A Cold Touch of Ice
Poisoned Pen, Aug 2004,
In 1912, Italy invades Tripolitania. Turkey declares war on Italy since Tripolitania belongs to them. Most of Europe wants to remain out of the conflict hoping that it will remain somewhat localized. British leaders choose a neutral path, but not all of the empire agrees. Though a British Protectorate, Egypt remains part of the Ottoman Empire and sympathies lie strongly with the Turks.
In Cairo, so... A Dead Man in Trieste
A Dead Man in Trieste
Carroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2004,192 pages
The dawn of the twentieth century was a period of both hope and despair. Technology was improving life and holding out the possibility of more improvements to come. But in Continental Europe, especially in the Balkans, tensions were growing as the old Austrian Empire was struggling to keep a lid on the growing political and nationalistic ... Death of an Effendi
Poisoned Pen, Jun 2004, 24.95, 186 pp.
In 1909 Egypt the Mamur Zapt, Gareth Owen, joins several VIPs on a shoot that makes him feel like a duck out of water as most of the effendi attending are financiers or royals. However, during the gala, someone shoots the Russian Tvardovsky. As expected by his position, Owen begins to investigate to determine whether the death was an accident or a homicide with his only clue being that the... The Face In The Cemetery
Poisoned Pen, Dec 2004, 24.95, 224 pp.
After serving a tour of duty in Egypt, Gareth Owen became the Mamur Zapt, the official who deals with political factions in a land where much of the population comes from other lands. While he is in the province of Minya, he finds the body of a dead woman wrapped up in bandages surrounded by cats that were mummified ages ago. The dead woman was a German who was married to an Egyptian. Owen...
The Fig Tree Murder
Poisoned Pen, Dec 2003, 24.95
Owen Gareth, the Mamur Zapt, the head of Cairo's secret police, becomes involved in a dispute over a corpse. The local Parquait should work what seems like a non-political murder, but an incident could occur before the law enforcement official arrives on the scene. The electric railroad construction workers want to leave the crime scene pure, but Sheikh Isa insists on moving the body. The Mamur Za... The Mingrelian Conspiracy
Poisoned Pen, July 2003, 24.95, 208 pp.
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 thr...