The Satapur Moonstone is a historical mystery novel written by Sujata Massey and features the character of Perveen Mistry, a female lawyer in British India in the 1920s.
The story is set in the fictional princely state of Satapur, where the maharaja has recently died and his young son, the crown prince, is about to ascend to the throne. The maharaja’s widow, the dowager queen, is worried about the safety of the young prince and has requested the help of the British government. The government sends Perveen to Satapur to act as a legal advisor to the queen and to ensure that the young prince is safe.
Perveen is initially met with resistance from the royal family and the palace staff, who are suspicious of her motives and are not used to dealing with a female lawyer. However, she soon finds herself embroiled in a complex mystery involving the palace staff, a missing moonstone, and the mysterious deaths of several women in the royal family.
As Perveen investigates, she uncovers long-held family secrets and struggles to unravel the truth behind the deaths and the missing moonstone. Along the way, she must navigate the treacherous politics of the royal court and confront her own personal demons.
The Satapur Moonstone is a gripping and atmospheric mystery novel that explores themes of family, tradition, and the struggles of women in a patriarchal society. Sujata Massey’s vivid descriptions of British India and the palace of Satapur bring the story to life, and Perveen Mistry is a compelling and complex heroine who is sure to capture the reader’s imagination.