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Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody) Mass Market Paperback – 1988
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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.
''[The] indomitable Amelia Peabody carries the listener along as easily as she carries her umbrella.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A very interesting setting and very well written
Amelia Peabody is a great character, very feisty and stubborn. She seemed true to the times in her reactions which I understood, but which seemed a little overdone at times. The first half of the book moved slowly with setting up characters and setting the scene. Once the characters arrive at the archeological dig things start to pick up and the last quarter moves pretty quickly.
I would read more by Elizabeth Peters and I would recommend Crocodile on the Sandbank to fans of Cozy Mysteries.
We meet the equally unforgettable Emerson in this novel - archeologist extraordinare; arrogant, opinionated, intelligent, kind, romantic, socially inept.
Together, they make the perfect couple, with just enough English superiority and arrogance to sail through stormy waters with tea and aplomb, but not too much to make them insufferable.
Her 'memoirs' of this, her first trip to Egypt is deliciously witty - and incredibly well researched, as Elizabeth Peters has a degree in archeology and therefore really knows her stuff. It's witty, sometimes deliberately so, and sometimes because Amelia's superb inability to see herself as others see her, make one giggle and snort.