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Publisher's Summary

Bombay, 1921. Intrepid and intelligent, young Perveen Mistry joins her father's prestigious law firm to become one of India's first female lawyers. Her tumultuous past also makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's rights.

When Mistry Law is appointed to execute the will of Omar Farid, a wealthy mill owner, Perveen's suspicions are aroused by a curious provision which could disinherit Farid's three widows and leave them vulnerable. Are the Farid widows - who live in strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to men - being duped by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen decides to investigate, but when tensions escalate to murder, it becomes clear that her own life is in mortal peril and she will need to use everything in her power to outwit a dangerous criminal.

©2018 Sujata Massey (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Perveen Mistry is a rarity: a female solicitor in a bastion of masculinity! An astonishing heroine-fearless, intelligent and determined - she makes a memorable debut in Sujata Massey's A Murder on Malabar Hill. A gripping whodunnit, full of excitement and heart, the novel also delightfully evokes Bombay in the 1920s -a nd celebrates the Parsi community that continues to enrich their beloved city." (Bapsi Sidhwa, best-selling author of Ice-Candy-Man) 

"A Murder on Malabar Hill is written in the mould of the classic locked-room sleuth.... Aided by her razor-sharp deductive skills and quick thinking, [Perveen] overcomes every obstacle-from the sneering condescension of men, British officials or Indian law-keepers, to the blight of a youthful marriage that continues to haunt her. Woven into this matrix of crime and justice is a social history of women's rights. From the pittance inherited by widows to the problems posed by traditions like the purdah in police investigations, Massey's novel combines keen detailing of historical fiction with the breezy pace of a whodunnit." (Mint

"In addition to getting an unusual perspective on women's rights and relationships, readers are treated to a full view of historical downtown Bombay - the shops and offices, the docks and old fort, and the huge variety of conveyances, characters, and religions - in an unforgettable olio that provides the perfect backdrop to the plot and subplots. Each of the many characters is uniquely described, flaws and all, which is the key to understanding their surprising roles in the well-constructed puzzle." (Booklist)

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this has to be said

i never write audible reviews but the production and performance of this audiobook was so atrocious that i almost can’t believe someone approved this. the sound quality is absolute trash and keeps wavering throughout the book. the narrator takes some really strange pauses as though she doesn’t understand the context of what is being said. there’s even a point when they’ve included a rough take as the narrator pauses to drink water between recordings. who okayed this?? horrified. waste of money.

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Most awful Audible production

Being a lawyer myself, I enjoyed the legal background to the multiple parallel stories. The narrative is gripping, characters nearly sketched.

The production, however, was horrible! Narration volume and pitch kept changing, sometimes even mid sentence, making it an unpleasant hearing experience. In fact in the last 30 minutes, the narrator has dropped something and apologised for it, and even that part has not been edited.

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GOOD Story but a TERRIBLE performance

The story is really good and brings 1920s Bombay real even though the performance from the narrator is extremely poor. Awkward pauses, missing words, sharp changes in the tone and at times a whole chapter being narrated like she’s speaking from under a blanket.
It’s sad that such a good story was narrated so poorly.

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good

nice book story line was good kept the listener involved through out the entire book

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Interesting Book!

The book was quite well done!
However, the narrator does a poor job. There were a lot of awkward pauses and sudden omissions of some words.

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Parveen mystery!

Engaging story and narrated quite well. Although i noticed some editing glitches in the audio but didn’t deter much with the story. Great to listen and learn about old Bombay. Go for it.

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Amazing story, poor narration

The story of Perveen Mistry, the first female lawyer of India, is an amazing tale. I absolutely loved the story, but the narration was very poor. The pace is uneven, so you have to keep adjusting the speed, and the volume and clarity changes every few minutes. At several places, the narrator mumbles the end of a sentence, which is not at all clear. But the story is so good that I got hooked, and kept listening inspite of all that. I intend to buy the book too as soon as this lockdown is over.