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The Girl in the Nile

(Mamur Zapt #5)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  7 reviews
1909 Egypt. It's easy to go adrift in the complex political currents swirling through a country long "advised" by the British after the mess it made of its finances, but swelling with nationalism. Still, you can't discount the self-interest of the Khedive, the Royal Family, and the country's pashas. Nevertheless, Captain Gareth Owen, Head of the Cairo Secret Police, has to ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2003 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1992)
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Clare O'Beara
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is another charming tale set in Egypt prior to WW1. The girl of the title has been seen dead on a sandbank in the Nile but when the police arrive the body has vanished. The hunt for the body begins. The Mamur Zapt, head of Secret Police, is involved because the girl is thought to have fallen off the boat belonging to an heir to the throne of Egypt.

While we have all the usual tact, frustration at corruption, poor treatment of women, respect for tradition and so on, I didn't enjoy this book
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in August 2001.

When the body of a girl is reported to have fallen overboard from the yacht of the influential Prince Narouz (a potential heir of the Khedive) and then disappears, the Mamur Zapt (the head of the Egyptian secret police) knows that he faces an investigation fraught with political complications - life as usual, in fact.

And this is business as usual for Pearce. The Girl in the Nile is another amusing crime novel, with the excellently drawn
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Sally Atwell Williams
This Michael Pearce novel featuring the British Own who is the Mamur Zapt in Egypt, is more of a mystery than the other two I have read. It is about an Egyptian woman found dead in the river, and digging for the truth.
Liz V.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mamur Zapt Owen is accompanying his men in a search for arms when called away to investigate a body found on the nearby bank of the Nile. Irrigation at the summons for a routine police matter turns to anger when there is no body.

There was, however, and it came from a yacht on board which were two of the many potential heirs of the Khedive with whom the British are in delicate negotiations to extend the Khedive's invitation to remain in Egypt. So the Mamur Zapt's job is to determine whether the
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Political.
Jane
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-myst
I would prefer to give this 3.5 stars, but that's not an option. The setting & plot seem very realistic to me.
Colleen
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Good tight plot, nice setting, ok characters,could do with more action, or humor. Will try another I. The series
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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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