Sujata Massey Bibliography Creator

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Welcome to the Sujata Massey website. My new book, The Widows of Malabar Hill, is here! It’s a mystery set in 1920s Bombay. Perveen Mistry, the young daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with an Oxford legal education, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s legal rights.

Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen examines the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on? Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X—meaning she probably couldn’t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah—in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger.

I am thrilled to the moon and back that Publishers Weekly listed it as one of top 10 most anticipated thrillers and mysteries for this fall and that Booklist and Library Journal have given it starred reviews. You can purchase it wherever you like to buy books. If you order from my neighborhood bookstore The Ivy, you can request that I sign the book any way you like.

Why not check out the first chapter? You can also read about Cornelia Sorabji, who helped inspire the character of Perveen Mistry, see photos of some of the real places mentioned in the book, and read a Q&A about the book.

Happy reading!

“A fascinating setting, an extraordinary new sleuth, and a story that enthralls you... Sujata Massey's new historical series is absolutely terrific, and you are just going to love Perveen Mistry.”
—Charles Todd, author of the Ian Rutledge & Bess Crawford series

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“A fascinating setting, an extraordinary new sleuth, and a story that enthralls you... Sujata Massey's new historical series is absolutely terrific, and you are just going to love Perveen Mistry.” —Charles Todd, author of the Ian Rutledge & Bess Crawford series

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"Perveen Mistry is an extraordinary heroine—she’s whip-smart, strong-willed, and, most importantly, compassionate... Perveen is sure to join the leads of great mystery fiction.”
–Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope mysteries

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"Perveen Mistry is an extraordinary heroine—she’s whip-smart, strong-willed, and, most importantly, compassionate... Perveen is sure to join the leads of great mystery fiction.” –Susan Elia MacNeal, author of the Maggie Hope mysteries

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"Deft prose and well-wrought characters... a splendid first installment in what promises to be a memorable series."
Wall Street Journal

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"Deft prose and well-wrought characters... a splendid first installment in what promises to be a memorable series." —Wall Street Journal

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"Expertly combines the delights of Agatha Christie with the period charm of 'Downton Abbey.'"
Siasat Daily (India)

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"Expertly combines the delights of Agatha Christie with the period charm of 'Downton Abbey.'" —Siasat Daily (India)

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“Readers are treated to a full view of historical downtown Bombay in an unforgettable olio that provides the perfect backdrop to the plot... [a] well-constructed puzzle.”
Booklist, starred review

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“Readers are treated to a full view of historical downtown Bombay in an unforgettable olio that provides the perfect backdrop to the plot... [a] well-constructed puzzle.” –Booklist, starred review

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“Introducing a sympathetic heroine with a painful past while shedding light on a fascinating cloistered historical world, Widows is not only immediately engaging–it has staying power.”
–Lyndsay Faye, author of Gods of Gotham

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“Introducing a sympathetic heroine with a painful past while shedding light on a fascinating cloistered historical world, Widows is not only immediately engaging–it has staying power.” –Lyndsay Faye, author of Gods of Gotham

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"Perveen Mistry is an unforgettable heroine... With gorgeous prose, Massey weaves a captivating mystery. The Widows of Malabar Hill is an extraordinary novel.”
–Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl

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"Perveen Mistry is an unforgettable heroine... With gorgeous prose, Massey weaves a captivating mystery. The Widows of Malabar Hill is an extraordinary novel.” –Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl

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"[An] outstanding series launch... The period detail and thoughtful characterizations, especially of the capable, fiercely independent lead, bode well for future installments."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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"[An] outstanding series launch... The period detail and thoughtful characterizations, especially of the capable, fiercely independent lead, bode well for future installments." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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“Beautifully written… heralds the arrival of a compelling feminist detective and is a worthy addition to the burgeoning canon of Indian historical mystery fiction.”
–Firstpost (India)

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“Beautifully written… heralds the arrival of a compelling feminist detective and is a worthy addition to the burgeoning canon of Indian historical mystery fiction.” –Firstpost (India)

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“The two plotlines wonderfully depict the development of the main character and the mystery as it unfolds... Fresh and original.”
Library Journal, starred review

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“The two plotlines wonderfully depict the development of the main character and the mystery as it unfolds... Fresh and original.” –Library Journal, starred review

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"Sujata Massey brings 1920s Bombay to life... With an indomitable heroine and a solid cast of sidekicks, this is the start of a series mystery readers should not miss.”
—Amulya Malladi, author of The Copenhagen Affair

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"Sujata Massey brings 1920s Bombay to life... With an indomitable heroine and a solid cast of sidekicks, this is the start of a series mystery readers should not miss.” —Amulya Malladi, author of The Copenhagen Affair

http://sujatamassey.com/testimonials/1258/

"Massey clearly knows just what she's doing, which is giving readers both a captivating whodunit and a lasting base for more books featuring this same cast of characters."
Toronto Globe & Mail

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"Massey clearly knows just what she's doing, which is giving readers both a captivating whodunit and a lasting base for more books featuring this same cast of characters." —Toronto Globe & Mail

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Sujata Massey is an award-winning author of historical and mystery fiction set in Asia.
However, her personal story begins in England, where she was born to parents from India and Germany who began reading to her shortly after her birth. Sujata kept on reading as she grew up mostly in the United States (California, Pennsylvania and Minnesota) and earned her BA from the Johns Hopkins University's Writing Seminars program. Her first job was as a reporter at the Baltimore Evening Sun newspaper, where she wrote stories about fashion, food and culture. Although she loved her work, she left when she got married to a young naval officer posted to Japan.

Sujata and her husband lived in the Tokyo-Yokohama area which forms most of the settings of her Rei Shimura mysteries. The eleven novel series has collected many mystery award nominations, including the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards, and even won a few: the Agatha and Macavity prizes for traditional mystery fiction. The Rei Shimura mysteries are published in 18 countries. The first book in the series is THE SALARYMAN'S WIFE, and the eleventh is THE KIZUNA COAST which was listed as the most-borrowed ebook is the Self-E Library reads borrowing program for 2016. Rei Shimura mystery short stories are in MURDER MOST CRAFTY, MALICE DOMESTIC 10, AND MURDER MOST CRAFTY.

In 2013, Sujata began writing about India. THE SLEEPING DICTiONARY is a historic espionage novel set in 1930s-40s Calcutta told from a young Bengali woman's point of view. It's also out as a Dreamworks audiobook, and is published in India, Italy and Turkey under different titles. This was followed by INDIA GRAY HISTORIC FICTION, an ebook and paperback collection of stories and novellas featuring strong Asian women heroines throughout history. Included is a story featuring Kamala from THE SLEEPING DICTIONARY and a prequel novelette featuring Perveen Mistry. A Perveen story is included in THE USUAL SANTAS, a story anthology to be published in October 2017.

Sujata's next book is THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL, a historical mystery set in 1920s Bombay that comes out in January 2018 from Soho Press in the US. It also releases as THE MALABAR HILL MYSTERY in February 2018 from Penguin/Random India. The first in the new Perveen Mistry series, it's an exciting story about Bombay's first woman lawyer. Perveen, the 23-year-old daughter of a distinguished Parsi family, is convinced her clients--three widows and four children--are in danger. Can she use the law to save them, or will it take more action?

You can sign up for an early look at the book, giveaways and more perks by joining AsiaFile, Sujata's free reader newsletter. Visit sujatamassey.com for details.

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