Crocodile on the Sandbank Author:Elizabeth Peters When Amelia Peabody came into her inheritance she was already a spinster of 32. But she was far from ordinary, having a quick mind, a quicker tongue, and a wicked umbrella which she used for emphasis. She had planned a tour of Egyptian antiquities. Everything would have been fine -- had she not hired as her companion a destitute beauty who ha... more »d lost her fortune -- and her virtue -- when she ran away with a Latin lover. . . .« less
Elizabeth Peters's first Amelia Peabody mystery is fun, humorous, and romantic without being sappy. I have re-read this many times and still get a kick out of it. The entire series is excellent, although I prefer the early/younger days of Amelia and Emerson to the later, more mature books.