Reviewed by Anne Day
This is a delightful book set in 1920’s Bombay. The attitudes of the time (especially with regard to women) are extremely surprising. Well, they were to me, and I found it to be an interesting immersion into the life of the times.
The action takes place in November 1921 when Edward VIII, Prince of Wales and future ruler of India, is arriving in Bombay to begin a four-month tour.
Of course, at this stage there are many in India who are against further British rule and our heroine Perveen Mistry, isn’t surprised when local unrest spirals into riots.
But she is horrified by the death of a friend of hers who falls from a second-floor gallery just as the Prince’s procession is passing her college.
Just as she suspects. This was not an accident but a planned murder, and Perveen knows she can’t rest until she sees justice done.
It all sounds predictable, but the writing is exceptional, the plot exciting and it makes for a good read without the blood and guts which usually accompanies murder.
'Perveen [Mistry] is much more than a sari-clad Miss Marple: she's Bombay's first female lawyer as well as a keenly intelligent sleuth, a trail-blazing woman balancing the weight of family tradition with her own dreams . . . a deliciously satisfying read!' Kate Quinn, The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code
'Fantastic! . . . Anyone who likes Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries will love this.' Bri Lee, bestselling author of Eggshell Skull, on The Satapur Moonstone
'Massey has created the best gumshoe of them all - the utterly wonderful, exceptional Perveen Mistry. Bright and brilliantly aware.' The Maitland Mercury on The Satapur Moonstone