The Falcon at the Portal, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


In this latest Amelia Peabody mystery there's more trouble in store for our intrepid Egyptologist.

This time it is of a distinctly personal nature. Her niece's new, Egyptian, husband stands accused of forging priceless antiquities.

Is he guilty, or merely the fall guy for some unscrupulous villain?

Meanwhile, matters are complicated by the arrival of Amelia's detestable nephew who begins an ardently amorous pursuit of her son's wife, Nefret...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781845295578

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I'm enjoying this series so much that I suspect that I won't look at anything by another writer until I've reached the most recent. This book starts in London in 1911 as David marries Lia, Amelia's niece. While the young couple are off on honeymoon the Emersons discover that someone has been selling forged antiquities masquerading as David and, to add insult to injury, claiming that they come from Abdullah's, his grandfather, personal collection. The action quickly switches to Egypt, where the whole family become drawn into a series of events the consequences of which will change the lives of the Emerson clan forever. This is possibly the best book in the series so far as some of the scenes, particularly to the latter part of the book, are moving and sad, but as always coupled with the thrilling high camp humour that is at the core of the series.

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