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The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey
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it was amazing

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 disputed. Since no man can approach ladies in purdah, the job falls to one of the very few female attorneys in town, Perveen.

In "The Satapur Moonstone," her sex is again to her advantage as she is asked to meet with the widows and mother of the ruler of a small, remote princely state, where the Hindu women also live in purdah. The British entity in charge of this state has received letters from both the mother and grandmother of the 10-year-old maharajah asking for opposite solutions to his education. Perveen is placed in charge of deciding how the child will be educated. No fan of British rule, she sees this as an opportunity for an Indian to help a young Indian ruler. Oh, and there's also the suggestion that the child's life is in danger.

Massey effortlessly weaves in information about traditions of different Hindu castes, her place as a Parsi--a Zoroastrian--and the extraordinary wealth of these states. Their prejudice regarding different castes and how someone's caste is their fate. Not very flattering, but very, very interesting and true to the period.

Like The Widows, there's no slack in The Satapur Moonstone. Every page is full. And even though this is a satisfyingly big book, it could even be longer because I hated for it to be over.

So get cracking, Sujata. Perveen's fans are waiting for her third adventure.
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Christy Cowell A very enticing review by Ms Siegle!


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