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  • Enchanting and Just Lovely!

    Such a lovely book! It was my first by this author and I'm so glad to have discovered her. The simple writing style reminds me vaguely of the Number One Detective Agency series. Though a murder mystery, there is so much to learn here about the Parasi culture, customs, funeral rites and rituals. One of those which stands out in my mind most is the furnished cottages with meals provided for grieving families. Brilliant. Set in Bombay in 1921 and 1922, Perveen, a female lawyer, is an advocate for a young woman called Freny who comes to Perveen seeking advice. Should she or should she not attend a public event honouring Prince Edward VIII? When Freny is found dead at the event and her heartbroken family demands answers and Perveen and her father are willing to lend counsel. Freny had secrets. Riots, politics, danger, history, family and friendship dynamics contribute to the atmosphere as the perpetrator is sought. We see the politics of the day and the increasing female presence. The entire book has a rich vibrancy from the cherry-red silk sari to the mango and other fruit trees to the fabulous pastry descriptions to the culture. I love the writing style, so appealing. This book would intrigue General Fiction, Women's Fiction, Historical Fiction and Mystery readers and would be a shame to miss. My sincere thank you to Independent Publishers Group and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this enticing book. The writing really clicked with me so I will happily read the author's other books.

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