The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey…

An interesting, fast paced murder mystery/historical fiction set in the Parsi community in the 1920’s Bombay (now Mumbai). I enjoyed this book overall, although I felt that it could have been better, especially towards the end. I absolutely loved the time and place setting more than anything. The author did a great job overall in introducing the reader to the Parsi culture, to the Muslim culture and how the women were treated within both cultures back in the day in India. I enjoyed all the references to Parsi food and the Irani bakeries. I grew up in a place with lots of Irani cafes so it was interesting to me to get the historical back story behind them. This was an entertaining read overall. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that the main character, Perveen Mistry, is based on Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first female lawyer. The author mentioned reading Cornelia’s autobiography and bring inspired by it.

I absolutely love the cover of this book. I bought a gently used hard cover copy on amazon. The book arrived in excellent condition. The pages inside are of good quality. The pages that separate the chapters are filled with intricate patterns, which I thought was a nice touch. It is a pretty book overall that I am happy to add to my home collection, even more so because it is written by an author of Indian origin. I am trying to slowly collect good books written by South Asian authors for my home library. I know this is a far cry, but I hope that some day my own children would develop an interest in them.

3.5/5

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