Friday, 17 August 2001

Michael Pearce: The Mamur Zapt and the Girl in the Nile (1991)

Edition: HarperCollins, 1991 (Buy from Amazon)
Review number: 910

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 background of Edwardian Egypt. This novel may just be repeating the formula, but it is a winning formula.

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