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The Bombay Prince (A Perveen Mistry Novel Book 3) (udgave 2021)

af Sujata Massey (Forfatter)

Serier: Perveen Mistry (3)

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Titel:The Bombay Prince (A Perveen Mistry Novel Book 3)
Forfattere:Sujata Massey (Forfatter)
Info:Soho Crime (2021), 298 pages
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Loved this book! Hope author will write more in this series! ( )
  SueWyman | Aug 31, 2021 |
CW: attempted assault

It’s nice sometimes to take a break from fantasy, but I’m still not ready to tackle the real world so historical fiction it is. And it’s always fun to come back to a series I enjoy and meet familiar characters. This is another interesting installment in the series and one I’m glad to continue further.

I’m always impressed by the author’s descriptions of 1920s Bombay because I’m unfamiliar even with the current incarnation of the city, and historical one feels even more fantastical in my head. But the author makes it feel like a living breathing place, one that forms the soul of the story. The tensions in the city, the emergence of a freedom movement that is both nonviolent as well as reactionary, and the rising of the religious divide forms an important backdrop of this story and as always, I’m glad to get to know more about my own country’s history. The writing is evocative and full of emotional depth, making us experience the turbulent atmosphere of the times. The mystery itself was not too predictable, but not too tension inducing either and the resolution was pretty unexpected.

I fall in love with Perveen’s character even more as the series go on and it’s due to her resilience and strength in unfavorable circumstances. But I thought the author showed a much more vulnerable side of her this time, encountering situations where is pretty helpless and also in the matters of the heart. However, it’s nice to see that she has the support of her family, especially her father in professional settings and her best friend Alice who is so sweet. But the author lets us see the complex relationship these characters have with colonial India, the British empire and the Indian freedom movement. There is also a hint of romantic entanglements in this one, which is both endearing and bittersweet, and I hope we’ll get to see much more of the couple as the story continues.

To conclude, this book was a refreshing respite in the middle of all my intense fantasies, but it was no less interesting and emotional. If you enjoy books set in pre-independence India and would love to see a young woman try to overcome the patriarchal sexist rules in both her personal and professional life, then you can’t go wrong with this series. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
This is #3 in the series - I have read the other two and was excited to get my hands on a copy of this one. I am fond of the character of Perveen Mistry, Bombay's first female lawyer (inspired by an actual person). The novel contains a murder mystery waiting to be solved by Perveen, overlaid with the cultural guidelines/restrictions of women in 1920s India. Author Sujata Massey's writing style is restrained, so that while this is a murder mystery, Perveen thoughtfully uses her intelligence to balance the weight of family tradition with her own ambitions.

Massey smoothly incorporates the history of the period into this personal story. She includes politics, authentic food, religious beliefs, architecture, and clothing, as well as cultural social mores to provide a picture of 1920s Bombay. And a helpful glossary of Indian terms can be found at the end of the novel. But above all I enjoyed reading how Perveen solved the mystery, stayed in her family's good graces while sometimes risking her safety, and continued a subtle romantic relationship that originated in book #2, The Satapur Moonstone. You can start with this book if you happen upon it, but I recommend you read the other two in order first to learn of Perveen's experiences that have helped her to become the person she is now. And I can't wait to catch up with her in the next novel! ( )
  PhyllisReads | Jul 15, 2021 |
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, but I did not enjoy this one as much as the first two. The ending seemed to come quite quickly and without much character development as to the "bad guy." I love the character of Perveen, though. ( )
  jgmencarini | Jul 12, 2021 |
This is good historical fiction set in 1920's India during a royal visit by the then Prince of Wales (later English King Edward VIII). A young woman's body is found on the grounds of her college shortly after a royal procession passed by it. Several days earlier she had consulted Perveen Mistry who is Bombay's only female solicitor about consequences of disobeying the college order to view the procession. There's some thought that it was suicide, but Perveen does not accept this and looks into the circumstances despite opposition from the British security officer guarding the Prince.

It's a clever murder mystery story with plenty of local colour. The story is told against the background of colonial India with its various divisions: between English and several Indian ethnic and religious groups. The storytelling sags slightly in the middle, but recovers to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. It's atmospheric, tending to claustrophobic in places, because of rigid social and religious barriers in the British Raj and Perveen's own religion. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Jul 3, 2021 |
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