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Sujata Massey

Autor(a) de The Widows of Malabar Hill

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About the Author

Sujata Massey was born in Sussex, England in 1964 and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1986. She moved to Japan after marrying a Naval officer stationed there, taking a job as an English teacher. Massey is the author of "The Salaryman's Wife," winner of the 1998 Agatha Award for Best mostrar mais First Novel, and "Zen Attitude," mysteries set in contemporary Japan. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Sujata Massey

The Widows of Malabar Hill (2018) 1,167 exemplares
The Salaryman's Wife (1997) 624 exemplares
Zen Attitude (1998) 421 exemplares
The Satapur Moonstone (2019) 401 exemplares
The Floating Girl (2000) 389 exemplares
The Flower Master (1999) 384 exemplares
The Bride's Kimono (2001) 364 exemplares
The Samurai's Daughter (2003) 318 exemplares
The Pearl Diver (2004) 307 exemplares
The Bombay Prince (2021) 288 exemplares
The Typhoon Lover (2005) 282 exemplares
Girl in a Box (2006) 244 exemplares
Shimura Trouble (2008) 182 exemplares
The Sleeping Dictionary (2013) 153 exemplares
The Kizuna Coast (2014) 59 exemplares
India Gray: Historical Fiction (2015) 32 exemplares
The Ayah's Tale (2013) 9 exemplares
A Murder at Malabar Hill (2021) 5 exemplares
The Deepest Blue [Short Story] (2011) 3 exemplares
The City of Palaces (2014) 3 exemplares
Junior High Samurai (2011) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Baltimore Noir (2006) — Contribuidor — 118 exemplares
Tart Noir (2002) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Malice Domestic 10 (2001) — Contribuidor — 34 exemplares
Writes of Passage: Adventures on the Writer's Journey (2014) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Politics Noir: Dark Tales from the Corridors of Power (2008) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Chesapeake Crimes 3 (2008) — Prefácio — 14 exemplares
Once Upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem, and Suspense (2009) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Killer Femmes 2: Small Bites (2016) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



This was the 4th in the series, of which I have read the other three and was looking forward to continuing the story of Perveen Mistry, the only female lawyer in Bombay in the 1920s.

I like Perveen, and author Sujata Massey expertly recreates 1920s India with its customs, culture, food, and other period details as well as Perveen’s personal struggles to practice law while being limited by the ingrained restrictions imposed by racism, sexism, and India’s caste system.

This novel focuses on the topic of birth control (or the lack of it) in Perveen’s city of Bombay and Massey has done a stellar amount of historical research, as usual. There is a mystery, a large cast of characters, and some questions as to who is guilty and who is innocent. Perveen is also going through personal turmoil as she navigates a taboo relationship with a handsome former civil service officer. And there is a glossary of terms (food, slang, greetings, etc.) to provide cultural accuracy and clarity.

So with all of this why did I only read 100 out of 414 pages? I hated to put down the book out of loyalty to Perveen and hoped it would get better, but felt like I was wasting my time. And honestly, I had trouble staying awake. It wasn’t the enjoyable read I expected after having read the first three books. Too many characters, a “preachy” topic of birth control, the plot dragged, and Perveen wasn’t the same clever assertive woman from the earlier books.

I will try number 5 when it comes out, hoping this was just a fluke. In the meantime, there are plenty of other books in my TBR pile!
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PhyllisReads | 7 outras críticas | Mar 19, 2024 |
Solid first of a series mystery. Enjoyed the back and forth timelines and the explorations of women’s issues. The lead character often seems somewhat weak, making poor decisions. Hard to say if author is just being realistic about how we all are in our 20’s
cspiwak | 69 outras críticas | Mar 6, 2024 |
This one got a little slow for me in the middle but was an ultimately satisfying mystery for Perveen to solve at a remote jungle palace.

Liked the introduction of some new characters including a potential love interest for Perveen.
hmonkeyreads | 19 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |
I really enjoy this series even though it’s old fashioned and a little stilted because of the social norms of the 20s.

Perveen is great and I can’t wait to see what she gets up to next.
hmonkeyreads | 22 outras críticas | Jan 25, 2024 |



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