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The Satapur Moonstone

(Perveen Mistry #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,000 ratings  ·  777 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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Charla Oppenlander I don't think it's necessary to the storyline, but you'll enjoy it more if you read #1 first!…moreI don't think it's necessary to the storyline, but you'll enjoy it more if you read #1 first!(less)
Jennie You could, but Widows sets up Perveen's background. I believe Massey is now working on book 3, so do yourself a favor and start at the beginning.…moreYou could, but Widows sets up Perveen's background. I believe Massey is now working on book 3, so do yourself a favor and start at the beginning.(less)

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May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia, crime, history, india
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
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
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
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: ...more
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: india
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
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
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
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
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this every bit as much as much as the first in the series, The Widows of Malabar Hill. Perveen is a terrific character, and I'm learning a lot about India under British rule, the beginnings of the drive for independence, and the various religions and subcultures within India. Nice suspense, too -- as the final scenes unfolded, I found myself quite anxious for the safety of Perveen and the young prince and princess, and their mother! ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I think this was suffering slightly from second book syndrome. Shall definitely pick up book 3.
Kate Baxter
3.5/5 stars

This was such a good read - history, mystery, good plot and great setting of scene.

This second installment in the Perveen Mistry series was my introduction to the wonderful character of plucky intelligent Perveen Mistry. It's 1922; she's Bombay's only female lawyer and working in her father's law firm. Perveen is sent to the remote Satapur region to offer her legal assistance to two maharanis who have subjected themselves to purdah (seclusion away from men) and who are in disagreement
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book The Widows of Malabar Hill was one of my best reads of 2018 so I was eager to read this second entry in the Perveen Mistry series. The time is 1922 and the location is India. Perveen is a female lawyer which is quite a feat for the times since women are treated as second class citizens without most rights. She, however, can not litigate in court room but deals mainly with women's issues where men can not have contact with women. She also does paper work in her father's law firm.

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
Sue Dix
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite heroine is Perveen Mistry. She is a lawyer in India in the 1920s, an independent woman determined to live her life her way. This is the second mystery in the series and it is every bit as good as the first. I love that these stories, while fiction, deal with the history of India under British rule. Perveen, despite her cultural constraints, is a feminist before her time. These books are great fun to read and extremely well written.
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
Lynn Horton
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I know very little about 1920s India, so thoroughly appreciate Ms. Massey’s ability to educate me while entertaining me. Her books are beautifully written and evocative, depicting settings in ways that make me want to enter them. I enjoy her protagonist and supporting cast, who are well-developed. My biggest criticism of The Satapur Moonstone is that there are so many characters, some of whom are referred to by titles unfamiliar to me, that it’s easy to confuse them. I realize that the author is ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Want to give it four stars, but that's just too generous ...

First of all, I don't believe the book stands alone. It really is necessary to read the first book to get a background on the main character's story. My memory for detail isn't the greatest with plots, but I seem to recollect that her husband was dying in the previous book, but in this one they are separated with no end in sight to the marriage? Not real keen on the purdah angle again. Frankly, as a male reader in 2019, the practice str
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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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