Crocodile On The Sandbank

Crocodile On The Sandbank

Paperback - 2013
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Set in 1884, this is the first installment in what has become a beloved bestselling series. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, decides to use her ample inheritance to indulge her passion, Egyptology. On her way to Egypt, Amelia encounters a young woman named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. The two become fast friends and travel on together, encountering mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing and opinionated archaeologist who doesn't need a woman's help -- or so he thinks.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2013
ISBN: 9781455572359


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Self-proclaimed spinster, Amelia Peabody, determines to seek adventure and goes off to Egypt where she finds pyramids, mummies, new friends, and mysteries.

Introducing Amelia Peabody, a Victorian spinster determined to visit Egypt.

Featuring Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson, the novels blend satire, mystery, romance, and comedy. The series spans a thirty-eight-year period from 1884 to 1923. Most of the books are primarily set in Egypt, with some installments including scenes set in England and Gaza.

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Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has not only inherited her father's fortune, but she is also blessed with his strong will as well. Now she's headed for Cairo, accompanied by a girl with a tarnished past, to indulge her passion for Egyptology. Little did she know that murd... Read More »

It was the time of the Great Game of European powers. Spies and soldiers traded information, risking betrayal and death. Into this unsettled territory trips Amelia Peabody, intrepid heiress and would-be Egyptologist.
First of the Amelia Peabody series.
Also available on audio and as an eBook.

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Mar 11, 2017

This entire series of "Amelia Peabody books" is great! Strong, fascinating characters, with much detail about archaeology and British politics of the late 19th and early 20th century. The author (Barbara Mertz with pen name Elizabeth Peters) has a PhD in Egyptology and is the author of several popular series of fiction. The main characters in this series are fictional, the activities of the characters are "larger than life" in many instances, which makes them quite entertaining, but within a historical context that is quite true to life. See the book "Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium" for details on that context. (I enjoyed this series as hardback books.)

JCLEmilyD Jan 30, 2017

I like Amelia Peabody; she's a sassy, stubborn, and strong woman. She and her husband are Egyptologists in the late 1800s and have a knack for getting into sticky situations and Amelia always fancies solving the mystery! This is a fun and clean mystery series for anyone looking for something a little different.

Jul 29, 2016

The first of Amelia Peabody's many archaeological adventures in Egypt.

Dec 14, 2015

An excellent debut novel for a mystery series set in Egypt. The feisty, Victorian-era British heroine is a refreshing change, and the historical details add to the plot.

Jul 22, 2015

Love all the Amelia Peabody mysteries and everything else she wrote. Sadly Elizabeth Peters has passed. She is missed.

Jul 21, 2015

the language is a little too flowery and too descriptive for me and the mystery isn't very mysterious, but good insights into egypt

Jul 18, 2015

I have read other Amelia Peabody books, which I liked. This is the first in the series and my first download. I liked the voice of Barbara Rosenblat who makes the characters unique. I took notes to remember the story plot between bookmarks. A good read.

librarylizzard Sep 15, 2014

If you enjoy proper English ladies, Egyptology, mysteries and daring deeds then this book is for you! It follows Amelia Peabody, a no-nonsense spinster with a passion for archaeology. On the way to Egypt she picks up a sidekick, the romantic and youthful Evelyn, and falls in step with a pair of archaeology-minded brothers. Soon strange events unfold around the excavation site and it's up the the quartet to unravel it all.

joanniek Jul 17, 2013

I really enjoyed this book! I think Amelia is delightful. I can't wait to read more of this series.

Jun 24, 2012

Barbara Rosenblat has a great voice that makes the characters come alive in this mystery/comedy about a a pair of eccentric Egyptian archaeologists. Love the characters!

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