Crocodile on the Sandbank
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
Barbara Mertz was one creative gal - she hooked me with her gothic mysteries under the Barbara Michaels penname, but I never indulged as much in her straight mystery stories under the name Elizabeth Peters. I finally took the plunge and tried the first book in her long-running series set around Egyptian adventures.
Amelia Peabody is quite a character - feminist for her times, tough and determin ...more
So I directed Walter to pick out a nice tomb for us....more
Amelia Peabody is a wonderful character, sometimes verging on becoming a caricature but the author writes subtly enough to prevent this happening. The same applies to Emerson who despite all his apparent failings of temperament is still someone the reader can like enormously. I can see a great future for the pair of them!
I enjoyed the mystery, the hi ...more
Set in 1884 (the date isn't given, but can be deduced from the few references to Gordon ...more
At first I thought she ma ...more
Independent, feisty Amelia Peabody, a Victorian feminist is just the sort of heroine you want in a cosy mystery set amongst the sand dunes of an archaeological dig in Egypt. An old maid at 29, she has decided to use her generous inheritence to travel and indulge her passion for Egyptology. The other characters are Amelia's companion - a young heiress who had her character ruined by an Italian ...more
“My name is Amelia Peabody… I am a spinster of independent means, traveling for pleasure…I have been accused of being somewhat abrupt in my actions and decisions, but I never act without thought; it is simply that I think more quickly and more intelligently than most people. I am an excellent judge of character.”I simply adored Amelia! She is my kind of heroine - intelligent, bold, courageous, and outrageous with a propensity for using her parasol as a weapon. She is opinionated and willfully blind on ma ...more
Almost immediately, like after the very first sentence, I was quite enamored with the whole thing. The tone, the characters, the setting, the banter. Amelia is SO SASSY. She’s an example of one of my favorite character types: a person who can afford to disregard the limitations put on her because of some sort of exception or power. It’s delicious, really, watching her come into her own.
So basically Amelia Peabody is a “spinster”* in the late 1800s Eng ...more
I listened to this adventure through Hoopla, which I access through my local library. It is thrilling when I discover that a book I enjoy in audio as much as I did this one, by the talented and versatile narrator, Susan O'Malley.
I found the beginning of this tale quite comical, from the cast of quirky characters working together to catch a murderer, all the way to exploring this historical excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb, filled with Egyptian antiquities. Some readers w ...more
I want to be Amelia Peabody. Also, I want a parasol. They seem quite useful for poking people out of the way.
March 31st, 2017
Even better than I remembered. Amelia Peabody is wonderful. If I rated this book today, I would probably give it 5 stars because it remains enjoyable after multiple reads. In fact, I rather want to re-read the rest of the series!
December 4th, 2014
Seriously, how have I survived unaware of Amelia Peabody? Though the novel occas/>December/>March ...more
The archaeology alone, back when you still had antiquarians roaming about was enough to hook me, but everything else was great. I loved how the Emerson party was into conservation and not plunder.
Like I said, can't wait to read the next one. It has something for ev ...more
Apparently, this book was the first of a long series featuring the character of Amelia Peabody. I was interested because it took place in Egypt!
I enjoyed reading the book because the character is really very appealing - Amelia, in Victorian times, is an 'old maid' at 29, but is also a feminist, independent, and smart, but with an obvious, if hidden-from-herself romantic streak.
In this story, she rescues a young 'fallen' woman and then proceeds to ...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 of the Nancy Drew ...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 Hippopo ...more
English gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has recently inherited and she is now at loose ends. Despite the strictures which are socially imposed on Victorian women, she has decided to travel and have adventures. She sets out with a hired female companion for Italy! However, it becomes apparent the companion will ...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 ab ...more
Passed an enjoyable car trip listening to this one - loved the narrator Susan O'Malley. She could imbue the character of Amelia Peabody with the starchy English accent of Edna Mae Oliver's portrayal of Lady Catherine de Bourgh when needed but also provide the warmth and cleverness needed to make Amelia a 3-dimensional and lovable character. I loved Amelia's impressions and descriptions of Egypt during the late 1800's (along with some great nuggets of history.) I d ...more
The mystery in this book wasn't very good - how could it be when the villain was a Mummy? - but it had delightful characters and such a funny turn of phrase - when the mummy was described as Evelyn's "necromantic admirer", I almost died laughing.
Amelia Peabody is now my postergirl for what a strong woman in a historical book should be. She's a natural leader, very strong, smart, sensible, confident, kind, opinionated but doesn' ...more
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