Sunday, January 24, 2021

On My Radar: Sujata Massey's The Bombay Prince

 


Since the first two books in Sujata Massey's historical mystery series featuring Perveen Mistry (The Widows of Malabar Hill and The Satapur Moonstone) made my Best Reads lists of 2018 and 2019, you know I had to do a happy dance when I heard that the third book was on the horizon.

Let's find out more about The Bombay Prince!
 

Available June 1, 2021!
Here's the synopsis:
 
"November, 1921. Edward VIII, Prince of Wales and future ruler of India, is arriving in Bombay to begin a four-month tour. The Indian subcontinent is chafing under British rule, and Bombay solicitor Perveen Mistry isn’t surprised when local unrest over the royal arrival spirals into riots. But she’s horrified by the death of Freny Cuttingmaster, an eighteen-year-old female Parsi student, who falls from a second-floor gallery just as the prince’s grand procession is passing by her college.

Freny had come for a legal consultation just days before her death, and what she confided makes Perveen suspicious that her death was not an accident. Feeling guilty for failing to have helped Freny in life, Perveen steps forward to assist Freny’s family in the fraught dealings of the coroner’s inquest. When Freny’s death is ruled a murder, Perveen knows she can’t rest until she sees justice done. But Bombay is erupting: as armed British secret service march the streets, rioters attack anyone with perceived British connections and desperate shopkeepers destroy their own wares so they will not be targets of racial violence. Can Perveen help a suffering family when her own is in danger?
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Reading Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri P.I. series set in modern-day New Delhi gave me a thirst for Indian history and mysteries set in that amazing country. Sujata Massey's Perveen Mistry is based on a real person, and I love how she incorporates so many things into her stories, from history to architecture. The Bombay Prince sounds like another winner, and I can't wait to read it. 
 
If you're a lover of historical mysteries or of books with strong female characters, I highly recommend these books. Start with The Widows of Malabar Hill, and I bet it won't be long before you're all caught up with the series!

9 comments:

  1. Thanks Kathy for the heads up on this one. Dang, somehow the 2nd one slipped past me. I loved the Malabar Hill one. I see my library has Bombay Prince on Order - perfect.
    And your reminder of the Vish Puri P.I. series brought back fond memories.

    Stay safe - Ev

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  2. Oh, I want to read this one, too, Cathy. Like Ev, I didn't get to the second one in this series, although it's on the list. Funny how that happens, even with books you really, really want to read. Thanks for keeping it on my radar, too!

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  3. I've had The Widows of Malabar Hill on my list for so long, and I've still not gotten a copy. This would be a great series for the new year since there are now 3 books to look forward to reading!

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  4. I can't wait for this and learning more about Perveen!

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  5. Can't wait for this third book. Love these series.

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