Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

Though SLOW, I enjoyed The Widows of Malabar Hill.

It’s been optioned for a TV series.

This is Sujata Massey’s best known book series.

1920s India:

Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first 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. …

Perveen Mistry — a name that reminded me of Canadian author, Rohinton Mistry — the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm …. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women’s legal rights especially important to her.

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. …

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.

In fact, the murder mystery is poor. And poorly resolved. This is not Agatha Christie.

BUT I enjoyed the worldview of an ambitious woman in 1920s India. She is Zoroastrian. Her client is a Muslim. Both are minorities in Hindu Bombay. Ruled by arrogant Brits.

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