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by Michael Pearce

A classic murder mystery from the award-winning Michael Pearce, which sees the Mamur Zapt investigate a series of suspicious kidnappings in the Cairo of the 1900s. Cairo in the 1900s. `Tourists are quite safe provided they don't do anything stupidly reckless,' Owen, the Mamur Zapt, British head of Cairo's secret police, assures the press. But what of Monsieur Moulin and Mr Colthorpe, kidnapped from the terrace at Shepheard's Hotel? Were these kidnappings intended as deliberately symbolic blows at the British? Owen had better unravel it quickly, or else... And where better to start from than the donkey-vous, Cairo's enterprising youths who hire out their donkeys for rides...
Download The Mamur Zapt and the Donkey-Vous (Crime Club) epub
ISBN: 0006471080
ISBN13: 978-0006471080
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Michael Pearce
Language: English
Publisher: Collins Crime (September 12, 1991)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1368 kb
FB2 size: 1576 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 782
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First Sentence: Owen arrived at the hotel shortly afterward.

Captain Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt responsible for investigating crimes of a political nature in Cairo, doesn't expect to be involved with the disappearance of a Frenchman. Once an Englishman is kidnapped, Owen is brought in to investigate and finds this is the third recent kidnapping to take place. There were no witnesses to the kidnappings, even though the last two were in plain site during the day, a myriad of possible motives, and the government alternating between whether Owen should investigate or not. With the help of his friend Mahmoud, his lover Zeinab, and the industrious "donkey-boys" Owen must try to find the missing men--while they are still alive.

I am so glad I found this series. Pearce clearly knows his subject well and conveys wonderfully the period, mix of nationalities, cultures and political intricacies involved. I love his characters; Owen who is Welsh--not British--and can be mistaken for Egyptian; his friendship with Mahmoud and the delicate dance he must perform to do his job. Humor, flirtation, intrigue, and a fascinating puzzle combine to make this a delightful traditional mystery.
An intelligent and well-written series by an Anglo author raised in Africa. Besides being a mystery set in the era of British control of Egypt, it is a window about long-standing tensions in that region still pertinent today. Peopled with exotic characters and wry glimpses of humor.
The Mamur Zapt series is fabulous historical fiction, presented it the gentlest, charming manner. Read them and smile!
Third book of the series, now in 1909, Brits still occupying. Each book has been different in problems, but absolutely wonderful. Michael Pearce makes the reader live the adventure and see and feel the region. still 13 to go and I hope more to come after.
These books are a treasure trove. They could only be purchased in the UK years ago but now are all available here and Mr. Pierce has written more! Wonderful look at the sights and sounds of Cairo in the 1900s. Pierce is terrific!
This is the third "Mamur Zapt" mystery in Michael Pearce's series, and the best of his work so far. Set in pre-World War One Egypt, the story revolves around the kidnapping of several prominent Europeans. The political situation is dicey at best: Egypt is techincally part of the Ottoman Empire, but is in fact occupied and managed by the French and British. The motivations behind the kidnapping (is it organized by Egyptian nationalists? By Islamic fundamentalists? By organized crime?) are just as important in the resolution as is the maintainance of stability in the ostensible colony.

The plot is convoluted, given the complicated nature of governance in Egypt at the time, but also because Pearce is doing his best to keep readers guessing and off balance as the story is unraveled. This is a real strength in the book. As with the others in the series, The Night of the Dog: A Mamur Zapt Mystery (Mamur Zapt Mysteries),The Mamur Zapt & the Return of the Carpet: A Mamur Zapt Mystery (Mamur Zapt Mysteries)), Pearce does a remarkable job of detailing the competing interests and capturing the flavor of the culture and place. For those who enjoy a light mystery or turn-of-the-last-century settings, the series is a fun distraction.
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This is the third in the series about the Mamur Zapt, the head of the British police political department in Cairo in the years before World War One. While the second book in the series concentrated on conflicts between Moslems and Copts, this volume explores the tense relations between the British and the French in Egypt.

Two Europeans disappear, a few days apart, from the terrace at the famous Shepheard's Hotel, then located across from a park on the Opera Square in Cairo. Anyone who has read Elisabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody books is familiar with Shepheard's, but in this book author Michael Pearce goes a little more behind the scenes. We meet some of the dragoman guides who serve the tourists. We also encounter the vendors who peddle their wares along the foot of the terrace, and the donkey boys who sell rides and photo opportunities with their beasts across the street from the hotel.

Once again the intrigue is convoluted, especially the mystery of how someone can just disappear in plain sight on a crowded terrace. Once again Captain Gareth Owen meets a young English woman apparently interested in finding a husband, while happily involved with his free-thinking Egyptian mistress Zeinab. Through her we also get a brief glimpse into upper class Egyptian society and its close links with the French, rather than the British occupiers.
The old city of Cairo is the real star of this series. The author obviously both understands and loves it. Even though I've never been there, he makes me feel that I understand the city, the bureaucracy and the culture. His characters are real people, the conversation is lucid and believable and he mixes in a hearty dose of humor. The mystery is secondary to the place and the people, but it gives a reasonable plot line to carry the books along. I highly recommend this book in particular and the series in general.

Incidentally, I've read most of this series in the form of audiobooks as I commute to and from work. I especially recommend these- the narrator is very good at bringing out the subtleties of language and place.