The Widows of Malabar Hill (aka A Murder on Malabar Hill) (Perveen Mistry, Bk 1)
The Widows of Malabar Hill - aka A Murder on Malabar Hill - Perveen Mistry, Bk 1 Author:Sujata Massey Inspired in part by the woman who made history as India's first female attorney, 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, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law ... more »firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes women's legal rights especially important to her.
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 examines 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? 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 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
I wasn't going to rate this book because I got to page 42 and just couldn't convince myself to read anymore. However, paperback swap won't accept a review without a rating, therefore, the two stars. I'm an avid reader and years ago I would have finished this book regardless. But at my age, with so many good books to yet read, I don't waste my time on anything that doesn't hold my interest almost immediately.