The Widows of Malabar Hill
Mystery of 1920s Bombay
On Sale: January 9, 2018
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Mystery Historical | Mystery Woman Sleuth
Bombay, 1921: 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 an Oxford, legal education, 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 examines 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? 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 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
Inspired in part by a real woman who made history by
becoming India’s first female lawyer, The Widows of
Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural
1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and
promising new sleuth, Perveen Mistry.
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