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

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  658 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 30th 1999 by Minotaur Books (first published 1958)
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Judith

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...more
Dorcas
Wow.

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...more
Liz
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
Qt
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
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
Helen
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
Tweety
Stunning.
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...more
Hannah
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.
Laura
Aug 25, 2011 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all M.M. Kaye's fans
Recommended to Laura by: Hannah
AUTHOR'S NOTE

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...more
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
*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...more
Gerald
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
Hilary
Nov 16, 2010 Hilary rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Rose Angel
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
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.
Terrie
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!
Helen
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 has details about the Mau Mau uprising. When I saw the mystery series of 1930s Kenya I thought of this. This one is a very good mystery.
Steffi
Seltsame Dinge geschehen auf Flamingo als Victoria auf Wunsch ihrer Tante Emily auf die Farm nach Kenia zieht. Es kommt sogar zu Mord, die Polizei versucht diesen Aufzuklären und verhört ganz Flamingo. Doch es gibt einige wiedersprüchliche Hinweise auf den Mörder.

Das Buch entwickelt sich anfangs nur sehr langsam. Doch später wird es spannend und man beginnt mit zu rätseln wer der Mörder ist.
Carolyn
Great little mystery! Written in 1958, I think. Language a bit stilted, but an excellent story. Told from the viewpoint of European settlers in Kenya, who clearly loved the land, but, as British Colonials, couldn't see their fault in 'taking over'.

Haven't read M.M. Kaye before, but now I'll be looking for 'The Far Pavilions', a Himalayan adventure.
Christy
I read most all of Kaye's "Death" books as a teenager and really liked them. But I've found that I've forgotten them completely. So I've begun rereading. This was a good whodunit novel, along the lines of Agatha Christie. I was truly surprised by the ending [even the second time I read it!:] It's got a little romance too. Quick, easy, fun reading.
Heidi
I have been listening to the audio versions of MM Kaye novels that were written in the late 1950's - finally an audio version of some of my favorite classics. With Death In Kenya they finally got a decent narrator! I forgot how much I loved learning about the different places MM Kaye would take us. I loved the Mystery in this book!
Janna
I love all the books in the "Death in ..." series by MM Kaye. I think this was the first one I read either in junior high or high school and I usually go back and read them at least once a year. It is really evocative of a time and place very outside my experience. This is not my favorite of the series, but I think they are all great.
Trine
Perhaps the weakest of M.M. Kaye's Death-books it is still a thrilling story that - as the others of her books - keeps you guessing till almost the last page. The African setting is fascinating, but I get the feeling that the author isn't quite as familiar with Kenya as with other of her settings, which hampers her a bit.
Kathleen Resendes
Set in Kenya close enough after the Mau Mau rebellion to have a direct influence on the story line.
A murder mystery as well as historical novel one cannot escape the smells, textures and glaring sun of Kenya and the British that inhabit the land.
Emmeline
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Debby


I would like to give it 3 1/2 stars. A really good suspenseful Agatha Christie style mystery. Yes it's all a bit dated and the characters a bit stereotypic, but that is part of its charm. The ending was full of suspense !!
Chris
Nearly threw it at the wall several times, and I like trashy old-fashioned thriller/romances. MUCH more racist than I expected, even given the colonial Kenya setting. Death in Berlin was actually pretty good! I am disappointed.
Loren
The "Death in.." books are some of the funnest mysteries to be read. I think Death in Kenya was my favorite. Too bad there aren't more from this author.
Alex
Nov 10, 2007 Alex rated it 3 of 5 stars
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It is also titled Later Than You Think, which is what I read it under. Plus I was not able to figure out whodunnit and it was very suspenseful.
Lorena
I appreciate the fact that Kaye set her mysteries in places she actually visited and took copious notes on...it definitely adds to her mysteries.
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