The Satapur Moonstone
Discover the next chapter in the Perveen Mistry historical mystery series!
What begins as a trip to mediate a dispute between maharanis in the distant mountain province of Satapur quickly turns sinister when Perveen finds herself in a viper’s nest of cold-blooded power players settling ancient scores.
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 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, 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 she knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman from Bombay into the remote countryside. 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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“Perveen’s dogged pursuit of truth and justice for her clients is reminiscent of the debuts of Anne Perry’s Charlotte Ellison Pitt and Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs.” —Los Angeles Times
“An extraordinary heroine . . . Defying convention while draped in a sari, Perveen is sure to join the leads of great mystery fiction.” —Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope mysteries
“Sujata Massey brings 1920s Bombay to life.” —Amulya Malladi, author of A House for Happy Mothers
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The Widows of Malabar Hill
Now available in paperback: Book 1 in the Perveen Mistry series
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 richly detailed and deftly plotted new historical mystery with a captivating heroine.
Finalist: Mary Higgins Clark Award ● Finalist: Agatha Award ● Finalist: Lefty Award
A WBUR On Point Best Book of 2018 ● A Boston Globe Best Book of 2018 ● A Times of India Best Book of 2018
DELUXE PAPERBACK EDITION FEATURES:
Author interview ● Discussion questions for reading groups ● Essays on the real-life inspirations behind the novel ● Delicious recipes taken from the story ● An preview of book 2: The Satapur Moonstone (May 2019)
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SUJATA MASSEY was born in England to parents from India and Germany, was raised mostly in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist. Her novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. Visit her website at sujatamassey.com.