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The Satapur Moonstone

(Perveen Mistry #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  245 ratings  ·  80 reviews
The highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel The Widows of Malabar Hill.

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
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Soho Crime
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Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway. The Satapur Moonstone marks the second adventure with the formidable, delightful paid female solicitor (and unpaid sleuth), Parveen Mistry. This second effort, like the first one features great storytelling, fascinating characters and a smart, courageous heroine worth investing in, leaving me wanting more.

I can't wait to see where the next adventure takes us and I really hope a certain Colin Sandringham will be also be featured or at least hovering somewh
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the second in the series and not quite as strong as the first. In the 1920’s the female Bombay lawyer, Perveen, is unable to argue in court and works as a solicitor for her father’s firm. She is hired as a counselor to determine the education of a crown prince which is in dispute between his mother and grandmother, the dowager queen. The men of the royal family have tragically died so an agent of the state now rules the province. Once again, the women are observing purdah and once again ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-author
Probably a 3.5 that is closer to a 3, but it gets the bump up for being the book to get me out of my reading slump. Watch me talk about the book in my October wrap up:
Jessica Woodbury
I had hoped to come back to the Perveen Mistry books in print and enjoy myself more and happily I did. (I very much disliked the audiobook of the first novel.) I was pleased that the setting here moved to somewhere new and we got to see Perveen mostly on her own. Part of the pleasure of this kind of book is diving into a piece of history I don't know well, exploring a whole new set of customs and beliefs, and we get a very different world here than we did in the first book, looking at the Hindu ...more
Jamie Canaves
Great Historical Mystery! (TW suicide)

I love this historical mystery series and if you’re already a fan of Perveen from the first book I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t also enjoy this one. The first half of the book does a great job of bringing the Satara mountains in India to life during 1922. You see not only Britain’s colonialism in India but also the caste system and the different religions. Massey does a really good job of showing a lot through Perveen’s travels and interactions as s
I received a free ARC of this book via the F2F mystery group that I attend. I will be passing on the ARC to another member of the group in preparation for the group's future discussion of the book.

As I expected, this wasn't as interesting or intense as the first book. I'm not a fan of mysteries that center on royal courts. The sort of conflicts that arise are predictable. I still love Perveen as the protagonist. The British agent who was supervising her was also interesting. Yet the most surpris
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, audio
I loved the first book and couldn't wait to join Perveen on another lawerly adventure. I listened to the audiobook once again (a little sad that they switched narrators as I liked the previous narrator a bit more, although I think the new narrator might appeal more to mature listeners... and by mature I mean even older than my almost 42 years).

This time Perveen is off to a palace in Satapur, trying to decide the educational future of a young King to be, as his widowed mother and widowed grandmo
Joan Happel
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This much anticipated 2nd installment in this series is worth the wait. Set in 1922 India, The Satapur Moonstone brings back Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female lawyer. This time she is called upon to travel to the small state of Satapur, where two maharinis cannot agree on the fate of the state’s next heir. Because the maharinis live in purdah (sequestered from men), Perveen is the only one available to negotiate directly with the two women. She soon discovers that the maharajah died mysteriou ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, edelweiss
Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

The Satupur Moonstone, the second Perveen Mistry mystery, takes readers out of 1920s Bombay and into a more rural area. This time Perveen has been contracted by a government agency to weigh in on a disagreement between a young prince's mother and grandmother over his education. She soon realizes that greater dangers might be impacting the family.
In addition to an intriguing mystery, this book is transportive. Suja
Cathy Cole
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sujata Massey's first Perveen Mistry novel, The Widows of Malabar Hill, was one of my Best Reads of 2018, so I was really looking forward to its follow-up. Not only is The Satapur Moonstone one of my Best Reads of 2019, I think it is even better than the first (multi-award-winning) book.

Massey is so very adept at guiding readers into the world of India in the 1920s. A world of arcane rules that mainly benefit British colonial rule. A world that, with the help of people like Mahatma Gandhi, is be
Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
I'm entranced with this series set in 1920's India and featuring an Oxford trained, Indian woman lawyer who is a Parsi Zoroastrian. Absolutely intriguing character and fascinating plots! The first one in the series, The Widows of Malabar Hill, gave readers the background of Perveen Mistry, her missteps in training as a lawyer, following in her father's steps, and her disasterous romance, all bundled into a very interesting mystery. Being one of the very few women lawyers in India, Perveen finds ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Author Sujata Massey introduced us to heroine Perveen Mistry in the first book of this series, THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL. In 1920s India, Perveen is the only female lawyer in Bombay and she works at her father's law firm. This first book shows the complexities of Perveen's life: (1) Oxford education, (2) of an ethnic minority (Parsi) in India, (3) in a troubled marriage, (4) struggling for acceptance as a female lawyer and only able to work at low-exposure levels, mostly paperwork and contact w ...more
Celeste Hogan
Thank you to Soho Crime and Goodreads Giveaways for this advance uncopyedited edition of The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey. I have read many books by Massey, but the Parveen Mistry series are my favorites of her books.

As with the first book in the series, The Widows of Malabar Hill, Massey creates realistic and complex characters. The main character, Mistry, is a female lawyer in 1920s Bombay, who is intelligent and strong enough to understand she must operate within the confines of her tim
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Satapur Moonstone is a leap in time to the 1920's and a giant leap in culture, customs, and history to India. Sujata Massey has written an informative and entertaining tale of a young Indian lawyer who just happens to be a woman at a time when women had so few opportunities or rights. Perveen Mistry is a delightful heroine who tries to balance her legal background with the societal conventions of her time. Thoughtfully, Ms. Massey includes a little glossary with Indian terms that are somewha ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in Satapur India, Lawyer Perveen Mistry is called upon to mediate between Maharani mother-in-law and daughter, as they seek to protect and educate the 10 year old Maharaja of Satapur. It's a convoluted tale of distrust, hidden identities, complex motives, unexplained deaths, and a contest for the throne of this small princedom under the protection of the British Empire.

Massey provides a wonderful picture of India in 1920, the differences between castes and religions, and a variety of power
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars.

An enjoyable read and this series is shaping up quite nicely. Perveen is such an interesting character and here, she goes to a completely different setting in a governmental capacity (for the British). She has to interview two Majaranis who observe purdah. What made this an especially fascinating read was that it was set in an Indian Hindu Kingdom during British Colonialism and all the rules that follow both cultures. I am so looking forward to the next book.

I received an arc from the
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a mystery series, set on 1920’s India. Preveen Mistry is a lawyer from Bombay, sent to work out a compromise regarding a young Maharaja’s future schooling. Preveen quickly realizes there are more serious issues, including the death of the Maharaja’s older brother. I highly recommend this series, which offers a detailed look into pre-independence India, it’s culture and various religions and traditions. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Loved the time and place.
May 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this mystery. Perveen always is a strong character, and I like how she thinks.

Of the three books with Perveen, I thought this one was good but I liked the reveal in #1 and in the anthology better.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't Sujata Massey write any faster? I've already had the pleasure of reading her second Perveen Mistry mystery (coming out in May) which means it's a long wait for the next book in the series. Dang.

"The Widows of Malabar Hill" introduced Perveen Mistry, Esq., a "lady lawyer" in 1920s Bombay. She attended Oxford and has joined her father's law firm. In the Widows, she was tasked with entering the zanana of a wealthy Muslim family to interview the widows of a wealthy man whose will was being dis
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This was a very solid second story of Perveen Mistry, good plot, great characters, good history
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best-selling author, Sujata Massey, once again takes us back to 1920's India with Perveen Mistry, Esquire, a female Bombay lawyer who has an uncanny knack for solving mysteries. In the Moonstone of Satapur, Perveen is hired to become a liaison between the Royal family of Satapur and the British government. The job is perfect for her as she will have to investigate the problem of a young Maharajah’s education after his widowed mother disagrees with the dowager Maharani’s expectations for his futu ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, international
I’m glad to see this series continue. It is a lovely mix of history, mystery, and travel.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you’re young and discover you love reading, nothing is better than finding the kind of book that takes you away and absorbs you for hours. As a child, I felt this way when I discovered books like The Secret Garden, Charlotte’s Web and the entire Narnia Chronicles. Transported.

It’s not so common to find this kind of immersive reading experience when you’re an older reader, so discovering one of these reads is a treasure to be cherished. That’s a long way of saying that Sujata Massey’s Perve
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second mystery featuring Perveen Mistry, one of the only female solicitors to practice law in Bombay during the 1920s -- the beginning of the final decades of British rule. One of the states that still (tenuously) has been able to hang on to its right to control at least some of its fate is that of Satapur, a remote principality whose maharaja is dead, leaving behind a young heir whose mother and grandmother can't agree over whether or not he should be sent away to get the best possi ...more
Jill Meyer
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Satapur is a fictional princely state in northern India. Because it has it's own royal family, the state is not officially part of the British Raj, but the British do exert a certain power over the Indian state. In 1922, the time of Sujata Massey's second novel, "The Satapur Moonstone", two members of the family have died under suspicious circumstances. There are two maharanis in the royal palace, each vying for power, while the 10 year old maharaja is the subject of interest by the Raj rulers. ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Ah, the sorrows of second book syndrome.

I really loved The Widows of Malabar Hill, the first book in Sujata Massey's Perveen Mistry series. I loved the character of Perveen, the fact that she was Parsi, her personal backstory of how she ended up going to Oxford and reading the law, and her return to Bombay (Mumbai) to work for her father's law firm, even though she can't be a barrister. The novel also had a wonderful plot, involving a mystery that only Perveen, being a woman, could so
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed The Widows of Malabar Hill you will surely enjoy Massey’s follow up novel The Satapur Moonstone. Bombay lawyer, Perveen Mistry is sent to the palace in the fictional princely State, Satapur, to gather information and help the British government decide where the newest Maharja should obtain his education. His older brother and father have both died and the young boy is under the guardianship of the British Indian Kohlapur Agency until he turns 18 and can lead Satapur. His mothe
I received a copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Perveen Mistry, Esquire, is one of the few female lawyers in 1920s India. While this often makes people skeptical or rude towards her, she has an advantage none of the male lawyers have: she can discuss legal matters with women who observe purdah. The British government, who rule India, employ Perveen to go to the distant Indian kingdom of Satapur.

Located in a dense jungle and accessed by treacherous routes, Perv
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fascinated by the glimpse of historic India that was shown in Sujata Massey's first Perveen Mistry book, The Widows of Malabar Hill. I had great expectations of the second book and I'm happy to say that they have been fully realized. The Satapur Moonstone is completely different but no less engrossing than the first book. In fact, because this book does not go back and forth in time like the first did, I think the characters in the main mystery were a little more fully fleshed out. Massey ...more
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Sujata Massey is the author of historical and mystery fiction set in Asia. She is best known for the Perveen Mistry series published in the United States by Soho Press and in India by Penguin Random House India. THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, the first Perveen novel, was named a Best Mystery/Thriller of 2018 and also an Amazon Best Mystery/Thriller of 2018. Additionally, the book won the Bruce Alexan ...more

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