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Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1)
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Amelia Peabody, Bk 1
Author: Elizabeth Peters
In Victorian England, a woman wasn't supposed to be an archaeologist or a detective. Amelia Peabody was both. Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has inherited her father's strong will as well as his considerable fortune. On her way to Cairo to indulge her passion for Egyptology, she picks up Evelyn Barton-Forbes as ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780445406513
ISBN-10: 0445406518
Publication Date: 1/1/1988
Pages: 272
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 314 ratings
Publisher: Mysterious Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1) on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I've been keen to read the Amelia Peabody series for some time, and luckily I found this copy recently. It didn't disappoint!

I was aware of its popular classification as a "cozy" mystery, and I'm glad I was, since I was prepared for what I got from this. It wasn't too violent, not too taxing on the mind, a little predictable, with fun characters and some romance thrown into the mix. It was an easy read, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

I will caution anyone who gets this not to read the blurb on the back - especially the Publishers Weekly comment near the bottom, since that will tip something that happens late in the book. That was very poor show to put this on the book!

Here's a list of the entire Amelia Peabody series, in reverse chronological order, from the ameliapeabody.com website.
reviewed Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1) on + 61 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I've just "discovered" Miss Amelia Peabody and had read another one of her adventures when I found this first book. It explains how she got interested in Egypt and how she met the irrasible Emerson. The action at first is a bit slow but picks up nicely towards the second half. I had just about figured out the plot when Miss Amelia makes the comment that "the plot seemed so obvious I felt a child ought to have detected it."

If you like history and Middle East stories, this is the series for you!
reviewed Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1) on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This, being the first in the series, sets the stage for the rest of the books. It gives us insight into the different lead characters: who they are, how they relate to each other and their strengths and weaknesses.

This book seemed to be better written than the second (which I'd read first). I hope that the writing stays at this level for the rest of the LONG series.

A woman âof a certain ageâ â past when she thought she'd ever marry, anyway â decides, when her father dies to travel and visit the lands she'd been studying about.

She rescues a young lady while in Rome. This young lady then becomes her traveling companion.

They travel on to Egypt, find archeologists studying a ruin there and stay to assist for a while. There is a âmummy come to lifeâ which threatens to eject them from their âdigâ. Mystery solved by the end⦠Read it to find out how.
reviewed Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1) on + 83 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
I read this and found it mildly enjoyable but too predictable. I learned, some time after I had read it, that Peters wrote this as a parody of the romantic mystery genre. It's quite a popular series, I understand.
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Helpful Score: 1
If Indiana Jones were female, a wife and mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Jones.
An interesting funny mystery.
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reviewed Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1) on
Amelia Peabody is an independent woman with her own money who is traveling alone in the Middle East. She becomes involved a mystery involving a mummy visiting at an archeological dig in Egypt. It is humorous and very well written. The whole series is excellent and gets better with each book.
reviewed Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Bk 1) on
I have an interest in archaeology so the subject matter was interesting in the setting the book provided. The story line was OK. It seemed slow moving, repetitive and predictable. The mix characters was interesting and enjoyed the adventure they all took together. It was a fun read, but not a literary classic. Nevertheless, I would now love to read the rest of the books in the series.
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This was a little sentimental, but I really enjoyed the story and it was a relaxing and atmospheric mystery. I'm interested to see where the series goes from here.

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