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Michael cannot bake. He does not even understand how food happens. He can, however, eat a lot of cookies and pies. He, and his husband Matt, live one enchanted village over from Debbie in Houston. There are no bears, but there are a lot of other fairies. In addition to loving to dance with Debbie and text her husband, they are raising two lovely children, Winston and Estelle, and two very mischievous Russian wolfhounds, Astor the Disaster and Ivan the Terrible.
The Great War has ended, and the army is keen to be demobbed. But Willoughby, the new British High Commissioner in Egypt, has managed to affront the Khedive by refusing to receive rival delegations fueled by rising nationalism. Then, when some Armenians, Copts, and English civil servants are attacked, a state of emergency is declared.rnGareth Cadwallader Owen is the Mamur Zapt, the Head of the Khedive's Secret Police. Unlike his British colleagues, Owen works for the Khedive. His is an uncomfortable perch as agitation for political and social restructuring grows. Furthermore, Owen is married to a pasha's daughter, Zeinab, herself straddling a cultural divide.rnThe Khedive has declared a procession: he'll drive around Cairo with his Ministers. Owen, who has spent his career defusing political time bombs, learns the streets have been made dangerous by threats of real bombs. The first order of business is to ward them off. The second is to insure the safety of an impending major European delegation to the capital.rnBut what does it all have to do with Owen's shiny new motor car?rnPraise for The Mark of the Pasha...rn"So witty and plausible that you'll regret missing Cairo's heyday." -Kirkus ReviewsrnMichael Pearce grew up in the (then) Anglo-Egyptian Sudan among the political and other tensions he draws on for his books. Although Egypt has evolved dramatically since Owen's career began in 1908, the charm of this 16th Mamur Zapt novel is unabated.