The Widows of Malabar Hill
Mystery of 1920s India #1
On Sale: November 20, 2018
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1920s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay's only female lawyer,
is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim
widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn
toward the murderous. The author of the Agatha and Macavity
Award–winning Rei Shimura novels brings us an atmospheric
new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.
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 legal
education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal
history that makes women's legal rights especially important
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 danger.
Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India's
first female attorney, The Widows of Malabar Hill is
a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well
as the debut of a sharp new sleuth.
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