Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Girl in the Nile (Mamur Zapt, #5)” as Want to Read:
The Girl in the Nile (Mamur Zapt, #5)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Girl in the Nile, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Girl in the Nile

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.75  · 
Rating details
 ·  92 ratings  ·  7 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Girl in the Nile (Mamur Zapt, #5)
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
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
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
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.
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
Ron Kastner
rated it liked it
Jun 28, 2013
David Provan
rated it really liked it
Jul 10, 2019
rated it liked it
Feb 07, 2014
M Castellano
rated it really liked it
Apr 21, 2015
Olivia Stowe
rated it really liked it
Jul 10, 2016
rated it it was amazing
May 24, 2019
rated it liked it
Oct 24, 2013
Chris Wrampelmeier
rated it it was amazing
Apr 11, 2015
rated it really liked it
May 02, 2016
rated it really liked it
Sep 25, 2010
Elaine H
rated it really liked it
Oct 23, 2013
rated it liked it
Jul 23, 2011
Jim Naughton
rated it it was amazing
Nov 13, 2007
Cheri Mathisen
rated it liked it
Mar 02, 2011
don williams
rated it it was amazing
Oct 04, 2019
Patrick Sullivan
rated it liked it
Aug 26, 2014
William Beauvais
rated it really liked it
Nov 10, 2011
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
rated it really liked it
Dec 01, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Oct 25, 2015
Zwan P
rated it really liked it
Mar 19, 2017
rated it really liked it
Jul 07, 2009
rated it liked it
Oct 20, 2014
rated it it was amazing
Sep 02, 2008
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Agent Running in the Field
  • GI Confidential (Sergeants Sueño and Bascom #14)
  • Sisters of the Vast Black
  • A Roman Death
  • High Stakes
  • Mr. Nobody
  • Deep State
  • Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • An Orc on the Wild Side
  • Spaceside (Planetside #2)
  • The Decent Inn of Death (John Madden, #6)
  • Chilling Effect (Chilling Effect, #1)
  • When Old Midnight Comes Along (Amos Walker, #28)
  • The Attempted Murder of Teddy Roosevelt
  • Leading Change
  • The Illustrated World of Tolkien
  • Sword of Kings (The Saxon Stories, #12)
See similar books…
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.

Other books in the series

Mamur Zapt (1 - 10 of 19 books)
  • The Mamur Zapt and the Return of the Carpet (Mamur Zapt, #1)
  • The Night of the Dog (Mamur Zapt, #2)
  • The Mamur Zapt and the Donkey-vous (Mamur Zapt, #3)
  • The Men Behind (Mamur Zapt, #4)
  • The Mamur Zapt and the Spoils of Egypt (Mamur Zapt, #6)
  • The Camel of Destruction (Mamur Zapt, #7)
  • The Snake Catcher's Daughter (Mamur Zapt, #8)
  • The Mingrelian Conspiracy (Mamur Zapt, #9)
  • The Fig Tree Murder (Mamur Zapt, #10)
  • The Last Cut (Mamur Zapt, #11)