The Mill Creek University Book Store hosts award winning author Sujata Massey for a free reading and book signing of her latest crime novel, "The Satupur Moonstone," on Wednesday evening, June 5th, at 7:00 pm.
India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Sahyadri mountains, where the princely state of Satapur is tucked away.
A curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur's royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic hunting accident.
The state is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur's two maharanis, the dowager queen and her daughter-in-law.
The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyers counsel is required. However, the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, Bombay's only female lawyer.
Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young princes future, but she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas.
Too late, she realizes she has walked into a trap. But whose? And how can she protect the royal children from the palaces deadly curse?
Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany, was raised mostly in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist.
Her novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark prizes.
Visit her website at sujatamassey.com.