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.


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)

“Marvelously plotted, richly detailed.” —The Washington Post

“A splendid first installment in what promises to be a memorable series.”
The Wall Street Journal

“The pages do indeed fly.” The Globe and Mail

“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

“A spectacular mystery to kickstart your year.” —Bustle

“Absolutely terrific.
—Charles Todd, author of the Ian Rutledge series

“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 


The Widows of Malabar Hill | Sujata Massey | Trade Paperback/ebook | On Sale November 20, 2018 | Soho Crime


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.

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Discover the next chapter in the Perveen Mistry historical mystery series!

What begins as a trip to mediate a dispute between two 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.