Crocodile on the Sandbank

Crocodile on the Sandbank

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On the death of her father, 32-year old Victorian heiress Amelia Peabody travels Egypt to indulge her interest in Egyptology. She travels with Evelyn Barton-Forbes and her trusty parasol which comes in handy on more than one occasion. In Cairo the pair meet archaeologists Radcliffe and Walter Emerson and sparks fly between Radcliffe and Amelia. The groups meet again at Emerson's excavation where Amelia saves Radcliffe's life and takes charge of his precious archaeological site. The four then band together to discover why the locals will no longer report to work and to try to find a missing mummy who walks the night. An historical mystery with amusing repartee between a strong-willed Amelia and an equally pigheaded Radcliffe in an exotic setting and time.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2013
Edition: First oversize mass market edition
Copyright Date: ©1975
ISBN: 9781455572359
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pet
Description: 337 pages ; 20 cm


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Armed with self-confidence, a journal, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella, Amelia Peabody embarks on her first Victorian-esqe Egyptian adventure. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile, o... 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 in paperback.

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CRRLAdults Jun 26, 2014

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 »

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.

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

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Aug 26, 2019

Elizabeth Peters channels Jane Austen and Agatha Christie in the late Victorian period. Fun read even though I recognized the Agatha Christie formula early and know who the villain was -- maybe that's why it was so much fun to read as I was picking up clues as a squirrel grabs nuts.

Jun 17, 2019

A fun, clever read. The writer’s knowledge of Egypt and archeology is apparent but not overwhelming. I’m looking forward to reading the adventures of Ms Peabody.

Mar 25, 2019

A brilliant first book to a series! Having recently lost her father and inherited his fortune, Amelia Peabody is determined to see the lands she spent her life studying alongside him, and sets out for Egypt. After picking up a kind companion in a lady named Evelyn along the way, Amelia lands herself in the middle of a sinister situation while also verbally sparring with dashing Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson.

I absolutely loved this book! It's full of situational drama, not to mention dramatic people. Peabody and Emerson are quite the duo as they seek to solve the mystery and study the ancient Egyptian culture. The author (having a degree in Egyptology herself) provides excellent insights into the history of Egypt that would match with the time period the character hails from, and creates a funny, engaging narrative with these amazing characters! I had so much fun, and am currently working my way through the subsequent books!

bibliosara Oct 03, 2018

A new favorite series! Amelia Peabody is a quirky young heiress living in Victorian England determined to live a life of adventure as an old maid. But first, she needs a traveling companion, and Evelyn fits the bill. So off the two women go down the Nile, seeking adventure and finding more than they bargained for. Crossing paths with a handsome - and infuriating - pair of brothers is only the beginning for Amelia and Evelyn. Elizabeth Peters weaves a tale of intrigue, humor, and a touch of romance in this Victorian-era mystery featuring a fierce 'spinster', a hard-headed archaeologist, an English lady with a flair for martyrdom, and more colorful characters as they find themselves the targets of a vengeful mummy.

happyreader64 Sep 30, 2018

What can I say, just that I loved this book!
The setting, the time frame, the characters, the quirky romance then ending, all of it!
I will definitely be reading more of this series.

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.

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