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La sfida della mummia (Amelia Peabody #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  30,980 ratings  ·  2,145 reviews
Amelia Peabody, indomitable Victorian, embarks for Egypt armed with confidence, journal, and umbrella. Enroute to Cairo, she rescues dainty Evelyn, abandoned by her lover. They sail up the Nile to the archeological dig of the Emerson brothers - irascible but dashing Radcliffe and amiable Walter. A lively mummy, visitations, accidents, kidnap attempt - evil is afoot.
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published 2009 by TEA (first published 1975)
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Celia Powell
What a marvellous, marvellous book. I've seen Elizabeth Peter's books around, of course, but knew nothing of what they were about, and the covers never particularly attracted me. After seeing them recommended on someone's blog, I thought I'd pick up the first of her Amelia Peabody series - and what a joy it was.

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
Hayes
I'm sick of reading tiresome things, so I'm going to read this fun thing and the next two in the series... so there!

That was fun. Cheered me up immensely.
Julianna
Oct 15, 2009 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Cozy Mysteries or Adventure Stories in Exotic Settings
Reviewed for THC Reviews
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
Katie
If my memory serves me correct, this is the first Amelia Peabody mystery novel. I now have probably at least 15 of these books on my shelf and Elizabeth Peters keeps popping a new one out every year. Amelia is a Egyptologist at the beginning of the 20th century. Each book contains new mysteries ("every year, another body") that threaten the archeological digs in which she participates. You get to watch the characters grow over the years, deal with real historical issues (Britain's occupation of...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I was happy to find this on audio at the library, although I have a paper copy. It’s easier to squeeze in an audiobook sometimes, and I thought this would be an enjoyable listen. I was right. The narrator drew me right into the story. I loved the manner in which Barbara Rosenblatt endowed these characters with a distinctive voice in the audiobook. They were real to me as I listened, and I was quite vocal in my reactions to this book. In other words, I was fully engaged!

At first I thought she ma...more
Werner
Jul 19, 2014 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery (especially historical mystery) fans, and fans of strong, smart heroines
This book launched a prolific historical mystery series featuring Amelia Peabody, which makes use of the author's expertise in ancient Egypt and the archaeology that studies it. Peters' real name is Dr. Barbara Mertz, a well-respected Egyptologist in real life. (She also writes acclaimed "romantic suspense" under the name Barbara Michaels.) It was an absolute treat to read; I hated to put it down!

Set in 1884 (the date isn't given, but can be deduced from the few references to Gordon at Khartoum)...more
rabbitprincess
May 17, 2008 rabbitprincess rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical mystery fans, Egypt aficionados
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Top 100 list
I can definitely see why this book was added to one of my Top 100 Crime Novels list -- it is brilliant.

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
Marcy
I always enjoy a little Amelia Peabody. I put an * next to my favorites (since they get a bit formulaic), and I just bought those 5 to add to my library. If you do read them all I recommend skipping #11. I think she's now written more in the series, too.

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
10. Th...more
Vlad
I came into the book prepared to like it. It had an intriguing concept, mixing mystery with Egyptology and archaeology. And the setting, colonial Egypt during the Victorian age, struck me as equally promising. I even found a video interview with the author that was charming and funny;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEJ8M...

By the time I finished reading the book, I wondered if it was the single worst mystery I had ever come across. It's a spectacular failure at virtually everything it attempts....more
Carly
**edited 12/12/13

I've never really understood why people try to decide what books they would bring if they were trapped on a desert island, because (1) it's a little unlikely in our current issues with overpopulation, (2) even if it occurred, I suspect you wouldn't be able to plan ahead, and (3) I'll bet you'd just end up stuck with trashy beach reads. So let's just say that when the zombie apocalypse comes, I'm definitely going to make sure I have some Elizabeth Peters books in my basement or b...more
Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

~I HAVE DISCOVERED MISS AMELIA PEABODY!~

Egypt is in my heart: they say if you once drank from the Nile, the return to its banks will haunt you forever. I spent a couple of extremely short years in Egypt, mostly in Cairo, with weekend trips out to deserts and sea banks, with numerous 10-15 day long travels all over this land of the mysteries and a thousand cats...

I had a wonderful company and all the possible comforts to endure into such travels, including, oh my, that was a TOTAL luxury! - a sho...more
Mike (the Paladin)
My wife loved all these books (and a great many other things Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Michaels, Barbara Mertz wrote). I'm giving it 3 stars as I recognize that this/these are very well written books. They are well constructed, the characters are fully fleshed out and if you follow the series they will remain fairly true to themselves. So, why only 3 stars? First, I like very few mysteries. While these are well crafted mysteries it's not a genre I find a "go-to" for myself...that's one reason. T...more
Becky
Quickie review: I really enjoyed this book. It was a very fast read, and kept me on my toes the entire time. Amelia's character is wonderful. She's headstrong, independent, opinionated and pushy. I loved her.

I also loved Emerson's character, and really love men like him. Big, hulking, loud beasts who have hearts in the right place. There's no map though. And you have to dig once you've reached the X... Emerson's sense of propriety and right and wrong are really commendable, but unfortunately, t...more
Tamara
This has a fairly generic setting, a rather boring mystery, some entirely unconvincing romances (I had to assume everyone in the book was gay and in denial about it. I maintain it makes much more sense that way) and more than a touch of racism. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I suppose) it starts rather strong and moves along at a nice pace with a good bit of what looks like the aforementioned Sapphic undercurrents and a seemingly nicely unreliable narration, and it take until rather past the hal...more
Heather
This was a really fun, light read! I fell in love with Amelia and her witty personality. There was so much humor laced throughout the story, and I think I had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading it. I guessed the "mystery" part of the story fairly early on, but I still enjoyed seeing how it all played out.
Lisa Kay
I love Amelia Peabody! I want to be Amelia Peabody when I grow up. What a great read. Love the characters, setting, dialogues, and plot. I hope the rest of the series holds up.
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Probably about 3.5 stars.

Great romp of fun, especially if you know something of the history of archaeology in Egypt.
Varsha
This was an enjoyable read for sure, so much that I just could not put it down until I finished it. The story set in the midst of Egypt, had quite a good amount of mystery, adventure and humor to it. And of course all the characters were equally well matched and entertaining. Especially the two main protagonists Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson! Usually I love strong female characters but Amelia was not only strong but also egg-headed, quirky, sarcastic, charming and fun to spend time with....more
Arminzerella
Amelia inherits a large sum of money and decides to use this to go traveling in Egypt. During her travels she meets a young woman, Evelyn, who was abandoned by her lover under *very* scandalous circumstances. Amelia invites her to be her traveling companion and protects her from her former lover, and a most persistent cousin. While they are working on an archaeological dig, they discover a mummy, which then seemingly comes to life and begins harassing them. Amelia makes it her business to find o...more
Caroline
Feisty Victorian spinster Amelia Peabody goes off to explore Egypt, in spite of political disruptions - including the besieging of Gordon in Khartoum. She’s not a woman to let herself be put off by piffling politics. En route, she picks up the beautiful and distressed Evelyn Forbes, recovering from a shameful love affair, who happily takes up the post of companion to our gritty heroine. Together they sail forth to Egypt.....the land of pink sunsets and starry nights.... and on up the Nile.

On on...more
Shelli
I really enjoyed this mystery! Amelia Peabody is a great character and I had many laugh out loud moments. While this was lighthearted and fun, it also had interesting subject matter and history thrown in. Radcliffe was another great character and I look forward to reading more of their adventures. This was an audio for me and the narrator was great too. I came across this series on GR and this has been on my TBR for awhile, so I'm glad I finally got to it!
Jennifer
Why read: I've never read a mystery with Egyptian archeology and found the idea intriguing.

What impressed me: I love that this book is historical in two ways - its setting being more than a century ago and its primary subject matter dealing with ancient Egypt. I loved the dual look at Egypt in both times. I really enjoyed the relationship between Evelyn and Amelia - as they are polar opposites, yet manage to bond and bring something much needed into each others lives. And I loved all the potenti...more
bookyeti
My rating: 3.5

What fun!

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
Rebecca Huston
A long time ago, I tried to read this book, and gave up after the first chapter. I am guessing that I really wasn't ready for this series as I took this one on, and discovered that I had a great time with it. In this one we are introduced to the formidable Amelia Peabody, and her friend Evelyn Forbes-Barton, and the equally intriguing Emerson brothers, Radcliffe and Walter. The story does come together as the quartet explore Tell el-Amarna, the long deserted city of Akhetaten. There's a touch of...more
Kristen
Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson are two of THE most delightful, intelligent and funny characters I have come across in a very long time! Two Brits who meet up in Egypt and instantly dislike one another intensely (or so we are led to believe!), they are nevertheless forced to spend time together as they become embroiled in a mystery involving his younger brother Walter, her younger travelling companion Evelyn, and Evelyn's suitor/cousin Lucas. Not to mention any number of Egyptian locals.

As...more
Julie
I first heard about this book years ago, but finally decided to read it for myself. I nearly gave up in the first ten pages because Amelia was so completely EXASPERATING to me, with all her superiority talk ("...I never act without thought; it is simply that I think more quickly and more intelligently than most people."). Luckily she got over that, and I started to enjoy it. By the end she had grown on me a little, but I don't feel compelled to read further in the series, for now at least. Emers...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Miss Amelia Peabody is a confirmed spinster. Her father died and left her a comfortable inheritance and she has decided to start traveling to those ancient sites they both loved. She acquires the lovely yet troubled Evelyn as a companion in Rome and she sets off to visit Egypt. There, she meets the Emerson brothers. Younger brother Walter is a nice lad, but the older Emerson? Has a towering temper. The group accidentally fall in together and begin investigating some mysterious appearances around...more
Tim Hicks
I hope this is a parody, because if it isn't, it's a dreadful book. I'm going to assume that it is.

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
Jackie
On the back cover of this book Publisher’s Weekly is quoted as saying, “If Indiana Jones were female, a wife, and a woman who lived in Victorian Times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson.” This quote fits my sentiments quite well.

Amelia Peabody is witty, charming, intelligent, and a formidable force to be reckon with. She is well ahead of her time. After she inherits a good sum of money she decides to see the world. This decision leads her into some hilarious antics across Egypt. Along the way...more
Poornima

"After all, why should men have all the fun?" asks Amelia Peabody and that's exactly the sentiment echoed throughout in the book! And what better fun than Egypt, tombs, excavations and mummies!

Amelia Peabody comes into wealth and sets out on a journey along the Nile - with recently-abandoned Evelyn. Soon things get interesting and dangerous.

Feisty, intelligent and armed with a parasol, Amelia can be a match for any one - be it the natives, the Emerson brothers or a troublesome mummy!

Its a fun r...more
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Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz. She also writes 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 Fred...more
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“I disapprove of matrimony as a matter of principle.... Why should any independent, intelligent female choose to subject herself to the whims and tyrannies of a husband? I assure you, I have yet to meet a man as sensible as myself! (Amelia Peabody)” 85 likes
“Peculiar or not, it is my idea of pleasure. Why, why else do you lead this life you don't enjoy it? Don't talk of duty to me; you men always have some high-sounding excuse for indulging yourselves. You go gallivanting over the earth, climbing mountains, looking for the sources of the Nile; and expect women to sit dully at home embroidering. I embroider very badly. I think I would excavate rather well. ” 35 likes
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