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Crocodile on the Sandbank [Mass Market Paperback]

Elizabeth Peters
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Jan. 1 1988
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 murder and a homicidal mummy lay in wait for her.

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and enjoyable! Aug. 17 2010
By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but a nice thrilling mystery Sept. 23 2014
By Karoline TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are two of THE most delightful, intelligent and funny characters I have come across in a very long time!

Two Brits who meet up in Egypt and instantly dislike one another intensely (or so we are led to believe!), they are nevertheless forced to spend time together as they become embroiled in a mystery involving his younger brother Walter, her younger travelling companion Evelyn, and Evelyn's suitor/cousin Lucas. Not to mention any number of Egyptian locals.

As the action proceeds apace, and Peabody and Emerson (as they come to refer to each other only by their last names) ultimately work together (amid much verbal sparring which is some of the most fabulously entertaining dialogue to be had) and solve the mystery, discover the culprit, and ultimately arrange the lives of all and sundry to their own satisfaction.

This is the first in a series of 18 books by Elizabeth Peters about the continuing adventures, and the expansion of their family, of Peabody and Emerson. They are not to be missed. I highly recommend reading them all, starting with Crocodile on the Sandbank so you get the foundations of who Amelia and Emerson are and how they get away with the things they do and say.

Excellent, excellent read!!! Top recommendation!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a Read Jan. 2 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I absolutely adore this book! What a pleasure to be treated by an author who considers the reader an intelligent being; no lengthy explanations of concepts but the assumption that the reader will have enough sense to understand what is being written and if not, use the dictionary. That being said, Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first in a series of mysteries centered around Egypt's archeological excavations during the Victorian era. Our heroine is Amelia Peabody, a British spinster who decides to travel after inheriting money. On this, her first adventure, she rescues a young woman who becomes her companion. Together they travel on to Egypt where find intrigue in the guise of a walking mummy, a big of grave digging, with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. Told in a slightly humorous vein (think Victorian humor) Elizabeth Peters has won me over as an instant fan. The story is well told,there are numerous red herrings for the mystery fan to consider, and an outcome that leaves one quite satisfied.
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3.0 out of 5 stars amiable enough - more a romance than a mystery
A romance and not really a mystery. Also oddly anti Italian - which is candidly a little weird and off putting
Published 4 months ago by James Morton
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan but the pace stagnated.
I love Elizabeth Peters' `Dr. Vicky Bliss'. A modest rating for her counterpart is likely because launching volumes must explain their premise. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carolyn
1.0 out of 5 stars heroine not believable
I had hoped for a good story (I like the title) but was disappointed because the heroine's character traits didn't hold together - unless she was support to have a multiple... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxed Pace Filled With Vivid Descriptions
Equipped with financial resources and a strong spirit, Amelia Peabody seeks adventure by taking an extended tour of Egypt. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debra Purdy Kong
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little bit of Victorian Egypt.
This book is our introduction to the world of Amelia Peabody and and her adventures in Egypt during the Victorian age. Ms. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by S. Schwartz
5.0 out of 5 stars Put yourself in another world with Amelia Peabody
This is the first installment of The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. This is actually my second Amelia Peabody book, I first read The Lord of the Silent. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by "lily71474"
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful !
Thoroughly enjoyable story. Well written. Well read. Treat won't regret it.
Published on June 2 2004 by Book Worm
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Enjoyable
Introducing Amelia Peabody, rich heiress, a strong and intelligent woman ahead of her time, outspoken and eager for adventure, 30-something spinster determined never to marry, she... Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by Gail Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read
This is the debut novel of amateur sleuth and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, and it's really wonderful. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Jeronimo
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