The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1 1994
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From Publishers Weekly
Peters's romantic thriller, in which the indomitable Victorian archeologist Amelia Peabody searches for Nefertiti's tomb, offers surefire entertainment.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA-- Although this seventh in the series picks up where The Last Camel Died at Noon (Warner, 1991) ends, it stands delightfully on its own. Amelia's self-assuredness, her devotion to her husband, and her honesty with her readers match well her inventive embrace of adventure. Danger, although constantly present, is balanced with intrigue, confidences, romance, and intellectual exercise as readers gallop headlong into the mysteries surrounding a venture on the Nile. Teens will enjoy fine writing, learn some Egyptian history and meet an indomitable heroine, all between these covers.
- Barbara Hawkins, Oakton High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
After I finished off those four (because I was desperate to make sure it all ended well), I went back to the beginning and am now reading the others in order. The first few were entertaining enough, but in this installment I really felt the emotional dynamics that had gotten me hooked. Amelia's inner strength and devotion to her husband are put to the test in deeper ways than ever before (when it was merely their lives that were in danger). And Ramses is even funnier in his letters from England than he is in person.
My only complaint is that this is the only book so far where I actually guessed who the villain was. And, while nobody's claiming these books are realistic, this particular twist was beyond implausible. Still, this was the first time since I finished off He Shall Thunder in the Sky that I wanted to start the next book immediately after turning the last page.
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!
Nefret pursuades AMelia and Emerson to go to egypt without her and rameses this year, so that both children can work on their studies. hoping for a second honeymoon, Amelia agrees. however, the old egyptian story the Snake, the crocodile and the Dog comes into play when Emerson is taken captive, and is beaten on the head, thus causing him to lose his memory of his wife and child. Amelia goes along with his Amnesia, seeing if she could woo him back. but a deadly plot is underfoot, with the master criminal closer then could be excpected, and an old rival suddenly in the forefront again. I was driven mad by thinking that Emerson did not remember Amelia at all, as well as the plot, which culminates to a spectacular finish when all is thought to have calmed down. An amazing book, I enjoyed it enormously.
While this is not the best book in the series, it is certainly full of the humor, romance, astonishing British sense of superiority, and archaeological suspense that are the hallmarks of the series. I personally think that Ramses is such a hoot that he is one of the best characters in the books, so his being left at home was a slight detriment in my opinion. However, I am sure that the next book in the series will see Ramses and Nefret back in action again!
Walking the line between a murder mystery and a parody of a bodice-ripper, there are times I find myself laughing out loud. Peabody's somewhat prim description of uproarious events along with her own deluded self-image (outmatched by Emerson's view of himself as a quiet and reasonable person) makes for great fun.
Even more fun for me is the casual but fairly accurate account of Egyptology of the day - along with many sly references to Flinders Petrie which would escape the casual reader with no background knowledge of the man and his work.
Great literature? Oh, probably not. But will I look forward to and rush out to by the next installment? Youbetcha
Most recent customer reviews
An excellent book, one of the best in this series - though I would say that about all the books in this series.Published 7 months ago by Caitlin Anderson
I thought I had read the whole series years ago but recently realized I had missed this one. I had given upon the series because I found the last two titles a bit slow. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a thoroughly enjoyable Amelia Peabody--the first one I simply could not put down until I finished. I found Ramses's letters utterly hilarious. Read morePublished on June 23 2004
I have enjoyed all of the Amelia Peabody stories, but this is the first one that made me think I would want to read it again. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004
I love Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries! While I enjoyed this book, I believe it would have been a difficult choice had I not read the preceding books in the series. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by Jen. M.
Another in the series of Amelia Peabody Emerson mysteries--always great fun, with just enough drama and historical background to keep things interesting. Read morePublished on June 15 2003 by meiringen
The first couple in the series were hard to read. She writes very formally. British style. But I must admit, the characters are addicting! I can't wait to read the next one.Published on April 12 2003 by Trish
I have read all of the Amelia books...This book was my favorite in the series before number 12. It is still way up on my list...I loved Amelia's attempts to woo her husband. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2002
I'm currently at no. 9 in the series, and so far this is the best of the books. Mostly in the same style as the first book (only in part due to the shared locality of Amarna), this... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2001