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The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (Amelia Peabody #7)

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A brand-new Elizabeth Peters novel is one of the uncompromising pleasures in life. As Peter Theroux in the New York Times Book Review points out, "Her wonderfully witty voice and her penchant for history lessons of the Nile both ancient and modern keep (her) high adventure moving for even the highest brows". In her previous outing, The Last Camel Died at Noon, Amelia Peabo ...more
Kindle Edition, 340 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 1992)
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QNPoohBear You should because old characters return and the mystery concerns the events of the last book. You should also get to know Amelia and Emerson so you…moreYou should because old characters return and the mystery concerns the events of the last book. You should also get to know Amelia and Emerson so you go though the story with her and experience her emotions. (less)
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Pamela
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QNPoohBear
Amelia and her dear sister-in-law Evelyn regret the romance has gone out of their lives, especially now their husbands are more interested in what they can learn from Nefret than anything else. Amelia hopes their upcoming expedition to Egypt will put the spark back in her relationship. This time Ramses as elected to stay at home and pursue an education (and to be with "HER" as he calls Nefret). Emerson has a new plan to return to their old dig sites and make a through study of each one. To do th ...more
Vivienne
The events of The Last Camel Died at Noon continue to impact upon the Emerson family. The secret they uncovered has attracted the attention of various baddies and as the summary above discloses Emerson has lost his memory, which creates a romantic tension.

Again this proved a very engaging story especially when Emerson loses his memory of the past 13 years! Would he ever remember Amelia? As I said to my friend, who is also a big fan of the series, I am quite invested in these characters and so w
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Barbara ★
After finding the Lost City of Gold and returning to England with Neferet in The Deeds of the Disturber, Amelia and Emerson return to Egypt for a winter of excavation. Both Ramses and Neferet remain in England, leaving Emerson and Amelia a chance to get frisky without little eyes watching their every move. Well that was the plan anyway. Immediately upon reaching Cairo, Amelia and Emerson are besieged with attempts on one or the others life. When they are finally successful and Emerson is kidnapp ...more
Susan
Sep 27, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audio, 2016
If I've learned anything about the Amelia Peabody books, it is that these are leisurely tales. Nothing is rushed and the story unfolds in it's own good time. That is fine. However this, in addition to the narrator's 'dramatic pauses', makes for a VERY long story.

I was also mad that the author made me like one of the characters that wasn't really that character. If you've read the story, you know what I mean. And I don't think Ramses could be any more precocious. This came through loud and strong
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Lynne Tull
Jun 05, 2013 Lynne Tull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This Amelia Peabody read like two books. One book was set in England and the other in Egypt. They were tied to each other by the mystery to be solved. Alert: Pay attention to the clues in England they might help you solve the mystery in Egypt. There are a lot of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. It was a very enjoyable book to read even all of the Egyptology that was thrown in to educate the reader.
Desertblues
Aug 29, 2016 Desertblues rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit old fashioned, for sure, but very nice to hear read on a long walk. This is the 2nd time that I hear this series.
Rhonda Pickens
Sep 13, 2015 Rhonda Pickens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone and everyone
I'm in the process of re-reading the entire Amelia Peabody series again, from start to finish in one go. They are still some of my favorite books. They must be read with tongue firmly inserted in cheek. It also helps to have an interest in and some knowledge of Colonial-era exploration narratives, fiction like that of H. Rider Haggard, Orientalist studies, the competitive acquisitive zeal of western museums at the turn of the century, and the "gentlemen archaeologists" of the 19th century who br ...more
Teri-k
It not unusual for the first book or two in a series about a couple to be the best because the relationship is new and the reader has the fun of watching the couple get to know each other and fall in love. Though this series is not primarily about the romance, the relationship of Amelia and Emerson is definitely part of the fun. The author manages to keep it fun in all the books by not changing them too much once they marry. However, she does something pretty clever here - by giving Emerson amne ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Wow this one kept me entranced the whole time! I thought I had it figured out but the ultimate twist with Sethos, I never guessed. So Im wondering, is Sethos really dead? I dont think so, which is why they probably bundled him away so quickly but who knows?? I wish I had the next installment right now so i could begin reading! : ) Peters just keeps getting better and better. Alot of serial authors, usually get complacent i think and all of their books start sounding the exact name but I think Pe ...more
BJ Rose
This installment of the Amelia Peabody/Emerson escapades was the best I've read so far - even better than the first one! Emerson is kidnapped and strongly 'interrogated' by one of their many enemies (when Amelia is trying to figure out who is behind it, she comes up with a list of 13 possible doers-of-the-dastardly-deed). Intrepid Amelia helps rescue him, only to discover that Emerson has **gasp** forgotten her and their 12-year marriage! I thought that part of the plot went on too long (and I p ...more
Jamie Collins
A really amusing Amelia Peabody adventure. It's worth reading just for Peabody's reaction to the letters from Ramses, who has been left behind in England for once, and not to Peabody's dismay. ("One may be determined to embrace martyrdom gracefully, but a day of reprieve is not to be sneezed at.") When danger threatens at home and abroad, Ramses threatens to rejoin his parents as soon as he has enough money for his fare, reciting an ominous running tally of his savings.

If these books were a litt
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Sue
I enjoyed this next installment in this series about the indomitable Amelia. She faces a difficult obstacle here when her beloved archaeologist husband, Emerson, receives a blow to the head and loses the last few years of his memory, including all the time of their marriage. She wades into the fray with her usual aplomb and wit as she tries to keep her husband alive through many dangers, restore his memory, and foil an evil enemy on their dig in Egypt. Great fun! The reader I listened to, Barbar ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
This is one of the few books in this series that I actually own, and therefore is one of the few books in the series where I was like "Hmmmmm, this plot line rings a bell. SOMEONE ISN'T WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE." But that was literally all I could remember. I managed to convince myself a few times that I knew what was going on, but it still kept me guessing until (almost) the end.

There's plenty of chuckle-worthy moments along the way, especially where Ramses' letters are concerned, and it was fun
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Lori
Mar 22, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Might be my favorite of these novels since the first one. Returns to the location of the first novel, involves amnesia, and some interesting theories on how to deal with it. Love Ramses as an absentee character, as he is still very much present, even if not there.
Saskia
And so my cozy mystery kick continues. I refuse to apologize--these are fun, fun books and a chapter a day is exactly what I need.
Michelle Johnson
Apr 29, 2016 Michelle Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
QUICK PITCH: Peabody and Emerson are at it again.

VERDICT: This actually might be one of my faves...
Audrey
Emerson and Peabody are trying to keep the secret of where their foster daughter, Nefret was found. The Lost Oasis would be a treasure trove to scholars but if it was discovered it would destroy an ancient civilization. Unfortunately there are nefarious criminals who are suspicious that the Emersons have a map and are determined to get it. They kidnap Emerson, beat him up and drug him. When Peabody rescues him she discovers that he has lost his memory. In particular he has forgotten that she is ...more
Cherie
Dec 23, 2016 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I rather liked this convoluted story. It took me a while to understand everything that happened at the end though. I thought the amnesia bit was amusing, but the constant brushes with death for the two Egyptologists is getting old.

Parents do need a break sometimes, and it was nice to see Amelia and Emerson going off to Egypt by themselves.

Previous to this book in the series, I have listened to them, so this was my first exposure to actually reading one.
Marti Shackelford
Good, but not the same as the first ones.

I thought at first I was reading a book by some other other. It wasn't the usual style of the one before it.
Ashley
Dec 16, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing new here, but I got a lot of appreciative laughs out of the familiarity.
Ramya
Dec 03, 2016 Ramya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too fantastical is the only mot juste made up for this one!
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
Review to come... but keep in mind I'm sick so it was a little hard to follow the plot.

The Peabody Emersons are having a heck of a time hiding Nefret's origins. It's not just that coming out of the desert with a girl is odd, it's the fact that they have to concoct and stick to a story about missionaries in order to protect the valley wherein she spent her entire life and ancient Egypt still exists to this day. There are many who would desire this knowledge in order to plunder the valley... and m
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Angelia
Jan 06, 2017 Angelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was getting a little annoyed with Amelia in the previous books, but I actually enjoyed her again in this one. I related to some of her feelings and it made me feel some sympathy for her that I didn't feel in the previous books. I'm looking forward to the next and I want to see more of Sethos.
Ching-Bing-Ping
“No woman really wants a man to carry her off; she only wants him to want to do it.”

The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters is the 7th instalment, of her highly acclaimed crime series featuring Amelia Peabody-Emerson and her husband Radcliffe Emerson. The novel begins with the Emersons returning from their last adventure in the Lost Oasis, with the young girl Nefret. As they try to introduce her into English social life, Nefret, who previously had no brushes with English societ
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Angela
Sep 26, 2010 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have frequently admitted that I am a sucker for an amnesia plot, that grand old staple of television series and of romance novels--and yeah, Elizabeth Peters has one, too. That would be The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog, Book 7 of the Amelia Peabodies, in which Emerson loses enough years off his memory to make him think he doesn't have a wife. You can guess that this causes Amelia quite a great deal of consternation.

Really, though, this book is almost less about that than it is about Ameli
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Kristen
I never get tired of the Peabody-Emerson family and their hilariously exciting [if somewhat implausible in the real world] adventures and intrigues.

In this outing, having safely returned from the lost city from the previous book, bringing back with them young Nefret, who ultimately becomes the newest permanent addition to their family, Amelia and Emerson leave both Ramses and Nefret at home in England, while they head back to Egypt for the excavation season. Of course, as is always the case with
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Bibliothekerin
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Sheu Quen
Oct 04, 2013 Sheu Quen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with interest in Egyptian history
Shelves: mind-boggling
If there was one thing I liked about the book, it would probably be the author's ability to keep me guessing right until the end. I have no idea how she kept to the plot of using the criminal mastermind's abilities to mimic and fake one of the important supporting characters but she did it, and many times I felt that something wasn't right but I had no chance of disputing it because the character would do something so similar to the good guy that any hopes of thinking the character was actually ...more
Elaine
Aug 03, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to get through this one, due mainly to my library since I was halfway through it the first time around when it had to go back. Just as entertaining, exciting and refreshing as the other delightful books in this series, this latest adventure in the lives of Prof. and Mrs. Emerson will keep you turning the pages till the final shocking conclusion.

With danger seemingly dogging their heels as soon as they land in Egypt, Amelia and Emerson are caught in an odd position of expecting
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also wrote as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name. Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago. Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998. She lived in a historic farmhouse in Frede ...more
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