—Publishers Weekly, starred review
—Amulya Malladi, author of The Copenhagen Affair
–Lyndsay Faye, author of Gods of Gotham
–Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope mysteries
—Charles Todd, author of the Ian Rutledge & Bess Crawford series
–Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl
–Booklist, starred review
–Library Journal, starred review
Welcome to the Sujata Massey website. The debut of my new book, The Widows of Malabar Hill, is just a few months away. It’s a mystery set in 1920s Bombay. Perveen Mistry, the young 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 an Oxford legal education, 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 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 danger.
I am thrilled to the moon and back that Publishers Weekly listed it as one of top 10 most anticipated thrillers and mysteries for this fall and that Booklist and Library Journal have given it starred reviews. The actual release date is January 9, but if you pre-order now, Soho Press will send you a sandalwood candle gift. Follow this link to learn how. You can pre-order wherever you like to buy books. If you order from my neighborhood bookstore The Ivy, you can request that I sign the book any way you like. Also, Amazon is running a preorder discount through Jan. 8 and will have a book to you by Jan. 9.
Why not check out the first chapter? You can also read about Cornelia Sorabji, who helped inspire the character of Perveen Mistry, see photos of some of the real places mentioned in the book, and read a Q&A about the book.