Thursday, March 21, 2013

Death in Zanzibar

Death in ZanzibarDeath in Zanzibar by M.M. Kaye
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fun read like unto my favorite Mary Stewart books, a vintage mystery romance.

Like Stewart's books, it has a great sense of place - in this case, Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Africa. Which, incidentally, I have visited and had a terrible case of food poisoning.  Not to brag.  Also like Stewart's books, this read takes place in a bygone era of grace and charm (1950's) which lends itself to an enjoyable retro read.  Unlike Stewart's books, the main character was kind of weak and helpless.  I prefer a more substantial lead.

I read this on the Ko Olina beach in Hawaii.  It was the perfect compliment to lounging around in the sun.

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