#BookReview: The Satapur Moonstone

5 stars

Genre: Mystery (historical)


  • Excellent historical insight and world-building
  • Unique and well-drawn protagonist
  • A solid mystery


  • Pacing may be slow for some in the first few chapters

This is a historical gem of a book. It took me a few chapters to get into the pacing of the novel, but after that, I was sucked into Perveen’s world.

I really love the idea of her being Bombay’s only female lawyer. She’s realistically drawn, and I enjoyed getting glimpses of her backstory. The amount of historical detail that went into this book is breathtaking, and I loved reliving another place and era. I’m also really grateful that Massey depicted the constraints on women at that time–and also the complicated relations between Britain and India.

I wasn’t able to guess the culprit, but then again, I was just transported into the story and enjoying the telling of it. I’m also happy with the way Massey portrayed the relationship between Perveen and Colin with a subtle hand.

A very solid mystery with a unique protagonist set in a very rich and detailed world.

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  1. A solid mystery story is hard to write!
    This post gives me the opportunity to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, Jennifer.
    Wishing you well.

    • Jennifer Chow says

      Yes, creating all the juicy clues and red herrings is difficult.

      Have a lovely Thanksgiving! Always wishing you and your family the very best, Evelyne.

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