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Death in the Andamans (Death in... #6)

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Death in the Andamans is a masterpiece of mystery and romance from one of our most beloved authors. When a violent storm lashes the tiny Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, Copper Randal barely manages a safe return to Government House. She does get back in one piece with her hostess, Valerie Masson, Val's fiance, and handsome naval officer Nick Tarrent, but one of the i ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 11th 2000 by Minotaur Books (first published 1960)
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Another winner from M.M. Kaye's " Death in... " murder mystery series. This novel takes the reader to the Andaman Islands off the coast of India, circa late 1940's. Copper Randal leaves the dreary, rainy confines of her secretarial job in London and travels halfway around the world to visit a girlhood friend living with her father, the Chief Commissioner of the Andaman Islands. While there, Copper discovers that all is not as it seems in paradise. Death stalks the colonial residents during the Ch ...more
Cynthia Hale
This is a classic English Manor House murder mystery. i love those. It happens to be set in the Andaman Islands near India in the last day of Empire. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. It is the story of a young woman, Copper, who goes to have an extended visit with her friend Val. Val's father is Englands guy in charge for the area. While visiting Copper finds romance, adventure, and murder, all during the Christmas holiday. The ending felt a little bit "out there" but it was still good. ...more
This is one of my favorite books...ever. I love a good mystery with some romance thrown in, so this book is right up my alley. I have read all of M.M. Kaye's books except for Trade Winds (which is really hard to find in print) and The Far Pavilions (because it's huge). Her other mysteries (the "Death In..." series) are interesting, well-written, and occur in various exotic locations. I return to these once a year when I need a good book; for me, these are like an old pair of comfy slippers. I hi ...more
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 was written in about 1939-1940 but not published until later. It does not have as much on politics as some of the others. The setting and mystery are creepy! Wonderful to read on a rainy winter day.
A really enjoyable, quick read that only annoyed me by other characters calling the main character "Coppy" which immediately made me hear everything they said in a Cagney-esque voice. This doesn't, perhaps, make any sense, but I never claimed to.
I've been trying to track down more of M. M. Kaye's mysteries after thoroughly enjoying "Death in Kashmir", and "The Andamans" did not disappoint. She does seem to tend towards stock characters - fading ladies' man, aging bell, plucky heroine, dashing but dangerous love interest - but next to her evocative depiction of life (and death) in a British outpost this doesn't matter. The attitudes and depictions of inept and superstitious "natives" are very of the time, which to me is the biggest drawb ...more
Sarah Ryburn
**** 1/2

Reading this M. M. Kaye mystery was a bit like sipping a mojito while relaxing on a veranda at sunset after a long, sultry day in the sun. Said veranda would, of course, boast an ocean-front view and come complete with a bulter who would appear silently at my elbow to refresh my beverage before I'd even notice that the first had run dry.

I love these destination mysteries because, really, if one must survive a plot involving multiple homicides one really could do worse than a tropical pa
Madhu Madhusudana
Originally published under the title ‘Night on the Island’ and set in the Andamans islands in the Bay of Bengal. The story is centred on a group of British colonists and is set in the 1930’s.
Copper (actual given names Caroline Olivia Phoebe Elizabeth) Randall is a lively young woman who is visiting her friend Valerie Masson, step-daughter of Sir Lionel Masson, Chief Commissioner of the Andamans. The murder of a none too popular person takes place and Copper and Valerie make a list of cases for a
Pragya Bhatt
A few days ago I read an article in the paper about how Indian readers want stories based in India and the cities that they live in. Most of M M Kaye's books are set in India and the places she talks about exist even today. In fact, she has an introduction at the beginning of every book talking about how much the place has changed since the days she wrote the novel. That adds so much character and a lot of intrigue to her characters, settings and plot. I would recommend this book to mystery read ...more
This story was really slow to get started, but when it did pick up I was pretty engrossed. I didn't really find the romance all that satisfying or interesting (the romantic lead was pretty meh to me), but I liked the setting and the creepiness.
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Revisiting these favorite books from my childhood. 1940s/50s British mysteries set in exotic (to me) locations with the young girl stumbling on and helping to solve a murder and getting the guy. A perfect plot for me still. The editions I'm reading have a forward by the author with background about writing the story which is quite interesting. Of the two I've reread so far this was the slower moving of the two. With everyone including the murderer trapped on the islands after a typhoon blows thr ...more
Lisa Greer
After reading all the great reviews, I feel like a heretic, but I couldn't get into this novel. I really like the first chapter a lot, but after that, the novel just felt so dated to me, and I know it is old-- written around WWII time in fact. I have other old novels, though, that suck me right in, so it's not that fact. I got a degree in 18th century British Literature, so I do like old books. :) I think it was just not "thrilling" or must read, so it started to stagnate for me pretty quickly. ...more
This was the last of the "Death In..." series that I read and I was so bummed that it wasn't what I had hoped. I love this author, but with this one she seemed to be trying to bring in a little more comedy than the rest of the series had and I just wasn't into it. That and I just didn't really like the characters. Maybe if there was some more character development I would have really liked the leads and hoped for their romance to bloom, but I honestly didn't care. I ended up skimming to the end. ...more
It was a struggle to finish. I really wanted to enjoy it as classic but found it dated in a negative way and overly "atmospheric". I also disliked how the characters ignored a glaring clue presented early in the book but continually overlooked when they engaged in discussion meant to solve the murders. Just too annoying!
My first read from this author and I was impressed. The world was fully realized and the danger imminent and palpable. The negatives for me, as they were, were the implausibility of the ultimate bad guy, and the false conflict set up between our erstwhile heroine and her hero.
One of my favorites of the "Death in" series, because it's a safe bet I'll never get to the Andamans. The locale is deliciously exotic and the story nicely paced. The characters aren't especially memorable, but this is comfort food, not immortal literature.
Quite an exotic and unknown island. Before WW II. Japanese bombed them so now desolate. Isolated British people and how they kept to their traditions and lifestyles no matter where they were in the world. Good mystery and romance.
Fun book. Might be my favorite of M. M. Kaye's mysteries. Has two romances that hit all my buttons. First Copper and Nick, and then Valerie and Charles. But mainly I like the relationship that all four of them have with each other.
Tara Carpenter
I didn't like this as much as I remember loving the others in this series, but it was still good. The romance wasn't as believable, nor was it quite as scary. Some of the earlier in this series were great for those two things.
Dated now, as with her other books in the "Death in XYZ" series, but not bad, if you like the combination of girlish romance, thrillers and travelogue. Read it as a period piece.
Better every time I read it! So atmospheric and romantic and creepy, it makes me wish that I lived in this gentler age when men were men and women the fairer sex!
Can remember going to the Wee Book Inn in Edmonton and searching for these old books. So good, love how she used her real life to write these cute little mysteries.
Okay I am Re-reading..aka listening to, all my M M Kaye favorites and I enjoyed them so much better as books - the new audio narrator is not working.
This was a 4-star old style murder mystery until the last page went all sappy on me and I was forced to downgrade by a star.
Didn't finish. Very slow at first then brought in the ghosties and I was outta there. Got 100 pages or so into it...
Of the "Death in . . ." series - this is my favorite so far - really suspenseful and different.
Not my favorite but still it starts out with a real life ghost.
Great murder mystery, in yet another exotic locale.
A little slow going to get into it, but ended up good.
M.M. Kaye is my all-time favorite author.
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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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