Mary Margaret (M.M.) Kaye was a British writer born in Simla, India on 21 August 1908.  Her grandfather, father, brother and husband all served the British Raj, meaning that Kaye spent most of her early life in India.  After India's independence, her husband Major-General Goff Hamilton joined the British army and Kaye accompanied him to Kenya, Zanzibar, Egypt, Cyprus and Germany.  

She is best known as the author of The Far Pavilions (1978), two other historical fiction novels, Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind, and a series of detective novels including Death in Berlin, Death in Cyprus, and Death in Kashmir.  She also wrote several books for children, such as The Ordinary Princess and Thistledown, and provided illustrations for books written by other authors.

In 1984, The Far Pavilions was made into a TV series starring Ben Cross as Ash, Amy Irving as Anjuli, Christopher Lee as Kaka-ji and Omar Sharif as Koda Dad.  A musical version opened at London's Shaftesbury Theatre in 2005.

M.M. Kaye was awarded the Colonel James Tod international Award in 2003 "to honour her for her outstanding contribution reflecting the spirit and values of Mewar". 

She died on 29 January 2004.

M M Kaye fan site

Obituary from The Guardian