Can you believe this was my first ever adult mystery book? As a kid I was mildly obsessed with Encyclopedia Brown, and devoured every single Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book, but then I went away from the mystery genre and never made my way back. The Widows Of Malabar Hill was the perfect re-entry into this space.
It is the story of four women who’s lives get tangled up with each other following a gruesome murder. Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female solicitor, and the three widows of wealthy industrialist Omar Farid who lived on Malabar Hill. A classic who done it that will keep you guessing till the end! Honestly, I had no idea who the killer could be till the very end – I kept changing my mind.
What I loved even more than the mystery aspect was the historical references. Sujata Massey made 1920’s Bombay come alive in my mind. I felt like I was right there, in the fabulous Mistry Courthouse, or down at the gritty docks, it all felt so real.
For a more in depth review, and a mild level of gushing, check out the video review below.