Twenty-year-old Amanda Derrington is on an extended cruise with her uncle when she decides to make a short trip to the sun-washed island of Cyprus. But even before the ship arrives in the 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 excursion quickly takes a turn for the worse in this classic novel of suspense and romance by one of our most celebrated writers.
©1984 M.M. Kaye (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
MM Kaye wrote a few mysteries in the 1950's that took place in exotic places. She chose the isle of Cyprus for this one.
Amanda Derrington is the ward of her Uncle Oswain, a businessman who still holds to Victorian traditions about women. So for her to take a trip from Egypt to Cyprus on a boat by herself is something of a symbol of her age and independence. Unfortunately as they are crossing the Mediterranean, a murder occurs, one that possibly was intended to be her instead of the actual victim.
When she arrives, she learns that things are not as she had expected. For one thing, she is unable to stay with the Bartons--people associated with her Uncle's business, who would have been safe and approved of by him, because Mrs. Barton has left her husband. So she is offered a place in the home of the eccentric Miss Moon (who, for instance, can only wear certain color dresses on particular days.) but of course, neither intrigue nor murder stop there, and the book involves deciding who is the guilty one.
I guess it's just my taste, but I so love the vintage murder stories. Some books these days seem to be competing for more violence and grisly details. In the "olden days," it was more like a complex cerebral puzzle for the reader to solve. And that's what I enjoyed about this book. I thought there might have been more effort on the author's part to give a better sense of Cyprus, itself. Another of her books, "Death In Kenya," definitely had more of a scary atmosphere and greater detail about the country. Still, this is otherwise very good, sort of in the Agatha C. tradition. I basically liked the narration. Julia Farhat did a good job. If you enjoy the old mysteries, you'll probably like this one.
What a great summer read. I love a book that takes me away to an exotic location and another time. What makes this book great is how well it is written. It is romantic and suspenseful without being cheesy. This book is well narrated. The voice fits the book. Audible has several other M.M. Kaye novels available but sadly the narration choices are poor on several of them. It's a real disappointment. The wrong choice of narrator really ruins a book for me. So if you enjoy this book and want to try another in the "death" series, I recommend listening to the sample first.
I would. This was the best of the A Death In series so far. The story is a favorite and the reader was very good. I hope audible will produce the other two books. Death In The Andamans is the best of the lot with A Death In Kenya a close second.
I loved every character in this story. The old lady who wore the eccentric clothing might be my fave.
No. She has a beautiful voice. I like hearing her read. It's too bad she didn't read all of them.
There were a few parts that made me snicker a bit. It was just a fun read. M M Kaye has the ability to take you to all those exotic locales and make you feel as if you are there, and to a period in time that seems better than ours somehow. I will read anything she's written. These mysteries represent her wonderful writing without a huge investment of 700 pages or so.
No, nough said
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
No. I kept thinking it would improve and didn't have another new book on hand. The lack of descriptive prose, given this was Cyprus, was unbelievable.
That it was set in Cyrpus. The characters, except for the southern american and the eccentric old woman, were boring and predictable.
not too awful
Given that I never watch tV because it is so banal, juvenile and boring, then yes. This would probably do nicely.
This read like a juvenile book. Makes some of Gerogette Heyer's romances seem positively Booker prize quality.
"Great story spoilt by poor choice of narrator"
I have always loved this story and read it several times. I was delighted when I found it on Audible and immediately purchased it but what a disappointment.
In an audio version the voice of the narrator is crucial to setting the scene and characters.
I searched all the libraries to find old versions of M M Kaye's Death in… stories read by Virginia McKenna who has the classic British BBC voice this wonderful classic story needs. Julia Farhal is definitely the wrong choice. She talks too slowly and emphasises nearly all the words and sounds American trying to do a Brit accent and is so irritating it is spoiling the story. I'm not sure I can even finish listening to it.
Re issue the Virginia McKenna narrated versions or at least choose another real English actress like Jan Francis with a light BBC accent.
I found the narrators accent too grating to finish listening to one of my favourite stories.
Find and reissue the McKenna narrations. It would be well worth while. I will not buy any of the others in this series by other voices.
"Cyprus as remembered"
Very high. If you have lived in Cyprus and know Kyrania
Shows typical ex pat life style
Spread over 4 sittings
Would have liked the story to continue even in a follow up book,I would have bought if posible.
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