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Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters (Amelia Peabody #1)

Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first in the Amelia Peabody series by the famous (sadly now deceased) author Elizabeth Peters.  This first book was also the first one that exposed me to archaeological mysteries, a genre that I love until now. I’m not sure at this point that I’d still enjoy this particular series as much as the more modern ones, but this is like your first, you can never forget it.

It is the year 1884. Amelia Peabody loves archaeology, is a rather spoiled girl and is an orphan too. When her father passed away, he left her everything since she was his only child. Now with all this wealth in her hands, she can go on and explore the world (this being her dream since childhood), starting with her favorite country, Egypt.

Amelia Peabody is no traditional girl of the late 1880s. She has no ideas of getting married anytime soon, and the open world speaks to her all the time. Once in Egypt, she meets Evelyn, a rather shy girl with her share of her problems, and the two of them decided to go on a rather innocent Nile tour.

On the way, they meet an archaeological expedition run by the Emerson brothers, and when she meets Radcliffe, the older of the two brothers, they both feel there is something going on between the two of them.

However, romance has to take a back seat when both of them have to work together to save Evelyn.

I won’t give the plot away, but let’s just say that it is truly a wonderful mystery and a lovely start to a great series that will go down in history as a real classic.

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  1. I love books told in the 17-1800’s especially romance novels. I’ve never read a mystery novel told in that era before but sounds like a rather interesting book. Will see if its available for free loan on my Kindle and give it a look over.

  2. I have never read books written by Elizabeth Peters, but I love learning about the Nile and anything that has to do with Egypt. Not sure why the Egyptian culture intriges me, but it does. Maybe because Cleopatra was so mysterious.

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