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The Satapur Moonstone

(Perveen Mistry #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,778 ratings  ·  483 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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Megha Dasgupta Yes, but I guess he was not telling the truth. His character was such that he was wanting to bluff Perveen and the readers too at that point.…moreYes, but I guess he was not telling the truth. His character was such that he was wanting to bluff Perveen and the readers too at that point. (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…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: crime, history, india, 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 ...more
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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 ...more
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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, ...more
Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
I think this was suffering slightly from second book syndrome. Shall definitely pick up book 3.
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 ...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
Perveen Mistry is one of the few female lawyers in British-ruled India. When a question of where a young maharaja should be educated arises within the Satapur Circuit House (the viceroy's outpost), the local representative is not admitted to the palace -- because two widows are observing purdah. So, Perveen is called in to assist because the British government believe the widows will talk to a woman.

Talk they do, including discussion of whether there is a poisoner in the palace. All food is
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
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 pure escapism. One of my favorite narrators, Sneha Mathan reads the second book in this series. There were no big surprises and only a little bit of tension but like the first book the setting was wonderful, the details were good and Perveen Mistry Esq. is an interesting character. I could see the series becoming formulaic however, I love historical mysteries and the first two books were time well spent.
I haven't read the first Perveen Mistry book but didn't find that caused any issues when reading 'The Satapur Moonstone'. Perveen is a really fascinating character; a 1920s woman lawyer who supports Gandhi's independence movement, has studied at Oxford and works for the family law firm, and she's a Parsi who is separated from her abusive husband but can't (for technical reasons) get a divorce. Great stuff. I'm fascinated by Zoroastrianism (after a trip to Yazd in Iran) and each time I go to ...more
Sue Em
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Second adventure of Perveen Mistry, one of the first female lawyers in 1920s India.Because of the discretion she used in her first case, Perveen was selected by the British ruling government to travel to Satapur to investigate and negotiate between a dowager maharini and her daughter -in-law as to the education of the 10 year old maharajah. Once she arrives, she becomes worried for the safety of the young maharajah whose older brother recently died in a hunting accident. Fabulous details of a ...more
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
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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 ...more

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