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A Murder on Malabar Hill
A Murder on Malabar Hill | Sujata Massey
Bombay, 1921. Intrepid and intelligent, young Perveen Mistry joins her father's prestigious law firm to become one of India's first female lawyers. Her tumultuous past also makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's rights. When Mistry Law is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy mill owner, Perveen's suspicions are aroused by a curious provision which could disinherit Farid's three widows and leave them vulnerable. Are the Farid widows--who live in strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to men--being duped by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen decides to investigate, but when tensions escalate to murder, it becomes clear that her own life is in mortal peril and she will need to use everything in her power to outwit a dangerous criminal.
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SKlich
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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).

MallenNC It would make a good series! 3d
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feminismandyoga
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I read this one for Read Harder 2018's Task 21 mystery by an author of color but it would also fit for this year's Task 3, a mystery where the victim is not a woman!
It's a fun story and I love the writing!

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Minimalgrl
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And ... Sunday 🥰📚

Crazeedi 💖🐱💖 1w
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Quippe
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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.

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amycollard
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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!

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CaroPi
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1. Closing my data statistics for 2020. Deciding the reading challenge that I will participate. Very relax beginning.
2. They were quite a few. At the moment this one crosses my mind
3. @Lauraandherbooks @Jess861 @KendallHershey
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing and Happy New Year 🎊🎆🎈 3w
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emilyesears
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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.

annahenke I keep meaning to pick this one up! 1mo
Blueberry 👍 1mo
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AppuNthebooks
A Murder on Malabar Hill | Sujata Massey
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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

Cinfhen Hope you‘re feeling better real soon 💗 3mo
AppuNthebooks @Cinfhen Feeling much better. Thank you 😊 3mo
UwannaPublishme Just saw this. Hope you‘re feeling healthy and doing great! 🤗 3mo
AppuNthebooks @UwannaPublishme Thanks! Much better now 😊 2mo
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rebbyj
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Good story. hooked on India these days

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jfount
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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.

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sidherinn
Mehso-so

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.

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MallenNC
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Some of my books that are set in #India, a place I‘d love to visit someday. #LetsTravelJuly

 @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 😊📚❤️👌🏻 6mo
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AlaMich
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It‘s delightfully cool and breezy today, after the heat wave of last week. A lovely morning with a good book and a glass of homemade cold brew!
#summerreading

arlenefinnigan I loved this book. The last line ✊ 5mo
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MallenNC
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Both of these series take place mostly in the 1920s. I have read the first books and already have the second ready to go. I may end up reading one of them this weekend. #1920s #LetsTravelJuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗📚💗 6mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️😊 6mo
JazzFeathers Cool! Stories set in the 1920s are my favourite reads. 5mo
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AlaMich
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FINALLY I get to take a #bookandpool picture too!! Perfect pool day up here in #doorcounty , and I‘m enjoying this book.

#summer

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alisonrose
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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 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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India 1917, or USA 2019? Six of one, apparently! 😠

suzisteffen 😡 UGH 7mo
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alisonrose

“Razia-begum, it seems that you are chained to some people and a large old house that you cannot fully enjoy.”

Razia looked warily at Perveen. “Is that not the meaning of family?”

Blueberry Haha 😀. I enjoyed this book. 7mo
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alisonrose
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Reading the synopsis again for this book, I‘m wondering why I haven‘t gotten to it sooner! Also this cover is gorgeous. You can‘t tell in the pic but some of the stars in the doorway and the trim on her clothing and briefcase are shiny gold ☺️✨

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Amandajoy
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Lunch time reading. Trying to finish this one by Wednesday for book club!

janeycanuck Will you finish in time? Hope you enjoy it - if you do, the second one in the series just came out! 7mo
Amandajoy @janeycanuck I only had the last five pages left, so pretty close. 7mo
Amandajoy And I really enjoyed it, I‘ll probably look into the next one. 7mo
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CaroPi
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I had been in a reading slump. Finally coming out of it with this amazing book. #readingwomen is summer so I am having a lemonade in my balcony

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Amandajoy
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Up next this evening. This is my bookclub‘s pick for next month. Maybe I‘ll get to make it 🤞🏻

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Lindy
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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.

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Lindy
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Two books in one month with Parsi central characters. What are the chances?
#SouthAsianWomen

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LiteraryLona
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Pickpick

I absolutely loved this book. Thanks to the Read or Dead podcast ladies for this recommendation!

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Amandajoy
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I haven‘t made it to book club in the last three months, but I bought next month‘s book just in case. I also got some fabulous goodies for my #summersantagoespostal partner while I was browsing my local Indie Bookstore at lunch yesterday. 🤓

Tamra I‘ve read good reviews of this one. 8mo
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Ellen_C
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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...

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Honeybeebooks
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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.

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AplAlex

Taught me...
I clearly don't know enough Indian history and culture.
Reading about early 20th century women tackling sexism is always stressful (reading about any woman tackling sexism is stressful).

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BellaBookNook
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Great deal on a really good book! On Amazon. #bookenabler

Annl Thanks for the info! 9mo
BellaBookNook @Annl It‘s great to get it now because her next book comes out this month. 9mo
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tipsy
Widows of Malabar Hill | Sujata Massey
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good

alvingregorio Concise! 8mo
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Naj
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A murder mystery with amazing female characters and great writing. Immensely entertaining and unputdownable. It's the first book in a series, the second one will come out this year.

#bookvolley
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Intriguing! Thanks for playing 😊 9mo
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Blueberry
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The first of a new mystery series set in 1921 Bombay, India. The main character is a female junior lawyer. I enjoyed it alot. 4 stars.

rretzler Good to know. I purchased it last year but have yet to read. 10mo
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Blueberry
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1. Summer
2. Inventory auditor
3. Lilac Girls (but not because it wasn't good)
4. The Widows of Malabar Hill
5. @NataliePatalie

#WonderousWednesday @Eggs

NataliePatalie Summer! 🌞☀️🌡 10mo
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Eggbeater
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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

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Love your dreams 🤗💗 10mo
Crazeedi I liked this book, there is a second one coming out soon! 10mo
SW-T Great dreams! Hope they become a reality for you 💕😊 10mo
hermyknee ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 I hope you do all those things (and I think you will!) 10mo
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JPeterson
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My “I wish it was Friday” dinner and book plans. 🍕📚

MicheleinPhilly 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 10mo
BookNAround I really enjoyed this one and have an arc of the second that I want to get to soon. 10mo
Aims42 How is it only Tuesday?!?! 😭 10mo
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CouronneDhiver Samesies 🍕 10mo
CoverToCoverGirl I need a slice or two of that pizza! 😋 10mo
OrangeMooseReads That pizza looks tasty 😋 10mo
JPeterson @BookNAround I‘m more than halfway and really enjoying it! 10mo
JPeterson @Aims42 I know!! That felt like my mantra today 😩 But tomorrow is Wednesday, so almost halfway! 10mo
JPeterson @CouronneDhiver Yes! Great minds! 10mo
Aims42 @JPeterson I feel better hearing I wasn‘t the only one who had a crappy day. We got this, we can make it through this week 💪🏼🙌🏻 10mo
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JPeterson
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I barely made a dent in reading this week, with how intense work was. I‘m finally looking forward to chilling on my couch, reading, and drinking coffee this morning. 📚☕️

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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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!

Full review www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#mysterybyWOC #readingwomen

MallenNC I liked this one and look forward to the sequel 11mo
BekaReid This sounds intriguing. I may need to check it out! 11mo
TNbookworm I loved this book and can't wait for the next one! 11mo
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amb
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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?

Cinfhen I think this is perfect!!! Sounds like a fun read 11mo
4thhouseontheleft Amateur is fine in my opinion! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I just read the tagged book. It would definitely count! And it‘s quite good. 11mo
AmyG I read a book with two women who were investigating a crime. They were not detectives. 11mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!♥️💜💕❤️💙 11mo
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sandra888
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inspired to make homemade cheat chai 🤤💕

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sandra888
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tried starting this novel months ago but kept getting distracted. now, though, it‘s hitting the spot. and im reminded of an old friend teaching me to make chai similar to this... 💕🤤

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Sharpeipup
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Have to put it down (unfortunately).
Must run errands (sadly).

Suzze Love Sujata! 11mo
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sammisho
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Mehso-so

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

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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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.

#readingwomen #mysterythrillerbyWOC

Cathythoughts Sounds good ♥️👍🏻 11mo
Cinfhen Been curious about this book! I‘ll be waiting on your review 😁 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I hope it lives up to expectations! Thanks for hanging on my every word. 😜 11mo
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Carolyn11215 I loved this one!! 11mo
Amandajoy Interesting comparison between those two books. My book club is reading this one (my pick because of all the awesome things I‘ve seen on Litsy 😉) in June & Shantaran in October. 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amandajoy So it‘s not just me! Shantaram is a long book for a book club. But it‘s really good! 11mo
minkyb I enjoyed this but was less enthusiastic then some (a couple of plot points took up too much time for me. ) I am especially curious to see how the character develops in the second book. The environment:atmosphere is wonderful. 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @minkyb Thanks for the heads up on those plot points. Ends up that I‘m putting this aside momentarily to read an ARC. I got asked to blurb it and it needs to be done ASAP. 😎 11mo
WanderingBookaneer I read this one last month. It was eye-opening. I hadn‘t even considered it for that prompt! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @WanderingBookaneer Eye-opening in a good way? I hope so. Glad to help you ✔️ off another prompt! 🤪 11mo
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Plaidsticks
Widows of Malabar Hill | Sujata Massey
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I had to check this book out like 5 times to actually get the time to finish it, but I‘m glad I did. Little window into early 20th century India, something I know little to nothing about.

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sammisho
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Traveling for my daughter's gymnastics this weekend and I know I am getting old because I can no longer get comfortable in any bed other than my own. Luckily I have this book to keep me company.

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sammisho
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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.
#momlife

sammisho Also, i didn't mean to do this as a review...I just started the damn book. That is how exhausted I am tonight! 11mo
mabell You deserve that cake! 11mo
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queerandmysterious
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1920s India - the first female lawyer for the region - a lesbian best friend - and a mystery so soft-boiled it could be cozy? YES PLEASE. I certainly struck gold last night. Thank you to Forever Books of St Joe, MI for featuring The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey in their Top 20 of the Season and introducing me to my new must read series. 😍

#booklove #amreading #lunchandabook #queerreads #lgbtq