Book List in Order:27 titles

  • The kidnapping of an innocent schoolgirl throws a glaring light on the tensions and injustices of pre-War Egyptian society in this absorbing historical mystery. Cairo, Egypt, 1913. When schoolgirl Marie Kewfik is kidnapped, snatched away as she s...


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    Atbara, Sudan, 1913. A dead man is fished out of the River Nile. An accident or something more sinister? A visiting Pasha from the Royal Household believes it was murder and that he himself was the intended target. He insists that the Mamur Zapt, Hea...


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    Cairo, 1912. The Pasha receives an unexpected gift: a traditional Bride Box. When opened, however, the box contains an unwelcome jolt from the past â€" one which connects with practices long thought dead. At the same time, a little girl is discovered...


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    Malta, 1913, and hot air balloons hover over the Grand Harbor. But one of them falls from the sky, the balloonist dying later from his injuries. He is not the only one to die unexpectedly at the Naval Hospital, however, as a letter to The Times point...


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    Naples, 1913. Sun-baked, blue-skied, and with its amazing bay, one of the most beautiful spots in Italy - but also, one of the most backward. Into that world is sent a minor British consular official, Scampion, banished from Florence because he has a...


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    In 1912, a prominent Englishman is found dead in prison in Barcelona. Since he did business in Gibraltar, the English want an investigation by someone independent of the Spanish authorities. Scotland Yard dispatches Seymour of the Special Branch....


  • The Great War has ended, and the army is keen to be demobbed. But Willoughby, the new British High Commissioner in Egypt, has managed to affront the Khedive by refusing to receive rival delegations fueled by rising nationalism. Then, when some Armeni...


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    Why is Seymour of Scotland Yard summoned to North Africa? Isn’t the death of a Frenchman there a matter for the local police? But in the run-up to the First World War, everything is connected, and a single murder in politically fraught Morocco coul...


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    Athens, 1913, is the capital of a country on the brink of war. The new prime minister, Venizelos, is tired of the Ottoman overlords, and has what he calls the Great Idea -- a vision of a new Greece which unites all the Greek people scattered around t...






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    A murder in Istanbul is entangled with international politics and deadly secrets when an embassy official is shot trying to swim the Dardanelles Straits. Special Branch officer Seymour’s investigation ranges through Istanbul’s graveyards, box sho...


  • It’s World War I. Britain’s shadow government, headed by its Agent and Consul General under the nominal authority of Egypt’s hereditary ruler the Khedive, has ruled Egypt since 1881. The head of the Secret Police is the Mamur Zapt, an office cu...


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    From the author of the award-winning Mamur Zapt books, the first in a series introducing Seymour of Special Branch and set in the British embassies and Consulates of Europe in the early 1900s. Trieste in 1906 is one of the greatest seaports in the w...


  • In a time when anyone could be the enemy, the Mamur Zapt has to count friend and foe -- a killer task....Egypt, 1914. The outbreak of war in Europe casts ripples that can be felt even in Cairo. Gareth Owen, Mamur Zapt and Head of the Khedive s Secret...


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    The world is changing around the Mamur Zapt, British Chief of Cairo's Secret Police. It's 1912 and there's a war on that no one's heard of. When an Italian man is murdered in the city's back streets, there is concern that this could be some kind of e...


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    It's 1909, and Cairo is the murder capital of the world. Deaths are two a piastre. But the death of an effendi is something different. Effendis - the Egyptian elite - are important. Especially if they happen to be foreign.When effendi Tvardovsky is s...


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    For millennia, Egypt has depended upon the waters of the Nile. Its annual floods fertilize the land. By the time Britain extends its dominion over Egypt, the Cairo Barrage is the key to control, its name taken from the French term meaning a dam or ir...


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    Michael Pearce's tenth irresistible adventure for Colonial Egypt's the Mamur Zapt is fresh, funny, and "Still as fertile as your favourite oasis." Inevitably, as the tide of Nationalism sweeps the British Protectorate towards the realities of the daw...


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    In the Cairo of 1908, the city lives - and dies - by its caf� culture. But for all restaurant businesses, then and now, the protection rackets pose a problem. And the city's caf�s are experiencing a sudden upsurge in threats from various gangs. B...


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    Someone is running a campaign to discredit Cairo's senior police officials. Is Garvin, the Commandant, playing power games, or is he trying to get to the bottom of the allegations of corruption? What about Garvin's senior deputy, McPhee, a man who mi...


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    Cairo, 1910. Captain Owen, The Mamur Zapt, is the head of Egypt's Political CID in the heyday of British Rule. He is ultimately responsible for law and order in the Khedive's Cairo. When the rules, whether obvious or hidden, are flouted, he steps int...


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    1909 Egypt. It's easy to go adrift in the complex political currents swirling through a country that has long been "advised" by the British after the mess it made of its finances, but now swelling with nationalism. And you can't discount the self-int...


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    Edwardian Egypt and archaeology go hand in hand, not just for the antiquarian but for the men, whether poor fellahin or rich merchant, who profit from the illegal export of antiquities. Captain Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt or head of Cairo's Secret Po...


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    Dismissing the relevance of a near-miss shooting in 1909 Cairo, Secret Police head Mamur Zapt is distraught when the local bazaars break out in violence and several civil servants report that they are being stalked. Reprint....


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    "WITH ALL THOSE PEOPLE LOOKING, YOU WOULD HAVE THOUUHT THAT SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE MUST HAVE SEEN SOMETHING..." It is 1908 in British-ruled Cairo, and a wealthy Frenchman has vanished from the terrace of Shepheard's Hotel. Police Captain Cadwallader O...


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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―an event such as the discovery of ...


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    The Mamur Zapt, head of Cairo's CID in the heyday of (the indirect) British rule, focused on political, not police, matters. With the bustling new century, the loosening of imperial ties, and the rise of nationalism, his was a busy office. The attemp...


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    Essentially a comedy of manners, this novel plays with elements of the travel literature of the mid-Victorian period, as well as exploring such themes as the shock of alien cultures on very different sensibilities....