From Mary Jo:
Set in 1920s India, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a classic whodunit featuring Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, who investigates a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah (seclusion). The case takes a murderous turn and we learn more about colonial India, the role (or lack of role) of women in that society, and a little more about the interaction of Muslim and Hindu faiths.
The author, Sujata Massey, has written numerous books dealing with female protagonists in other cultures, and I’m hoping this one develops into one of her series. I’m looking forward to learning more about these early times in India.