Crocodile on the Sandbank, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (9 ratings)


Amelia Peabody is Elizabeth Peters' most brilliant and best-loved creation, a thoroughly Victorian feminist who takes the stuffy world of archaeology by storm with her shocking men's pants and no-nonsense attitude! In this first adventure, our headstrong heroine decides to use her substantial inheritance to see the world.

On her travels, she rescues a gentlewoman in distress - Evelyn Barton-Forbes - and the two become friends.

The two companions continue to Egypt where they face mysteries, mummies and the redoubtable Radcliffe Emerson, an outspoken archaeologist, who doesn't need women to help him solve mysteries -- at least that's what he thinks! 'Think Miss Marple with early feminist gloss crossed with Indiana Jones...Dastardly deeds, whirlwind romances, curious mummies and all the fun and intrigue of Egyptian excavations, with a heroine who wields a sturdy parasol rather than a magnum.

Accomplished entertainment.' Guardian


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781845293888

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Amelia is such a giggle, so typically a victorian woman who is starting to question some of the traditional moulds she's supposed to inhabit. She has always wanted to visit the places she's studied about with her father and his death provides the impetuous. A fun romp of a read.

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32 y/o spinster, Amelia is left a small fortune by her father and decides to see the places he had only studied. she goes to egypt and meets up with Evelyn, a broken, penniless heiress, who becomes her traveling companion. upon their visit to the Antiquities Museum she encounters Emerson and his brother Walter. They four cross paths again on Emerson's excavation site and solve a mystery involving a cursed mummy and solidify their relationships. This book was light mystery and suspense but heavy on storytelling and laughs. Her descriptions of the interplay between Emerson and Peabody were a hoot and her details about Egypt made me want to be there.

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First I've read in a long time. Enjoyed the reading.

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One of our bookworms said: "I liked the book - it was an entertaining enough romp, but I felt let down a bit that in the end it turned into a Mills and Boon with Amelia swooning all over the surly Emerson! It purported to be feminist but was it really? Hmm..." Other comments included "It was a murder mystery?"

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I stumbled across this book via a LT recommendation, which was absolutely spot on. Amelia is a fantastic character, she is an entertaining, independent, witty, compassionate, redoubtable and undauntable narrator, whose courage never fails, even when she's confronted by a ranting archaeologist or rampaging mummy. Absolutely fantastic and I look forward to reading other books in the series.

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