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Review: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

The Widows of Malabar Hill
by Sujata Massey

The Widows of Malabar Hill

 

Copyright: 2018

Pages: 375

Read: June 22-28, 2018

Rating: 4/5

Source: Library

 

Blurb: 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 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 in further dance.


Review: This is the July selection in the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club. I was initially a little hesitant to pick it up because of the setting. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything set in India and my knowledge of India and their customs are very limited, so I was unsure how I would take to this book. I can fully say that I am thrilled that I gave this one a shot! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I absolutely adored Perveen’s character. She was so strong and I just loved her. I obviously do not want to say too much about the book here and spoil it, but there was one defining moment in this book that was really the turning point for me. Perveen stood up and did something for herself that had me literally wanting to dance across the room in jubilation. It was at that point that I realized just what kind of character Perveen was – and she’s definitely one that I hope we continue to see in future series installments! As a woman, I loved everything that Perveen stood for. Sure she made some boneheaded moves at times (who doesn’t?), but for the most part she was level-headed and intelligent. Just a well-written, well-developed character!

I actually enjoyed learning a little bit more about the culture of India, especially what women have to endure at times. As a woman in America, I am used to certain liberties that women in other countries are not allowed. I find it hard to fathom this, but I also understand cultural customs. I found it to be quite educational.

Overall this is a book that I never would have picked up by myself. I took a chance on it and am so glad that I did. I highly recommend this book to mystery lovers and historical fiction lovers alike. It’s a well-written and entertaining book. It was easy to read and enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Definitely recommended!

First chapter, Meme

First Chapter, First Paragraph, July 3, 2018

First Chapter

This week I’m featuring a book that I’m reading right now. It was my April BOTM selection. And I’m really loving it!! Such a creepy thriller!

Our Kind of Cruelty

The rules of the Crave were simple. V and I went to a nightclub in a predetermined place a good way from where we lived. We raveled there together but entered separately. We made our way to the bar and stood far enough apart for it to seem like we weren’t together but close enough that I could always keep her in my vision. Then we waited. It never took long, but why would it when V shone as brightly as she did? Some hapless man would approach and offer to buy her a drink or ask her to dance. She would begin a mild flirt. And I would wait, my eyes never leaving her, my body ready to pounce at all times. We have a signal: As soon as she raises her hand and pulls on the silver eagle she always wears around her neck, I must act.

I cut that off in the middle of the first paragraph, which lasts a page and a half. It drew me right in, I wanted to immediately know more about the Crave! This is one messed up psychological thriller for sure! I hope you come back for my review in a couple of weeks!

Monthly Wrap Up

June 2018 Wrap Up

June was a much better month … a lot more relaxed for sure! And after the craziness that May brought I was definitely glad for a break 🙂 Plus we’re getting super close to my birthday 😀

My reading was decent, I didn’t read as many books as I wanted to, but I read two chunkier than normal books. But the quality of my reading was spot on this month!!

What I finished in June [clicking on the covers will take you to my review; except for Widows… that will post in the coming days]:

The Great AloneJar of HeartsAssassinThe Widows of Malabar Hill

See? A great reading month quality wise! I read The Great Alone for MMD’s June book club selection – I really loved it! Such a wonderful book with some pretty serious stuff – it made for great discussion in the book club’s forums. Jar of Hearts was an impulse NetGalley request that ended up being a home run! Assassin was a good book just a tad bit too long for my tastes. The Widows of Malabar Hill is the July selection on MMD’s book club. I had to use the interloan library request at my local library to receive it from an area library and it ended up coming in a lot faster than I had anticipated (I’d never used that feature before and didn’t know how long processing would take – it’s a lot faster than I anticipated!) so I read it early for book club since I didn’t want to keep it out too terribly long.  It was a good book, a historical mystery set in 1920s Bombay and I definitely enjoyed it more than I anticipated!!

Here’s a round up of what was posted on the blog in June:

I didn’t really post as much as I had wanted to, just enough to keep ahead of myself in reviews and some fillers. I feel like I’m in such a rut, but at the same time I’m glad that I’ve established a somewhat steady schedule. I know I sometimes feel as if it’s the same stuff every single week (and it is … just with different books featured), but it’s hard to keep up with the blog at times. 😦

I don’t think I’ve shared anything here about the fitness journey I’ve embarked on. I’ve began running. I’m doing Couch 2 5K. … slowly! Ha! In reality I can probably walk faster than I run. But for the most part I’m enjoying it. It’s hard though… I’ve never been a runner, ever, so those early weeks were hard. I’m on week 8 of the program and while I can’t say it’s any easier, I haven’t given it up yet. Not even after I fell down on the sidewalk and banged up my knee pretty badly. So that must be saying something. It also doesn’t hurt that I’m really enjoying the changes in my body. I haven’t lost much weight, but I’ve definitely lost inches and my legs are not as jiggly 😀 I’ve signed up to do a 5K in my town in September. I may be ready by then, ha! We’ll see. My longterm goal is to eventually run the Iron Mom Half Marathon in Paducah …. but I’ve been running for 8 weeks and I haven’t ever gone 3 miles in 30-35 minutes … so it may take me years to build up to 13 miles!

We got one date night this month …. Nathan cooked us some steaks at home and then we went to see Solo …. while the movie was overall good it sure did have a slow-as-molasses beginning.

We’ve survived the first month of Garrett’s summer break. He’s done Vacation Bible School and a Lego Camp. In July I think we’ll sign him up for a basketball camp. Other than that I’m not sure what we’ll do. I didn’t really want to put him in full-time care anywhere, so we’ve been figuring it out as we go. Luckily we have family close by so they’ve been helping out a lot. And I have the ability to work from home as well. That definitely makes a big difference.

I think that’s about all I’ve got for now … until next month, happy reading 🙂