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Night On The Island (1960)REVIEWS OF 'NIGHT ON THE ISLAND' (1960)

I thought you might be interested in reading some reviews of Night On The Island (re-issued as Death in the Andamans) when the book was originally published in 1960. Here is a sample:

EVENING STANDARD - 19 APRIL 1960
A Night on the Island, M M Kaye.  Longmans 13s 6d.
Murders among the close circle around the Residency in a group of Indian Ocean Islands.  Nice people displaying their nastier sides under the strain of mutual suspicion and uncertainty, and the tropical background effortlessly and effectively authentic.

ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS - 23 JUNE 1960 by E D O'Brien
I have a very large, dry bone to pick with Miss M M Kaye, author of NIGHT ON THE ISLAND, a well-planned thriller (three corpses and the right murderer) set on a remote island in the Indian Ocean.  My bone is Miss Kaye's appalling style, with which she does not appear to take the slightest trouble.  "Charles," she write, "was a tall, fair young man of a type frequently described by female novelists as 'clean-limbed'".  Well, what has she done but describe Charles as "clean-limbed" = and then try to put the blame on someone else?  That, Miss Kaye, is the way to nauseate readers - and to do so would be a pity because there is something quite edible beneath all this rancid cream.