not at all exciting or surprising. I figured it out pretty early on. But I loved the rich descriptions of Indian culture and was intrigued by the idea of the first woman lawyer in India.
#readingwomen A mystery by a WOC
Starting this one today or tonight! Years ago, I read a few of her Rei Shimura books and liked them. Hoping this new series is just as good. I‘m also curious to know more about the time period of Bombay/Mumbai history, after reading Shantaram last year.
A ten hour work day, no lunch, rushing to gymanstics practice, soccer practice, and last minute valentines, means I get lemon bundt cake for dinner after kids are in bed.