I made fun of the formula in yesterday’s post but I want to add today that I really do love how predictable M.M. Kaye’s “Death In…” mysteries are. And not necessarily even predictable in “whodunnit”, but just as overarching stories. I devoured all 6 of them over a matter of days for a reason.
As Rachel Olivia pointed out in her comments, M.M. Kaye evokes the same feeling as Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, and Agatha Christie. You don’t read for the exciting chase scenes or grisly details. But you get a really entertaining, cozy story that delivers what it promises: a satisfying ending.
Bad guys will get their competences. The lovely lead will get her man. And the description of scenery and ambiance will leave the reader feeling like they went on a (slightly deadly) vacation without any of the inconveniences of leaving home.
For my money I still prefer Georgette Heyer and Mary Stewart, but I’m delighted to find another author so well worth reading and re-reading.