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The Mamur Zapt and the Donkey-Vous

by Michael Pearce

Series: Mamur Zapt Mystery (3)

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"Tourists are quite safe provided they don't do anything stupidly reckless," Captain Owen, the Mamur Zapt, Head of Cairo's Political CID under British Rule, assures the press. But what of Monsieur Moulin, kidnapped while taking tea on the terrace at Shepheard's Hotel? How has Mr. Colthorpe Hartley also disappeared? No one actually saw either victim vanish. Are these ordinary crimes? Are they intended as deliberately symbolic blows at the British?Or are they just a means of discouraging tourism? Owen had better unravel it quickly or else. And where better to start than with the donkey-vous beneath the terrace, home of Cairo's humble but enterprising youths who hire out their donkeys for photographs and rides.… (more)
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I liked this very much and always meant to find the rest of the series, but so far I have not. it is rather like the Amelia Peabody series without the archeology --set in Cairo in 1908. The detective is the head of the "political" side of the British police when Britain unofficially ruled Egypt. The tone s mildly humorous and the mystery is clever --an elderly Frenchman, nearly disabled by a stroke, vanished from the terrace of the famous Shepheard's Hotel in Cairo, the center of European social life in the city at the time --and nobody seems t have seen him go. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 5, 2015 |
Read this book aloud with my wife. We both realy enjoyed it. Wish there was an appendix that explains who is who and what there place in Egyptian society is. ( )
  Bobnitefan | Aug 24, 2008 |
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"Tourists are quite safe provided they don't do anything stupidly reckless," Captain Owen, the Mamur Zapt, Head of Cairo's Political CID under British Rule, assures the press. But what of Monsieur Moulin, kidnapped while taking tea on the terrace at Shepheard's Hotel? How has Mr. Colthorpe Hartley also disappeared? No one actually saw either victim vanish. Are these ordinary crimes? Are they intended as deliberately symbolic blows at the British?Or are they just a means of discouraging tourism? Owen had better unravel it quickly or else. And where better to start than with the donkey-vous beneath the terrace, home of Cairo's humble but enterprising youths who hire out their donkeys for photographs and rides.

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