The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey audiobook

The Widows of Malabar Hill

By Sujata Massey
Read by Soneela Nankani

Recorded Books, Inc.

The Mystery of 1920s Bombay Series: Book 1

14.58 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay. Bombay, India, 1921. Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forfeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X-meaning she probably couldn’t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah-in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger. Inspired in part by a real woman who made history by becoming India’s first female lawyer, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth, Perveen Mistry.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2018 Mary Higgins Clark Award

Winner of the Lefty Award for Best Historical Novel

Finalist for the Agatha Award

A Washington Post Best Audiobook of 2018

A Boston Globe Best Books of the Year selection

Finalist for the 2019 Shamus Award for Best Private Eye Novel

A Cosmopolitan Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of Best Mysteries of the Year (So Far)

An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection

A Bustle Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2018

A Library Journal Editor’s Pick

An Indie Next List selection

A Literary Hub Pick of 2018's Most Anticipated Crime Mystery Thrillers

Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay.

Bombay, India, 1921. Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s legal rights.

Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forfeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X-meaning she probably couldn’t even read the document.

The Farid widows live in full purdah-in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger.

Inspired in part by a real woman who made history by becoming India’s first female lawyer, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth, Perveen Mistry.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Deft prose and well-wrought characters, is a splendid first installment in what promises to be a memorable series.” Wall Street Journal
“Marvelously plotted, richly detailed…This is a first-rate performance inaugurating a most promising series.” Washington Post
“Nankani delivers the general narration in a warm American voice and gives a trim, restrained Indian accent to the dialogue.” Washington Post (audio review)
“Soneela Nankani’s narration brings 1920s Bombay and Calcutta to life…Nankani adopts a soft, uninflected tone for the narrative and incorporates a variety of subtle Indian accents for the dialogue. Perveen is portrayed with both Indian and British accents depending upon whom she speaks with, most particularly when associating with her British friend, Alice Hopkins-Jones. Indian terms are fluidly interspersed with English ones, adding to the ambience of this engaging mystery with a surprising number of twists and turns. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Massey’s extensive research of Bombay during British imperial rule, its various ethnic communities and their respective legal customs, is seamlessly folded into the fabric of the story. The book is filled with fascinating bits of culture and history, a look at India’s Parsi and Muslim communities, well-written courtroom scenes, and even a locked-room murder.” Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

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Author

Author Bio: Sujata Massey

Author Bio: Sujata Massey

Sujata Massey worked as a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist. Her novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark prizes.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 14.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English