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November 1, 2010

CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK by Elizabeth Peters, 1988

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Book 1)
Elizabeth Peters's 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.

Review by: Rachel Birch, book fan

This is the first of nineteen Amelia Peabody novels by Elizabeth Peters.  This is one of my favorite, if not favorite, series.  These books have everything a reader would want: action, adventure, romance and mystery.  The novels are set in 19th century England and Egypt.  Amelia Peabody is the primary character  who is an egyptology enthusiast. 

In CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK, Amelia goes to Egypt to have an adventurous vacation with a female companion.  While in Egypt, she meets archelogist Radcliff Emerson whom she continues to "run" into throughout the book.  Their chemistry is undeniable!  Throughout the book Amelia is pestered by a mummy, mysteries regarding her female companion and of course Radcliff Emerson. 

This novel is a romp and recommended to anyone who needs a great laugh and a fun mystery.

Market: Adult fiction
Language: Mild
Sensuality: Mild if none (mostly hilarious)
Violence: None
Mature Themes: None

Book formats:
Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Book 1) (paperback)

To learn more about the author, visit: Elizabeth Peters

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