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jaxnsmom | 2440 comments Mod

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) by Elizabeth Peters

Here's where to discuss Crocodile on the Sandbank and other Amelia Peabody mysteries.

Other books in the series:

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Denise (dulcinea3) | 131 comments Those of you not familiar with this series have a real treat in store!

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☯Emily  Ginder | 1408 comments This is my favorite cozy author and my favorite series by this author.

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Patty | 13 comments They are wonderful on audiobook by Recorded Books! I almost can't read them in print because I want the voices, the correct pronunciation, and to feel like I am sitting in the lounge with them, just observing.

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Amanda This is a great series. You get so involved with all the characters, you start to feel like they are your friends and you just want to keep reading them to see what your friends are up to now. I love Amelia, but I think Emerson is my favorite character. He makes me laugh so hard sometimes in the books.

I hope Elizabeth Peters can come up with more story ideas for them. There are still a few years that she skipped that need a story to them.

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Deb I finished this book and I must say I was surprised as to what the "mystery" was. I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to ready more in this series. But first I need to go get a parasol.

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☯Emily  Ginder | 1408 comments Yes, a parasol is a very useful tool. There needs to be an NPA to compete with the NRA.

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Moonlight | 17 comments I just finished listening to Deeds of the Distruber on audio. You know, these audio books are best listened to in private. People tend to look at you strangely when you laugh out loud while wearing ear plugs.

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Barb | 703 comments LOL I get the same thing when the driver of the car next to me looks over and sees me laughing out loud :)

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Kristin Nitz (kristinwoldennitz) | 38 comments <(view spoiler)

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Kristin Nitz (kristinwoldennitz) | 38 comments I hope she writes more too, Amanda, but she is 85. I think one of the reasons that she wrote what she calls the internal quartet that runs from SEEING A LARGE CAT to THUNDER IN THE SKY is that she wanted certain things accomplished in the series before ill health could prevent her.

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Iamabibliophile | 201 comments Wondered if I'd be in the mood for this one. Well, I've just ended chapter 4 and I am already in love with Amelia Peadbody!

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Amanda Here is another series that might interest anyone who is reading the Amelia Peabody series. These are also by Elizabeth Peters. There based around a character named Vicky Bliss. One of the characters in the story. Sir John Smythe, is a descendent from Amelia.

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Kristin Nitz (kristinwoldennitz) | 38 comments I only heard the correct pronunciaton for Peabody a few years ago. It's more of a Peabuddy if I recall correctly.

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Barbara Palmer | 7 comments In case no one else has mentioned this, Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Merz who also writes spooky romance thrillers under the name of Barbara Michaels. I collected all the Peabody books and love them, they are readable over and over again as years go by. The Michaels books are a good read too. This is a super author, you really get caught up in her stories and characters. B.Abby

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Nikki (withererose) I really enjoyed this book. It was very interesting throughout and the details and characters were amazing. And I believe all us girls/women need to get parasols and indeed start an NPA as previously mentioned :) I definitely will be reading the next book for sure I love Amelia and Evelynn.

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Anne Pichette | 146 comments I really enjoy the Peabody Books I have read most of them and really enjoy the development of the characters through out the books.

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I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I loved how Amelia assumed she would have to take care of everything, and how she assumes she's part of Emerson's dig, if not in control over it. The only part that bothered me was at the end, when after finding Michael near death, he's forgotten until it's mentioned as an afterthought that Amelia escorted him to the boat. I'm going to make time to read the next in the series.

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Denise (dulcinea3) | 131 comments I'm so glad to hear that some who were new to this series have enjoyed it! I hope you keep reading it!

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Jenny | 5 comments I have enjoyed this series for many years. Read them all but once I listened to an audio od the book I was in love. It is a must hear.

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Iamabibliophile | 201 comments About 1/2 way through I decided to listen to this one rather than read it. I'm trying to sneak it into a busy schedule at the moment. I found it a wee bit of a challenge to get into at first but I'm truly enjoying it. She is a darling character with an attitude I support and find refreshing for that era.

Hoping to finish soon, it's taking me forever!

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Kristin Nitz (kristinwoldennitz) | 38 comments I'll confess that I didn't like THE CURSE OF THE PHAROAHS (Book 2)as much as CROCODILE. If you feel the same way, don't hesitate to go onto THE MUMMY CASE. It's very funny.

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Denise (dulcinea3) | 131 comments Ah, but I loved Agatha's reactions to being a mother in the second book!

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Iamabibliophile | 201 comments Finally finished this one...LOVED IT! So much more "meat" in this story than many cozies today.

I gave it 5 stars.

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☯Emily  Ginder | 1408 comments Glad you liked it. There is lots more meat in the rest of the series.

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AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 665 comments I know I am very late with this but the library just got this in so I will read it now. It sounds awesome, especially the connection people have been making to Evie of the Mummy movies. I love those movies - except the last one.

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Denise (dulcinea3) | 131 comments When I saw the second Mummy movie, I was really reminded of this series, because their son reminded me so much of Ramses. I'd have to read all the books again, but I seem to recall a similar adventure to where they were trapped in the pyramid.

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AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 665 comments I got the book from the library but I told my daughter about the Mummy connection and she disappeared with now I have to wait.

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Iamabibliophile | 201 comments Pressing Like :)

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AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 665 comments yes I definitely thought she ruined the movie. She is a good dramatic actress but she did not do well in a more comedic role. She doesn't have that deft touch necessary to stop a comedic role from becoming just ridiculous

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Denise (dulcinea3) | 131 comments As I recall, though, there was a clever line when she first appeared, that seemed to be the writer's acknowledgment that she was being played by a different actress. I appreciated that, rather than just acting like the audience wouldn't notice the change. That's the only one I don't have on DVD (I have a box set with the first two and The Scorpion King).

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Dale I've read every single Amelia Peabody mystery. I wish she'd write more!

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AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 665 comments Just got this book back from my daughter and I'm reading it now. Really like it so far.

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AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 665 comments Picked up this one Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) by Elizabeth Peters . I really liked it and will definitely read more in the series. I particularly liked the style of writing and the depth of the plot. It was very rich in description and detail, however none of it felt unnecessary. Really glad I picked it up and read it even if I was late!

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Denise (dulcinea3) | 131 comments I think I read that she had planned to end the series with the finding of Tut's tomb. However, then she wrote one more, that was set earlier, kind of filling in the blanks. I was hoping she might continue with more like that, but it was a good long series, anyway.

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Pamela Rose (httpbitly1ax8ln0) | 24 comments Denise wrote: "I think I read that she had planned to end the series with the finding of Tut's tomb. However, then she wrote one more, that was set earlier, kind of filling in the blanks. I was hoping she might ..."

I'm a long-term Amelia Peabody fan, too. The whole family was so well-drawn and interesting. Ramses was and is a hoot...all those mummified mice!

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AngryGreyCat (angrygreycatreads) | 665 comments sad news today. author of this series passed away at 85.

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Amanda So sad to here, that Elizabeth Peters passed away. She was such a great story teller. She made me laugh a lot while reading the Amelia Peabody books and, a lot of her other books as well. She well be greatly missed.

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That is sad news. Crocodile on the Sandbank was the first book of hers, and I really liked it. Even though there are a lot of books in that series, it's sad to think there won't be any more.

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Michelle (shell1567) | 55 comments How sad! I really enjoyed Crocodile on the Sandbank. I am an avid cozy fan, but had never read Elizabeth Peters until I joined this group. I am trying to read the other books in the series in order. I understand she wrote under a few other pseudonyms, as well. I am sure she will be missed!

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Denise (dulcinea3) | 131 comments I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. This was one of my very favorite series ever.

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Patty | 13 comments Very sad news. I feel like a dozen of my quirky relatives just passed on. Time to read them all over from the beginning! They are simply brilliant on audio books! Recorded Books narrated by Barbara Rosenblat

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Moonlight | 17 comments Three of the audio books,are abridged. I was so disappointed since I find the details surrounding the mystery to be as interesting as the mystery itself. I wish they would re-record an unabridged copy.

The abridged books are:
Lord of the Silent (Amelia Peabody, #13) by Elizabeth Peters The Golden One (Amelia Peabody, #14) by Elizabeth Peters Children of the Storm (Amelia Peabody, #15) by Elizabeth Peters

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Lauren (laurenjberman) I started listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) by Elizabeth Peters today. I tried the Barbara Rosenblat narration first, but found that her voice makes Amelia sound not only pompous but middle aged. I returned it to Audible and got the Susan O'Malley narration instead and so far, so good. I know that most readers prefer Rosenblat because she is British as opposed to the American O'Malley but that doesn't seem to matter as much to me as how old the character sounds.

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Lauren (laurenjberman) Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) by Elizabeth Peters

Comments up to the halfway mark:

Setting - (view spoiler)

Amelia - (view spoiler)

Amelia and Emerson - (view spoiler)

Evelyn - (view spoiler)

The mystery - (view spoiler)

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Jill (jgeorge4) | 50 comments I love the Amelia Peobody books! on my tbr list is to read the entire series from start to finish!

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Lauren (laurenjberman) Finished listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody #1) by Elizabeth Peters . The mystery was rather predictable - (view spoiler).

Very enjoyable and I will be continuing with the series.

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❂ Murder by Death  (murderbydeath) Holy caps lock, batman!

I agree with your high opinion of Julie Hyzy's work, but this thread is to specifically discuss the Amelia Peabody books - perhaps you'd like to create a new thread to discuss the White House Chef series?

But please, please don't use caps lock - it's the equivalent of yelling in a library, and extraordinarily hard to read.

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