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Crocodile on the Sandbank (1975)

af Elizabeth Peters

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4,0401982,244 (3.93)297
Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. Along the way, she meets up with Evelyn Barton-Forbes, the Emerson brothers, and a lively mummy. How Amelia arranges all to her satisfaction is just one of the pleasures of this delightfully witty mystery.… (mere)
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    Soulless af Gail Carriger (nessreader, lquilter)
    nessreader: The heroine of Soulless has a similar outlook to early Amelia Peabody (but I should warn that the Peabody series is cosy crime/romance, with no supernatural element while Soulless is gleeful fantasy) Both have strong willed on-the-shelf spinsters who are active protagonists in their story.… (mere)
    lquilter: Without knowing, I'd imagine that Gail Carriger had read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank) before writing Blameless (et seq). Similar era, similarly cranky and forthright spinster protagonist, similar sort of love affair, similar witty dialog and observations. The Amelia Peabody books are, of course, "straight" historical mystery, without the steampunk elements of Carriger's series, but I imagine that Carriger fans who read out-of-genre also will enjoy the Peters' series. Similarly, Peters fans who like SF, steampunk, or vampires/werewolves, might enjoy the Carriger series.… (mere)
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    Wrapped af Jennifer Bradbury (_Zoe_)
    _Zoe_: Wrapped is YA and considerably fluffier, but it shares the common element of an independent-minded nineteenth-century woman encountering an Egyptological mystery.
  3. 30
    The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax af Dorothy Gilman (foggidawn)
  4. 20
    Mr. Impossible af Loretta Chase (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Mr Impossible is a Regency romance novel set in Egypt. The strong intelligent heroine is something of an expert in Egyptian antiquities and is determined to help her brother get out of trouble. The general premise is a lot like the movie The Mummy. Those who enjoyed the romantic angle and the Egyptian setting in Crocodile on the Sandbank may find a lot to like in Chase's Mr Impossible.… (mere)
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    Letters from Egypt: A journey on the Nile, 1849-1850 af Florence Nightingale (Cynara)
    Cynara: Florence went down the Nile in a dahabiyya thirty-two years before the great fictional Victorian lady Amelia Peabody, but there's still much overlap!
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    Changeless af Gail Carriger (majkia)
    majkia: Alexia Terabotti Maccon and Amelia Peabody seriously have a lot in common. And not just parasols. Also bear shaped husbands, attitude, and intrepidity (if that's a word)
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    Valley of the Kings af Cecelia Holland (themulhern)
    themulhern: The books are very different in tone. The shared theme is archaeology and Akhenaten.
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    Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt af Barbara Mertz (themulhern)
    themulhern: The Egyptological fiction by this author really complements her Egyptological non-fiction and vice-versa. I read the non-fiction because I had been reading the fiction, and I'm happy to say that the non-fiction does deepen one's understanding of the fiction. But it is also possible that after reading the non-fiction one might dip into the fiction and find that one was enjoying the fiction much more because of one's existing knowledge.… (mere)
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    The Gilded Shroud af Elizabeth Bailey (4leschats)
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    Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark af Donna Simpson (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both novels feature a prickly, very intelligent 'spinster' unravelling a seemingly paranormal mystery while charming a large and irascible love interest. There were snippets of dialogue in Lady Anne that definitely reminded me of the Amelia Peabody novels. Crocodile on the Sandbank - archaeological mystery set in Egypt. Lady Anne - Gothic romance… (mere)
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    Blameless af Gail Carriger (lquilter)
    lquilter: Without knowing, I'd imagine that Gail Carriger had read Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody series (beginning with Crocodile on the Sandbank) before writing Blameless (et seq). Similar era, similarly cranky and forthright spinster protagonist, similar sort of love affair, similar witty dialog and observations. The Amelia Peabody books are, of course, "straight" historical mystery, without the steampunk elements of Carriger's series, but I imagine that Carriger fans who read out-of-genre also will enjoy the Peters' series. Similarly, Peters fans who like SF, steampunk, or vampires/werewolves, might enjoy the Carriger series.… (mere)
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    And Only to Deceive af Tasha Alexander (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Unconventional heroines rebel against Victorian mores to pursue their intellectual interests. The Elizabeth Peters novels are sillier (including prodding people with parasols) and is set against a backdrop of Egyptian archaeology. The Tasha Alexander mysteries are less openly subversive of Victorian morals, and And Only to Deceive draws on Homer's Iliad.… (mere)
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In the 1880s forceful Amelia Peabody has at 32 inherited a fortune, and has decided to indulge her desire to travel and her passion in Egyptology. On her way to Cairo she meets Evelyn Barton-Forbes and they join together to travel down the Nile. Her adventure really starts when they meet the Emerson brothers.
A very enjoyable well-written read ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
Amelia Peabody is an independent woman. After caring for her father until his death, she learns that she has inherited his considerable fortune and decides to travel the world. She's 32 but proprieties demand that she have a companion. When her current companion proves to be unsatisfactory, she rescues a young woman named Evelyn Barton-Forbes to be her new companion.

Evelyn had run away with an unsuitable man who has now abandoned her in Rome. Her wealthy grandfather disinherited her and she is without hope. Amelia takes her under her wing and together the two head off for Egypt.

Amelia falls in love with Egypt and with archaeology but danger seems to be following them. On a trip up the Nile they meet the Emerson brothers who are archaeologists. The younger is Walter. He and Evelyn fall in love but she feels that, as a ruined woman, she has nothing to offer him. The older brother is Radcliffe who is as opinionated and strong-minded as Amelia herself. The two butt heads from the moment they meet. Their interaction was really fun to read.

The story is told from Amelia's point-of-view which is a unique one. She embodies most of the virtues and faults of the the wealthy Victorian lady tourist. She is certain that things would run better if people would just let her be in charge!

Susan O'Malley did a great job bringing Amelia to life. She also did an excellent job with the other characters. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jun 7, 2021 |
Historical mysteries are a weakness of mine and this one is particularly enjoyable. In the 1880s, wealthy spinster (meaning she's 30) Amelia Peabody -- an arrogant, stubborn protagonist in the mold of Sherlock Holmes -- falls in love with the Egyptian pyramids while constantly fighting with the arrogant, stubborn archeologist studying them. Then a mummy shows up and a too-charming British lord and Amelia has to figure out what's going on while trying to keep her "ruined" lady companion from marrying the wrong man. The book's not that long or deep and it's annoying that Amelia's anachronistic feminism isn't paired with an anachronistic awareness that she's being condescending when she talks about the locals but I loved her all the same and I'm excited to read more of her and Emerson's archeological adventures. ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
It's an easy read, not a bad book, but I wouldn't reread it. It's nice if you want something light and easy that you can start and finish on the same day.

I thought the mystery was not well plotted and I pretty much guessed it before Amelia and Evelyn even left Cairo. The characterization was a bit shallow, some were sort of blank slates and others were just underdeveloped. I also didn't like how Amelia and Emerson's relationship was developed. It would have been nice if they came to see each other as friends and equals by the end of the book, and then their relationship evolves into a romantic one in the next book. But it happened too quickly at the end of this book that it was just not believable due to how their relationship developed in the majority of the novel. ( )
  amybear | May 8, 2021 |
Synopsis: Amelia Peabody, a 30ish spinster, has spent her life taking care of her father and immersing herself in his books. When he dies, she decides to travel the world. She gets as far as Italy, where her companion falls ill and cannot continue. She happens to rescue an English woman who has been abandoned by a gigolo; they become great friends and travel to Egypt. Once in Egypt, they get involved with a rampaging mummy and meet Walter and Radcliff Emmerson.
Review: This is the first of the series and it promises to be very interesting. I particularly like that these books are written by someone with a PhD in Egyptology. ( )
  DrLed | Mar 8, 2021 |
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Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. Along the way, she meets up with Evelyn Barton-Forbes, the Emerson brothers, and a lively mummy. How Amelia arranges all to her satisfaction is just one of the pleasures of this delightfully witty mystery.

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