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The Satapur Moonstone

(Perveen Mistry #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,650 ratings  ·  1,194 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
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Published May 14th 2019 by Soho Crime
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Dee The implication was that it was Ames - but it was never specified nor explained! That was my one "issue" with the book - not quite all of the "loose e…moreThe implication was that it was Ames - but it was never specified nor explained! That was my one "issue" with the book - not quite all of the "loose ends" were tied up- at least not to my satisfaction! (less)
Anne I just finished it, and I do think this one is appropriate for that age group if they are good readers. There is a late reference to a character who a…moreI just finished it, and I do think this one is appropriate for that age group if they are good readers. There is a late reference to a character who at 14 had been urged to submit to a sexual relationship with a royal, but that is not depicted graphically, and it is definitely presented as not OK in the context of the telling. (less)

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May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, history, crime, asia
I loved, loved this 2nd book about woman lawyer Perveen Mistry, set in the princely state of Satapur, tucked away in the remote Sahyadri mountains. India, 1922. Wonderfully engaging story, although fictional, a lot to learn, about for example purdah, women living separate and not speaking to men. This book is about the Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness, as well as his teenage son, died in a tragic hunting accident. The royal ladies (grandmother and mother) are in di ...more
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
The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey is a 2019 Soho Crime publication.

This second installment in the Perveen Mistry series has Perveen traveling to Satapur in the remote Sahyadri mountains to act as a mediator between a widowed mother and her mother-in-law on behalf of a young crown prince.

The two ladies are locked in a dispute over the prince’s educational options and Perveen must decide what is best for the child.

When she arrives, after an uncomfortable journey, she finds things are not ne
Perveen Mistry, India’s only female lawyer was headed from Bombay to the kingdom of Satapur, where the royal family had been decimated by the death of the king, and then his eldest son. Perveen was to listen to the young ten-year-old prince’s mother and grandmother who were at odds over the child’s education and future, making a recommendation which she would take back to Bombay when she returned. At eighteen the prince would take over the reins of the kingdom, but in the meantime, his education ...more
Dec 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series about the very likeable Perveen Mistry, one of very few female lawyers in India in 1922.

Perveen is sent to Satapur to help sort out educational provisions for the young future Maharajah. She is chosen specifically because of her gender since the child is in the care of the deceased Maharajah's wife and mother who are both in purdah. Unfortunately when she gets there she finds she is way out of her depth and that life in the palace is dangerous indeed.

As in
This is an excellent follow-up to A Murder on Malabar Hill featuring female lawyer Perveen Mistry. Set in 1920s India, Perveen is a very rare female Indian lawyer, working in her father's law firm in Bombay. The British Government has requested that she visit the Royal palace in the tiny principality of Satapur to advise them on settling a dispute between the mother and grandmother of the current maharaja, a ten year old boy. His father and older brother both died prematurely in the previous two ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The palanquin was set down more gently than in the past, and Perveen emerged, wrapping her cashmere shawl over her shoulders before taking the brass cup of chai offered to her."

Perveen Mistry is on a mission initiated through the British government. It's India in 1922 and Perveen is a female lawyer, so very rare, in her father's firm in Bombay. Her journey takes her to the kingdom of Satapu nestled in the remote mountainside.

She is greeted by Colin Sandringham who is a British agent living at
K.J. Charles
I loved the first book in this series about a female Parsi lawyer in 1920s India. This one suffers a bit by comparison. It's a brilliant setting--Indian Gothic, with murder and intrigue in the royal palace of a small princely state--and the evocation of place is excellent and vivid. The mystery is rather slow paced by contrast and maybe a bit thin. Second book syndrome is a thing. (So is pandemic reading slump, and I am having real trouble reading fiction atm, so it might be an 'it's not you it' ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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: ...more
Alice Lippart
Really enjoyed this and love the setting, time period and reading about our main character, but the story is not as strong as in the first book.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Satapur Moonstone is the second book in the Perveen Mistry series by award-winning British-born American author, Sujata Massey. When the governor’s top councillor offers Bombay’s first female solicitor, Perveen Mistry a small job in the Sahyadri Mountains at the tiny Princely State of Satapur, she’s a little hesitant.

The work, finding an agreement between the widow of the late maharaja and the dowager maharani regards the education and welfare of the prospective ruler, the ten-year-old maha
Jul 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book is an ARC (Advanced Uncopyedited edition). I purchased this book at a retail outlet. It was not given or sent to me for a review. I wanted to read this book. The publication date is May 2019.
This is probably more of a 3.5 rather than 3 and I’m again lamenting the fact that GR doesn’t have half star ratings.

I’ve been very excited to read the sequel to the very fascinating new series starter The Widows of Malabar Hill, but I had to wait this long to receive the copy from the library. This one turned to be an engaging read as well, but maybe not at par with the first.

The pacing of this novel is slow and steady as I expected it to be. The main change is that this one takes place comple
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I loved THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, the first in the Perveen Mistry historical mystery series set in 1920s Bombay. Unfortunately, I was bored and disappointed in Massey's follow-up, THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE. Massey relied yet again Perveen helping women in purdah (seclusion in the zenana). There was no further character development in this one either. In THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, there's not only a mystery to solve but you delve into Perveen's past. In addition, because Perveen went to Satapur, y ...more
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
Sujata Massey
Mar 14, 2021 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
Perveen leaves Bombay to travel to the mountains of Satapur, where she investigates the safety of a young Maharaja. Is the royal family cursed, or is there treachery afoot? "Well researched and convincing." --THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. "The sequel is as lovely as the first." --MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL. ...more
Barb in Maryland
3.5 stars, rounded up. The author does a great job evoking a remote corner of India--vivid descriptions of a place far from Perveen's cosmopolitan home in Bombay.

The mood of the book is almost gothic--Perveen is constantly on edge while at the palace, what with talk of poisonings. The mysterious deaths of the maharani and his eldest son are still being questioned; the younger maharani fears for the life of her surviving son, Jiva Rao. Everything comes to a head when young Jiva Rao disappears. Wa
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This second book about female Bombay lawyer Perveen Mistry in 1920s India is as good if not better than the first! Especially towards the end I found it very difficult to put it down. She travels to the mountains and a princely estate to advise on the education of a young maharaja being brought up by his mother and grandmother who disagree on his future.
I learn so much about Indian customs including women’s lives and rights but it is introduced throughout the story without sounding like a lesso
Diane Lynn
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Too little mystery and then the book was over. Honestly, at times I found the reading tedious.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Loved this one. More character development of depth and more adventure than in Perveen #1. Most other reviewers felt the opposite. But I relished such journey methods and the general working between enemies for some kind of compromise than only a who dun it plot.

The purdah and dozens of other various religious restrictions are quite the eye opening crux here. Not only the Hindu caste system by any means is singularly restrictive and at times devoid for a path to communication.

This is a series I
4.5 stars. A great second book in this series! If you haven't read the first book, I'd encourage you to start with that one--both are excellent. Perveen Mistry is a wonderful heroine, and the cases she's called upon to investigate ends up being fascinating, as she uncovers deeper interpersonal dynamics that don't immediately meet the eye. Like the last one, this starts out rather slow, but it consistently held my interest, and near the end it *really* gets going! I'm very much hoping the hint of ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is the second in the series of a female Parsi lawyer, Perveen Mistry, in 1922 India. Agreeing to temporarily represent the Kolhapur Agency, the colonial British government's arrangement of Western India's 25 feudal and royal states, she travels from Bombay to Satapur Palce. She has been brought in to settle a dispute between two maharanis, the dowager queen and her daughter-in-law, over the education of the 10-year-old maharaja. As the women observe purdah (women and children live separatel ...more
Madhulika Liddle
Jan 25, 2022 rated it it was ok
Perveen Mistry is sent on a commission by the British, of the Kolhapur Agency, to meet the two cloistered maharanis of the Satapur state. Perveen’s mission is to gauge how best to serve the state’s interests, especially as regards the education of the ten year old maharaja, Jiva Rao, now the heir to the throne after the unexpected deaths of his father and his elder brother. En route, Perveen stops at the circuit house, where she meets the somewhat unusual and enigmatic English civil servant Coli ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Our heroine, lawyer Perveen Mistry, is again called upon to demonstrate bravery, this time on assignment to work out sticky situation in a royal Indian household. The older former queen rules the roost over the younger recently widowed queen who is genuinely concerned about her son's safety, already having to endure the death of an older son.
Perveen ventures into new territory working for the British government as she has initially been asked to resolve the plan for a proper education of the you
Apr 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Wow – – The Satapur Moonstone definitely deserved the five stars I gave it which I rarely give. But the story was so intricate, the characters so real and interesting and involving, and the mystery so hard to solve that it deserved that accolade. I do not usually read books set in India in 1921. But I read the book description and it was too tempting not to try. The heroine is a Farsi lawyer in Bombay in her father's law practice. India is still a colony in the British empire at this time and no ...more
As the only female lawyer in Bombay, Perveen Mistry finds herself hired by the British imperial government to negotiate with a local princedom’s two competing maharanis (queens), who are observing that pesky purda that prevents them from talking to men. She gets way more than she signed up for: court intrigue, poisoners, kidnapping, treason, deep family secrets, and the baffling mystery of the old queen’s moonstone necklace…

Perveen has to surmount challenges of unsurpassable roads and deep distr
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
In the mystery of "THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE", Perveen Mistry, one of India's first women lawyers, is employed by the Kolhapur Agency on a short-term basis to adjudicate and devise an agreement which would ensure the best education for 10 year old Maharaja Jiva Rao of the Kingdom of Satapur (one of India's princely states, which under the aegis of the British Raj, enjoyed local autonomy). The reason for Perveen being given this delicate assignment was a bitter dispute between the kingdom's 2 maharan ...more
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
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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. In June, 2021, THE BOMBAY PRINCE, third book in the series, releases in the US/Canada and Australia/New Zealand; it will be published by Penguin India later the same month.


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