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Death in Kashmir

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,689 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Written by celebrated author M. M. Kaye, Death in Kashmir is a wonderfully evocative mystery ...

When young Sarah Parrish takes a skiing vacation to Gulmarg, a resort nestled in the mountains above the fabled Vale of Kashmir, she anticipates an entertaining but uneventful stay. But when she discovers that the deaths of two in her party are the result of foul play, she finds
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by St. Martins Press-3PL (first published 1953)
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Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: xx2018-completed
M. M. Kaye was born in what was then 'British India', was sent to boarding school in England when she was 10, returned to India for a brief time in her late teens and after a decade's sojourn in England, she returned after the publication of her first adult novel: Six Bars at Seven. She was in the process of writing her second novel when she met the man who would become her husband - an officer in the British Indian Army. When the British India Army dissolved in favour of home rule in 1947, M. ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This was a fun, old-fashioned whodunnit, complete with exotic location, intrepid heroine and steely-eyed hero. And now I really want to visit Kashmir.

Gulmarg ski resort
They fanned out on the crest of Slalom Hill and each took their own line, swooping down over the crisp shimmering surface like a flight of swallows, dipping, swaying, turning in a swish of flung crystals, and leaving behind them clear curving tracks on the sparkling snow.
Dal Lake
As the heart-shaped paddles rose and fell in unison,
Years ago I fell in love with M.M. Kaye’s writing, having read her epic tomes The Far Pavilions, Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind. I felt there couldn’t be anything more exotic and exciting then ‘traveling’ with her to these faraway places and dreaming of the day when I would certainly experience such adventures myself. Unfortunately, those dreams never came to fruition, but I am thankful that I can continue to enjoy such journeys second-hand.

Death in Kashmir is one of six mysteries in Kaye’s
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

An excellent thriller to read on vacation. I may be a little biased, since I've been a fan of the author for a long time, but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to this exotic and romantic part of the world under the guidance of M M Kaye ( I read this on the plane going home and I had trouble keeping a straight face and not chuckling). "Death in Kashmir" may be considered one of her 'lesser' works when compared with the monumental historical epics "The Far Pavilions" or "Shadow of the Moon" (it is in
mark monday
3 Things about Death in Kashmir:

(1) beautiful opening chapter! wonderfully suspenseful and eerie. a moonlit place in a foreign land full of empty spaces. briskly evocative of an off-kilter period, a time and place that is fading away and being changed into something new.

(2) that time and place is 1947 Kashmir, as the British raj is preparing to get up & go. for a lightweight mystery, it is impressive that Kaye does justice to such a murkily complex period of time. the reason i picked this
Spooky!!! So glad I read this in daylight. I finished it one day, the joys of having the flu. I have to say, of all the wonderful suspense authors, M.M. Kaye is my favorite, surpassing Mary Stewart, even. (don't get mad at me, Mary Stewart fans!)

Up at a ski resort in Kashmir, things are going down hill. On a still, moonlight night Sarah sees someone sawing through a window latch and goes to warn her fellow skier. What she learns from this one night of watchfulness in Kashmir will follow her to
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant mystery by M M Kaye, one that kept me biting my fingernails from start to finish.

What could be more suspenseful than a dark and stormy skiing vacation in the hills of Kashmir, where skiers are meeting with mysterious "accidents" on the slopes...

And when the scene shifts to a lake at the base of the mountains and our heroine takes over the lease of a murder victim's houseboat, little does she know what deadly riddle is hidden in those rooms...

I loved this. I loved the "edge of
My very favorite of M.M. Kaye's 6 " Death in... " murder mysteries, and quite possibly my favorite whodunit of all time. While her mysteries haven't the same scope and reach of her 3 masterpieces (The Far Pavillions, Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind), they are nonetheless well researched, beautifully described, and endowed with snippets of Kaye's own experiences in the countries that she lived in during her childhood and/or her married life.

This outing takes the reader to Kashmir, 1947. British
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those oldies but goodies, and could M.M. Kaye write them.

This one has glorious locale of Kashmir for its situations and travel within placements to a grass filled bowl between mountains. But water too as several of the important scenes occur on a houseboat in the summer location. We have a dozen or so possible suspects.

The whodunit is well served but what was superior upon this novel, far more than the plot was the tension. It came out of the gate, and because Sarah is sleeping alone-
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very well put together mystery with the added bonus of an exotic setting as we're used to getting from MM Kaye. Beginning at the ski trip where two women die under mysterious circumstances that end up with a heroine involved all kinds of mystery and intrigue. Added bonus for the author's notes and how she included a tiny mention of herself while her family was living in Kashmir.
Moonlight Reader
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-women
I read M.M. Kaye when I was in my teens, first picking up The Far Pavilions, and then stumbling on these mysteries later. I can't remember which of the mysteries I read - perhaps all of them, perhaps only a few, but it has been long enough that they are basically new to me. I had actually been wanting to pick these up, and when I saw that Minotaur Books had finally released a kindle edition on December 1, 2015, I was delighted.

I love the mystery genre, especially the golden age mysteries by
Andrea (Catsos Person) is a Compulsive eBook Hoarder
Retro Read Group BOTM April 15 -May 15, 2017.

This story takes place in the last gasp of the British Raj and is my first read of M.M. Kaye's, 7 or 8 mysteries. All of these take place in exotic locations, this one in Kashmir.

Two murders take place when a ski-club comprised of British expat's take a trip to enjoy the slopes.

M.M. Kaye'S powers of description are amazing! I can feel the clean cold air in my face, the glare of the sun bouncing off snowy great outdoors and other scenic touches that
Diane Lynn
Really 4.5 stars

This book, by one of my favorite authors, takes the reader to India at the very end of the British Raj. It takes place in 1947 just before partition. Sarah Parrish travels to Gulmarg in Kashmir for a ski holiday. There are many interesting characters at the hotel where she is staying. One night she is woken from her sleep by a sound. Upon investigation, she discovers someone trying to break into the bathroom window of her neighbor. This starts a wonderful mystery. Murder,
I loved M.M. Kaye three priceless, magnificent historical fictions (The Far Pavilions, Shadow of the Moon, Trade Wind). They are of those books I would take to a desert island.

I have seen Kaye's philosophical views in 'Death in Kashmir'. Her observant eye and wise review of the political world, how it changed etc.

Moreover, there was humour a bit and I liked (I find it interesting) the reasons for the main mystery plot. You can also see she knew the places she described.

It was definitely well
Christopher Bunn
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
M. M. Kaye certainly knows how to write, and her upbringing in India lends legitimacy to how she paints her scenes in this one. There's a very short list of authors (women, mostly) who wrote excellent books grouped mostly in the thriller-suspense-murder mystery-mild romance genre. M. M. Kaye, Mary Stewart (Moonspinners, Touch not the Cat, etc), Helen MacInnes...I've run out of names. I think there's two more, but they escape me at the moment. Anyway, M. M. Kaye is in good company. I need to read ...more
Erika Nerdypants
This is one of my most loved books. It's true that I have read deeper books with more substance, even in the mystery genre. But M.M. Kaye wrote a top notch mystery for her time. She truly transports the reader to Kashmir, I could feel the house boat rocking as I was turning the pages. The ending came as a complete surprise and was absolutely stunning. Yes, it is a light novel, but hey, isn't it entertainment we want from mysteries?
Jannah (Cloud Child)

I really enjoyed this one but the last half had too many things which jarred for me and diminished the overall effect.
Good suspense but I felt the heroine was a little dim on certain things.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just the right level of suspense. Didn't guess the villain ahead of time. Really enjoyed the writing style and pacing of the book, that is until the wrap up. I felt like too much time was spent on explaining the motive and highlighting the evils of certain political ideologies. I would have liked more of that time spent on what happened to all characters outside of just who was guilty and who was innocent.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a re-read of a book I read in my twenties. I loved it then, and I still love it. M. M. Kaye paints a picture of 1947 Kashmir that makes one wish it still existed in that way, instead of the war-torn place it has become. The mystery is a good old-fashioned whodunit, and the heroine is very likable (unlike some heroines in the romantic-suspense genre, who are annoying). I read several M. M. Kayes way back when, and having picked several up in a used bookstore, I'll continue to revisit her ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, english-mystery
This book originally put Kashmir on my bucket list. Kaye is an excellent writer and this book is a solid mystery with some real moments of terror. It also recalls a forgotten period in history namely the last days of the British Raj.
Death in Kashmir (originally published as Death Walked in Kashmir, 1953) takes place in a region now under Indian control (with other portions of the Kashmir area controlled by Pakistan and China). The time is 1947 and Britain is preparing to leave India and lose part of her empire. Sarah Parrish is one of many British subjects taking advantage of one last chance to visit the skiing playground in the mountains near the Vale of Kashmir. Little does she know that among her fellow vacationers are ...more
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lucy_picks
I wish I could see Kashmir as this book puts it down! Not to mention all the strange British types lurking about. The book was begun in Detroit Metro Airport, finished on CalTrain somewhere between San Francisco and Palo Alto. A great 6 hour read, now on to more MM Kaye, and back to revisit some Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, that I have neglected for too long.... Thank you, Lucy:D
Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
M.M. Kaye was born in India and spent much of her life traveling the world with her husband who was with the British Embassy. She is best known for The Far Pavilions and wrote a number of mysteries set in exotic locales. The descriptions of the settings in this mystery are one of the highlights. The action takes place during the time of the British Raj, which Kaye knew well. The young heroine is a more sophisticated version of Nancy Drew. There is the requisite handsome man--should he be trusted ...more
Sarah Ryburn
Delightful. As M. M. Kaye's writing invariably is delightful, this does not surprise. The dialogue is smart and witty, the hero and heroine glamorous, the murder mystery spine-chilling, and the setting a feast for the senses. Sarah Parrish and Charles Mallory are are not my favorites among Kaye's characters as they are less fully realized than others; still, there are some rather smashing moments of dialogue, particularly between Sarah and the villain, and there is wonderful sexual tension ...more
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
I really liked this mystery set in India at the end of British Raj. In addition to being a suspenseful murder mystery with an ending I didn't predict, it is an all-around well written book. The author spent much of her life in India, and it shows in the vivid descriptions of the scenery, which I found to be captivating. They made me wish I could see the places I was reading about! The characters are well-drawn, and there is a touch of romance as well, though not so much as to be overbearing. All ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
The storyline is a bit ponderous and the characters are rather stereotypical. Set in Kashmir towards the end of the British rule in India, this is a book which demonstrates the arrogance and elitist attitudes of the time. There were some enchanting descriptive passages and overall it was readable but for me it was rather disappointing.
Feb 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Scary but interesting. When I think of this I think of the skiing and I see the still night with moon light creating dark shadows and someone scratching at the back window next door. REading about the British Empire as it was fading is also interesting.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M.M. Kaye writes with a certain lyrical poeticism. For example, ...and with a toss of her head she swept away across the lawn her taffeta skirts hissing angrily over the dry grass. and The sun had dipped behind the Gulmarg range, and the mountains behind Shalimar were no longer rose and cyclamen, but slate-grey and cold blue against a pale jade sky flecked with tiny apricot clouds as soft as a fall of feathers from the breast of a wounded bird.

Sarah leaned her arms on the verandah rail and gazed
Christy Bailleul
I read M.M. Kaye's Death in...series when I was in middle and high school. I have always loved a good mystery and historical fiction novel. M.M. Kaye does a great job with both in Death in Kashmir.

Sarah Parrish is on a ski trip in Gulmarg in the mountains of Kashmir with her ski club. One night she hears a noise and finds that a man is trying to break into the room of one of the club members in the room next to hers. She rushes to warn Janet Rushton and thus begins Sarah's mysterious adventure.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This mystery turned out to be a little too spy-intensive for me. However, I really enjoyed the setting, in the last year of the British Raj in India. Kaye writes with a real appreciation for the natural beauty of the ski slopes and life in the houseboats. She is largely dismissive of the Indians, though, but no worse than most upper class Brits for the invisible lower classes. I also enjoyed that the main character was strong and smart (for the most part). So I ended up liking it despite the ...more
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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 ...more