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Death of an Effendi (Mamur Zapt #12)

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The latest in Michael Pearce's charming, award-winning series set in Edwardian Egypt.
Cairo, 1909.The murder capital of the world, where deaths are two a piastre. But the death of an effendi? That is something different. Because effendis - the Egyptian A(c)lite - are important. Especially if - in a country ruled by foreigners - they happen to be foreign.
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Paperback, 178 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1999)
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Tbfrank
The simplicity of the style mixed with the believeable human elements and actual historical events and conditions made this a highly enjoyable read. Though perhaps Prince Fuad was more of a characture for the story-telling purpose than he should have been.
Elizabeth
Michael Pearce always teaches me something as he entertains me. In this era Egypt is being governed by England but there are many other countries including Russia who want a piece of this pie. Where ever there is money to be made there are always vultures circling the skies overlooking the squabbles over land, over water and over power. All these three things are in a precarious balance in the early 1910 to 1915 and when a Russian who lives in Cairo is killed in an apparent hunting accident whil...more
Scilla
In this early 1900's Egyptian mystery, the Russian is shot at at meeting of financiers in the Fayoum. Owen, the Mamur Zapf is investigating with Mahmoud the Parquet. The story doesn't really hang together very well, and is confusing. There are a lot of political issues, and the characters are not well developed.
Linda
It does pick up at the end, but I found the first 2/3 to be a slog. I want to like this series, because who doesn't want a virtual trip to turn of the century Cairo, but... I'm not sure the setting can redeem characters and plots that just don't grab me.
Patty
This was a fun, quick listen. I know very little about the British rule in Egypt and I still don't know much. But this mystery kept me interested as I drove down the road. That is all I need.
Bonnie
I was really entertained by this book. The characters are deftly portrayed as is the frustration of Egyptians who are ruled by foreigners. The reader did a very good job.
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Michael Pearce grew up in the (then) Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. He returned there later to teach, and retains a human rights interest in the area. He has recently retired from his academic post to write full time.
More about Michael Pearce...
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