The Bride Box
by Michael Pearce

Cairo, 1912. The Pasha receives an unexpected gift: a traditional Bride Box. When opened, however, the box contains an unwelcome jolt from the past – one which connects with practices long thought dead. 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.

An Englishman squeezed between the demands of a world about to disappear and the emerging needs of a world about to come, the Mamur Zapt, 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.

Reviews

“This is a deftly plotted, cleverly written, highly entertaining mystery, but it’s the gentle humor and the warmth of the characters that earns it two thumbs decisively up.”

Booklist Starred Review

“As always in this comically understated series, both crime and punishment are consistently upstaged by a lovingly detailed portrait of Egypt during the Great War. The result is a bit like a police procedural reimagined by Douglas Adams.”

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Editions

The Bride Box by Michael Pearce is available in the following formats

Hardback978072788303230th April 2013141 X 222mm224£20.99
Hardback978072788303230th April 2013141 X 222mm224£20.99
Ebook978178010428712th August 2013N/A208$10.99
Ebook978178010428712th August 2013N/A208£8.99
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