Review of the Mamur Zapt series by Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce’s Mamur Zapt series is one of my top five favorite mystery series. I love Pearce’s dry humor, and I’m a huge Egyptophile, so I enjoy the settings in Cairo and its environs. And Pearce, who was born in the early 1930s and raised in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, nails the historical background, complete with the myriad of competing factions and nationalities in 1900s Egypt.

Pearce’s protagonist, Garth Owen, sits uneasily between the British “shadow administration”, to which he more-or-less belongs (although he often makes it clear that he is Welch, not English); and the Egyptian Khedive, for whom he officially works as the Mamur Zapt, the head of the Khedive’s Secret Police. And, just to complicate things a bit more, since Egypt itself is nominally part of the Ottoman empire, the Khedive himself theoretically owes allegiance to the Sultan in Istanbul. Owen is a delightful character who has a deft and amusing touch with everyone from local fellahin to Pashas and the British Consul-General, and of course, manages to solve a few mysteries along the way. And his Egyptian girlfriend, Zeinab, the more-modern-than-usual daughter of a Pasha, is even more of a treat. The Mamur Zapt books are books I have to read (and re-read) alone, because I’m likely to laugh out loud without warning from time to time.

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2 thoughts on “Review of the Mamur Zapt series by Michael Pearce”

  1. As I’ve mentioned a time or two, I love both of Michael Pearce’s historical series, his Mamur Zapt series, and his “Dead Man in” series. But most of the Mamur Zapt books don’t seem to go on sale very often, so it’s nice to see the fourth one, The Mamur Zapt and the Men Behind , drop to £0.99 at Kindle UK.

    Kindle UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0758Z35YG

    And, since I’m talking about this series, the seventeenth one, The Bride Box , is $1.99 in the US. This one is one of the few that drops in price a lot, but since I was talking about the series, here’s the info on that one too. (And it’s discountable at Kobo US…)

    Kindle US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DN8GOW4
    Kobo US: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-bride-box-1

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