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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; First Edition First Printing edition (Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380976587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380976584
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,852,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Really', I thought in mounting exasperation, 'there never was a household in which so many people felt free to offer their unsolicited opinions!'" This, of course, is the eminent Egyptologist and dedicated crime solver Amelia Peabody, setting the stage and the tone (an updated Oscar Wildean irony) for Elizabeth Peters' 11th book. And it's true that there are no shrinking violets in this particular household, from the redoubtable Amelia and her hot-tempered archaeologist husband Emerson (his native diggers call him the Father of Curses), to their dashing, unpredictable son Ramses (born Walter). Also, let's not forget their lovely ward, Nefret (rescued from a desert tribe several books back) and their butler, Gargery, "who wields a cudgel as handily as he carves a roast."

As she has so many times before, Peters presents us with this quaint--even campy--little group of people, plops them down in an exotic Egyptian setting and then surprises us by involving them in a story of great strength and emotion.

It's 1911 and David Todros, a young Egyptian who has just married into the Peabody family, is suspected of dealing in forged antiquities, possibly to help support a rising nationalist movement. Amelia, Emerson, Ramses and Nefret all take various actions to help David and there are serious, dangerous consequences for everyone involved. Despite the melodramatic setting and the theatrical language, Peters' story is--as always--modern, believable and exciting.

Other books in the Peabody series available in paperback are The Ape Who Guards the Balance, The Crocodile on the Sandbank, The Curse of the Pharaohs and The Hippopotamus Pool. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think Elizabeth Peters' books are great entertainment. (Angela Rippon)

A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key. (Washington Post Book World)

Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones... accomplished entertainment. (Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jun. 1999
Format: Hardcover
...and want to shake some sense into them. Part of the appeal of the Amelia Peabody mysteries is that after reading the preceding books in the series the characters become so real that you begin to feel that you know them personally - and, like Amelia, long to give them the benefit of your own wisdom and experience. Accordingly, Falcon at the Portal is, in turn, appealing, appalling, frustrating, maddening, and thoroughly enjoyable. And as always, it is an education in Egyptology and the modern history of the region. Presumably Ms. Peters knows where she is going with all this. At this book's close she has them on the eve of WW1. What next?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nadia Al Hazmi on 21 May 2007
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Ok, ok... I bought this book by chance in a bookstore in London that had the infamous '3 for 2' deal that always gets me into trouble! Desperate not to let a good deal go, I grabbed the first book I found on the shelf, and it was 'The Falcon at the Portal' by Elizabeth Peters. The book stayed on my shelf for nearly a year, every time I picked it up I thought it might be a bit 'silly' seing how it dealt with Egypt and archeologists... Thinking it might be a disappointing literary exercise, I let the months drag on. But finally, a few weeks ago, I started reading.

Let me dissipate any doubts, the book is exquisitely written. I like verbose books, I like to swim in clear and engaging language and Elizabeth Peters writes in a manner that seems inherited from 19th century English literature! She has a good prose, I never got bored, not even when she described archeological terms and endavours in detail. The characters are so appealing, each with his/her own very loud particulars and the story is beautifully weaved around romance, mystery and murder! I believe that being able to engage the reader on all these levels, language, characters and plot, is a very rare talent indeed in these times! One is usually sacrificed for the other, but Peters seems to be able to perfect them all!

I couldn't put the book down, and that is a 5 star to me. I am definitely purchasing the whole series... I feel like someone who just won the jackpot!!!
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By Fran on 13 Oct. 2014
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I read the first 10 books some years ago. Now with more time and a kindle I am continuing where I left off.
Oh how I have missed the Emerson family.
This book is un-put-downable. It's got humour, tension, emotion and of course murder.
Now I have got to read Thunder in the Sky to see how it all ends up.
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I had this on my Kindle and had read it out of context but had no problem in catching up
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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2014
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I bought all the books i didn't have in this series because they are on special and I've been making my way through them slowly, interspersed with other books so that I didn't sicken myself but I have now read Seeing A Large Cat, The Ape Who Guards The Balance and The Falcon At The Portal back to back and am about to move on to He Shall Thunder In The Sky as I am absolutely gripped by the Nefret/Ramses situation. This book is more serious than the others, being more about the family dynamic than Indiana Jones for Edwardians but it is still good fun and although I recommend this book as a great way to spend a few hours I think you would enjoy it even more if you have the backstory from the previous books.
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By C. Pickersgill on 24 July 2013
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Elizabeth Peters provides the best kind of book for these dire times. Intriguing and absorbing, total escapism as far as I am concerned.
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By Florence Mary Kittley on 23 Jun. 2013
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I always enjoy books written by this author and this book
is no exception. Once you have read one of her books
You have to read them all.
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By Hannah on 12 Feb. 2013
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Love these books, they are pure escapism but well written and witty. This was one of the better ones I thought so quite happy to give it 5 stars
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