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The Widows of Malabar Hill (A Perveen Mistry Novel) (edició 2018)

de Sujata Massey (Autor)

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"Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay. 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 law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. 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 is going through 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 if they forfeit what their husband left them? 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 seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger."--… (més)
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Títol:The Widows of Malabar Hill (A Perveen Mistry Novel)
Autors:Sujata Massey (Autor)
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The Widows of Malabar Hill de Sujata Massey

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I have completed [The Widows of Malabar Hill] by [Sujata Massey]. I have read reader reviews of her books previously, generally highly rated, and been curious about them.

The book begins in 1921 but flashes back to 1915. I found this irritating considering the short time span. The protagonist is Perveen Mistry, one of the first women attorneys in India. Working for her father, she is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy client of her father's. Farid has three wives and children who will benefit from the will. During Preveen's involvement a guardian she finds questionable will be murdered and she will involve herself in the investigation of his death.

As a mystery I find the book average however central to the plot are women's legal and religious status which adds much more interest. Even one of the first female attorneys in India must observe laws of both she finds limiting. Because I have long been interested in the history of dower rights this falls right into my wheelhouse. ( )
  clue | Jan 17, 2022 |
Having been a fan of Massey’s other series on Japan, I was intrigued by this new one set in India in the 1920’s. Yes, it is a mystery but it is much more than that. It is full of information on Muslim women, religious practices in India, political unrest in the Raj and the state of women’s emancipation. Very interesting and worth while reading.
  PattyLee | Dec 14, 2021 |
Perveen Mistry has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India in the 1920s. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. The Farid widows live in full purdah--in strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder.

It was interesting, and sometimes disturbing, to read about the cultural differences and legal restrictions for women at that time. Perveen was a likeable character who took chances sometimes when getting involved to help someone. This was a solid mystery and I enjoyed it. ( )
  gaylebutz | Oct 26, 2021 |
What a fabulous book. I didn’t know the author and I half expected a mediocre mystery novel (having read too many such in my day), thus leaving myself entirely unprepared for this fascinating and well paced book.

Massey takes us takes us into the rich cultural mix of Bombay in a time before Indian independence. But she doesn’t simply set her story in an interesting time and culture. She gives so much detail in such a painless and interesting way — no long winded info dumps, but we nevertheless learn much about Parsi law, Muslim inheritance laws, female seclusion in both Muslim and Parsi culture (though in one case it is a life of purdah, and in the other it is seclusion during menstruation). And as someone who has sworn off sugar for a month, reading a book with so many references to sweets almost pushed me over the edge.

I’m doing a very poor job of explaining the many different layers of interest to this book. For instance, there is a strong element of feminism, beginning with the protagonist's struggle to become the first female lawyer in Bombay, and then to function fully as one at a time when women lawyers were not allowed in court. So instead of struggling on to try to express why this book is so wonderful I am just going to encourage you to read it if you have any interest in good mysteries, in law, in women, in India, in history… Need I go on? ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Sep 14, 2021 |
India, Bombay, mystery, purdah, legal ( )
  JenMDB | Aug 31, 2021 |
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The Widows of Malabar Hill is wholly satisfying..Perveen, daughter of an established Zoroastrian family in Bombay, works alongside her father, Jamshedji Mistry, a progressive man whose lifelong dream has been to have his daughter work with him at the family law firm. Why he wants this for her is one of the most heartwarming aspects of the novel, and is slowly revealed along with many other details that make this family one I plan to follow through as many storylines as possible.... Her tale is one that is just as absorbing as the murder mystery and has a quiet power all its own. Each thread is carefully paced; Massey clearly knows just what she's doing, which is giving readers both a captivating whodunit and a lasting base for more books featuring this same cast of characters. Massey is also making a case for gender equality, religious tolerance and racial harmony and it's a lovely thing that she does so with such understated persistence..And, happily, although the denouement is wholly satisfying, there is much left unsaid, particularly about some of the supporting cast members
 

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Massey, Sujataautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Agro, JanineDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Davidson, AndrewAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nankani, SoneelaNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay. 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 law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's legal rights. 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 is going through 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 if they forfeit what their husband left them? 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 seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger."--

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