Sujata Massey: The Satapur Moonstone

Agreement between the widow of the late maharaja and the dowager maharani regards the education and welfare of the prospective ruler the ten year old maharaja would not present a problem working for the British Government however she finds distinctly nappealing But anticipating that it may lead to further such work for women in seclusion she accepts And apparently the scenery is spectacular and cooler weather in October will be welcome After a somewhat The Naturalists Daughter undignified arrival in the area she meets the political agent an Oxford educated civil servant Colin Sandringham who is not at all what she was expecting During her stay at the Circuit House Perveen meets some interesting guests and has a chance to learn about the people and situation at the Royal Palace Concerns expressed in letters from the two women at odds have her wondering about the young prince s safety Her concern is reinforced by the interviews she conducts at the Palace after annpleasant journey and a poor welcome Perveen begins to entertain doubts about the accidental nature of the older brother s demise the previous year And when there is a death she also worries about her own safetyMassey gives the reader another interesting and intriguing historical mystery The setting a castle isolated by weather and terrain for months at a time is different the plot has plenty of twists and red herrings to keep the reader guessing right The Weather Girl up to the dramatic climax and lots of fascinating details such as travelling by palanuin the intricacies of succession rules Royal etiuette and customs and degrees of seclusion practised by Indian women keep the reader enthralled While Perveen s marital status still precludes any sort of liaison there is a hint of a possible romance The mention of 1922 in the back cover blurb is puzzling as the events clearly take place in October 1921 following directly on from the events of A Murder At Malabar Hill This is excellent historical fiction and of the plucky and ap I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway The Satapur Moonstone marks the second adventure with the formidable delightful paid female solicitor andnpaid sleuth Parveen Mistry This second effort like the first one features great storytelling fascinating characters and a smart courageous heroine worth investing in leaving me wanting I can t wait to see where the next adventure takes A Husband in Time us and I really hope a certain Colin Sandringham will be also be featured or at least hovering somewhere in the periphery next time as well This is an excellent followp to A Murder on Malabar Hill featuring female lawyer Perveen Mistry Set in 1920s India Perveen is a very rare female Indian lawyer working in her father s law firm in Bombay The British Government has reuested that she visit the Royal palace in the tiny principality of Satapur to advise them on settling a dispute between the mother and grandmother of the current maharaja a ten year old boy His father and older brother both died prematurely in the previous two years and while his mother wants her son sent away to school to be educated and make friends his grandmother feels he d be safer kept at the palace The setting of this novel is what makes it so interesting Not just the historical an. Accident The state is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis the dowager een and her daughter in law   The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince and a lawyer’s counsel is reuired However the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men Just one person can help them Perveen Mistry Bombay’s.

D political period between world wars while India is ruled by the British Raj but also the cultural aspects and the lush jungle location of the palace Life in the palace between two widowed maharnis competing for dominance the sights and sounds of the jungle as well as the description of the food all added to the atmosphere There are also plots poisonings kidnappings and lives in danger to add plenty of excitement to the plot as well as hints of a possible romance I m already looking forward to the next instalment in this series to see what happens to Perveen next With many thanks to Allen Unwin for an ARC of the book to read This book is an ARC Advanced Uncopyedited edition I purchased this book at a retail outlet It was not given or sent to me for a review I wanted to read this book The publication date is May 2019 I loved loved this 2nd book about woman lawyer Perveen Mistry set in the princely state of Satapur tucked away in the remote Sahyadri mountains India 1922 Wonderfully engaging story although fictional a lot to learn about for example purdah women living separate and not speaking to men This book is about the Satapur s royal family whose maharaja died of a sudden illness as well as his teenage son died in a tragic hunting accident The royal ladies grandmother and mother are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince and a lawyer s counsel is reuired So Perveen travels to Satapur and the story nfolds 44 absolutely loved it to follow and already looking forward to the next book Would definitely recommend this book to my friends hereHere s the story It is rainy season and Preveen travels to the princely state of Satapur as a curse seems to have fallen The Innocents Dark Seduction upon its Royal family with the death of the maharaja and his son The state is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of the two maharanis the dowagereen and her daughter To solve their dispute over the education of the crown prince Perveen travels to Satapur determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince s future She arrives to find that the palace is full of cold blooded power plays and ancient vendettas Perveen Mistry India s only female lawyer was headed from Bombay to the kingdom of Satapur where the royal family had been decimated by the death of the king and then his eldest son Perveen was to listen to the young ten year old prince s mother and grandmother who were at odds over the child s education and future making a recommendation which she would take back to Bombay when she returned At eighteen the prince would take over the reins of the kingdom but in the meantime his education was of vital importance Should he go to boarding school in England as his mother hadThe dowager From Father to Son (A Brothers Word ueen and the maharaja s widow were in purdah and could only see another woman hence Perveen s arrival But there was much going on in the background and i Probably a 35 that is closer to a 3 but it gets the bumpp for being the book to get me out of my reading slump Watch me talk about the book in my October wrap p Really enjoyed this and love the setting time period and reading about our main character but the story is not as strong as in the first boo. Only female lawyer Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future but she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold blooded power plays and ancient vendettas Too late she realizes she has walked into a trap But whose And how can she protect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curs.

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This is the second in the series and not ite as strong as the first In the 1920 s the female Bombay lawyer Perveen is nable to argue in court and works as a solicitor for her father s firm She is hired as a counselor to determine the education of a crown prince which is in dispute between his mother and grandmother the dowager een The men of the royal family have tragically died so an agent of the state now rules the province Once again the women are observing purdah and once again Perveen is the answer the problem but encounters a web of intrigue In this installment Perveen has lost some of her chutzpah and I had hoped the storyline would have varied from the practice of purdah which occurred in the first of the series Will I read the third Possibly The palanuin was set down gently than in the past and Perveen emerged wrapping her cashmere shawl over her shoulders before taking the brass cup of chai offered to herPerveen Mistry is on a mission initiated through the British government It s India in 1922 and Perveen is a female lawyer so very rare in her father s firm in Bombay Her journey takes her to the kingdom of Satapu nestled in the remote mountainside She is greeted by Colin Sandringham who is a British agent living at the designated post Perveen a Parsi woman follows her customs and is cautionary in the gentleman s home In the morning she will travel to the Satapur palace to meet with the dowager A Full House ueen and her widowed daughter in law in order to discuss the educational future of the young maharaja heir to the thronePerveen must serve as a mediator between the two women The dowagereen insists that the maharaja stay within the confines of the palace tutored by a near ancient teacher The maharaja s mother insists that the young boy will benefit from attending a defined school Perveen must be granted special entrance into the palace because both women practice purdah in which women can visit with other females but cannot show their faces to males outside of the familySujata Massey does a remarkable job of surrounding the readers with the sights the customs the food and the interactions of the Indian countryside Massey takes O Homem Que Ela Ama Odiar Diamante Bruto us on that journey with Perveen as we experience a curse like atmosphere within the palace and thenfortunate deaths that have occured there Perveen knows that something is going on and she s determined to find out what it iseven at the expense of her own safetyI will be playing leapfrog with this series as I ordered the first book The Widows of Malabar Hill as soon as I read the last page of this one Massey s writing style pulls you in and the female lead character of Perveen is fascinating from 1922 She s multi faceted with being a rare female lawyer while following her customs in her native land dominated by British rule I m already looking to the horizon for the next one in this thought provoking series The Satapur Moonstone is the second book in the Perveen Mistry series by award winning British born American author Sujata Massey When the governor s top councillor offers Bombay s first female solicitor Perveen Mistry a small job in the Sahyadri Mountains at the tiny Princely State of Satapur she s a little hesitant The work finding an. The highly anticipated follow A Stormy Greek Marriage up to the critically acclaimed novel The Widows of Malabar HillIndia 1922 It is rainy season in the lush remote Sahyadri mountains where the princely state of Satapur is tucked away A curse seems to have fallenpon Satapur’s royal family whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic hunting.

Sujata lives in Balti Maryland with her family and two dogs In addition to writing she loves to travel read cook garden and walk