The Satapur Moonstone

The Satapur Moonstone

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"India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Satara mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic accident. The kingdom is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and the maharaja's widow. The royal ladies are in dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer's council is required--but the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, India's 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 knows she is breaking a rule by traveling alone as a woman into the remote countryside. And 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 curse?"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Soho Press, Inc.,, [2019]
ISBN: 9781616959098
1616959096
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Massey Sujata 05/2019
Characteristics: 349 pages ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Massey, Sujata

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Ginamarguerite
Mar 19, 2020

Sujata Massey's latest read, The Satapur Moonstone, has something for everyone. This is one of those books that the entire family can read and discuss. Especially during our 2020 shelter in place time, it is a great opportunity for the family to share an entertaining, yet educational activity.

Massey is a good story teller. Some of her writing reads like a juvenile wrote it -- short, telling sentences that you'd expect from someone in junior high writing a paper for their English class. It's not a bad thing, but given the detail and history Massey brings to the story I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the level of writing had been a little more adult. That said, she introduces her readers to the different and divergent cultures in India at the turn of the 19th Century. Perveen Mistry, her female solicitor heroine of the story is torn not just between her professional limitations and wish to do more, but between her religion and restriction from leaving her abusive husband. She is drawn to another man, but because of her honor and adherence to the rules and laws imposed on her she cannot even consider even friendship with that man.

Perveen's keen mind comes through in her approach to deciding what will be best for the young Maharaja of Satapur. While she may want to venture into other issues, she sticks to the direction she has been given. But, when she begins to sense something deeper has happened not just to the prior Maharaja, but beyond, she pursues an investigation that may and does ultimately, endanger her own life.

There are no lulls in the story. It flows and for me was a "can't put down read." After reading her first in this series, The Widows of Malabar Hill, I eagerly awaited this one...it couldn't come fast enough. I don't see the next in this series pending but hope it comes soon.. Meanwhile she has a prior series I will be delving into.

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peacebenow
Dec 14, 2019

Well written, hard to put down. I look forward to more books with Perveen leading the way. A female lawyer in India in the early 1900s changing the course of history. She works w/ the Royal family in Satapur and works wonders w/ some challenges along the way. Delightful!

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EmilyEm
Jun 07, 2019

British Raj officials enlist attorney Perveen Mistry to settle a disagreement between two maharanis in the princely state of Satapur in 1920s India. Love the good mystery in this story that touches on India’s classes and cultures plus the hint of romance for Perveen in this one.

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pieperdb
Jun 07, 2019

Book Group. 20 copies

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lizharr
May 26, 2019

WSJ 5/11/19

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