Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay!
Bombay, 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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Excellent novel! It follows the story of Perveen Mistry the first female lawyer in Bombay, India in 1921. Perveen works in her father's law firm, working on a client's will, she notices that all three of the widows are signing away their inheritance. The widows live in purdah, which means that they are secluded from the rest of the world. The widows even live in seclusion in their own home. When Perveen goes to interview the widows, she starts t discover all the secret and lies within the household. Then a murder occurs and all the widows are suspects in the case. Great story but also the sense of being a woman and having men decide your fate is so pervasive in this story.