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The Fortieth Door

Mary Hastings Bradley

Book Overview: 

An American archaeologist, a masked ball in Cairo, an elusive young woman and the unexplained disappearance of a Frenchman fifteen years earlier all play into this entertaining tale of mystery, intrigue and adventure.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .If it had been half an hour before—"

She broke off. There came to the young man a sobering perception of the risk she ran, of the supreme folly of this escapade to which they were entrusting themselves.

It was a realization that deserved some consideration. But, obstinately, with young carelessness, he shook it off. After all, this was comparatively safe for her. She was not out of bounds. At an alarm he could slip away and no one could ever know. What risk there might be was chiefly his own.

"When you asked who it was," he murmured, "it occurred to me that you did not know my name—nor I yours. My own," he added, as she stood unresponsive, "is Ryder—Jack Ryder. You can always get a letter to me at the Agricultural Bank. That is the quickest way. My friend, McLean there, always knows where my diggings are. When in Cairo I stop with him; or at the Rossmore House.". . . Read More

Community Reviews

25 NOV 2013 -- my lunchtime walking book. A fun mystery set in Egypt. An archeologist goes unwillingly to a masquerade ball and mayhem follows.

6 DEC 2013 -- a very good listening-to companion for lunchtime walks.

A charming, straightforward (despite mild attempts to be suspenseful) classic adventure story, full of stalwart heroes, exotic beauties, and dastardly villains. I enjoyed it very much, though the reader should have looked up a few pronunciations...more

I am a dyed in the wool murder & mayhem fan, and won't normally read a love story, but I read this anyway and rather enjoyed it, despite myself. It was a little different and gave some few insights into the old Muslim world.

I love this book.

Highly enjoyable adventure in Cairo in 1920. A love story, a swashbuckler, and a look back at very different times through the eyes of our brave hero, our equally as brave heroine and our loathsome villain. Harems, arranged marriages, mummies, tombs, and a lot of other wonderful...more

An American archeaologist attends a masked ball in Cairo and meets an unusual woman, thus begins a mystery...more

I started reading The Cinema Murder and then got sidetracked by this gem of a book. In one word, I describe this book as captivating; the same word my sister used when recommending it to me.

It is captivating, trust me; you will not want to put it down. I nearly forgot to feed my baby lambs! It's...more

A romantic adventure set in 1920 Cairo, Egypt. A young archaeologist sets out to rescue a beautiful girl from the palace of her Turkish husband on the day of her hated arranged marriage. This would've made a great film in the late 1920s/early 1930s. (I can picture a young Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. a...more

Good plot. Written in the early part of the 20th century. Takes place in British controlled Egypt. Also, i found a passage in this book that could have been Freddie Mercury's inspiration for:
"Bismillah! No, we will not let you go
(Let him go!) Bismillah! We will not let you go"
The wording is very...more

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