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Death in Kenya (Death in... #4)

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Written by one of the most gifted storytellers of our time, Death in Kenya is a wonderfully evocative mystery, reminiscent of the best classic novels of Agatha Christie.

When Victoria Caryll is offered a position at Flamingo, her aunt's family estate in Kenya's Rift Valley, she accepts-knowing full well that the move will give her a chance to see Eden DeBrett once again, th
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 30th 1999 by Minotaur Books (first published 1958)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Jan 02, 2015 Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, mystery
Another old-fashioned murder mystery from M.M. Kaye, this one in, duh, Kenya, in the 1950s. Victoria Caryll has been called to return from England to her Aunt Emily's beautiful estate in the jungles of the Rift Valley in Kenya.


Victoria is leery of returning because she was once engaged to Emily's grandson, Eden, who is her (I had to figure this out) half-first cousin once removed, so, hey, maybe it's a good thing he broke up with her! But Victoria loves Kenya and Aunt Em, so she decides she can
Nov 14, 2013 Judith rated it it was amazing

5.stars Fabulous blend of mystery, suspense and romance

M M Kaye is famous for her wonderful novel about India, The Far Pavilions. Death in Kenya is a far cry from that block buster of a book, but in it's own way it is no less excellent. Death in Kenya is a wonderfully written mystery with just a touch of romance, but the best part is the setting, which is Colonial Kenya at the end of WWII. Back then, Kenya was still a place where many white settlers were born, raised families, and enjoyed life i
Sep 10, 2013 Dorcas rated it it was amazing

This is my first M.M Kaye book...WHERE have you been all my life? Believe it or not I only heard of this author last week, don't know how I came across it but it sounded right up my alley so I went to the library to find some of her books. I chose a few of the 'death in...'series to start with (cos they're shorter)to see if I liked her writing style before I ventured into her larger books.

And basically, I love her!

The author has lived in all kinds of exotic locals and incorporates them into
I do believe this is the best mystery I have ever read. I did suspect the murderer at one point but quite quickly out ruled him/her. There was a light romantic thread woven through but it was not the main theme. I wasn't entirely sure who the Hero was at first but was happy with who it turned out to be.

It kept me turning pages rapidly so I could sooner find out who did it. Words can hardly express how much I enjoyed this. It was just the sort of book I needed. I didn't have a dull mom
Feb 25, 2015 Cathleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I wanted to love this, as it was my first M.M. Kaye book. So many people love her books! I really liked the mystery and it kept me guessing until the very end. I just felt it drug on and on too long. The ending was a bit disappointing - not so much the "who dunnit" but the WHY?

Ok, after a few days of thinking about this, I am bumping it up to 4 stars. I realized I was probably swayed to the negative because of the 2-day horrible headache I had while trying to read this. I loved the old fashion
Aug 15, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it
The book centers around the events that occur at Flamingo, an estate in Kenya's Rift Valley. Its owner is the elderly, eccentric Lady Emily, who rules over it and its occupants with an iron fist. Having protected the house and survived the bloody Mau Mau revolts through almost sheer force of will, she is not one to be pushed around or told what to do. However, when someone -- or something -- begins causing mischief at Flamingo, and as the mysterious events (an ink bottle knocked over, a set of p ...more
Sana Souames
Mar 11, 2016 Sana Souames rated it really liked it
I discovered this book and Author through Gooodreads recommandation, it came up as a suggestion of books I may like since I enjoyed " The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie, the suggestion included some of the Death series, but I decided to start with this one as I visited Nairobi and Nakuru area in 2011 and I still have all the memories in my mind.

I liked the story and the historical part of it, I almost guessed who was the murderer (view spoiler)
Jun 18, 2011 Qt rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-intrigue
I thought this was a great mystery--at times suspenseful and tense, and full of twists and turns. I loved the setting, and the cast of characters gave me plenty of suspects from which to choose (and no, I didn't figure it out).
Debbie Robson
Jul 04, 2012 Debbie Robson rated it really liked it
I normally don't read murder mysteries but I discovered Death in Berlin about five years ago and was going to put it aside when I realised it was a murder mystery but then I discovered Kaye's very interesting "Author's Note" in the front of the book, giving background information to Berlin at the time of writing and how she came to conceive of the murder, standing by a pool that was covered over with ropes to stop it icing over. Blythely she mentions that her husband came up to her as she was st ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it
I found this book in the M.M.Kaye series to finally deviate from her previous books. In the others I read each book had the exact same plot. A murder, an innocent young girl who unwittingly finds herself at the scene of a murder and the same implicated by circumstances beyond her control. The only that changed in each was the geographical place. What kept me reading was the fact that M.M.Kaye had lived in each of these countries and so I learned of history having to do with the years during and ...more
Aug 25, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all M.M. Kaye's fans
Recommended to Laura by: Hannah

Few people nowadays will remember the Mau Mau terrorist rising in Kenya, and millions more will never even have heard of it. But it was an unpleasant business while it lasted. I happened to be in Kenya towards the end of that period, because my husband's regiment had been sent there to deal with "The Emergency" - which was the white settlers' name for it. And despite some hair-rising moments, I can truthfully say that I enjoyed practically every minute of my stay in that marvellou
Mar 20, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it
Another winner from M.M. Kaye's 6 book "Death in..." murder mystery series. This one is set in early 1950's Kenya, soon after the infamous Mau Mau rebellion. The setting is the beautiful and remote Rift Valley, where in the late 1800's and early 1900's British colonials set up vast farms and ranches throughout the valley (think "Out of Africa").

Once again, Kaye paints a vivid picture of the locale, while at the same time delivers a chilling and atmospheric whodunit.
May 15, 2016 Chuck rated it liked it
This is my first exposure to Ms. Kaye and I came away with mixed emotions. Her's was a reasonably interesting murder mystery which takes place on a large Kenyan agricultural compound which includes the DeBrett family and several closely associated neighbors. The compound is the kingdom, or queendom that she named Flamingo, of the aging Lady Emily closely assisted by her grandson Eden. Lady Em asks her British niece to relocate from England to Kenya to serve as her personal assistant as she can n ...more
Jennifer Toth keeton
M.M. Kaye's settings are always wonderful. She describes places that only a few people have had the privilege to see and in this series the setting is often treated like another character in the story.
I quite enjoyed this vintage mystery, which I would never have read if it weren't a book club pick. That's the joy of book clubs!
Apr 05, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sue by: Holly Langton
This vintage mystery had a good story with a great setting. The setting was really the star of the show as it described the Rift Valley and the recent Mau Mau rebellion. The tensions between the indigenous people and the colonists was interesting to read from a mid-twentieth century perspective and I learned a lot. The story centers on Vicky who returns to Kenya and is caught in a web of murder and lies among her extended family. She begins to see things and read some clues as the reader does, b ...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Mar 21, 2013 Elizabeth (Miss Eliza) rated it really liked it
*Special Content only on my blog, Strange and Random Happenstance during Ashford April (April 2013).

It isn't until Victoria gets off the train in Kenya that she realizes that it was a big mistake to even come. Yet she thought the offer from her Aunt Em to help with her estate, Flamingo, was a dream come true. After the death of Victoria's mother, it's not like she had anything left for her in England and she longed to return to the Rift Valley where she had spent her happiest days as a child. Th
Jun 05, 2012 Gerald rated it liked it
After the death of her mother, an English girl Victoria Caryll accepts an invitation from her Aunt Emily to move to her estate Flamingo on the shore of Lake Naivasha about 50 miles from Nairobi, Kenya, where Victoria’s former fiancé Eden DeBrett lives with his wife. Victoria had lived in Kenya until the death of her father five years prior. On the way from the Nairobi Airport to Flamingo she is informed that there have been mysterious happenings there in recent weeks and most recently just the p ...more
Carol Taylor
Jul 05, 2015 Carol Taylor rated it really liked it
I picked up this book knowing nothing about the author. It was half-price at one of my favorite bookstores and it was set in Kenya. That was enough to get me interested. Since then I have discovered that Kaye wrote one of the most famous books about India, The Far Pavilions, which I will definitely read. I liked Death In Kenya mainly because of the setting and because I learned enough about the Mau Mau Uprising in the 50's to make me want to learn more about it. The characters are well-developed ...more
Nov 18, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
An excellent mystery from Kaye. The exotic Kenyan setting adds so much to the story.
Victoria Caryll travels to Kenya to aid her aunt who owns a huge farm in Kenya''s Riff Valley. Someone or something is stalking "Flamingo" and it has led to murder just before Victoria's arrival. The suspense really builds and two more deaths follow. The end is a massive surprise. For one I did not guess it until almost the last minute.
Nov 16, 2010 Hilary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults
My sister and I enjoyed this book slowly (hard to do for a 'Death in' book!), listening to the incomparable narration of Virginia McKenna. We heard snatches while cleaning, cooking, but most of all in bed after the lights were out, the stereo sitting between our pillows and the sound muted so as not to wake our little sister. It is satisfyingly creepy, gripping, and well written. M.M. Kaye has the skill to make the villain the last person you'd suspect, and we hadn't guessed by the time it was r ...more
Victoria Caryll leaves London for her Aunt Emily's estate, Flamingo, in the African jungles. She dreads meeting her ex-fiance Eden DeBrett who lives nearby with his wife. Just after her arrival, mysterious malevolent destruction of property begins and threatens to spread to the entire Rift Valley where Flamingo is located.
Mar 20, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
Good mystery that had me guessing up to the end. The descriptions of Kenya and some coverage of the Mau Mau uprisings and the impact on the colonists were very interesting. The third of M. M. Kaye's "Death in..." series that I've read, all have been enjoyable.
Terri Lynn
I never dreamed I would give one star to an M.M. Kaye mystery but unfortunately, that was all this one earned. I loved her Death in Zanzibar and Death in Berlin books but this one was dry as dust. It dragged on and on and frankly, I was wishing it could be ME who was the killer so I could make this into an Agatha Christie remake of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. This was like some sort of soap opera caught on paper and pressed inside hard covers.

The story dragged. The descriptions choked the story l
Ritu saini
amazing plot .. you are just going to pin point every character as guilty and keep on guessing more .. however i felt that somewhere conversation was way too boring btw characters but all in all its a amazing novel .. loved it
Jan 01, 2016 Loren rated it really liked it
this is very atmospheric and suspenseful. Also romantic. I didn't find it easy to determine the solution (others might) Far better than Death in the Andamans, which I'm not going to rate.
Patricia Gulley
Dec 01, 2014 Patricia Gulley rated it really liked it
One thing about reading mysteries from the 50s, is that you get the youngest protagonists depending way too much on older men. This time she was 25, but still did the fainting, safely into his arms thing. OTOH, the mystery and the twists it takes are very good, all with the Rift Valley of Kenya as its back ground. Might as well read Berlin too.
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.
Nov 16, 2008 Terrie rated it really liked it
The Far Pavilions is one of my absolute favorite books (and it is quite lengthy) so when I decided to read more of M. M. Kaye I didn't know if her other writings could "rate". Death in Kenya is 204 pages in length (much shorter than I would normally read) but what a powerful, surprising, enjoyable story - the ending totally left me in awe - especially since this book was published the year I was born I may have been expecting something dated or simplistic - anything but. A terrific read!
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
loved it, loved it loved it! I love books set in the East
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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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