Join the Moonlight & Murder Book Club for mystery and suspense book discussions, socializing, food and drinks! Meetings are every other month, alternating with the Romance on the Rocks Book Club, at the Black Pig.
Library copies of the books may be obtained at the second floor Help Desk or by using the EasiCat catalog, or participants may purchase their own copies. No registration is necessary. Food and drink purchases are at your discretion. Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to attend should contact the library. Seven days are required for a sign language interpreter request. Mead discussion groups are free, funded by the Friends of the Library.
"The Widows of Malabar Hill" by Sujata Massey
Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father's law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a legal education from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women's rights.
Mistry Law is handling the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen goes through the papers, she notices something strange: all three have signed over their inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forefeit what their husband left them? Perveen is suspicious.
The Farid widows live in purdah: strict seclusion, never leaving the women's quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. It's her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that nobody is in further danger.