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
Amelia Peabody does not suffer fools gladly. Independently wealthy and feeling constrained by the rules of Victorian society, she decides to hire a companion and travel to Egypt. Her companion falls ill in Rome and has to return to England, but Amelia comes across a destitute, beautiful young English girl. Evelyn’s past is aristocratic, but tarnished by an impetuous love affair. Still, Amelia recognizes some sterling qualities in the young woman and takes her...more
Like the blurb by Washington Post Book World says, Amelia Peabody is basically Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple rolled into one. ‘Crocodile on the Sandbank’ by Elizabeth Peters was a very interesting read, though I could have done with a little more Jones and a little less Marple.
My absolute favorite part of this book is how many times Amelia uses her sturdy, iron-handled parasol to jab at people, poke them out of her way, or as a weapon. Every time she...more
Amelia Peabody has often been called the "female Indiana Jones" and it's a fair comparison. But what I really love is her character. She is funny, spunky, independent, and unafraid to say exactly what she thinks. Her first person telling pro...more
This is an excellent light read, guaranteed to bring a smile to the reader’s lips and perhaps even provoke the urge to shout “Hurrah” from time to time.
This was my first encounter with the redoubtable Amelia Peabody, an unmarried English gentlewoman who. having decided to use her recently inherited wealth to pursue her passion for Egyptology, finds herself adopting a young woman of damaged reputation , working al...more
Amelia is not your...more
The protagonist is a man-hating heiress who is smarter than everyone on the planet. I'm okay with a little bit of male-bashing here and there--one "Men are useless" statem...more
Amelia Peabody lever i 1880-talets England, hon har ärvt en stor förmögenhet från sin fader eftersom hon var enda barnet i familjen som delade hans intresse för historia och arkeologi. Hon beslutar sig för att spendera vintern i Egypten för att sedan...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