The Mingrelian Conspiracy

The Mingrelian Conspiracy

by Michael Pearce

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In the Cairo of 1908, the city lives--and dies--by its café culture. But for all restaurant businesses, then and now, the protection rackets pose a problem. And the city's cafés are experiencing a sudden upsurge in threats from various gangs. But who are they? More importantly, who's behind them? Is the money being channeled to some big crook, or is its use political, for, say, the purchase of guns? With some sixty nationalities, one hundred and twelve ethnic groups, and over two hundred religious sects, not to mention the burgeoning Nationalists, stewing, policing the capital is no easy matter.

When Mustapha, one café proprietor, is attacked by men with clubs, his legs broken for non-compliance, everyone is worried. Could the attacks be escalating towards the international community? The Russian Chargé makes a complaint--the Mingrelians, a very small Christian group from the Caucasus, may be targeting a Russian Grand Duke. This royal figure is coming to replicate the visit his uncle paid to Egypt at the opening of the Suez Canal. Heading off any such incident is the task of Gareth Owen, Head of the Secret Police. But will the Mamur Zapt find answers to so many arcane questions in time?...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157364182
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 04/13/2017
Series: Mamur Zapt Mysteries , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 850,133
File size: 175 KB

About the Author

Michael Pearce grew up in the (then) Anglo-Egyptian Sudan among the political and other tensions he draws on for his books. He returned there later to teach and retains a human rights interest in the area. His career has followed the standard academic rake’s progress from teaching to writing to administration. He finds international politics a pallid imitation of academic ones.

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The Mingrelian Conspiracy: Mamur Zapt Mystery Series, Book 9 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirty years ago the Khedive, the ruler of Egypt, invited The British in to help sort out his country¿s finances. The British never left and now in 1908, the English are the true rulers of the country in all but name. Gareth Owen, the person in charge of security known as the Mamur Zapt, has a relatively easy time of it until the Khedive invited Grand Duke Nicholas, heir to the Russian throne, for a visit.

There are many nationalities and ethnic groups living in Egypt, groups like the Mingrelians who were forced to flee when the Russian army invaded their homeland in the Caucasus. The Georgians too resent the Russians for wiping out their homeland and some of these groups work together to make a political statement by killing Nicholas with a bomb. Owen works overtime to defuse the radical elements and he has matters under control until the explosives are stolen from under the eyes of his informant. To prevent an international incident, Owen must figure out who is the mastermind that is controlling events and bring him in before he assassinates the Grand Duke.

Readers get a very clear picture of the culture, politics and growing nationalism in 1908 Egypt. Michael Pearce paints a very sympathetic picture of the country almost a century ago as a nation who welcomed displaced ethnic groups who had no where else to go. There is a lot of subtle humor in THE MINGRELIAN CONSPIRACY, which is needed when the tension level of the story line reaches extreme levels. Mr. Pearce is a gifted storyteller who makes the past come alive in the mind¿s eye.

Harriet Klausner