Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1)
This is a nominally a mystery, but it's not really the meat of the book, nor what is so enjoyable about it. Amelia Peabody - strong-minded, independent, sarcastic Amelia, striding along...more
This enjoyable light read offers a playful romp through Egypt with a bit of mystery (albeit, predictable), romance, intrigue and humour thrown in for good measure. I'm looking forward to delving head-long into the rest of Peters' series - she writes with wit and a deft turn of phrase, but also bestows a certain amount depth to her characters.
Narrator and unlikely 'heroine', Amelia Peabody, is matter-of-fact, unflappable and very believable. I took to her in an instant. Wh...more
It has been many years since I've read a mystery story, and I wasn't quite sure if I would still like them as much as I had in my youth. Either I do, or I simply chose the right book with which to renew that genre interest, because I found Crocodile on the Sandbank to be an enjoyable read. It reminded me of a cross between Indiana Jones and a younger version of Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher (I loved Murder, She Wrote when I was a kid), or perhaps a more mature version o...more
The story begins in Rome, where Amelia Peabody, an irrepressible, resolute woman, rescues an unfortunate young lady from death in the streets. The young lady, Evelyn, was disinherited by her wealthy grandfather after she was seduced by a cad named Alberto. Alberto, of course, was after her fortune, and when she no longer had access to it, he left her behind. Amelia takes Evelyn under her wing,...more
1. Crocodile On The Sandbank*
2. The Curse Of The Pharaohs
3. The Mummy Case
4. Lion In The Valley*
5. Deeds Of The Disturber
6. The Last Camel Died At Noon*
7. The Snake, The Crocodile & The Dog
8. The Hippopotamus Pool
9. Seeing a Large Cat
Amelia 'Peabody' Emerson and her husband 'Emerson' are Egyptologists and explorers and their adventures are set in Victorian era England (and, of course, Egypt). Amelia is a feminist in the truest sense of the word. She adores her husband 'Em...more
Amelia inherited a large sum of money and decided to see the world. She considered herself an old and unmarriagable spinster and decided to enjoy herself and do the things that she had not done as her father's "keeper".
In Rome, she picks up a "stray" gentle Englishwoman on the edge of death and...more
Delving out into the realms of books which come to me with good reports but I'm not really sure are my thing and I found myself in 1880s Egypt with the first episode of a long series featuring Amelia Peabody. For the first half this was a fun book, it's pretty much a parody of 1880s writing and of what ladies should be like at that time, and I enjoyed it in a slow kind of way. Amelia is a likeable character and it's pleasant to pass the time with her.
It wasn't until the middle of the book that...more
Like many Europeans since the Eighteenth Century, I am fascinated by "antiquities" and especially by Egypt. It's such an ancient and alien culture, yet one that has, in some ways, shaped who we are today. And those who know me will also know my interest in the Victorians. So what better to do than take a romp down the Nile in the late Nineteenth Century and...more
So ... the 1880s viewed from a mid-70s author's perspective.
Amelia and Emerson are great characters. The rest are, predictably, cardboard. Buffoons, cads, mysterious Arabs, etc.
Alberto? Eyebrow raise. The only thing he didn't do was talk-a like-a thees. In fact he came across more like Tonto in 1950s novels.
Plot? Don't fuss yourself with that. It's weak and predictable, and this story isn't abo...more
Archaeology interests me, particularly the kind related to Egyptian, Roman and Greek history, so needless to say I was overjoyed when I picked up this book. I could almost see myself crawling in the desert, brushing away sand and discoverin...more
Move aside Indiana Jones. Watch out Laura Croft. Murders, thieves and archeologists beware, Amelia Peabody is on the scene!
Published in 1975, "Crocodile on the Sandbank" is the first book in the Amelia Peabody series, written by the prolific mystery author Elizabeth Peters.
Amelia is a women born out of time. The year is 1884 and the place is England. Amelia Peabody - at 32 years of age - has just become an orphan. Her father, a studious academic with a passion for history and archeology, has di...more
The times being what they are, the 1880's, she intends to hire a female traveling companion, not that she cares about offending propriety, but so she...more
In Rome, Amelia befriends Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a destitute young aristocrat. Afte...more
Amelia Peabody, a wealthy old maid of 32 decides to go travelling after the death of her beloved, scholarly father. She is headstrong, smarter than most and does not suffer fools gladly (my favourite kind of heroine).She's bound for Egypt via Italy when her plans are delayed by the very incon...more
The story is set in Egypt, whither Amelia has ventured in search of adventure. Peters's histo...more
“La sfida della mummia” (Crocodile on the Sandbank, 1975) è il primo titolo di una serie di gialli storici ambientati nell’era vittoriana.
La protagonista è Amelia Peabody, una donna ribelle e anticonformista.
Amelia Peabody è una giovane ereditiera con la passione per l’archeologia, ha una forte personalità e nonostante i suoi trentadue anni non cerca marito e vuole viaggiare intorno al mondo.
Durante una visita a Roma, salva dalla povertà una ragazza, Evel...more