Death in Cyprus

  • by M. M. Kaye
  • Narrated by Julia Farhat
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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I Just Love The Oldies!

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.
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- Kathi "Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy."

Timeless story, great author

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.
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- maureen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios