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Death in Kashmir (Death in... #1)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  1,281 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews
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 finds
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 5th 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published 1953)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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 resort
They 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 Lake
As the heart-shaped paddles rose and fell in unison,
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
Moonlight Reader
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 Chr
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
Erika Nerdypants
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?
Christopher Bunn
Mar 19, 2012 Christopher Bunn rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it
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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
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.
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 s ...more
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Jun 27, 2014 Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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
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
Nov 26, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it
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
 ☆☽ Ruth ☆☽
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.
Feb 11, 2011 Joan rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 21, 2016 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, per

Feb 29, 2016 Carthame rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
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
Aug 26, 2011 Lorena rated it liked it
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
Aug 27, 2016 Sharla rated it liked it
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.
May 01, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked this so much more than I did DEATH IN ZANZIBAR. It had similar problematic elements, but the heroine in this book has a lot more personality and verve. Also, this took place shortly before the end of British rule in India, so there was more a sense of "colonialists decamping" than "settler-colonialists here to stay." Some sadness on the part of the characters in the book, but more of a feeling of justice for me.
Jun 15, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
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.
Jan 23, 2016 Booknblues rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 20th-century
Years ago I read The Far Pavilions and then I discovered that M.M. Kaye also wrote some tidy little mysteries about exotic places.
In this one a young woman takes a ski vacation to Kashmir and has two of her friends murdered there. After that things get very dangerous for her as well.
Jane Cullen
Jan 19, 2016 Jane Cullen rated it liked it
This was somehow nicely old-fashioned and reminded me of Agatha Christie's books. Kashmir was also described really beautifully. It would have been interesting to visit Pakistan or India when they were under the British rule.
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Kaye is a well-rounded writer. She includes great characters, awesome setting, suspense, mystery. I just love this series!
Zara Keane
Aug 22, 2015 Zara Keane rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this old-fashioned mystery. I particularly liked the setting details as I've never been to India and would love to go.
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.
May 02, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it
Hahaha! Wonderful when you need a mindless evening with hot chocolate.
Dec 13, 2014 Cc rated it really liked it
Went through and read every M.M. Kaye book many years ago. I remember I loved all of them.
Dec 07, 2016 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

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
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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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