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Death in Kashmir: A Mystery (Death in... #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,020 ratings  ·  52 reviews
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 reuslt of foul play, she finds herself entrusted with a mission of unforseen importance. And when she leaves the ski slopes fo ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 5th 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published 1953)
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mark monday
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 on
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
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
Upcoming read. Hannah and Diane Lynn made me buy it. It's all their fault.
Diane Lynn
Really 4.5 stars

This 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, intrigu
Christopher Bunn
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 ...more
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?
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
Sarah Ryburn
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 betwe ...more
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 ...more
Another wonderful contribution from M. M. Kaye This time she takes us to Kashmir both in winter for the skiing in Gulmarg and then to Shrinagar in summer for houseboating.
Set in the waning days of the British Raj, young Sarah Parrish gets mixed up in what turns out to espionage and is determined to follow it to the end because she teruy liked the young woman who eased her into it and who ends up murdered.
Once again as with all Kaye books the setting is fantastic. I defy anyone to read this book
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.
Hahaha! Wonderful when you need a mindless evening with hot chocolate.
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
Lori McD
This was my first M.M. Kaye book, and I found it a bit dry. There was humor, drama, mystery, romance, and thrills - of a sort. But IMO, the book dragged... too many red-herrings and too much description. And the mystery, itself, was unclear. Are we trying to catch the murderer? Figure out the message that Janet hid in the houseboat but wouldn't reveal a bit of?

Sarah seemed a bit naive, too. For being in WWII service (WRAF), she trusted Charles too completely too soon. In fact, she was simply too
Now, I'm a huge M.M. Kaye fan, and absolutely loved her Death in Cyprus, so I went into this book with pretty high expectations. Unfortunately, they weren't quite met.

We start off at a ski resort in the mountains of Kashmir, in the bedroom of one Sarah Parrish, a young British woman on a bit of a holiday. She hears a noise outside and sees a masked man trying to break into her neighbor's window. And when she goes to warn the other young woman, she's swept into a world of intrigue and murder. *d

This is not a book about many deaths that have taken place in Kashmir due to unrest in past 25 years. This book is about mysterious deaths of British secret agents just before India gained Independence in 1945. I have been a big fan of M. M. Kaye for a long time. I have already written about “The Far Pavilions” and “Shadow of the Moon” earlier. She has also written many of these thriller books about mysterious deaths and subsequent unravelling of the plot created in
#1 "Death in ..." mystery series

Originally published in , this story is set in 1947 in India. The date for India's independence, the end of the British Raj and the departure of the Brits after 150 years, had been set for the following year.

A recent item in the excellent mystery e-newsletter from highlighting this author caught my eye, and I had to begin the series at the beginning.

I will read more in this series, although this book was just OK. I found myself itching t
I'm glad I discovered these, and even gladder that M.M. Kaye gained enough fame with "The Far Pavilions in the late Seventies for these to be reissued in the early Eighties.

The ones I've read are bits of fluff, but enjoyable for all that: girls (no other way to describe them) in their early twenties or thereabouts, living in various exotic climes. This one: Kashmir and India, in the last days of the Raj--many of the characters are speaking about doing a last round of high society things, whether
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 t ...more
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
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 ...more
Nicole Landry
Kaye is a well-rounded writer. She includes great characters, awesome setting, suspense, mystery. I just love this series!
I was looking forward to this mystery of M.M. Kaye's the most because the person who recommended them said that this was her favorite. While I am very grateful for the recommendation, with one more to go, this is my least favorite of the books.
That said, it's still a good mystery. I have just liked the others better.
Went through and read every M.M. Kaye book many years ago. I remember I loved all of them.
Nov 13, 2014 L F marked it as to-read
The Jacket picture of Mrs Kaye was taken in the 1950s it shows a stunningly beautiful woman.
Had to reread this in honor of the recent news regarding the bad flooding event in Kashmir. MM Kay's notes and postscript to the book were written in or about 1984, and indicated that she lived there in the early 40s, but that many of the lovely places that she wrote about -- Srinagar, the houseboats on the Jhelum River -- were still there at the time of writing. I would imagine that they aren't now, but, thanks to the wonderful descriptions in the book, "...they will always be there...Enshrined ...more
Pragya Bhatt
I was looking for a light but interesting book. This book kept me engrossed. I think the author did a great job of building the plot and had enough tidbits about Kashmir and India in the 40s to keep it interesting on a personal level for me as well. In fact, in the postscript she talks about all the places she's mentioned in the book, and their fates by the time she went back to India (some time in the 70s). I'm looking forward to going to Kashmir myself to see what has happened to those places ...more
Not my favorite of her books. I did learn a lot about the former state of Kashmir, and what the climate was before England officially gave back India. What I didn't like was the main character, the narrator was very odd to me. I could not relate to her at all, she was not exactly likeable. She was very brave but that seemed to be one of her few redeeming qualities. The plot was good, and the twists were very engaging. I will defintaly be reading MM Kayes other mystery novels. I think I will try ...more
A strong heroine, a stoic hero, a murder/espionage mystery, a small number of suspects and a surprising ending. What more can you ask for a nice holiday reading? And when the story then is set in exsotic surroundings by an author who has been there herself you are in for a treat. I love M.M. Kaye's mystery books and this is one of the best, keeping you guessing right to the end.
I enjoyed all of Kaye's Death in... books. The most interesting thing about them is that they were written as contemporary novels and republished later with no editing. The forward of each tells the background of how she came to write them. This one is very intriguing and creepy. I do not think that people, any people, go to Kashmir to ski or play golf anymore.
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M. M. Kaye (Mary Margaret) was born in India and spent her early childhood and much of her early-married life there. Her family ties with the country are strong: her grandfather, father, brother and husband all served the British Raj. After India's independence, her husband, Major-General Goff Hamilton of Queen Victoria's Own Corps of Guides (the famous Indian Army regiment featured in The Far Pav ...more
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