THE FALCON AT THE PORTAL.

Peters, Elizabeth [Barbara Mertz].

ISBN 10: 0380976587 / ISBN 13: 9780380976584
Published by New York: Avon, (1999.) dj, 1999
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - Signed, limited first edition. A mystery featuring Egyptologist Amelia Peabody. #8 of only 250 copies specially bound by the publisher and numbered and signed on a page inserted before the half title page. 366 pp. Very near fine in a fine dustjacket (very slight bumping to lower corner of front board, only visible if dj is removed.). Bookseller Inventory # 51703

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Title: THE FALCON AT THE PORTAL.

Publisher: New York: Avon, (1999.) dj

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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New York Times Bestseller

From New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters comes another riveting mystery in her phenomenally popular Amelia Peabody series.

The Land of the Pharaohs harbors more secrets than any tomb can hide.

In Egypt for the 1911 archaeological season, Amelia Peabody and her family are not anticipating trouble, but it finds them nonetheless. Their young friend David is accused of selling ancient artifacts, and it's up to the Emersons to expose the real culprit. But the body of an American discovered at the bottom of their excavation shaft and a child of mysterious antecedents are sparking twin crises that threaten to tear the family apart. Amelia brings her estimable powers of deduction to bear, but she might not survive long enough to unravel more than one perplexing puzzle--because suddenly someone is shooting bullets in her direction...and coming too close for comfort!

"Amelia is rather like Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple all rolled into one."--Washington Post Book World

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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

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