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Elizabeth Peters , Susan O'Malley
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Nov 2007
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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  • Audio CD: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433204851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433204852
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,776 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.


"A writer so popular that the public library has to keep her books under lock and key" -- Washington Post Bookworld

"Dastardly deeds, whirlwind romances, curious mummies and all the fun and intrigue of Egyptian excavations, with a heroine who wields a sturdy parasol rather than a magnum. Accomplished entertainment." -- The Guardian

'Between Amelia Peabody and Indiana Jones, it's Amelia - in wit and daring - by a landslide' -- The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 16 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 A thoroughly modern heroine 5 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Amelia Peabody - what a great name - sets the tone well at the beginning, by saying that she never intended to marry -she felt that women of her time had enough disadvantages without emarking on another by choice! Life, however has other ideas and the process by which she finds her husband provide the hooks on which the story is hung.
A rattling good tale - upon reading this book I was glad to see that there is a whole series to enjoy. The book also made Egyptology, a subject that had never really captured my imagination, a topic of interest.
Amelia entertained me throughout and made my work as a civil servant seem unbearably dull! I really identified with Amelia whilst reading the book - I felt immersed in the story in a way that only an adventure well told can achieve. This is not highbrow, but rather took me to another country, made me cross to leave and impatient to get back. Reading for pleasure and relaxation at its best. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by Mr TREV Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I am mad about Egypt and its history and to have such wonderful characters and animals just makes its perfect. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Priscilla S. Dicketts
1.0 out of 5 stars Truly awful
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
Published 7 months ago by English Maid
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 9 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.
Published 9 months ago by David Milner
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
Published 9 months ago by garfman
This is a terrific story with an endearing leading lady in Amelia Peabody. The plot is clever enough to keep us guessing but not so clever that we can't work some of it out as we... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mystery Writer Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Well paced with intriguing twists and turns
I read this some time ago and enjoyed it. I've just bought it on kindle and have enjoyed it just as much. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dawn Talbot
5.0 out of 5 stars First meeting
Writer keeps reader interested. Amelia has great sense of humor in her dealings with other characters.Meeting future husband great read.
Published 11 months ago by John McKillop
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure
I felt the sand in my hair and the heavy clothes they wore, I was so engrossed. It was such a pleasure to read.
Published 11 months ago by lynne wilson
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