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The Satapur Moonstone (A Perveen Mistry Novel) (edició 2019)

de Sujata Massey (Autor)

Sèrie: Perveen Mistry (2)

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"India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Satara mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja's widow. The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer's council is required--but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince's future, but knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman into the remote countryside. And she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace's deadly curse?"--… (més)
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Títol:The Satapur Moonstone (A Perveen Mistry Novel)
Autors:Sujata Massey (Autor)
Informació:Soho Crime (2019), 360 pages
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
As the only female solicitor in India, Purveen Mistry is uniquely placed to arbitrate a dispute between the mother and grandmother of the Satapur crown prince in The Satapur Moonstone, the second book in Sujata Massey’s engaging historical mystery series.

Temporarily acting as an agent of the British Raj, Purveen is tasked with traveling to the remote Satara mountains, southeast of Bombay, to make recommendations for the maharaja-to-be’s educational future. Purveen hopes to broker peace between the Dowager Maharani who insists that her grandson is to be educated within the palace as his brother and father were before him, and the prince’s mother who wants him to be educated in England, but the situation becomes more complicated when Maharani Mirabai confides she is concerned for her son’s safety.

Purveen has a knack for finding herself in the middle of intrigue, and in The Satapur Moonstone she quickly comes to agree that the life of the crown prince is at risk from someone in the palace. The mystery itself works well, and while it does build to an intense conclusion where Purveen finds her own life is at risk, I felt the pacing was off, with a very slow start.

Purveen is definitely out of her comfort zone - in the middle of the jungle, in the company of the local agent, Colin Sandringham, and among the acrimonious atmosphere of the palace - though she generally proves to be as dutiful and capable as ever, and I did think that perhaps at times she made some decisions that weren’t really in character. I found her unexpected connection with Colin to be quite intriguing and I’ll be interested to see if Massey builds on that in subsequent books.

As in A Murder at Malabar Hill, I found the social, political and cultural details of life in 1920’s India fascinating. The setting is a major strength of the novel, with the Satapur palace, made up of old and new and divided between the Maharini’s, reflecting the struggle of India between tradition and modernity, under British rule.

I enjoyed The Satapur Moonstone as much as I did Massey’s first book. Purveen is an appealing character, and the unique period and culture enrich the well-crafted storytelling. I hope the series continues ( )
  shelleyraec | May 7, 2020 |
I enjoyed this mystery nearly as much as I enjoyed the first in the series. The landscape and atmosphere of India are as much a character as anyone else in this book, and I enjoyed seeing Perveen in a slightly different situation here. I look forward to the next. ( )
  duchessjlh | Nov 8, 2019 |
Atmospheric mystery set in British India in the early 1920's, with lots of local color and period detail. It also has a sympathetic heroine, a Parsee lady lawyer who is trying to sort out the tangled affairs of a pair of maharanis. The plot got overburdened, but it was still an OK read. I shall look for others in the series. ( )
  annbury | Nov 7, 2019 |
This was such a good read - history, mystery, good plot and great setting of scene.

This second installment in the Perveen Mistry series was my introduction to the wonderful character of plucky intelligent Perveen Mistry. It's 1922; she's Bombay's only female lawyer and working in her father's law firm. Perveen is sent to the remote Satapur region to offer her legal assistance to two maharanis who have subjected themselves to purdah (seclusion away from men) and who are in disagreement as to the education of the surviving young maharaja. Perveen soon discovers that the previous maharaja and his surviving eldest son died in rather mysterious circumstances. Can she 1) recommend a tenable solution to the education question and 2) can she get to the bottom of the underlying threat to the surviving prince's welfare?

Author Sujata Massey has really done her homework. I was thoroughly transported to the lush Sahyadri mountains of 1922. The odor of rotting leaves, the tangy richness of Indian cuisine, the sumptuous feel of silk sari fabrics, visions of slippery muddy walks and the sounds of crickets and small animals scrounging around the underbrush all bring the scene to life. There is also strong historical research executed to deliver this rich story. The sexual tension between Colin, the English agent overseeing Indian/English relationships in the western Kolhapur Agency and Perveen is palpable yet tastefully chaste. (Great fodder for future installments.) I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of, "The Widows of Malabar Hill", the first book in this series and look forward, with much anticipation, to future installments in this delightful series.

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India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Sahyadri mountains, where the princely state of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic hunting accident. The state is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis, the dowager queen and her daughter-in-law.

The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s counsel is required. However, the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future, but she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curse? ( )
  KateBaxter | Sep 27, 2019 |
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"India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Satara mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja's widow. The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer's council is required--but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince's future, but knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman into the remote countryside. And she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace's deadly curse?"--

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