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Written by celebrated author M. M. Kaye, Death in Kashmir is a wonderfully evocative mystery ...When young Sarah Parrish takes a skiing vacation to Gulmarg, a resort nestled in the mountains above the fabled Vale of Kashmir, she anticipates an entertaining but uneventful stay. But when she discovers that the deaths of two in her party are the result of foul play, she findsWritten by celebrated author M. M. Kaye, Death in Kashmir is a wonderfully evocative mystery ...When young Sarah Parrish takes a skiing vacation to Gulmarg, a resort nestled in the mountains above the fabled Vale of Kashmir, she anticipates an entertaining but uneventful stay. But when she discovers that the deaths of two in her party are the result of foul play, she finds herself entrusted with a mission of unforeseen importance. And when she leaves the ski slopes for the Waterwitch, a private houseboat on the placid shores of the Dal Lake near Srinagar, she discovers to her horror that the killer will stop at nothing to prevent Sarah from piecing the puzzle together....

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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Death in Kashmir Reviews

  • Candi
    2019-03-13 06:13

    Years ago I fell in love with M.M. Kaye’s writing, having read her epic tomes The Far Pavilions, Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind. I felt there couldn’t be anything more exotic and exciting then ‘traveling’ with her to these faraway places and dreaming of the day when I would certainly experience such adventures myself. Unfortunately, those dreams never came to fruition, but I am thankful that I can continue to enjoy such journeys second-hand.Death in Kashmir is one of six mysteries in Kaye’s “Death in…” series. Much shorter than the aforementioned books, this one offers you a taste of what you would have to look forward to if you decided to immerse yourself in one of her grander tales. Taking place just before the end of British rule in India, the setting is sumptuous, ranging from the snowy ski slopes of Gulmarg in Kashmir, to the dining rooms and ballrooms of Peshawar, and on to the lakeshores near Srinagar. Beneath the shadow of Apharwat Peak, Sarah Parrish is enjoying her holiday respite from the heat of the Indian plains until tragedy strikes the party of skiers. A sinister feeling grabs hold of Sarah and won’t let go. She becomes entangled in a dangerous quest to unravel a mystery that I for one could not quite unveil until the very end. I loved the aura of danger and the very descriptive passages that so wonderfully illustrated the surroundings as well as Sarah’s increasing fear."Somewhere out in the darkness beyond the Club grounds a jackal howled eerily, and as other jackals took up the cry and blended it into a yelling, shrilling chorus as of souls in torment, Sarah shivered, and a sudden horror swept over her. A horror of the enormous, sun-baked land around her and the barren Khyber hills that lay just beyond Peshawar, menacing and mysterious in the starlight. Beyond those hills lay Afghanistan and the fierce and lawless tribes, while away and away to the north-east stretched the long line of the Himalayas, with somewhere among them the snow slopes of Khilanmarg."This is a classic whodunnit, with a touch of romance, a respectable heroine, and a satisfying ending. Everything is tied up nicely, for those that appreciate having all your questions answered. The winning elements for me were the gorgeous scenery as well as the suspenseful and menacing atmosphere. I recommend this one for those that enjoy lighter, yet intriguing mysteries that leave off from shocking the reader with the gorier details.

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-02-27 04:57

    This was a fun, old-fashioned whodunnit, complete with exotic location, intrepid heroine and steely-eyed hero. And now I really want to visit Kashmir.Gulmarg ski resortThey fanned out on the crest of Slalom Hill and each took their own line, swooping down over the crisp shimmering surface like a flight of swallows, dipping, swaying, turning in a swish of flung crystals, and leaving behind them clear curving tracks on the sparkling snow.Dal LakeAs the heart-shaped paddles rose and fell in unison, the boat glided under old, old bridges and by temples whose glittering roofs were discovered on closer examination to be plated not with silver, but with pieces of kerosene tins. Brilliant blue kingfishers flashed and darted above the quiet reaches of the stream, and innumerable bulbuls twittered among the long as there are no murderers there. But handsome British spies - of course, absolutely!This is one of M.M. Kaye's better mysteries, set in the waning days of the British Raj in northern India in the late 1940s. Feisty main character, Sarah Parrish, goes on a ski vacation with fellow British expatriates and finds herself embroiled in dangerous schemes way over her head. The mystery is a good one: the mastermind criminal is well-drawn and well-hidden (I didn't guess who it was), and the clues and pieces are tied together at the end in a satisfying way.Death in Kashmir is a light mystery novel, not terribly deep, but good fun, and there's a great sense of place, with wonderful descriptions of the people and places in Kashmir. Kaye actually lived in Kashmir in the early 1940s - she met her future husband there - and it shows in the affectionate details of the story.This was my last of M.M. Kaye's six romantic suspense novels, and a very good one to end on. It reminded me quite strongly of Mary Stewart's novels, which is the highest praise I can pass out to a book in this genre. Highly recommended to those who like these types of classic mysteries!

  • Algernon
    2019-03-11 08:57

    An excellent thriller to read on vacation. I may be a little biased, since I've been a fan of the author for a long time, but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to this exotic and romantic part of the world under the guidance of M M Kaye ( I read this on the plane going home and I had trouble keeping a straight face and not chuckling). "Death in Kashmir" may be considered one of her 'lesser' works when compared with the monumental historical epics "The Far Pavilions" or "Shadow of the Moon" (it is in fact her debut novel), but her storytelling talent, her enduring love for the subcontinent and her romantic inclinations are already present in this 'divertimento' that combines a whodunit with Cold War espionage, comedy with romance. Mrs. Kaye's decision to set her debut story in her beloved Kashmir is understandable ('Write about what you know best' is a solid advice to new authors), given her family history of military service in India. Her grateful remarks to her first editor (none other than Paul Scott) remain poignant today when the region is still convulsed by civil war and religious intolerance. My luck was clearly in that day. I hope that it stays in, so that readers will enjoy this story of a world that is gone and of a country that remains beautiful beyond words, despite mankind's compulsive and indefatigable efforts to destroy what is beautiful! I know there is little chance for me to visit the place anytime soon, so I must be content for now to let M M Kaye take me skiing on the majestic slopes of Gulmarg, with Nanga Parbat peeking above the clouds, or on a night ride in a 'shikara' (the Kashmiri equivalent of a gondola) from Srinagar across Lake Dal, while the spicy breeze blows from the Shalimar Gardens.The white peaks ward the passes, as of yore,The wind sweeps o'er the wastes of Khorasan;But thou and I go thitherward no more. Laurence Hope, 'Yasin Khan'The impulse to write the story had probably more to do with this melancholic lament for a lost paradise than with any immediate financial considerations. Luckily for the reader, the author doesn't get bogged down in whimsical reminicences, but sets up an energetic and often wickedly gender subversive criminal investigation into a series of mysterious deaths among the members of a Sky Club vacationing in the mountains above the Kashmir valley. Inclement weather serves both to increase the tension and to limit the number of suspects in a variant of the classical 'locked-room' set-up. Later developments take the group to Lake Dal for a deadly showdown.Another welcome variation to the typical detective story is to choose as protagonist an innocent bystander turned into amateur sleuth : the Honourable Sarah Parrish is a young lady enjoying a last season in India before the Partition of 1948. She is athletic, determined, resourceful, independent-minded and courageous - a true poster girl for the Post-War feminist movement. As a side note, the role model for one of Sarah's friends is the heroine of Stella Gibbons' enchanting "Cold Comfort Farm": That's what comes of serving in the WRAF and wearing uniform! The sight of a really womanly woman, complete with fluttering nerves, timidity and the vapours, not to mention migraine and a horror of mice, inspires you with acute irritation. Did I mention that Sarah is also single and quite capable of casting a roving eye over the eligible bachelors in her entourage? Solving crimes is all very patriotic and guaranteed to raise your adrenaline, but why not have a little side dish of romance on the menu? ... if only that insufferable hulk Charles would stop treating her like a child! 'I think,' said Sarah with dignity, 'you are the most insuferable man I ever met.''And you,' said Charles, 'are without any doubt at all, the most attractive and infuriating woman I have yet encountered in the course of a long and varied experience of crime.' I did enjoy the adventure, but I would be hard pressed to call it a masterpiece. The novel hasn't aged all that well, and the politics are typical of the Communist Scare propaganda ("You mean - you're one of them?' gasped Sarah. 'A RED?"), domino principles and of the British imperial nostalgia. Almost the whole cast is made of the 'white' people having a last party while surrounded by hundreds of humble yet faithul local servants. The plot is pleasantly complex, but not all that original. A couple of scenes were quite poorly written. My personal pet peeve is having the evil mastermind laughing manically with a gun in his hand while explaining his plans in detail to his bound victim. Yet, overall, the magic of the place and the touches of humour helped me ignore all the perceived shortcomings and enjoy My Kashmir vacation.

  • mark monday
    2019-03-05 04:55

    3 Things about Death in Kashmir:(1) beautiful opening chapter! wonderfully suspenseful and eerie. a moonlit place in a foreign land full of empty spaces. briskly evocative of an off-kilter period, a time and place that is fading away and being changed into something new.(2) that time and place is 1947 Kashmir, as the British raj is preparing to get up & go. for a lightweight mystery, it is impressive that Kaye does justice to such a murkily complex period of time. the reason i picked this one up is because i have an unexplainable affinity to that particular time in India (also because i love reading about MURDER).(3) the rest of the novel is, as mentioned, quite light - typical mysterious motivations, typical long middle (chock-full of very enjoyable details of the time & place), typical ramping up of the action in the last third, typical romance with a typically mysterious young gent who is full of potential derring-do on our intrepid heroine's behalf... or potential menace! but sometimes "typical" is just what the doctor ordered. this is a thin but very pleasant and cozy little mystery.

  • Tweety
    2019-03-15 03:04

    Spooky!!! So glad I read this in daylight. I finished it one day, the joys of having the flu. I have to say, of all the wonderful suspense authors, M.M. Kaye is my favorite, surpassing Mary Stewart, even. (don't get mad at me, Mary Stewart fans!) Up at a ski resort in Kashmir, things are going down hill. On a still, moonlight night Sarah sees someone sawing through a window latch and goes to warn her fellow skier. What she learns from this one night of watchfulness in Kashmir will follow her to The Waterwitch houseboat on a lake near Srinagar. Will she find the answer to two skiers deaths too late? Very atmospheric! You can tell the author had been to the places mentioned, and she writes the suspense perfectly. And that's all I can think to say. Read it! Just Read it! It's wonderful.

  • Dorcas
    2019-03-20 10:11

    Another brilliant mystery by M M Kaye, one that kept me biting my fingernails from start to finish.What could be more suspenseful than a dark and stormy skiing vacation in the hills of Kashmir, where skiers are meeting with mysterious "accidents" on the slopes...And when the scene shifts to a lake at the base of the mountains and our heroine takes over the lease of a murder victim's houseboat, little does she know what deadly riddle is hidden in those rooms...I loved this. I loved the "edge of your seat" suspense. I loved the settings, I loved the bazaar and the paper mache shop. The skiing and the houseboats. I loved MM Kaye's realistic portrayal of the area which felt so authentic, and the moods she drew with her pen. I loved the romance which was believable and not over the top, but just right for the type of story.Highly recommended.

  • Hannah
    2019-02-23 08:09

    My very favorite of M.M. Kaye's 6 "Death in..." murder mysteries, and quite possibly my favorite whodunit of all time. While her mysteries haven't the same scope and reach of her 3 masterpieces (The Far Pavillions, Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind), they are nonetheless well researched, beautifully described, and endowed with snippets of Kaye's own experiences in the countries that she lived in during her childhood and/or her married life.This outing takes the reader to Kashmir, 1947. British raj rule is due to end within the coming months, and a group of holiday makers are making the most of their last days in the mountain region of Gulmarg, Kashmir. It's the final trip for members of the Ski Club of India, and Sarah Parrish has been enjoying herself until a tragic skiing accident takes the lives of one of their party (or is it an accident??). Chapter One of opens to what I consider one of the most suspenseful introductions I've ever read in a mystery, and takes the reader on a journey through the snow capped slopes of Gulmarg to the lush, lovely lake region of Srinagar; to a houseboat with many secrets.A riveting, engrossing and beautifully detailed mystery from beginning to end. Perfect the first time I read over 25 years ago, and just as excellent today.

  • Jeanette
    2019-02-22 03:47

    One of those oldies but goodies, and could M.M. Kaye write them.This one has glorious locale of Kashmir for its situations and travel within placements to a grass filled bowl between mountains. But water too as several of the important scenes occur on a houseboat in the summer location. We have a dozen or so possible suspects. The whodunit is well served but what was superior upon this novel, far more than the plot was the tension. It came out of the gate, and because Sarah is sleeping alone- there are several long periods in the dark of what she can see and /or what can be seen. All mysterious and dangerous, with 2 bodies as evidence before the 1/2 way point.If you like the Raj orphan or parental units crowd- this one is close to a 5. 4.5 stars but I can't round it up because I thought the ending too pat. Honor and all that, of course, but it still didn't sit logically. Although terrorists and anarchists murdering for collapse all around are certainly not entities that commenced within recent decades invention.Although I did surprise myself by guessing correctly it wasn't an easy guess at all. Possibly because so many red flags were set into other directions that it was nearly by elimination. But I though there was another accomplice and about that I was incorrect.Great break from the dysfunctional young whodunits or stabber novels of our current decade- these singles in this period are never in the cognition of a "poor me, our group has been put upon" or "where can I hide" mode. Not even after suffering and serving in four or more years of WWII. Steely eyed veterans at 23 or 25.I'll look for some of her others eventually. They actually do stand the test of time as well as being highly entertaining.

  • Moonlight Reader
    2019-03-15 11:01

    I read M.M. Kaye when I was in my teens, first picking up The Far Pavilions, and then stumbling on these mysteries later. I can't remember which of the mysteries I read - perhaps all of them, perhaps only a few, but it has been long enough that they are basically new to me. I had actually been wanting to pick these up, and when I saw that Minotaur Books had finally released a kindle edition on December 1, 2015, I was delighted. I love the mystery genre, especially the golden age mysteries by Christie and Sayers. This one was originally published in 1953, so it is a bit later than those, but hits a lot of the same marks.M.M. Kaye lived a wildly interesting life, born in Simla, India to British parents during the period of the British Raj. Her husband was in the British Army, and she "followed the drum" to Kenya, Zanzibar, Egypt, Cyprus and Germany. This was the first of her series of whodunnits, set in the Kashmir Valley. The setting is exotic, the main character is suitably pretty, the hero is a proper handsome Brit. If you mashed up Victoria Holt and Helen Macinnes, and set in India, you might get this book.

  • Misfit
    2019-03-04 03:51

    This was a very well put together mystery with the added bonus of an exotic setting as we're used to getting from MM Kaye. Beginning at the ski trip where two women die under mysterious circumstances that end up with a heroine involved all kinds of mystery and intrigue. Added bonus for the author's notes and how she included a tiny mention of herself while her family was living in Kashmir.

  • Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
    2019-03-23 04:04

    Retro Read Group BOTM April 15 -May 15, 2017.This story takes place in the last gasp of the British Raj and is my first read of M.M. Kaye's, 7 or 8 mysteries. All of these take place in exotic locations, this one in Kashmir.Two murders take place when a ski-club comprised of British expat's take a trip to enjoy the slopes.M.M. Kaye'S powers of description are amazing! I can feel the clean cold air in my face, the glare of the sun bouncing off snowy great outdoors and other scenic touches that the author does so well. She also is adept at giving a the reader a good sense of the character. I feel I "know" these people in this story because of her formidable writing skill.The mystery itself was excellent because I could not figure out who the murderer was. After reading this book, I look forward to reading more of her mysteries.

  • Diane Lynn
    2019-03-18 04:43

    Really 4.5 starsThis book, by one of my favorite authors, takes the reader to India at the very end of the British Raj. It takes place in 1947 just before partition. Sarah Parrish travels to Gulmarg in Kashmir for a ski holiday. There are many interesting characters at the hotel where she is staying. One night she is woken from her sleep by a sound. Upon investigation, she discovers someone trying to break into the bathroom window of her neighbor. This starts a wonderful mystery. Murder, intrigue and just a small touch of romance follow as the action moves to a houseboat named Waterwitch on Dal Lake near Srinagar.As usual, MM Kaye describes the area so well. To me personally, this book brought back many memories of summers spent on a houseboat on that same Dal Lake, as well as skiing near Gulmarg and camping in the hills above Srinagar in those huge old army tents that were so popular. I am sure I still have one or two of those Kashmiri paper mache boxes that MM Kaye describes so well and was integral to this mystery. Overall, a very good mystery. I hadn't figured it out and was shocked by the suspenseful ending. The only thing that bothered me in the beginning was some of the conversations seemed to drag on with prattle, hence I knocked the half star.

  • Christopher Bunn
    2019-03-17 10:49

    M. M. Kaye certainly knows how to write, and her upbringing in India lends legitimacy to how she paints her scenes in this one. There's a very short list of authors (women, mostly) who wrote excellent books grouped mostly in the thriller-suspense-murder mystery-mild romance genre. M. M. Kaye, Mary Stewart (Moonspinners, Touch not the Cat, etc), Helen MacInnes...I've run out of names. I think there's two more, but they escape me at the moment. Anyway, M. M. Kaye is in good company. I need to read her other books. I think I read Death in Berlin a long time ago, but I'll have to re-read that one, along with Andamans, Kenya, and Cyprus. Not sure if there are more. She writes in what I think is a deceptively difficult genre to write. Lord knows there are a lot of dreadful books written in that one. At any rate, I heartily recommend this book.

  • Erika Nerdypants
    2019-03-11 11:09

    This is one of my most loved books. It's true that I have read deeper books with more substance, even in the mystery genre. But M.M. Kaye wrote a top notch mystery for her time. She truly transports the reader to Kashmir, I could feel the house boat rocking as I was turning the pages. The ending came as a complete surprise and was absolutely stunning. Yes, it is a light novel, but hey, isn't it entertainment we want from mysteries?

  • Megan
    2019-03-08 02:59

    Just the right level of suspense. Didn't guess the villain ahead of time. Really enjoyed the writing style and pacing of the book, that is until the wrap up. I felt like too much time was spent on explaining the motive and highlighting the evils of certain political ideologies. I would have liked more of that time spent on what happened to all characters outside of just who was guilty and who was innocent.

  • Carolien
    2019-03-20 10:52

    This book originally put Kashmir on my bucket list. Kaye is an excellent writer and this book is a solid mystery with some real moments of terror. It also recalls a forgotten period in history namely the last days of the British Raj.

  • Bev
    2019-02-25 10:53

    Death in Kashmir (originally published as Death Walked in Kashmir, 1953) takes place in a region now under Indian control (with other portions of the Kashmir area controlled by Pakistan and China). The time is 1947 and Britain is preparing to leave India and lose part of her empire. Sarah Parrish is one of many British subjects taking advantage of one last chance to visit the skiing playground in the mountains near the Vale of Kashmir. Little does she know that among her fellow vacationers are spies and counter-spies all seeking information vital to fate of Kashmir and India post-empire. When a middle-age woman dies in a skiing accident and Sarah then notices someone trying to break in the window of the woman's niece that night, she is plunged into the thick of things. She warns Janet Rushton (the niece) of the attempted break-in and as a result Janet shares some rather startling secrets with her. As a result of the shared secrets...and another murder or so, Sarah becomes the focus of some unwanted attention. Everyone seems to think she possesses more knowledge than she has and someone is willing to kill for what they think she has. There's also a dashing young gentleman in the offing...but can she really trust Charles Mallory? And if not him, then who?Despite the rather heavy shadow of espionage, this is a very light mystery. Yes, there is a feeling of danger surrounding our heroine, but we read about it with a nod and wink, knowing that she's going to come through the danger even though all of her fellow vacationers may not be so lucky. And, knowing M. M. Kaye, we also know that any hints of romance will be completely fulfilled by the story's end. It may be a bit of a formula, but it's a comforting formula and Kaye does it very well. Kaye is also superb at describing the time and place. In part, this is because she writes from her own experience--using actual places she has visited and incorporating incidents from her own life where they will be most useful. The mystery itself is a good one. It kept me guessing on who the culprit was and made for an interesting read. ★★★ and a half.First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-07 04:02

    I wish I could see Kashmir as this book puts it down! Not to mention all the strange British types lurking about. The book was begun in Detroit Metro Airport, finished on CalTrain somewhere between San Francisco and Palo Alto. A great 6 hour read, now on to more MM Kaye, and back to revisit some Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, that I have neglected for too long.... Thank you, Lucy:D

  • Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
    2019-03-25 10:06

    M.M. Kaye was born in India and spent much of her life traveling the world with her husband who was with the British Embassy. She is best known for The Far Pavilions and wrote a number of mysteries set in exotic locales. The descriptions of the settings in this mystery are one of the highlights. The action takes place during the time of the British Raj, which Kaye knew well. The young heroine is a more sophisticated version of Nancy Drew. There is the requisite handsome man--should he be trusted or not? The accidental death that turns out to be murder and spies, of course. The action moves swiftly and the ending is just exactly what you want. I read this book in one evening and it was a wonderful diversion.

  • Sarah Ryburn
    2019-03-07 09:05

    Delightful. As M. M. Kaye's writing invariably is delightful, this does not surprise. The dialogue is smart and witty, the hero and heroine glamorous, the murder mystery spine-chilling, and the setting a feast for the senses. Sarah Parrish and Charles Mallory are are not my favorites among Kaye's characters as they are less fully realized than others; still, there are some rather smashing moments of dialogue, particularly between Sarah and the villain, and there is wonderful sexual tension between Sarah and Charles largely as the result of that elegant, understated, 40s-era banter of which Kaye is a mastermind!

  • Liz
    2019-02-24 04:02

    I really liked this mystery set in India at the end of British Raj. In addition to being a suspenseful murder mystery with an ending I didn't predict, it is an all-around well written book. The author spent much of her life in India, and it shows in the vivid descriptions of the scenery, which I found to be captivating. They made me wish I could see the places I was reading about! The characters are well-drawn, and there is a touch of romance as well, though not so much as to be overbearing. All in all this was a very enjoyable read and I plan on picking up the others in the series.

  • Jannah (Cloud Child)
    2019-03-15 09:12

    Ah a very nice read. The humour of Hugo was impeccable. M M Kaye has a mix of Mary Stewart and Agatha Christie ishness with a flavour all of her own. I guessed the baddie early on, but it was played out very nicely. Though I wasn't a big fan of the ending the journey was enjoyable. The descriptions of Kashmir make me want to visit it one day. I like the authors postscript explaining her own experiences in Kashmir and what elements of it were in the story. 4/5

  •  ☆Ruth☆
    2019-03-20 09:13

    The storyline is a bit ponderous and the characters are rather stereotypical. Set in Kashmir towards the end of the British rule in India, this is a book which demonstrates the arrogance and elitist attitudes of the time. There were some enchanting descriptive passages and overall it was readable but for me it was rather disappointing.

  • Joan
    2019-03-14 06:48

    Scary but interesting. When I think of this I think of the skiing and I see the still night with moon light creating dark shadows and someone scratching at the back window next door. REading about the British Empire as it was fading is also interesting.

  • Alisha
    2019-03-16 02:51

    Good job on the suspense! And on keeping the villain under wraps till the big reveal. I was wrong in my suspicion of whom it was; I am happy to report that it wasn't as obvious as I thought it was going to be.

  • Lydia
    2019-03-13 10:59

    Sarah thinks she is on an ordinary ski trip in Kashmir. However, her idea of her vacation is about to change almost as much as her views of the people around her, when she's awakened in the middle of the night by someone filing through the lock on her neighbor's window. When she goes to warn the young lady, she is brusquely pulled into the room, checked for weapons and eventually told a story of spies that she doesn't know whether to believe or not! This is very much in the style of classic, period, British mystery! At any moment I was expecting Lord Peter Wimsey or Harriet Vane to toddle through! Set in India, after it has been announced that the British will be leaving (and after WWII), but before they have actually pulled out; the state of the world (and the Cold War) are integral to the story, though our characters never leave India. Mrs. Kaye actually lived in India for a time, and her passion for the country (and for proper pronunciation!) keep the story feeling very authentic (some of the British behaviors toward the locals is rather sad, but I'm guessing also very accurate). Sarah and Charles make a great investigative team; Sarah is quite an intriguing character in her own right, just with her background, and (which is essential in a mystery book) has very few "WHY IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING THAT?!?!?! Why aren't you going for help? Do you want to die?" moments. I feel Sayer's would approve. I would suggest this for Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and the original Nancy Drew mysteries fans. Content notes: Mild, period swearing throughout the book. Some kissing, but mostly to turn suspicion elsewhere. Multiple deaths happen during the story, but none "on page"; most are killed by blows to the head, with no details of injuries, just descriptions of corpse's expressions. Also be warned, par to the time period, smoking and drinking occur frequently.

  • Carthame
    2019-03-25 05:52

    What an enchanting little book, an old favourite from this author!It was a reread at quite some years distance from the first time, and, in its original language, it charmed me even more.Having grown up devouring Dame Agatha Christie's bibliography, I find M.M. Kaye a joy to read for lovers of whodunit mysteries. And hitting two birds with one stone, we get authentic history (from the author's very background) as a stage for the developing action.The author is very skillful in not betraying her hand: even cautioned by my previous knowledge, I still gasped aloud when I (re)discovered the killer. The hiding place of the "secrets" was easier to guess at, in retrospect, because the author does put some clues towards that in the story.The suspense is hard at work, but, while threatening, it doesn't overreach itself into becoming oppressive. All the characters are well-rounded, they almost seem to come to life before your eyes, and you forget about reading, because it's like you're "watching" the action.On the romance side, (view spoiler)[ Charles and Sarah(hide spoiler)] are that mix of competency and competitiveness that brews a strong love story and, if you give them a chance, their partnership, their interactions, their tender "complicity" will utterly charm you. Happy reading!

  • Amy
    2019-03-06 06:13

    I really enjoy how well M.M. Kaye can write dialogue. The conversations between her characters are vivacious and sparkling, and they are a lot of fun to read. She can set scenes and moods like nobody's business, and her mysteries are smart and not all that easy to solve. They are full of twists and turns and surprises.I didn't like Death in Kashmir as much as I liked Death in the Andamans, but it was still entertaining. Although, as is typical of books of its time, a man still had to come in and save the damsel in distress, but the damsels in this book weren't shrinking violets. They had important, meaty roles in the story, and they were involved in danger and intrigue. All of the females had strength and character, and more than once I found myself thinking that these ladies were what a grown-up Nancy Drew would have been. The book did drag in places, probably it was a bit over-long. Still, wonderful characters and great scene setting made this one a lot of fun to read.

  • Lorena
    2019-03-07 05:01

    M.M. Kaye's mysteries, all set in locations she herself lived in during her husband's varied military career, are all enjoyable, if typical of their era. I happen to enjoy typical mysteries of that era, and Kaye's certainly rate near Christie's on that score. What sets this one apart from the others I have read is the setting. Kaye obviously has a good deal of feeling for all of her assorted foreign homes, and has a wonderful eye for detail that evokes time and place, but it's obvious that her true love was always India. The descriptions of Kashmir, as it was at the end of the Raj, are magnificent, and especially poignant in light of the situation that region finds itself in now. It is a vision of a place that was obviously well-loved, and will never exist that way again, and it is worth reading for that alone.

  • Sharla
    2019-02-27 07:45

    I'm not a fan of spy novels as a rule and don't care for the romance genre. This book has strong elements of both. The thing that saves it for me is the incredible ability of M. M. Kaye to put you in a place and time. She had an almost magical descriptive ability. That is what I remember and loved about The Far Pavilions as well.