"Tourists are quite safe provided they don't do anything stupidly reckless," so Captain Owen, the Mamur Zapt, Head of Cairo's Political CID under British Rule, assures the press. But what of Monsieur Moulin, kidnapped from taking tea on the terrace at Shepheard's Hotel? How has Mr. Colthorpe Hartley also disappeared. No one has actually seen either victim vanish.... Are th"Tourists are quite safe provided they don't do anything stupidly reckless," so Captain Owen, the Mamur Zapt, Head of Cairo's Political CID under British Rule, assures the press. But what of Monsieur Moulin, kidnapped from taking tea on the terrace at Shepheard's Hotel? How has Mr. Colthorpe Hartley also disappeared. No one has actually seen either victim vanish.... Are these ordinary crimes? Are they intended as deliberately symbolic blows at the British? Or are they just a means of discouraging tourism? Owen had better unravel it quickly, or else... And where better to start from than the donkey-vous beneath the terrace, home of Cairo's humble but enterprising youths who hire out their donkeys for photographs and rides... Follow the Mamur Zapt's career through The Mamur Zapt and the Return of the Carpet and The Night of the Dog, both republished by Poisoned Pen Press....
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Excellent descriptions of locale. Neat character descriptions down to the 'donkey boys.' Gotta find a few more in this series.
This is one of my favourite Mamur Zapt novels. I enjoy the justice meted out and the glorious dialogue between the investigating officers - the Mamur Zapt, Owen, and the Parquet inspector, Owen's friend, Mahmoud - and the itinerant sellers, the snake charmer and the donkey boys. The story line is as humourous as it is serious and Pearce's dialogue, the one liners between the British characters or Owen and his mistress, is brilliant.Anyone enjoying hist-mysts, humour, clever writing and Egypt in the early 1900s should enjoy this novel.Highly recommended to readers who like good writing, good story telling and have a sense of humour.
THE MAMUR ZAPT AND THE DONKEY-VOUS (Traditional Mystery-Captain Cadwallader Owen-Egypt-1908) – VGPearce, Michael – 3rd in seriesMysterious Press, 1993, US Paperback – ISBN: 0446401811First Sentence: Owen arrived at the hotel shortly afterward.*** Captain Cadwallader Owen, the Mamur Zapt responsible for investigating crimes of a political nature in Cairo, doesn’t expect to be involved with the disappearance of a Frenchman. Once an Englishman is kidnapped, Owen is brought in to investigate and finds this is the third recent kidnapping to take place. There were no witnesses to the kidnappings, even though the last two were in plain site during the day, a myriad of possible motives, and the government alternating between whether Owen should investigate or not. With the help of his friend Mahmoud, his lover Zeinab, and the industrious “donkey-boys” Owen must try to find the missing men—while they are still alive.*** I am so glad I found this series. Pearce clearly knows his subject well and conveys wonderfully the period, mix of nationalities, cultures and political intricacies involved. I love his characters; Owen who is Welsh—not British—and can be mistaken for Egyptian; his friendship with Mahmoud and the delicate dance he must perform to do his job. Humor, flirtation, intrigue, and a fascinating puzzle combine to make this a delightful traditional mystery.
Originally published on my blog here in October 2000.The third Mamur Zapt novel (I think) is very like the other one I have read (The Men Behind). The whole series is going to consist of gentle, amusing crime stories set in Cairo about a century ago. They're very enjoyable, so similarity won't stop me continuing to read them.The plot of this novel is about an investigation into kidnappings of tourists from the terrace of Shepheards, the most exclusive hotel in Cairo. The major mystery is how presumably unwilling victims could disappear without anyone seeing it happen, in a place not only thronged by hotel guests but full of anxious vendors. The "donkey-vous" of the absurd title is like a taxi rank, with donkeys for hire, outside the hotel.Entertaining, easy on the mind; an excellent book to relax with.
A light, enjoyable procedural set in early-20th-century Cairo. The crimes are not too horrifying, the pace is a leisurely but the book is a quick read. I can now picture myself sitting on the terrace of Sheapard's in late afternoon, enjoying my tea and the colorful scene passing on the street below... And the view of a different place at a different time is the chief attraction of this series.I just wish that, rather than the Welshman who is the Mamur Zapt of the title (a kind of head of crowd control sort of position...not quite police, not quite Intelligence, not quite diplomat), I wish the author had made his Egyptian colleague the center of the story. Perhaps then there would be fewer wince-inducing references to the natives by one or another of the British characters.
Well, color me disappointed. There were some very interesting things about the history of Cairo, but the pages of dialogue without knowing who's speaking was wearing. I skimmed a lot of pages. I am unlikely to read another in the series.
Another wonderful story. Evocative of Cairo at the time. I'd call this cosy crime - an easy read, no gore, plenty of characters and a good story.
a fun romp through the streets of British Cairo