The Widows Of Malabar Hill
ISBN: 1616959762
EAN13: 9781616959760
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 20, 2018
Pages: 432
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay's only female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity Award-winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.

This Deluxe Paperback Edition features: an interview with the author, discussion questions, essays on the real-life inspirations behind the novel, delicious recipes taken from the story, and previews of The Satapur Moonstone.

Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women's legal rights especially important to her.

Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X--meaning she probably couldn't even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah--in strict Read More chevron_right

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5
   couldn’t put it down
This was a good book by Reeealy! Part of mystery, part soap opera and a great cultural learning experience.
 
2
   Convoluted plot that was difficult to navigate for this voracious reader.
Good information about Parsi's religious and ssocial customs and practices. I will not purchase the rest of the series.
 
5
   starts off slow but..
This book took a few chapters to adapt to and get into the language and character development. After adaptation, however, it was a great read and one that I found hard to put down in certain chapters. I found myself getting mad at the lack of conviction of the main character when a guy entered her life and later matured as a whimp, but regained my respect as she matured with life. The characters, time period and setting is interesting.
 
5
   Great fun read!
Thus, the book is a delight not only in storytelling, but also in historical context.
 
4
   Insight into historical India and a mystery.
Fun to read : I like the idea of the feminist lawyer first and the first female themes in the book.
 
5
   India, 1920
I have loved this book not only for its mystery but also for its insight into India in 1920. Thus many different cultures, each with their own laws. Interesting, so much so.
 
5
   A great read!
The plot is quite well developed and offers fascinating and important insights into the various cultures religions within India, as well as a feel for the post-WW I vibe '' in India and the growing interest in achieving independence from the British.
 
5
   Information and suspenseful
It was full and riveting with information. The story line kept you guessing until the end.
 
5
   Great book
The mystery was good, but the best things about this book were the main character, Perveen, and the introduction to the religions and customs of India. I hope there are more books about Perveen, as I would like to know more about her story, the struggles of the Indian lawyers in India and early female culture.
 
3
   Interesting basis for a mystery series
As with most modern novels, however, our historical era crept in a little too much. There is a lot of emphasis on controlling women and why that's a bad thing. I don 't really believe the sudden transformation of Mistry's husband from a nice, supportive guy to an obsessive abuser.
 
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