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

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  878 Ratings  ·  69 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
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 10th 2001 by Minotaur Books (first published 1956)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
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
Mar 19, 2011 Hannah rated it liked it
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
Dec 11, 2013 Judith rated it really liked it
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
Oct 16, 2013 Dorcas rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, europe, mmkaye
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
Jan 24, 2016 Ioana rated it it was ok
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
In Death in Cyprus (1956) by M. M. Kaye, Amanda Deringting has been under the thumb of her rather Calvinistic and Victorian-minded uncle ever since her parents died when she was young. He believes in the pure life and that he (a bachelor) knew better how to raise a girl than her aunts. But when he takes Amanda on a trip so he can visit outlying posts of the Derington empire (branch offices in all sorts of outlandish places), she turns twenty-one and decides to kick over the traces and go her own ...more
Betty Strohecker
Jan 25, 2015 Betty Strohecker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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
Anne Beardsley
I loved the setting.
I feel like I got to visit Cyprus, circa 1952, and it was fascinating. A good, sunny vacation during a chilly February. The heroine was rather likable...despite her occasional bouts of childish thickheadedness.


I suspect the hero of deliberately not settling everything at the very beginning of the story (he could have!) just because he wanted more excuses to hang out with the heroine at his employer's expense, and because he wanted the heroine to live
Dec 28, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 26, 2016 Rhonda rated it liked it
As an avowed Christie and Elizabeth Peters fan, I found the style of M.M. Kaye quite easy to pick up and enjoy (and I am expecially fond of tales involving the days of river cruising--"going up top" for a bit of air, "dressing for dinner" always amuse and entice me into this bygone era). The plot itself was simplistic and believable, and then became easily more involved. I liked the heroine and the hero, but sometimes the numerous comments or descriptions of the heroines long, flowing hair, or w ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Daniela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Dec 05, 2012 corpho rated it liked it
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.
May 12, 2016 Tania rated it it was amazing
Death in Cyprus is an exciting murder mystery. Despite being set in post WWII years, it has a timeless feel to it. The story itself is well put together, enough that you will probably be guessing at the true culprit until the end, but nothing ever seems farfetched. The romance angle is nicely inserted so that it feels natural.

The author craftily carries us from the mainland to the island of Cyprus, slowly deepening the mystery and sense of danger the farther from home that our heroine Amanda get
Oct 12, 2014 Emily rated it did not like it
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
May 27, 2011 Lee Roberts rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 08, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
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
Nov 03, 2014 Eileen Pucci rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
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
May 20, 2015 Bobby Underwood rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 14, 2013 Pat Timpanaro rated it it was ok
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
May 04, 2015 Taylor Hansen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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!
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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.
Really enjoyed this book. It is the first Kaye book I've read besides The Ordinary Princess, and I'm so glad I did. I especially liked the Howard character. This is rather Christie like, but not overly so. I was not able to guess who the culprit was, and that's always a plus. Definitely a good book for mystery and Chrisite fans, and set in a beatiful exotic locale.
Tara Carpenter
Jun 23, 2011 Tara Carpenter rated it really liked it
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
Oct 30, 2014 Patricia Gulley rated it really liked it
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.
girl writing
Jan 05, 2014 girl writing rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2014 Marjorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Zara Keane
Aug 22, 2015 Zara Keane rated it liked it
I'd give this one 3.5 stars. It was an entertaining, if predictable, mystery. The heroine was a little naive at times and I never warmed to her romantic interest. I did enjoy the setting details.
Sep 01, 2015 Dena rated it liked it
I haven't read a mystery in ages and this one was a great summer read! It was old-fashioned entertainment and unlike some wrap ups, this one didn't leave me with more questions than answers! Will probably reach for the other two in this series in the near future.
Kevin Pedersen
Sep 06, 2015 Kevin Pedersen rated it did not like it
Shelves: world-tour
An heiress, a divorcee, a novelist, a couple, and an artist all take a cruise ship to Cyprus. But when they arrive, they learn they have an unexpected passenger. A passenger named... MURDER!

And then they get off the ship and sort of cruise around and talk about marriage for a while.

Intensely forgettable.
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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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