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Crocodile on the Sandbank Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1988

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Jan. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445406518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445406513
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.9 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #334,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Peters's unforgettable heroine Amelia Peabody makes her first appearance in this clever mystery. Amelia receives a rather large inheritance and decides to use it for travel. On her way through Rome to Egypt, she meets Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a young woman abandoned by her lover and left with no means of support. Amelia promptly takes Evelyn under her wing, insisting that the young lady accompany her to Egypt, where Amelia plans to indulge her passion for Egyptology. When Evelyn becomes the target of an aborted kidnapping and the focus of a series of suspicious accidents and mysterious visitations, Amelia becomes convinced of a plot to harm her young friend. Like any self-respecting sleuth, Amelia sets out to discover who is behind it all.


I can't wait for the next Peabody story... I really do think [Elizabeth Peters'] books are great entertainment. -- Angela Rippon A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key. Washington Post Book World Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones... accomplished entertainment. Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader JKK on Nov. 12 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Once I read this one, I was hooked. A great series with fun mysteries, amazing settings and fantastic characters. I have given this book to many friends as gifts and all have loved it!
If you are new to this series, here are some things you might like to know...
Elizabeth Peters also writes under the name Barbara Michaels (not sure which is her real name). Personally, I have not been impressed by some of her other books outside of the Peabody mysteries. The Amelia Peabody books are adventure/mystery stories that take place in Egypt, in the late 1800's.
Here are the books featuring Amelia Peabody in order from first to last:
1) Crocodile on the Sandbank (1975)
2) The Curse of the Pharaohs (1981)
3) The Mummy Case (1985)
4) Lion in the Valley (1986)
5) The Deeds of the Disturber (1988)
6) The Last Camel Died at Noon (1991)
7) The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (1992)
8) The Hippopotamus Pool (1996)
9) Seeing a Large Cat (1997)
10) The Ape Who Guards the Balance (1998)
11) The Falcon at the Portal (1999)
12) He Shall Thunder In The Sky (May 2000)
13) Lord of the Silent (May 2001)
14) The Golden One (April 2002)
15) Children of the Storm (April 2003)
Happy reading!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 17 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Written recently by a trained Egyptologist, this light mystery novel is set in Egypt in the 1880's.

This is by no means great literature: the dénouement is quite predictable, the characters are somewhat one-dimensional and social anachronisms pop up now and then.

Overall, however, this book is extremely enjoyable. This is due in part to the author's frequent wit and tongue-in-cheek humour. It also results from the archaeological setting which allows her to throw in a slew of informational tidbits without ever being overtly pedagogical.

I truly look forward to reading the second book in the Amelia Peabody series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 30 2014
Format: Paperback
I love Elizabeth Peters' `Dr. Vicky Bliss'. A modest rating for her counterpart is likely because launching volumes must explain their premise. I didn't expect this popular run to be historical but the opening pages of "Crocodile On The Sandbank" gave me a hearty grin. I can call myself an Amelia & Evelyn fan. However when the ladies reach Cairo, it is the expressive and jaunty style that kept me afloat.

The pace stagnated, a dismayingly large portion of this novel. Three stars stem from the noticeably long period, in which nothing occurred to match the great Egyptian adventure that was laid out for readers. It was an Egyptian campout. Foreign scenery, dynamic personalities, a hint of romance for Evelyn propelled it just barely. If I weren't a firm finisher of the books I have opened, I might not have reached the late chapters in which the plots refuelled their gas. The uneventful chunk wasn't unpleasant; merely pale against the exciting possibilities that delayed too long in coming. Thankfully the preservation of murals, exploration of caves, and chance to unearth artifacts are of keen interest to me.

There is plenty to admire about this creative premise, cacophonous assembly of personalities, and a truly unique gift with narrative. I have high hopes the remainder of the series has ample room to score four and five stars, in reflection of tauter events and more consistently sharp interest. However there are two more causes for the mild outcome of this volume. I cannot abide fiction that fails to deliver the mystical element the synopsis used as a lure. Fiction is meant to be fabricated! More than that, at the identity of the villain we groan. Their reasoning is even worse! I can only say it would be less ridiculous to rob a bank.
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By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 23 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book went off to a bit of a slow start, but it was a nice introduction to Amelia and how she came to be. I enjoy her character, she stands out in Victorian society, she’s strong willed and fiercely independent. Evelyn comes along later in the plot and she’s the complete opposite. Yet the two are fast friends and compliment each other. When the Emerson brothers are introduced, one can already come to conclusions as to who goes out with who. They make cute couples, although Amelia and her love interest was the best of the two couples (love their bantering)

The plot itself is a really nice mixture of historical fiction and mystery. There’s elements of thriller/horror in the plot itself so as it progresses. The mystery doesn’t really start until at least a third way into the story. There is a supernatural element into the story as well, but of course, being a historical mystery, there’s a logical explanation to it all.

The only few criticisms I have of this story is the slow pace of it, character development is fine and fills the plot in between, but it’s not until you read further into the book does the mystery intensify and become more thrilling.

Still, it’s worth a read. Historical mystery lovers will enjoy the start of what looks like a great series. I’ll be looking for the second one to read as well.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Equipped with financial resources and a strong spirit, Amelia Peabody seeks adventure by taking an extended tour of Egypt. During a stop in Rome, Amelia comes across a young English woman lying on the street. Disheveled and malnourished, Evelyn Barton-Forbes has been abandoned by her Italian lover and, having disgraced her family, cannot return to England. Since Amelia’s traveling companion also canceled plans, she invites Evelyn to join her. In Egypt, they meet the Emerson brothers, whose archeological expedition becomes entwined with their own adventure in ways Amelia could not have foreseen. The appearance of a walking mummy at an excavation site terrifies the locals, but Amelia is not so easily alarmed until it comes after Evelyn.

Crocodile on the Sandbank, is the first in Elizabeth Peters’ series, and I can see why these books have been so popular. A strong, no-nonsense character rebelling against the rules and restrictions of Victorian England presents plenty of internal conflict for Amelia, but she’s smart and resourceful enough to build a life for herself away from disapproving eyes.

It’s refreshing to read a novel that isn’t centered around a murder, but rather the threat of danger. Peters’ descriptions of Egypt and her action scenes are so vivid and detailed that it kept me turning the pages. She also managed to create a relaxed pace while steadily mounting the tension. Although the book was published in 1975, Peters captures the tone of Victorian England well, and even directly addresses the reader as authors often did during that period. My only quibble is that the guilty parties were obvious from the get-go. Still, I’ll definitely read more just for the lovely writing.
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