A Murder on Malabar Hill [Sujata Massey]

Start Date: 3 April 2020

Finish Date: 4 April 2020

Source: Amazon India Kindle Edition

Goodreads link.

Goodreads summary:

Bombay, 1921. Intrepid and intelligent, young Perveen Mistry joins her father’s prestigious law firm to become one of India’s first female lawyers. Her tumultuous past also makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s rights.
When Mistry Law is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy mill owner, Perveen’s suspicions are aroused by a curious provision which could disinherit Farid’s three widows and leave them vulnerable. Are the Farid widows–who live in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to men–being duped by an unscrupulous guardian?
Perveen decides to investigate, but when tensions escalate to murder, it becomes clear that her own life is in mortal peril and she will need to use everything in her power to outwit a dangerous criminal.


  • This was a book that came recommended to me from many sides. Ashish recommended it to me while we were recording our podcast, and my Whatsapp book club had three people recommending it enthusiastically. It went from being added to my to-read pile to a purchase very very quickly.
  • All the recommenders had liked it much more as a portrait of Mumbai or the Jazz Age, and it is fabulous at that, but I thought the murder mystery was very well done too.
  • Not that many quotable sentences, alas.
  • The moral I am choosing to draw from this book is that Calcutta is so vile that it turns even Parsis evil.
  • I am completely up for more Perveen Mistry adventures. And I’d like to see what happens to Alice as well.



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