I really enjoy how well [a:M.M. Kaye|1040250|M.M. Kaye|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1237692960p2/1040250.jpg] can write dialogue. The conversations between her characters are vivacious and sparkling, and they are a lot of fun to read. She can set scenes and moods like nobody's business, and her mysteries are smart and not all that easy to solve. They are full of twists and turns and surprises.
I didn't like Death in Kashmir as much as I liked [b:Death in the Andamans|10220|Death in the Andamans|M.M. Kaye|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312009487s/10220.jpg|12942], but it was still entertaining. Although, as is typical of books of its time, a man still had to come in and save the damsel in distress, but the damsels in this book weren't shrinking violets. They had important, meaty roles in the story, and they were involved in danger and intrigue. All of the females had strength and character, and more than once I found myself thinking that these ladies were what a grown-up Nancy Drew would have been. The book did drag in places, probably it was a bit over-long. Still, wonderful characters and great scene setting made this one a lot of fun to read.