The Satapur Moonstone

The Satapur Moonstone

The highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel The Widows of Malabar Hill.India, 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 fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic...

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Title:The Satapur Moonstone
Author:Sujata Massey
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The Satapur Moonstone Reviews

  • etherealfire

    I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway. The Satapur Moonstone marks the second adventure with the formidable, delightful paid female solicitor (and unpaid 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 more.

    I can't wait to see where the next adventure takes us and I really hope a certain Colin Sandringham will be also be featured or at least hovering somewh

    I won this ARC in a GoodReads Giveaway. The Satapur Moonstone marks the second adventure with the formidable, delightful paid female solicitor (and unpaid 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 more.

    I can't wait to see where the next adventure takes 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!

  • Rincey

    Probably a 3.5 that is closer to a 3, but it gets the bump up for being the book to get me out of my reading slump. Watch me talk about the book in my October wrap up:

  • Annet

    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 di

    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 required. So Perveen travels to Satapur and the story unfolds... 4.4, absolutely loved it, more to follow, and already looking forward to the next book. Would definitely recommend this book to my friends here!

    Here's the story: It is rainy season and Preveen travels to the princely state of Satapur as a curse seems to have fallen 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 dowager queen 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......

  • Barb in Maryland

    3.5 stars, rounded up. The author does a great job evoking a remote corner of India--vivid descriptions of a place far from Perveen's cosmopolitan home in Bombay.

    The mood of the book is almost gothic--Perveen is constantly on edge while at the palace, what with talk of poisonings. The mysterious deaths of the maharani and his eldest son are still being questioned; the younger maharani fears for the life of her surviving son, Jiva Rao. Everything comes to a head when young Jiva Rao disappears. Wa

    3.5 stars, rounded up. The author does a great job evoking a remote corner of India--vivid descriptions of a place far from Perveen's cosmopolitan home in Bombay.

    The mood of the book is almost gothic--Perveen is constantly on edge while at the palace, what with talk of poisonings. The mysterious deaths of the maharani and his eldest son are still being questioned; the younger maharani fears for the life of her surviving son, Jiva Rao. Everything comes to a head when young Jiva Rao disappears. Was he kidnapped? If so, by whom?

    The final section is full of action, with a dramatic climax. All very exciting.

    I enjoyed this a lot even though there were one or two small mysteries that weren't solved. Indeed, there was one small one that was mentioned several times and then forgotten in the final wrap up.

    I must have read the last quarter of the book three times looking for the answer and never could find it. A minor annoyance but still... I would have expected the editor to catch something like that.

  • Linda

    "The palanquin was set down more gently than in the past, and Perveen emerged, wrapping her cashmere shawl over her shoulders before taking the brass cup of chai offered to her."

    Perveen 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 palanquin was set down more gently than in the past, and Perveen emerged, wrapping her cashmere shawl over her shoulders before taking the brass cup of chai offered to her."

    Perveen 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 queen and her widowed daughter-in-law in order to discuss the educational future of the young maharaja, heir to the throne.

    Perveen must serve as a mediator between the two women. The dowager queen 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 family.

    Sujata 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 us on that journey with Perveen as we experience a curse-like atmosphere within the palace and the unfortunate deaths that have occured there. Perveen knows that something is going on and she's determined to find out what it is......even at the expense of her own safety.

    I 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.

  • Shomeret

    I received a free ARC of this book via the F2F mystery group that I attend. I will be passing on the ARC to another member of the group in preparation for the group's future discussion of the book.

    As I expected, this wasn't as interesting or intense as the first book. I'm not a fan of mysteries that center on royal courts. The sort of conflicts that arise are predictable. I still love Perveen as the protagonist. The British agent who was supervising her was also interesting. Yet the most surpris

    I received a free ARC of this book via the F2F mystery group that I attend. I will be passing on the ARC to another member of the group in preparation for the group's future discussion of the book.

    As I expected, this wasn't as interesting or intense as the first book. I'm not a fan of mysteries that center on royal courts. The sort of conflicts that arise are predictable. I still love Perveen as the protagonist. The British agent who was supervising her was also interesting. Yet the most surprising new characters were women-- particularly the Maharani Mirabai.

    I am hoping the next book has a different focus perhaps involving Gandhi's Quit India movement.

  • Tammy

    This is the second in the series and not quite as strong as the first. In the 1920’s the female Bombay lawyer, Perveen, is unable 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 queen. 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

    This is the second in the series and not quite as strong as the first. In the 1920’s the female Bombay lawyer, Perveen, is unable 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 queen. 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.

  • Jessica Woodbury

    I had hoped to come back to the Perveen Mistry books in print and enjoy myself more and happily I did. (I very much disliked the audiobook of the first novel.) I was pleased that the setting here moved to somewhere new and we got to see Perveen mostly on her own. Part of the pleasure of this kind of book is diving into a piece of history I don't know well, exploring a whole new set of customs and beliefs, and we get a very different world here than we did in the first book, looking at the Hindu

    I had hoped to come back to the Perveen Mistry books in print and enjoy myself more and happily I did. (I very much disliked the audiobook of the first novel.) I was pleased that the setting here moved to somewhere new and we got to see Perveen mostly on her own. Part of the pleasure of this kind of book is diving into a piece of history I don't know well, exploring a whole new set of customs and beliefs, and we get a very different world here than we did in the first book, looking at the Hindu ruling family of a princely state that is still under British control.

  • Sahitya

    This is probably more of a 3.5 rather than 3 and I’m again lamenting the fact that GR doesn’t have half star ratings.

    I’ve been very excited to read the sequel to the very fascinating new series starter The Widows of Malabar Hill, but I had to wait this long to receive the copy from the library. This one turned to be an engaging read as well, but maybe not at par with the first.

    The pacing of this novel is slow and steady as I expected it to be. The main change is that this one takes place comple

    This is probably more of a 3.5 rather than 3 and I’m again lamenting the fact that GR doesn’t have half star ratings.

    I’ve been very excited to read the sequel to the very fascinating new series starter The Widows of Malabar Hill, but I had to wait this long to receive the copy from the library. This one turned to be an engaging read as well, but maybe not at par with the first.

    The pacing of this novel is slow and steady as I expected it to be. The main change is that this one takes place completely out of Bombay, in a small princely state in the Sahyadri mountains. There were a lot of excellent descriptions about the landscape, the flora and fauna, weather changes and the different methods of travel within this princely state, and I felt totally mesmerized by it all. I could almost feel that I was traveling right alongside Perveen and it made for a very atmospheric read. We also get to know quite a bit about the Indian Civil Service, how the British and the princely states coexisted and how the administration meddled in Royal matters, particularly in the case of succession. We also get some interesting observations on caste system and discrimination that exists across religions, and insight into the plight of Anglo-Indians. There is also the mystery part, which I thought was written quite well. The author gave us enough misdirection that I couldn’t guess the culprit almost till the end.

    The highlight of the first book for me was Perveen. While we got to know more of her personal history along with her current efforts to work as a solicitor in the previous installment, so much of that personal touch was missing here. Her being chosen to talk to the queens due to purdah is pretty repetitive but the events that follow definitely felt more ominous. She is also much more in danger this time around and she felt the fear, but she also took her responsibilities seriously and acted with a lot of unexpected calm in distressing situations, which was pretty impressive. My only bone to pick is that we don’t see a lot of character development for her, except a few instances when we see her longing for some sort of companionship and wanting to get out of the clutches of her marriage. Colin, the political agent was nice guy but he was a bit too laidback and didn’t seem to be taking his job very seriously. However, he didn’t seem to be suffering from the usual misogynistic ideas of the time and treated her with a lot of respect, which I really liked. None of the other characters left too much of an impression on me, except perhaps choti rani Mirabai who had to fight both deep personal losses and antagonistic family members to ensure the safety of her children and better administration of her state.

    Overall, this was a moderately engaging read with a great sense of place, but seemed to suffer a bit from the second book syndrome. I still like the main character a lot and can’t wait to see more of her professional pursuits in future books. If you would like to read interesting mystery novels set in pre-independence India featuring a Parsi female lawyer who has to fight for her right to practice law, you should definitely give this series a try.

  • Karl

    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.

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