The sequel to the Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark and Lefty Award-Winning The Widows of Malabar Hill
India, 1921. It’s rainy season in the lush, remote Sahyadri mountains, where the princely state of Satapur is tucked away. A curse of deaths has fallen on Satapur’s line of maharajas. The state is now ruled by an agent of the British raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis. The royal ladies are disputing the education of the young prince, and a lawyer’s counsel is required. Enter Perveen Mistry. She is determined to bring peace to the place and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future. Yet when she arrives she finds the palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Too late, she realizes she’s walked into a trap…
This novel was inspired by my travels up into the hill stations of Matheran, Lonavala and Khandala. Satapur is a fictional land that is part of the Kolhapur Agency, an actual group of princely states in Western India that were under British surveillance until independence in 1947.
Here’s an excerpt to give you a taste of where Perveen is headed.
“Edgar finalist Massey’s second whodunit featuring Bombay attorney Perveen Mistry is even better than the series’ impressive debut.”
—Publishers Weekly, 3/15/2019, starred review
“Bitter family rivalries, purloined jewelry and secret acts of evil coalesce to keep Perveen detained at the estate and hinder the fulfillment of her mission. But the resourceful lawyer, helped by a sympathetic local official, is determined to protect her young charges in this well researched and convincing historical adventure.”
—Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
“Simply put, The Satapur Moonstone is a flawless gem. Historical mysteries don’t get any better than this. Sujata Massey takes us into a world that fascinates and entices, and she gives us a protagonist whose company is warm and welcoming.”
—Michael J. McCann, New York Journal of Books
“Not only is The Satapur Moonstone one of my Best Reads of 2019, I think it is even better than the first (multi-award-winning) book… [The Satapur Moonstone] has the most delicious sense of suspense. It’s not necessary to read The Widows of Malabar Hill before undertaking The Satapur Moonstone, but why deny yourself the pleasure of experiencing two excellent novels? Needless to say, I am eagerly awaiting the third book!”
Facebook Live Event!
The Satapur Moonstone Book Club on Facebook Live is gathering at my author page on Facebook thirteen lucky days after publication. We will discuss everything—research, characters, ending—of The Satapur Moonstone at 8 PM EST on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day evening) in a video conference. This means you can see me relaxing my living room with my dogs—and use the sidebar feature on your computer screen to send me questions which I’ll read aloud and answer. You will not be seen, but your questions will be heard loud and clear. If you are outside the US or Canada, please check if the time difference might allow you to join us, because you will be a VIP participant! The best way to remember this event is to sign up as “GOING” on the event page, and Facebook will remind you.