The Mark of the Pasha

The Mark of the Pasha The Great War has ended and the army is keen to be demobbed Willoughby the British High Commissioner in Egypt hasnat been long in his job The Khedive is affronted when Britain refuses to receive ri
  • Title: The Mark of the Pasha
  • Author: Michael Pearce
  • ISBN: 9781590584446
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Mark of the Pasha
    The Great War has ended, and the army is keen to be demobbed Willoughby, the British High Commissioner in Egypt, hasnat been long in his job The Khedive is affronted when Britain refuses to receive rival delegations fueled by rising nationalism A state of emergency has been declared Some Armenians and Copts have been attacked So have some English Civil Servants.GarethThe Great War has ended, and the army is keen to be demobbed Willoughby, the British High Commissioner in Egypt, hasnat been long in his job The Khedive is affronted when Britain refuses to receive rival delegations fueled by rising nationalism A state of emergency has been declared Some Armenians and Copts have been attacked So have some English Civil Servants.Gareth Cadwallader Owen is the Mamur Zapt, the Head of the Khediveas Secret Police Unlike his British colleagues, Owen works for the Khedive Itas not a comfortable perch as agitation for political and social restructuring grows Further, Owen is married to a pashaas daughter, Zeinab, herself straddling a cultural divide.The Khedive has declared a procession Heas going to drive around Cairo with his Ministers Owen, who has spent his career defusing political time bombs, learns from his agents, some Greek and Egyptian, that the streets have been made dangerous by threats of real bombs The first order of business is to ward them off The second is to insure the safety of an impending major European delegation to the capital.What does it all have to do with Owenas shiny new motor car
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  • Michael Pearce

    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.

  • 387 Comments

  • I totally loved this book, and I m going to the library to check out others in the series First of all, though, be prepared to have a dictionary available to look up all of the Egyptian and Middle Eastern words I even needed to look up Mamur There s a subtle sense of humor running through the book, which I loved Throw in a good dose of early 20th century Egyptian history, and you ve got a very enjoyable mystery.


  • I enjoy this series very much and always look for anything by Pearce his writing is very human and funny but with a gentle bite to it, and I love the way he writes about the British in Egypt before and after the Great War The Mamur Zapt is a Welshman who is head of the Khedive s Secret Service in Cairo so he s in the unique position of being part of the British colonial government although Pearce wryly points out that in Egypt, unlike India, it was of a Protectorate than a Colony, so the Britis [...]


  • A particularly satisfying story set near the first Egyptian Revolution at the end of WWI A number of historical characters and events are referenced, in particular the Opposition Leader Sa ad Zaghlul, the Versailles Peace Conference, and the Milner Commission Pearce successfully captures the atmosphere permeating Cairo and the growth of Egyptian Nationalism His easy style brings brings the setting to life as we traipse the streets of the city with the Mamur Zapt.


  • Even though this is a book well into a series, it was a fun read on its own, and made me want to go back to the beginning of the series I loved learning a bit about 1920s Egypt about which I m wholly ignorant and the major characters are pleasant enough, if bland The plot was engaging, if not a gripping page turner I was a little disappointed that the Mamur Zapt is a British guy I was hoping for an Egyptian detective But one can t have it all.


  • This was an interesting historical mystery The history of British Egyptian relations was fascinating and the author described it well The mystery dragged in parts, but really picked up pace in the end The ending wrapped up nicely and the final thoughts of Owen s wife added charm to the story.


  • The author has been writing this mystery series for a long time and they come further apart but still wonderful Fast read and the descriptions of Egypt in the early 19th century under British rule are wonderful, very evocative.



  • I picked this one off the shelves of our library and am pleased to find that Pearce has a long series of Mamur Zapt books I will definitely read of these.




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