The Bride Box: A Mystery Series Set In Egypt At The Start Of The 20th Century (A Mamur Zapt Mystery)
The Bride Box: A mystery series set in Egypt at the start of the 20th century (A Mamur Zapt Mystery)
Cairo, 1912. The Pasha receives an unexpected gift: a traditional Bride Box. When opened, however, the box contains an unwelcome jolt from the past . . . At the same time, a little girl is discovered riding under a train from Luxor - and the Mamur Zapt, Head of the Khedive's Secret Police, is called in to investigate.
He soon finds himself confronting a political storm as the end of British rule approaches and his investigations uncover a tangled web of family loyalties and betrayals, with its roots in a slave trade long supposed to have been stamped out in Egypt.
*Starred Review* Pearce offers another thoroughly charming entry in his Mamur Zapt series. In 1912 Cairo, Gareth Owen, the Mamur Zapt (head of the secret police) is faced with a devilishly tricky case. A little girl is found stowed away on a freight train from Luxor, the brutalized body of a young woman is discovered in a traditional Egyptian “bride box,” and it seems the child slavery trade, which was supposed to have ceased...