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Death in Cyprus (Death in... #3)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  759 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Twenty-year-old Amanda Derrington is on an extended cruise with her uncle when she decides to make a short side trip to the sun-washed island of Cyprus. But even before the ship arrives in port, there is a suspicious death. Once the passengers reach the island, it soon becomes clear that the death was in fact an act of murder. What Amanda had meant to be a pleasant excursi ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published May 1st 1984 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1956)
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Tadiana ♕Part-Time Dictator♕
The last few days I've been binging on M.M. Kaye romantic suspense/murder mysteries, and this, you'll all be happy to know, is the third and final one. This time we're in beautiful scenic Cyprus, an island off the coast of Turkey and Syria with a large Greek population.


Once again, it's the 1950s, and 21 year old Amanda Derington is traveling on a ship to Cyprus for a vacation. She exchanges cabins with the loud, whiny, miserable Mrs. Julia Blaine, who has a terror of the number 13 assigned to th
Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars

M.M. Kaye's 6 book "Death in..." murder mystery series takes the reader to the island of Cyrus, circa late 1940's/early 1950's. Sheltered orphan Amanda Derington is eager to see the world, so when her straightlaced Uncle Oswin asks her to visit one of his far-flung business concerns, Amanda jumps at the chance. But she can't even set foot on the fabled island before death comes calling and reaps one of the passangers on board the S.S. Orantares, the ship Amanda boo
M.M. Kaye is best known for her wonderful book "The Far Pavilions, but I urge readers to give her Death in... mystery series a try. Kaye's gift is in the rich details of the exotic locations she writes about. In her forwards she tells the readers when she lived or visited there. Her Death in... mysteries are usually set when the British were still a strong presence in some of these places,

Twenty-one-year-old Amanda Derington has decided that she has been under the thumb of her strict, oppressive
Another great murder whodunnit by M.M.Kaye! I find it close to impossible to guess the bad guys in her books, they're never predictable and always keep you guessing. In fact I have to force myself not to peek at the last chapter.

This book is set in Cyprus and it made a nice follow up after finishing the Moonspinners by Mary Stewart. The descriptions of Cyprus are real but not the focus of the book. Its a mystery and the author doesn't let us forget it or allow us to get sidetracked.

There are som
Wavering between 1 and 2 stars... Kaye writes so well, and the mood and settings she describes leave me breathless, and while the mystery-plot itself is decent, unfortunately her work suffers from extreme misogynistic tendencies that pretty much disintegrate all magic she weaves in other ways.

I really just wanted to walk up to the heroine (or to Kaye?), take a hold of her and shake her vigorously while admonishing her to get a hold of herself. I mean, the characterization was ridiculous: beauti
Betty Strohecker
On a cruise from Egypt to Cyprus, twenty year old Amanda Derrington discovers a suspicious death. Once in Cyprus investigators determine the death a murder and the race is on to find the killer. As the ward of her uncle, an extremely prosperous British businessman, Amanda was traveling with acquaintances of her uncle who are also instructed to look after her in Cyprus along with one of his Cypriot business associates. Thus begins an intriguing mystery filled with unexpected twists and turns invo ...more
Inspired by a line from a poem, Amanda Derington decides to visit Cyprus. But when a fellow passenger dies in her cabin on the voyage there, her pleasant journey turns into a nightmare. It soon becomes clear that it was no accident, but rather, murder. And Amanda can't help but be swept up in the middle of it.

A delightful read. An Agatha Christie-like plot with great characterization and a splendid setting. Definitely recommended.
This is a nice, light-hearted cozy who-dunnit with a good dose of old-fashioned charme.

Suprisingly, after reading some books by Mary Stewart, I really missed a first-person narrator; I think it would have been nice to have Amanda tell the story, but I am not 100% sure it would have worked. Also Mary Stewart is way better at describing landscapes and creating a mood, in my opinion. To me, this story could have taken place in any town near the sea, which was a bit disappointing. During the middle
There were some funny lines, and a variety of characters, but I was so tired of Amanda's frightened stuttering. "I--I don't know. Wh--why?" There was far too much of that. And the preposterous episodes where her hair kept saving her from being killed -- oh, brother! I enjoyed the descriptions of Cyprus, though. It's a light, fun read, but the plot is a bit ridiculous.
Frankly, I'm a little alarmed at how highly this book is reviewed on here. True, I don't like mystery novels and never have, but I've been fond of Kaye since I read The Ordinary Princess in middle school and was all enthusiasm when I found this at the local used book market. And it's not that I'm horribly let down -- I read it in a single sitting, and most of the that was in the auto back from the market. I'm more surprised. Surprised at how many of her characters (including the main two) were w ...more
Lee Roberts
A fun romp - which is a bizarre thing to say about a whodunnit, but this series are very light hearted whodunnits with a dash of very british stiff upper lip romance thrown in. Excellent way to spend a lazy Saturday.
This is an oldie but goodie. I love M. M. Kaye, both her epics of India and her light mysteries.
In this mystery Amanda Derrington travels to Cyprus on her way home to England after a vacation in Egypt. However murder strikes on the ship crossing to Cypress. She loves the island (one of Kaye's strengths is her exquisite detail in describing setting in all her books) but is uneasy because she hasn't told the complete truth about the victim and it is marked as an accident, not murder. But another m
Eileen Pucci
Death in Cyprus is a tradional, Christie-style murder mystery. The heroine is a 20 year old British woman who stumbles into a treacherous situation during an excursion to Cyprus. Of course, romantic sparks flair between her and the slightly older hero whose role in the story is initially murky. Since the novel takes place in the late 1950s, the hero is laughably paternalistic toward the heroine. At one point he calls her an "angry kitten." This is an enjoyable read unless smug, dashing, heroes a ...more
Bobby Underwood
M. M. Kaye wrote this most enjoyable mystery novel set in an enchanting Cyprus that Kaye realized was too good to last. Years later when memories of places like Kyrenia had begun to fade, she made the sun shine bright one last time on the Cyprus she had seen and experienced in this marvelous mystery-romance. Those who love the scope and beauty of Kaye's grander, heftier works will find much to love in this old-fashioned mystery and romance set in an exotic locale. M. M. Kaye made sure the sun wo ...more
Pat Timpanaro
This was the October choice for my mystery book group. I thought it was a serviceable book -- not great, but not bad either. I felt like it could have been set anyplace, the information about Cypress felt pasted on -- as if the author reached a point where it was time to add local color, so some random fact was mentioned. I was, however, the only person in the group who felt this way.

This is not the first time this book group has read a book that was written some time ago. Particularly in the my
Taylor Hansen
This is the second i've read in the series and the mystery in this one was a little trickier and more involved, which I liked (although I still thoroughly enjoyed the other, Death in Zanzibar).

I liked the feeling of nostalgia, suspense, adventure and romance. Very reminiscent of the gothic/suspense/romance novels of Mary Stewart & Phyllis Whitney with a nice helping of Agatha Christie (all of whom I enjoy). She also has some great quips in there:) a great vacation read!
The second book of M.M. Kaye that I read, but honestly I didn't enjoy it as much as Death in Berlin. The descriptions of Cyprus were beautiful and even if I have never been there I found it fascinating to imagine through her writing how the place looked more than half a century ago. But the story itself was somehow weak. Too many attempts of death that are managed to be avoided, strange ending and Amanda who has really nine lives.
Tara Carpenter
Kaye writes a psuedo-series of books called Death in... (Kenya, Cyprus, Andamans, etc) and I love the classic formula of the British, romantic, suspenseful mystery. Each book has different characters & a unique setting, but here's the gist: a young British girl, usually an orphan, is travelling alone to an exotic locale where she falls in with a group that includes Brits, a token American or two, a few military officers, and the bohemian artist or whoever. Someone is murdered and in the end ...more
Patricia Gulley
What a surprise, I'd never read M M Kaye. I really liked Cyprus, so decided to read this 'older' version of a murder mystery, and really was quite good, even with the too young heroine with so much sense and experience, and the older hero saving her everywhere.
The older female of characters, Persis, the American writer, and Miss Moon were very good.
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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 more entertaining of the two…Death in the Adamans was pretty slow moving. Death in Cyprus has many red herrings ...more
Yet another story in Kaye's "Death in--" series with a young and innocent 20 year old heroine who finds herself mixed up in murder and mayhem in the "British diaspora" of the 1950s. As usual, there is a brave and intelligent secret agent of some sort, roughly 8 years her senior, who comes to the rescue and with whom she falls in love. Still, a good yarn, and I'm a sucker for exotic scenery.
Re-reading the others in this series I realised that I had never purchased or read this one. I managed to find a copy online and settled down to read what turned out to be a gripping story. Although the series is 'Death in', the stories are all very different and I did not guess who had done it. MMkayes descriptions of locations are very evocative and I found this a gripping read.
Nicole Landry
Awesome characters and great book! I love the romance and who dun it flair! I wish Kaye wrote a lot more of the "Death in" series then she did
I picked this up while I was on the waiting list at the library for one of the author's other books, The Far Pavilions. I love mysteries and especially ones set in interesting locations. I found this mystery to be very reminiscent of Agatha Christie.

My one issue with the book was with the main character of Amanda. While she grew on me, I think her inner-dialogue seemed somewhat contrived. Despite that, I will definitely read more of the author's mysteries and I really can't wait to read The Far

Back in 1949, while my husband's regiment was stationed in Egypt, and we were living in an army quarter at Fayid in what was then known as the "Suez Canal Zone", a friend and I decided to spend a painting holiday in Cyprus....We stayed in the enchanting house in Kyrenia that I have described in this story, and the plot was practically handed to me on a plate by a curious series of incidents that occurred during our stay....I must have been aware that the Cyprus I was living in and
Went through and read every M.M. Kaye book many years ago. I remember I loved all of them.
My kind of read for the summer. A little mystery a little romance and some travel thrown in.
I've read four books in this series now, and I'm still not tired of them. I love M. M. Kaye's style of writing, her characters, her locations and the solutions to her murder plots. The answer never fails to blind-side me (especially in Death In Kashmir and Death In Kenya, in fact I have yet to be able to figure out the culprit in one of her books. And there are always great side characters thrown in, which make things all the more interesting. There are two left in the series for me to read, and ...more
Amy Cloud
Rating clarification: 3.5 stars
This is my favorite of Kaye's mysteries. It is wonderfully romantic, and it is the one I would most like to see made into a film -- but who would I cast? The setting alone is breathtaking. The characters and conflicts are strangely contemporary,even though its publication is quite a bit earlier. But for this reader, to have the protagonist masquerade as an artist who quotes Lovelace with the woman he's attracted to is pretty darn exciting. Incomparable escapist fare.
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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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