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.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Loved it!"

"Great read. Very easy flow and engaging."

"One learns a lot about the life of women in India in the early 20th Century and the huge problems they had to overcome to become independent."

"There was nothing that I didn't like. I got 'sucked into it' and read it very quickly."

"An engaging read with an original theme."

"A little 'once over lightly', but sometimes that's just what you need. I enjoyed the book."

"Great characters and descriptions - and there's plenty of action and suspense."

"I see there are plenty more books by this author - I'll be looking for them."

"A very engaging main character."

"I wish I knew there was a glossary towards the back of the book - it would have helped."

"I wasn't sure about it initially but by chapter three I was hooked and finished it in two days."
Categories: Fiction, India, 2021 Titles


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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Everyone loved the book - the historical content, learning about the Parsi culture and the storyline.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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