If ever I needed a strong reminder not to pay attention to professional critics, the review from Kirkus listed here would be it. _The Snake, The Crocodile, and The Dog_ is actually a leaner book than its bulk would indicate, less self-indulgent (and even more fun!) than some of the earlier books (_The Lion in the Valley_ for example).
If you're at all familiar with the Peabody books, you already know the basic set-up: archaeological mystery, mysterious goons, the Emersons in danger, etc. The delivery is what's so delightful this time. Characters from earlier books are involved and/or referred to in several places, keeping the continuity within the series high, and Peabody herself receives some much-needed humbling in multiple places.
And Ramses is as entertaining as ever, even though he's not physically present for the bulk of the novel. But even separated by hundreds and hundreds of miles, Amelia can't escape him! It's as fun and frustrating as ever to hear Amelia criticize and complain about Ramses when, as is evident to everyone, HE IS EXACTLY LIKE HER! There is a telling line late in the book that makes it plain that other characters recognize Ramses' extraordinariness--in a *good* way--even when Amelia won't admit to it.
This is a terribly fun book. I laughed out loud more times reading it than with any other in the series, possibly than with any other book I've ever read. Buy it, read it, and you should love it!