Bombay, 1921. Intrepid and intelligent, young Perveen Mistry joins her father’s prestigious law firm to become one of India’s first female lawyers. Her tumultuous past also makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s rights.
When Mistry Law is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy mill owner, Perveen’s suspicions are aroused by a curious provision which could disinherit Farid’s three widows and leave them vulnerable. Are the Farid widows—who live in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to men—being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian?
Perveen decides to investigate, but when tensions escalate to murder, it becomes clear that her own life is in mortal peril and she will need to use everything in her power to outwit a dangerous criminal.
Disclaimer: A huge thanks to Penguin India for the Review Copy but the thoughts, opinions and feelings expressed are my own!
This was a intense and delightful vintage mystery novel – I use the word “vintage” purposefully for the author Sujata Massey does a freaking ah-mazing job of working her reader’s imagination of a time in our country’s past that tends to be intense and interesting for history buffs, like moi!
Perveen Mistry is the only female practicing lawyer in 1921 Bombay – she can’t argue cases yet in the open court but definitely does her best work as a solicitor for her father’s practice.
The book at its heart is a murder mystery; but that’s not all that it is! It is a slow yet informative plot that not only hooks the reader without them knowing about it, but it also a\does a very well introduction to the focus of the story – Perveen Mistry.
Perveen Mistry honestly is DA BOMB! She is a dazzling heroine and it is difficult not to commiserate with the kind of environment she is faced with, all the while feeling that nothing much has changed, even in the 21st century! She is intelligent, feisty and gutsy yet compassionate and graceful. I couldn’t help but fall in love with her tenacity to blow through the road blocks that the society ended up oh so graciously providing her!
As a reader, You go into book expecting to love or fall into the character’s lives just so you can escape your own for a while, and that’s exactly what happens when you open this book – and the credit for this only goes to Ms. Massey for her unpretentious yet effective writing style.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5