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The Satapur Moonstone
2019
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Perveen Mistry (Female), Lawyer, Muslim, Daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family; joins her father's law firm; becomes first female lawyer in India;
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Mystery
Suspense
Topics
Royalty
Curses
Family tragedy
Princes
Lawyers
Power struggles
Vendetta
Threats
Setting
India - Asia / South Asia
Time Period
1922 -- 20th century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Set in 1922, Edgar finalist Massey's second whodunit featuring Bombay attorney Perveen Mistry is even better than the series' impressive debut, 2018's The Widows of Malabar Hill. Sir David Hobson-Jones, a top adviser to the governor of India, approaches Perveen, who has bucked gender prejudices to become one of India's only female lawyers, on behalf of the Kolhapur Agency, a British civil service entity in need of a legal investigator to handle a delicate situation in the small state of Satapur. The state's two maharanis are involved in a bitter debate over where the current maharajah, 10-year-old Jiva Reo, should be educated. Because the maharanis avoid contact with men, the authorities view Perveen as the ideal person to talk with them and issue an educational recommendation. Despite her misgivings at working for her country's occupiers, Perveen accepts the assignment, only to learn that the two previous rulers of Satapur died within the last two years, leading her to fear that Reo is also at risk. The winning, self-sufficient Perveen should be able to sustain a long series. Agent: Vicky Bijur, Vicky Bijur Literary. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
In 1922 Bombay a curse has fallen upon a royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The royal ladies and the British Raj are in dispute over the education of the crown prince - but the ladies live in purdah and do not speak to men. Enter Perveen Mistry, India's only female lawyer. She is determined to bring peace to the royal house, but realises she has walked into a trap. But whose trap? And how can she protect the royal children from the palace's deadly curse?
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