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Elizabeth Peters
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25 May 2006 Amelia Peabody Murder Mystery (Book 1)
The first Amelia Peabody adventure, in which she comes into her inheritance and decides to see the world. Rescuing Evelyn Barton-Forbes on her way, she arrives in Egypt where they meet Radcliffe Emerson, an archaeologist who doesn't need help from women - or so he thinks.

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; 1st Paperback Printing edition (25 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845293886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845293888
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Peters' unforgettable heroine Amelia Peabody makes her first appearance in this clever mystery. Amelia receives a rather large inheritance and decides to use it for travel. On her way through Rome to Egypt, she meets Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a young woman abandoned by her lover and left with no means of support. Amelia promptly takes Evelyn under her wing, insisting that the young lady accompany her to Egypt, where Amelia plans to indulge her passion for Egyptology. When Evelyn becomes the target of an aborted kidnapping and the focus of a series of suspicious accidents and mysterious visitations, Amelia becomes convinced of a plot to harm her young friend. Like any self-respecting sleuth, Amelia sets out to discover who is behind it all. --Coco Avondale --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Amelia Peabody is a force to be reckoned with, a female Indiana Jones of the late-19th century. Setting out on her travels in Crocodile on the Sandbank, aged 32, clutching her journal and parasol, she is determined to see the real Egypt. In Rome, she recruits Evelyn, a young aristocratic English girl who has been cruelly abandoned by her Italian lover, as a companion, and the pair sail up the Nile, into the middle of a dastardly plot. The second volume of Amelia's adventures, The Falcon at the Portal, takes place nearly three decades later, after she has married an archaeologist and their son has grown up. This time the adventure centres on fake artefacts, a mysterious murder and a series of unexplained accidents. All good ingredients for crime thrillers, and these two are gripping. (Kirkus UK)<br /><br />The period setting Miss Peters uses this time is to her advantage since she always was more then than now, and this follows in the intrepid footsteps of Miss Amelia Peabody (maiden lady) and the young woman (ex-maiden traduced) she salvages as they trip through the tombs of Egypt. With an archaeologist and some assorted others and a mummy who keeps appearing and disappearing. Here and there you might almost suspect that Miss Peters is twitting the category - in any case it's still loweroglyphics for those who barely read - anything better. --Kirkus Reviews

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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Irrisistable! 4 July 2002
Amelia Peabody muscles her way straight into your mind and then into your slightly perturbed heart. Armed with her surprisingly rigid parasol she makes it her duty to prod and seduce everyone in sight around to her way of thinking. From Evelyn, the swooning waif to sexy dark Radcliffe Emerson, the critical archeaologist Amelia takes them all by storm (with a fair amount of prodding) while simultaneously indulging her passion for pyramids, egyptology and mystery along the way.

Don't expect a completely impreganable plot. By about 50 pages from the end I was pretty sure I knew "who done it", but the whole book is constructed in such a way that you don't really care. Throw in plenty of romance and a very important pavement, and there's a recipe for complete escapism. Up until the final line I was completely hooked - I couldn't put it down and spent five hours solid reading. On the day I finished it I ordered the next four.
This book is by no means her first or her last - there are now 12 more in the Amelia Peabody mysteries (and more coming), as well as the Vicky Bliss mysteries and the Jaqueline Kirkby mysteries (all worth reading). But well before giving birth to the wonderous creation that is Amelia Peabody, Peter's was writing one gothic novel romance/mystery after another under the name Barbara Michaels. In between all these releases (I think she's about 35-40 fiction books to her two names) she found time to write her non-fiction egyptology books as well!
Elizabeth Peter's knows what she's talking about - she has a PhD in Egyptology and while the Peabody books weren't written to stretch the intellect they have the power to entertain over and over. The facts and details aren't laboured over but smoothly adhere to the action. Enjoy!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, easy fun 28 May 2007
By Philida
I bought "Crocodile on the Sandbank" almost on a whim after a friend recommended it to me. I then promptly left it to gather dust on my bookshelf for six months, before picking it up again recently to finally sit down and read it.

I am quite furious with myself for those six months I spent ignoring it. "Crocodile on the Sandbank" is a wonderful story, filled with vibrant, likable characters. Amelia Peabody, the protagonist, is strong-minded, outspoken, and something of a Victorian superheroine: she rescues forlorn waifs from the streets of Rome, she speaks four languages, and she can archeologise just as well as any man! Surprisingly, the presence of a character so obviously written to be liked by readers does not become tiresome, largely, I suspect, because Amelia isn't just talk: she is tremendously loyal to her friends, as well as being brave, compassionate, and genuinely unafraid to put herself in danger to help those in need.

Admittedly the novel is a little too "nice" and inoffensive: the heroes are as clearly-defined as if they were wearing white hats throughout, and the villains practically twirl black moustaches in the most dastardly manner imaginable. I found myself at certain points in the novel raising a cynical eyebrow at the characters' (especially Amelia's) attitude to premarital sex. However, I admit that this can be put down both to a need to keep the story moving forward (I believe I would have killed myself in despair had every character Evelyn encountered reached for his or her smelling salts upon the discovery that she was not a virgin), as well as the fact that it is made quite clear from the start that Amelia is a little unusual for a Victorian lady.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moral principles and umbrella 11 Aug 2003
Wherever Amelia Peavody goes, she has two very useful assets: her moral principles (solid victorian upbringing) and her umbrella (great against the rain, the desert sun and any rascals that may attempt to hurt her or her friends).In fact, one of the funniest things about this character is how, by way of scrupulously and strictly following her ethical code --which is supposed to be shared by all her fellow countrymen--, she manages to be an extravagant outsider, almost a revolutionary. And the whodonit plot seems a showcase for this, since it actually provides perfect occasions for Amelia to assert her ideas and character. Another very funny thing about this character is her love life. The romantic part of this book follows the well known (and irresistible, if well done)hate-at-first-sight-that-turns-into-love formula. And I warn will inevitably fall in love with Emmerson!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Timeless Series! 11 Aug 2009
England, Victorian Era. Amelia Peabody, a middle aged spinster and somewhat of a scholar, just inherited a considerable amount of money from her deceased father, seeing this as her opportunity for freedom, she decides to travel to Egypt and explore all the places she's been reading about in books. Armed with her parasol and a unique personality, Amelia ventures into a world of men, who don't take lightly to being ordered about by a woman, especially one as eccentric as her.

Meeting a stranger on the way and learning about her unfortunate story, Amelia takes Evelyn under her wing and together they explore Egypt's monuments and sail down the Nile, constantly battling against the crew's ideas of what a proper visit should be. When reaching Amarna's archaeological dig, little do they know that their trip is at an end, the Emerson brothers, their recent acquaintances, are facing serious problems, Radcliffe has been struck down by illness and the workers are becoming superstitious. Not one to flee in the face of adversity, Amelia sets to saving Racliffe's life while taking over the excavation, that is, until he recovers and tries to put her in her place. They both seem to have found their match!

This cosy mystery is the start of a series that I have the feeling will fast become one of my favourites, Amelia Peabody is almost like a female Indiana Jones, she's witty, smart and isn't afraid of anything, plus she's a threat to anyone with her parasol. Radcliffe Emerson is the perfect hero, handsome, dark sense of humour, strong and sure of himself with just the right touch of arrogance.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good read
Pretty good read...its very 'of its time' but overall the characters are likeable and the story is engaging. A good old-fashioned mystery - nothing too complicated or gruesome!
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I knew of Elizabeth Peters but had not read any of her books until now and I am glad that I did. This is Elizabeth Peters' first book in a series chronicling the adventures of... Read more
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I am mad about Egypt and its history and to have such wonderful characters and animals just makes its perfect. Read more
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It is supposed to be a tale of a very English Rose, but alas read by an obviously American woman with a very boring voice and after listening to one CD couldn't listen any further... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Scooby Doo" set in Edwardian Egypt
I had this series recommended to me by one of my local librarians. Having made some effort to get the first book in the series I doubt very much that I will be bothering with the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. R. T. Bowes
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Easy Read
It was an engaging tale, that I enjoyed reading. I will probably look for other Elizabeth Peters books to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
It's perhaps unfair to give a rating for a book that's not to your personal taste. But that's what I've done here. It's well written and holds the attention. Read more
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