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Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
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Jun 18, 2012

it was amazing

This cozy mystery introduces Amelia Peabody, a 19th Century lady with very 20th Century ideas. Amelia's father, a widowered professor, saw nothing wrong with educating his only child as if she were male. Amelia is thirty-two when her father dies and already considered a spinster in Victorian England. When she finds herself heir to a small fortune, she throws convention to the wind and sets off to explore the world.

In Rome, Amelia befriends Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a destitute young aristocrat. After listening to Evelyn's tale of woe, Amelia insists the young woman accompany her on her travels. Next stop: Cairo.

It is in Egypt that Ms. Peters' genius shines. The author is an Egyptologist and she sets the story amid ancient tombs and pyramids at one of the most exciting moments in archeological history. King Tut's tomb has yet to be discovered, but other artifacts are uncovered almost daily. Amelia falls in love with the people, the pyramids, the legends and lore - and with a certain irascible archeologist who acts irritated with Amelia's tendency to "help."

As the mystery develops, the author expertly folds fact into fiction giving the reader an education while taking her on a magical tour. The story is written in first person and Ms. Peters uses this literary device to create a subtle humor that leaves the reader smiling.

If you like your mysteries light and fun but with enough substance to feel as if you've learned something, you'll delight in this series. There is no one else like Elizabeth Peters.

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