The Women of the Souk by Michael Pearce
A mystery set in pre-World War I Egypt (A Mamur Zapt Mystery)

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Hands-down the least suspenseful kidnapping story you’re ever likely to read, with the toothless kidnappers and killers mostly remaining anonymous even after they’re captured.
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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 strolled through the bustling bazaars of the Souk, the Khedive insists that the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Secret Police, takes charge of the negotiations for her safe return. The Kewfiks are one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in Egypt but, as the Mamur Zapt discovers, not everyone thinks it’s worth the trouble to secure the release of a mere girl. He also learns that there is more to Marie’s kidnapping than meets the eye – and the subsequent fallout will shine a glaring light on the dangerous tensions running through Egyptian society.
 

About Michael Pearce

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Michael Pearce grew up in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan. He returned there later to teach and retains a human rights interest in the area. He now lives in south-west London and is the author of the highly-acclaimed Mamur Zapt historical mystery series as well as the Seymour of Special Branch police procedural series.
 
Published August 1, 2016 by Severn House Digital. 176 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 16 2016

Hands-down the least suspenseful kidnapping story you’re ever likely to read, with the toothless kidnappers and killers mostly remaining anonymous even after they’re captured.

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