Perveen Mistry

Created by Sujata Massey

PERVEEN MASSEY, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family in Bombay has just received a top notch legal education from Oxford, and before you can say “Perry Mason,” she’s joined Mistry Law, her father’s law firm, becoming Bombay’s first (and so far only) only female lawyer.

But it’s her hands-on approach to justice and her fiery determination to protect the innocent (particularly women and children), pinned against the swirling multicultural backdrop of 1920s India that really sets her widely acclaimed, Shamus-nominated debut, The Widows of Malabar Hill (2018), apart from the crowd.

Sujata Massey is the author of the Agatha and Macavity Award–winning Rei Shimura novels.


  • The Widows of Malabar Hill, with its deft prose and well-wrought characters, is a splendid first installment in what promises to be a memorable series.”
    — Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal
  • “Perveen Mistry has all the pluck you want in a sleuthing lawyer, as well as a not-so-surprising—but decidedly welcome—proclivity for poking her nose into the business of others. The pages do indeed fly.”
    — Marissa StapleyThe Globe and Mail
  • “Perveen’s dogged pursuit of truth and justice for her clients is reminiscent of the debuts of Anne Perry’s Charlotte Ellison Pitt and Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs. But the multicultural, multi-faith milieu in which Perveen lives, works and attempts to find love both illuminates a bygone era and offers a thoughtful perspective relevant to today’s focus on women’s rights and equality.”
    — Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times


Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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