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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 Ripon * '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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Enjoyable May 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 is our narrator and the story is told in the form of a travel journal she is keeping. When she comes into her money she decides to travel to Egypt, a place that has always captivated her imagination, against the wishes of her family who consider it frivolous and unbecoming for a woman to travel alone and a waste of money. She goes anyway, on the way to Egypt she meets Evelyn who becomes her travelling companion and is enveloped in a mystery as soon as they arrive. As they travel to view the pyramids and various tombs, they make the acquaintance of a pair of brothers also there for archaeological goals.
Slow and predictable at the start and not very complex as a mystery, I still enjoyed it immensely for several reasons - most of all for the comedy, as the relationship between Peabody and Emerson developed their acid dialogue had me laughing out loud, and I was also interested in the graphic descriptions of Egypt a century ago, the journey on the Nile, the pyramids, the people and study of antiquities. Quite a comment on the British traveling through the "colonies" and handling ancient artifacts, prejudices and all, there are a few references sprinkled throughout the novel to historical events such as fighting in Sudan. I look forward to reading Book Two of the Peabody series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read March 14 2004
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This is the debut novel of amateur sleuth and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, and it's really wonderful. Elizabeth Peters crafts a fun, beguiling mystery, two charming love stories, a study of Victoriana society and Ancient Egyptian artistry in a respectable 272 pages.
Recently made an independent woman through a large inheritance, Amelia Peabody sets out to see the sights of Europe and the Middle East, particularly Egypt, which she has a great fondness for. While in Rome, she stumbles (literally) upon a young woman named Evelyn, a disowned heiress whose lover has abandoned her and who has been left to starve. Amelia takes to the young lady right away, and employs Evelyn as her companion. They set out for Egypt, seeing the splendid sights and meeting the Egyptologist Emerson brothers, Radcliffe and Walter, with whom Amelia and Evelyn respectively share similarities and interests. However, when very odd things start to happen and mummies begin walking around at night looking to scare people, Amelia realizes that there is more to the scenario than meets the eye, and someone is trying to kidnap Evelyn. Irascible and spirited as always, Amelia sets out to uncover the villain.
This novel works well for anyone who enjoys Victorian mysteries with a splash of Indiana Jones flavoring. It's got the enjoyable, unconventional heroine, the inevitable and often entertaining battle of the sexes, and that occasional afternoon tea, but since we're in the middle of Egypt there's a little more adventure and a little less lecturing than you'd find in an Anne Perry mystery. Peters knows what she's talking about, what with a doctorate in Egyptology. The treasures and tombs of Egypt come vividly to life, and you'll be swept up in the grandeur and romance of the country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars AND A CROCODILE WAITETH UPON THE SANDBANK Nov. 12 2003
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Miss Amelia Peabody, the heroine of this adorable mystery is left a small fortune by her father, an antiques scholar. She is the no-nonsense (almost stereotypical) 'middle aged' English woman who is quite happily, single. In fact, at 32 years of age, Amelia has no interest in men and enjoys dressing as plainly as possible. Since the story takes place in the 1880's, Amelia must have a female traveling companion and quite fortuitously rescues the exquisite, sweet, blue-blooded Evelyn Barton-Forbes. Together the women go on a wonderful journey that leads them down the Nile to the ancient burial chambers of Khuenaten. It is here where they are reacquainted with the Emerson brothers who are excavating the burial sites. And thus, the adventure begins.
I loved this little novel. There is adventure, mystery, a lot of ancient history and even romance. In fact, I couldn't put this book down! The title refers to a poem found in an ancient scroll. Walter Emerson (Evelyn's love interest) translates the hieroglyphics into lovely verses that Amelia explains as, "The crocodile is a symbol of the dangers and difficulties any true lover would risk to win his sweetheart." And naturally, the poem is a reflection of what happens in the book. I can't wait to read the next one!
I also want to echo another reviewer and thank AMAZON for their wonderful lists. I have discovered the best books because of you!
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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 3 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 5 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 7 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 12 months ago by Debra Purdy Kong
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and enjoyable!
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2010 by Pierre Gauthier
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully witty, intelligent writing, great stories and hilarious...
Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are two of THE most delightful, intelligent and funny characters I have come across in a very long time! Read more
Published on March 24 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel of a Read
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2008 by Marion Marchetto
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
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