Death in Kashmir

Death in Kashmir

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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 reuslt of foul play, she finds herself entrusted with a mission of unforseen importance. And when she leaves the ski slopes for the Waterwitch, a private houseboat on the placid shores of the Dal Lake near Srinagar, she discovers to her horror that the killer will stop at nothing to prevent Sarah from piecing the puzzle together.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2000, c1984
ISBN: 9780312263102
Branch Call Number: KAYE
Characteristics: 238 p. : map ; 22 cm

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Dec 17, 2013

M. M. Kaye's complex mystery in an area with which she is familiar made me feel as though I were there in Kashmir at the end of the British Raj. Who knew skiing and polo would be activities that would be indulged in. The main character grew up in a family stationed in India during the Raj, as did Kaye. The characters are well-drawn, the solution is surprising, and all the loose ends are tied up neatly. I am also reading Tarquin Hall's Vish Puri mysteries. The contrast is a bit mind boggling, both as to the approach to a complex story and the setting in modern India. I'll be interested to see how Kaye paints the scene in her other Death In... mysteries as well as her non-mystery novels.

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