Sujata Massey

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The Satapur MoonstoneThe sequel to the Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark and Lefty Award-Winning The Widows of Malabar Hill

Nominated for the G.P. Putnam’s Sons Sue Grafton Memorial Award and the Bruce Alexander Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery

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.

Listen to a conversation with Nev March and Sujata Massey from the Poisoned Pen Podcast!


“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!”
Kittling Books