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The Night of the Dog (Mamur Zapt #2)

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The Mamur Zapt, Head of Cairo’s Secret Police under British rule, did not concern himself with routine police matters. His are the intrigues, the shadowy and sinister events aimed at creating political instability. It is not a welcome time for a command that Captain Owen, the Mamur Zapt, show the niece of an inspecting English MP the sights. Worse, the sights include a dan ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1989)
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Peggy Z
"The Mamur Zapt and the Night of the Dog" by Michael Pearce, #2 Mamur Zapt historical mystery series (our library only had this one in the series)

I found this to be an interesting historical mystery set in a time that I'm unfamiliar with (early 1900's Egypt). I enjoyed the author's style of writing, although I found his historical references to be more interesting then the actual mystery. The author is very talented in showing us the differences between British culture and Egyptian culture. At f
THE MAMUR ZAPT AND THE NIGHT OF THE DOG (Pol. Proc.-Cairo-early 1900s) - VG
Pearce, Michael -2nd in series
A Crime Club Book/Doubleday, 1991- Hardcover
*** Captain Gareth Cadwallader Owen is the Mamur Zapth; head of Cairo’s political CID. When a dead dog is placed at the Coptic tomb and a Moslem Zikr dancer is murdered, it is up to Own to find out who is behind the escalating unrest. At the same time, he much find the money to support his investigation, resolve the marital problems of his office be
I think I liked the first in the series better because I was very excited about this look into colonial Egypt. The newness of that wore off a little with the second and I was less taken with the story. Perhaps it is the kind of series where it is good to read them one after another so the story just keeps rolling. (It has been a few years since I read the first.) I can certainly say though that I have no interest in being the Mamur Zapt. What a difficult job.

The BEST part of the whole thing was
Titus Burley
I very much enjoyed this slice of English Empire life. Pearce people's this series with characters that are the British Empire quirky equivalent of Green Acres. And somehow the Mamur Zapt, somewhat like Oliver Douglas, keeps all these zealots and oddballs in a working balance. Pearce creates a wonderful sense of place with some effective, economical writing. There's a tendency for some writers to beat home with extended prose the exoticness of a foreign locale; Pearce accomplishes this with mini ...more
Delightful read once you except that it takes place in Egypt under British colonial rule. The mystery is not very intense but that is more than made up for by the description of Egyptian customs, beliefs, and the interplay between Copts, Muslims, and the British. Much better than the first in the series, which was rather slow. Well written.
Clearly the last one was fun enough for me to read this one, but they are still only okay (except the setting, which is really delightful)
Oldie but goodie in mystery genre. Relative to current events as reflects history of area. Author has good characters & story has enough twists to move forward at acceptable pace.
It is certainly a well-written and entertaining but it is, ultimately, standard detective fiction.
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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.
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