Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters


Cozy MysteryHistorical RomanceCrocodile on the sandbank Crocodile on the SandbankElizabeth Peters; Mysterious Press 1988WorldCatAmelia Peabody is a practical, forthright 30+ year old spinster in Victorian England. She has received an inheritance from her father so is traveling the world. She stops in Rome on her way to Egypt. There she rescues another single English lady who has been abandoned. Amelia takes Evelyn on as her companion as she continues her travels.

Once Evelyn joins her life, things change for Amelia. In Cairo Evelyn’s ex-lover and cousin both show up, seeking her favors. They also meet the Emerson brothers and Evelyn is quickly smitten by the younger brother, Walter. Emerson and Walter leave for their archeological dig. Evelyn shoves off her ex-lover. Her cousin follows them when they sail down the Nile.

As they sail down the Nile they once again meet the archeologists. Emerson is quite ill, so they stay to nurse him back to health. Evelyn and Walter get to know each other as the women stay. Emerson returns to health and becomes his acerbic self. Then the Mummy shows up. Things get really strange.

Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first of Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series. It could just as easily been sold as a historical romance as it is as a mystery. I read this as part of a mystery discussion group. I’m glad I did, and look forward to more of them. Amelia Peabody is quite a person.

Notice: Non-graphic violence

More books by Elizabeth Peters
Amelia Peabody Emerson at Stop! You’re Killing Me!

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  1. Comment by Jandy:

    Elizabeth Peters wrote some strong characters in Crocodile on the Sandbank. She gave them the potential to get stronger and more memorable. Despite the Victorian times, once Amelia’s father died, she decided to go on her own. That is not the action of the women of the time, so Peters immediately sets Amelia apart from her contemporaries. Emerson is also well drawn, right down to the strong man who can’t reveal any weakness in front of women. He certainly can’t show any tender feelings! Peters makes them believable.

    The reader wants to know more about all the characters and what happens. The mystery has some good twists as well. I certainly did not expect the complete final solution. I had hints, but couldn’t put it together.

    I have been recommending this book to many people over the last 11 years. After reading River in the Sky a couple weeks ago, I decided I needed to re-read this. It’s quiet at work, so I’ve listened to the audio book while working at routine tasks at work. OK, it’s a bit schmaltzier than I remember. That’s partly because I’m used to the stronger Amelia Peabody she becomes as the series progresses. She is not the meek Victorian miss that Evelyn is, but Amelia will develop more. Yes, I will continue to recommend Crocodile on the Sandbank.


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