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 determined ...more
So I directed Walter to pick out a nice tomb for us....more
He was sta
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 historical set ...more
At first I thought she ma ...more
Set in 1884 (the date isn't given, but can be deduced from the few references to Gordon at Khartoum) ...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 ...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 England. Her father has jus ...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 will find some of t ...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 stick by her when, at a ...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 occasio ...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
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
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 not do - he ...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 do wa ...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't come out ...more
At 32 years of age she was plain in appearance. And possibly a bit too tall with a "nose that was too large, a mouth too wide and the shape of a chin that was positively masculine." Her attitude? If others had a problem...well...too bad.
The truth? Amelia had a kind heart which leaned toward the underdog and an embracing curiosity with life.
Unexpectedly inheriting a larg ...more
Set in the 1850's, written in the 1970's, with an uber-feminist MC who'd prefer to wear pants to dresses and wants to be more than just somebody's wife. Guess what and spoiler alert! She ends up being somebody's wife.
I am a woman of the 70's, btw, thoroughly modern, raised by parents who decided - for me - that I'd go to college, get a job or have a career and be beholden/dependent on no man. So it wasn't the 1850's feminist vibe th ...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
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