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Set In , This Is The First Installment In What Has Become A Beloved Bestselling Series At Thirty Two, Strong Willed Amelia Peabody, A Self Proclaimed Spinster, Decides To Use Her Ample Inheritance To Indulge Her Passion, Egyptology On Her Way To Egypt, Amelia Encounters A Young Woman Named Evelyn Barton Forbes The Two Become Fast Friends And Travel On Together, Encountering Mysteries, Missing Mummies, And Radcliffe Emerson, A Dashing And Opinionated Archaeologist Who Doesn T Need A Woman S Help Or So He Thinks


10 thoughts on “Crocodile on the Sandbank

  1. says:

    When I was younger, around 12 years old, I wanted to become an archeologist in Egypt I read quite a few books about Ancient Egypt and other equally old civilizations , ranging from the decipher of the hieroglyphic alphabet, to different theories regarding the creation of Pyramids, even about aliens As such, it is not a great surprise that I enjoyed this novel It is set in Egypt, at an archeological dig and it involves a mysterious walking mummy Moreover, it wants to be a Victorian mystery which is definitely a plus as I am also a fan of that era in books The 3rd bonus point is the main character, a feisty, funny, feminist heroine who I enjoyed having as my guide in this novel I only gave it 3 stars because Amelia Peabody was a bit too much at times, too self confident and aggressive for the period It was a bit unbelievable Moreover, the main mystery was too easy to solve although I greatly enjoyed the journey I plan to read of the series soon.


  2. says:

    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 in her restrictive skirts in Victorian Egypt, fascinated by the country and its ancient history is what makes this book so thoroughly delightful What a wonderful character Her exchanges with Emmerson a grumpy Egyptologist are hilarious the part where she smugly notes that his jacket is on fire from his pocketed pipe after he has harangued her about something or other is hilarious I can t wait to pick up the next one.


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    Men are frail creatures, of course one does not expect them to exhibit the steadfastness of women 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, loyal and intelligent She can get down and dirty with the best of them when it comes to discovering, uncovering and fixing up artifacts Without intention, she amuses characters and readers alike with her antics and attitude She may be stuffy, but she s fun to like Prim and proper can deliver the most giggles, especially with bad luck befalls on her and her companion on their travels In this first book she discovers her love of ancient artifacts and Egypt Side characters give fun times too where would Amelia be without her loyal and sweet companion, Evelyn, and the brothers Walter and Emerson It s not a particularly romantic book and it s kept completely PG, but sparks start to fly and I m sure most readers were happy when Emerson finally starts losing his prejudice towards Amelia and sees her for what she is an ideal partner in exploration, both Egypt and life The mummy stuff was just funny Practical Amelia refuses to be scared off by demented legends of the small minded populace, but even she must face stumbling mummies wrapped in bandages when they try to break into her camp It s a mystery without a murder, but there s plenty to figure out The ambience of Egypt erupts through the pages, making me feel a bit of an itch myself when it comes to traveling and marveling at the world s mysteries Nah, I ll just sit at home and read I m not luckily wealthy like Amelia and fear Egyptian snakes too much , but stilllet s hear it for the Armchair Travelers.


  4. says:

    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.


  5. says:

    This book made me laugh out loud several times, but that s not the only reason I loved it It also introduced me to Amelia Peabody, no nonsense lady archaeologist doctor and resident badass, whose travels through Egypt are full of interesting characters and settings I mean, you can t not love a Victorian lady who s as practical as they come When she needs to stay by a patient in the desert, there s only one habitation that will do So I directed Walter to pick out a nice tomb for us.He was staring at me in the most peculiar fashion He did not speak, but he kept opening and closing his mouth If he had not been such a handsome fellow, he would have reminded me of a frog There is a nice tomb close by, I trust, I repeated, resisting the desire to poke at him with my parasol Go along, Walter, we mustn t waste time I want the place all swept out and tidy by the time our luggage arrives The mystery is secondary to the interactions between the characters, and the pacing could definitely be better, but I enjoyed it nonetheless As Amelia and the rather boorish Radcliffe Emerson begin to excavate in the heretic pharaoh s city, a full blown mummy begins to appear at night and throws everything into disarray both the excavation and the dynamics of the group Amelia treats it as a minor annoyance, of course love her Really, the Mummy was becoming ridiculous Its repertoire was so limited why didn t it do something different, instead of creeping around waving its arms The only quibble that I have with this book is that it s weirdly racist at times though I suppose it s not weird, since it s unfathomable that a Victorian woman would have the modern sensibilities to comprehend that Amelia is a thoroughly Victorian narrator, and she frequently disdains the primitive villages the Egyptians live in However, these passages are followed by Amelia stating in her matter of fact way, And if only the women weren t trapped into marriage in their teens, perhaps things would be better here , so she s believably modern in that regard.Anyway, this book was awesome I want to be a lady archaeologist in divided skirts, traveling on a boat with a piano I can t believe I didn t discover these books sooner The best part is that there are eighteen


  6. says:

    What a pleasant, well written and entertaining book I guess I have found myself another series and I believe this is a pretty long one 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 setting and the descriptions of the country at that time Imagine being able to investigate pyramids and tombs with no guide and just a candle or two They were certainly brave in those days.I am very glad I found this first book in the series and will certainly read .


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    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 made Amelia sound rather superior and stuffy at times, but I came to appreciate the irony she underlined her pompous sounding narrative with Amelia seems able to laugh at her own foibles, which is nice, although it doesn t compromise her strong sense of self Amelia is a very confident person and this comes through in the narration She is also very set in her ways and used to being authoritative It was really interesting seeing her meet her male counterpart, the singular Mr Radcliff Emerson While this isn t a steamy book in the slightest, the sparks did fly I loved the journey of seeing these two fall in love I could predict that they would end up together, and this process was highly enjoyable They met on an equal level, and while they clashed in some ways, it was in the way that makes for a very interesting life together full of good tension and mutual challenge They will never be bored with each other My manner of listening to audiobooks can make things feel rather disjointed, because I can only dedicate an hour or two a night to listening or longer if I am doing something that I can devote my mind to while keeping on task So it did take a while to see where the story was going But this is one of those books where you enjoy the trip and don t worry so much about the destination.Peters endows this book with very rich atmosphere I was on the trip to Egypt along with Amelia, Evelyn, Emerson and Walter Most interesting is how we see Egypt through the eyes of an upper class educated British female While I would not in any way classify Amelia as a racist, she does have a gentle sense of superiority that comes through in her tone I had to decide if that was offensive to me, and ultimately it wasn t It was realistic, honestly I can t expect a 19th century person to view things through the same 21st century multiculturally aware viewpoint that I have as a reader Although risky to compromise some degree of likability with Amelia, it turned out to be a wise artistic decision on Peters part While that superiority is there, it is mingled with a sense of awe, respect, and love for Egypt that encompasses its people, even if their ways and culture may strike her as peculiar and lacking to her British sensibilities.Even though the story is through Amelia s point of view, I felt I gained a very complex vantage point of its characters Yes, Amelia tinges their descriptions with her personal views, I still felt like the characters had a realism that went above and beyond her perceptions Of course, my favorite character other than Amelia was Emerson What can I say I love grumpy heroes Yes, he is a bit of a sexist I think it s too much to call him misogynistic, although he can be rather unkind in his descriptions of women He spoke to me of a man who was quite inexperienced and somewhat awkward with women and tended to mask these feelings of insecurity by projecting his negative opinions on women based on his limited experience with them That s why I was glad that Amelia met him head on A strong, confident woman like her was the only kind of women that he could fall in love with, and the only kind of woman who would put up with him I also enjoyed Evelyn and Walter They were a bit typical for a historical novel, but their characters were very appealing Evelyn is a sweetheart, and Walter was a genuinely nice man Evelyn s journey spoke a little bit about the status of women in 19th century society, and I loved how Amelia raged about the situation and the actions and choices the conventional thinking Evelyn was forced into making Their friendship was another powerful aspect of this book I can see these women being friends until their dying day.My favorite scene in the book was when view spoiler Emerson saves Amelia from the snake It was very romantic to me You could see very clearly how much Emerson cared for her, even though he was completely inept in expressing it verbally Of course, I also enjoyed his proposal near the end Peters understands how to write romantic tension hide spoiler


  8. says:

    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 , the novel is narrated by Amelia herself Peters gives her diction a Victorian flavor which adds verisimiltude, and appeals to readers like me who enjoy 19th century fiction Amelia, though, isn t a typical Victorian female 32 years old and still single, she s knowledgable her father, who s just died, was a famous scholar , headstrong but practical, unintimidated by danger or physical hardship, with a liking for adventure and no false modesty She s also a genuinely compassionate person, a good judge of character, and a Christian who shows her faith not only by a few verbal references to it but by the way she cares about and treats others And last but by no means least, she possesses a rich strain of dry humor that adds enormously to the reader s enjoyment here Comparisons of her character to Indiana Jones are misplaced she s not a female Indy or a Modesty Blaise type She doesn t like guns though she s not reluctant to hit or jab somebody with her parasol if he needs it and in situations that call for action, she tends to trip over her encumbering skirts, which are one of the banes of her existence she much prefers trousers But she s a feisty, tough inside lady who won t run from a challenge and keeps her cool in an emergency Her take charge attitude can come across as abrasive though she doesn t mean for it to but for all that, she s one of the most likable fictional heroines to come down the pike in a long time.Left alone and in good financial shape, Amelia resolves to do some traveling that takes her to Egypt by way of Rome and introduces her to the other main characters here, especially Evelyn Barton Forbes and the archaeologist Emerson brothers Though they re overshadowed by Amelia, all Peters charcters here are vividly real and well drawn Radcliffe Emerson is particularly well done several blurbs, including the description above, call him dashing, but that s not a term I d use To me, he actually comes across as like Doyle s Prof Challenger both physically, with his bear like build and that black beard, and in his irascible, pugnacious personality and opinionated approach to the science that he cares passionately about The author takes awhile to introduce the mystery elements of the plot, because she s setting the stage and letting us get to know the characters and their situation but she keeps our interest as she does it In fact, the book isn t only a mystery it s as much a high Victorian novel of manners and social relationships, and the two strands blend together surprisingly well sort of a Henry James meets The Mummy effect There s also romance two romances, in fact, both having a bit of complication to overcome what fictional romance doesn t and though one of my Goodreads friends has complained that romances in mysteries tend to be poorly integrated with the rest of the plot, that s not the case here The mystery itself doesn t involve murder, a refreshing change of pace from the usual fare in the genre I guessed the basic truth behind the situation well before the denouement, but in this type of fiction, that kind of guessing is part of the pleasure Peters also does a good job introducing period and archaeological background detail and weaving it smoothly into the story where it serves as another ingredient of a very delicious literary main dish I read this inside of two weeks a fast read for me My only regret is that I took so long to get around to reading this series I d most definitely be enthusiastically game for another installment.


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  10. says:

    If Jane Eyre starred in an H Rider Haggard novel written by Agatha Christie.you would get Crocodile on the Sandbank First published in 1975, Peters overlays feminism over the gothic romance which usually had mysterious goings on too and produces this engaging mystery Extra points for using an Egyptian setting and getting the archaeology right Amelia Peabody is a bit of a bossy bones, but you get enough of her history to see the why of it I m probably like her than I care to admit If you enjoy a good mystery set among pyramids and ancient tombs, this book is for you.