Title: Widows of Malabar Hill, The
Authors: Massey, Sujata
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 381
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: Perveen Mistry, one of India's first female lawyers, knows from personal experience the importance of the legal code in safeguarding women's rights, especially after marriage. Working for her father's law firm, Perveen becomes involved in executing the will of a wealthy Muslim businessman whose three widows live in strict isolation. When there is some doubt that the household's appointed guardian has the widows' best interests at heart, Perveen is drawn into an intriguing mystery, one that will put lives at risk.

Engaging and original, this multifaceted story of 1920s Bombay is rich with period detail and the religious and cultural practices of the day.
Categories: Fiction, India, 2021 Titles


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By: ASHB 008 2022-05-06 13:31:47
We loved the book!

By: CHCH 312 2022-03-30 14:11:57
An interesting book with cultural insights into Indian life. Some in our group found the beginning hard going - but worth pushing on.

By: CHCH 297 2022-02-08 10:09:47
We all loved the book. Many layered and felt realistic of the time.

By: RICH 007 2021-09-20 12:01:32
This would be one of the most popular and enjoyable books this year. A story well crafted, with interesting snippets of 1920s India where the British were still ruling, plus a mystery to solve.

By: CHCH 194 2021-09-14 16:34:48
Everyone in the group found this a very interesting read as well as being informative. The book was well written, the storylines were interwoven well and it covered many aspects of different cultures from not such distant times. This is a great book for discussion as it provoked us into issues of gender, race, religion, culture and era.

By: AUCK 208 2021-07-07 09:40:53
All our group enjoyed this book. It was interesting and well-written with a good storyline. We all learned much of the Parsi Indian culture. Best book so far this year. We will look for further books by this author.

By: PAIHIA 003 2021-06-09 11:32:59
Enjoyed by everyone. Well-written and very interesting to learn about the different Indian cultures and customs. Created extra dimensions to the plot.

By: MATAM 001 2021-05-31 13:34:24
We all loved this book. Apart from the theme of a ripping good murder mystery, we had an interesting glimpse of life as a young woman lawyer in 1920s Bombay. There was an introduction into purdah, and also women's legal rights at that time. The book sparked many interesting topics for discussion, which was spirited and enlightening.

By: LOWER 008 2021-05-31 13:11:31
Mixed views of the book. Cultural details enjoyed - in fact the insights were the interesting aspects. Some of the questions were difficult to answer, with our ignorance of contemporary clashes between cultures.

By: CHCH 299 2021-05-25 10:52:41
Everyone in the group enjoyed this book. Some loved it and immediately read other books by the author, others saw it as a good holiday read but not particularly compelling. Interesting setting and plenty of information about the culture to ensure a good discussion.

By: AKAR 007 2021-05-07 14:05:53
All enjoyed. Learnt interesting facts. Some found writing a bit predictable.

By: QUEEN 014 2021-05-07 14:01:27
A nice easy read. It was Rom Com meets Murder Mystery, with an added bonus of an insight into Indian culture and traditions. Some likeable characters - would make a good film!

By: DUNED 063 2021-05-07 13:59:55
Good discussion on Muslim culture and women's oppression according to Western standards. We thought the ending was too abrupt, almost as if the author got tired of the story. Some of us thought the murder made the book more 'tawdry'.

By: TAUR 061 2021-05-07 13:57:44
We thought there was a plethora of events - a narrative 'overkill'. However, we enjoyed the journey into India and the subversive culture for females. Lots of conversation was had regarding the era, and how lucky we are to be a female in NZ in the 21st century.

By: CHCH 508 2021-05-07 13:54:50
Half really liked, others not so much. Some felt the mystery part not needed, and it could have had tighter editing.

By: CHCH 009 2021-03-24 14:48:19
An easy read, incorporating a lot of background information.

By: TAUR 023 2021-03-22 12:01:34
Members enjoyed this novel so much, that we request the Book Discussion Scheme consider having more novels by Sujata Massey on the book list.

By: CHCH 344 2021-02-17 14:33:36
Easy reading. Great holiday read. Well-written and complex enough to hold attention.

By: INVER 001 2020-11-11 10:21:11
Group really enjoyed this book. Found that most of us were motivated to do research to learn more about the history of India, the Parsi people etc. Characterisation of Parveen was interesting...many layers were revealed throughout the book. We were shocked by many of the cultural practices.

By: NELS 076 2020-11-11 10:18:19
Loved it! Interesting insights into a unique time and place. well-developed characters, and a likable 'leading lady'.

By: TAUR 004 2020-10-12 11:31:16
Everyone loved the book - the historical content, learning about the Parsi culture and the storyline. One member immediately read Sujata Massey's second book.

By: QUEEN 014 2020-09-18 14:19:06
A nice easy read. It was Rom-Com meets Murder Mystery, with an added bonus of an insight into Indian culture and traditions. Some likeable characters - would make a good film!

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