Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Series #1)

Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Series #1)

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

Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has not only inherited her father's fortune, but she is also blessed with his strong will as well. Now she's headed for Cairo, accompanied by a girl with a tarnished past, to indulge her passion for Egyptology. Little did she know that murder and a homicidal mummy lay in wait for her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446573214
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Amelia Peabody Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,426
File size: 839 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Peters is a prolific and successful writer of over 50 books. She is internationally celebrated for her mystery stories (especially those featuring her indomitable Victorian heroine, Amelia Peabody). She earned her PhD in Egyptology from University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Named Grandmaster at the Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grandmaster by the Mystery Writers of America in 1998, in 2003, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Malice Domestic Convention. She lives in an historic farmhouse in Frederick, Maryland, with six cats and two dogs.


A farm in rural Maryland

Date of Birth:

September 29, 1927

Place of Birth:

Canton, Illinois


M.A., Ph.D. in Egyptology, Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1952

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Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 226 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my third time reading this book that is how much I love it. I haven't read the whole Amelia Peabody series yet but that's why I'm reading this book again, so I can read it in cronological order. Like Publishers Weekly's review says 'If Indiana Jones were female,a wife and a mother who lived in Victorian times, he would be Amelia Peabody Emerson!'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the Amelia Peabody series for years (my sister has lent me her collection), although I have never owned a copy till today. That has been gladly remedied. To my sister's joy, I am on a mission to purchase the entire series for my own enjoyment. I urge everyone to read this series because one you've read the first book you will be hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In today's world of angsty vampires, lovesick werewolves, and teen wizards, it's refreshing to discover the Ameilia Peabody series. These books feature a good old fashioned adventure - dastardly deeds, villains, and a plucky heroine. Some readers will find them to be a bit slow compared to today's teen lit, but keep reading - they offer plenty of excitement and even some romance. They are well-written with just enough of a challenging vocabulary to actually teach you a few new words as you go. Overall, a good choice for teens and adults looking for something different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to this on audiobook and was pleasently surprised. I had never heard of this work or author before. I chuckled to myself in many places and love the aserbic wit of the heroine. My only complaint was the length it took the charecters to solve the mystery, it was painful. I felt the heroine was much smarter than she was allowed to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once you read this book you will never be able to stop reading the Amelia Peabody series, the greatest female detective ever. This is what started my addiction.... I read and re-read this book. I can't wait for the next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up 'He shall thunder in the sky' (another of Ms. Peters Peabody books) on vacation last summer and fell desperately in love. I read that book twice more before finally returning home to purchase the entire series. I must say that Ms. Peters books only got better. I barely ate, slept, or really do anything until I'd finished all of the fifteen that I'd bought. The books are charming, clever, enthralling, and beautifully written. So far, I haven't found anyone who hasn't fallen in love with this wonderful series, so why wait to pick up one of the books?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read one Amelia Peabody book and I really wanted to find out how she and Emerson met, so I picked up 'Crocodile on the Sandbank.' Little did I know that this book was to hold me hostage until I finished the last page. I enjoy it that much. I love the mystery itself, but I love how Emerson and Peabody fell in love. I always go back to my favorite parts and reread them over and over. I highly recommend this book! Ms. Peters certainly has a talent for writing literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Amelia Peabody books are my all-time favorite series, and this is the first. This book has it all - murder, mayhem, Victorian humor, and a little romance for good measure. It's best to read these books in order, even though there are a lot (14 in April), because there are some threads throughout the series. Elizabeth Peters is a master storyteller. Her characters are wonderfully and realistically developed, and they get better with every book. You'll be hooked after the first chapter!
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
Amelia Peabody is a woman who can stand on her own two feet. She is smart, witty, a bit snappish, sometimes tart, always ready to tackle the situation, and knows exactly what she's about. Amelia Peabody is my new best parasol-wielding friend. I immediately fell in love with the way the author describes everything vividly and with the perfect personality of Amelia Peabody, spinster, lover of history and artifacts, archeologist in training. Amelia has the curiosity of a cat, the logic of Sherlock Holmes, and the delightful tact of Mary Poppins. The knowledge that the author has of Egypt (or the rest of the world, for that matter) is wonderful for the reader, because the scenes jump right out of the book in clarity. Her vocabulary is also one to speak of, and she also picks just the right word choice to give a sentence a special feeling. "Crocodile on the Sandbank" was so thrilling and went beyond my expectations. I can't imagine there is a whole series just like it, waiting for me to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read so many of the Amelia Peabody Series by Elizabeth Peters but had never read this first one. Sometimes a mention is made of some action that took place years before and I have wondered about it, so I was very glad to finally read the very first book in the series. As you read these books you get to know all the people and want to have have the best happen to them. The knowledge of archeology that you gain from the books is quite interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book before and I always find it entertaining. It's and easy read and Elizabeth Peters describes everything so that it makes you feel like you are right there. I have read all of the Amelia Peabody Series and am looking forward to reading them again.
Para-Fan More than 1 year ago
Ms. Peters never fails to give us a fantastically good read. Amelia Peabody makes all of us want to be married to Emerson and live in Egypt while exploring the Pyramids. Ramses is the brightest kid ever and his exploits alone can give any parent gray hair! Nefret and her beauty keeps everyone hopping. On their new dig at the tomb of Queen Tetisheri Amelia, Emerson, Ramses, Nefret and Emerson' brother and sister-in-law, plus the new governess Miss Marmaduke (who is not what she seems) all find themselves knee deep in murder, mayhem, grave robbers and ancient Egyptian curses. A very fun romp through the dunes and Pyramids of Egypt in a time of great exploration. A book and series to enjoy over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have only read four Peabody books so far, and all of them are great. Each book begs you to read another. But CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK is, indeed, a great book. It is funny, somewhat romantic--not really, but somewhat--and full of adventure and suspense. It is the first Peabody book and it is well worth a read. Even if you are not a great mystery reader--I, myself, am not--you are still to love Peabody. And since this is the first book in a long line of wonderful storeis, I recomend it (especially if you want to learn about how Emerson and Peabody meet).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! My good friend Kyrstina, who shares my interest in egyptology, and world history, recommended this book to me. She told me it had everything in it, action, humor, romance, and best of all EGYPT!! I hope others read this book and all the rest that Elizabeth Peters has written! Don't miss out on a wonderful story!!!
ryanphoffmann88 3 months ago
this is the first in a series about a female archeologist and Egyptologist form the nineteenth century. Set in the 1880's. Crocodile on the Sandbank, follows the first adventure, and mystery of thirty two year old, Amelia Peabody, a female archeologist. She leaves for her first expedition in Cairo, Egypt. along the way, she encounters a young woman in trouble and decides to take her along on her expedition and then meets two other male archeologist, the Emerson Brothers (Walter and Radcliffe), the rest of it a story of mystery and suspense, with a tiny bit of romance. I had read one other book in the series before. I enjoyed this heroine that is a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones (if gender swapped). she is looking in tombs for artifacts, and dealing with a mystery that she has to figure out in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book over and again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters
dibbylodd More than 1 year ago
If you like strong women and wonderfully twisty plots, this is a book for you. Left with money, but constrained by the mores of the Victorian age, Amalia Peabody sets off to live life her way. She rescues an abandoned, ill-used woman, helps with an archaeological dig, fights "super natural" entities, and helps resolve all the chaos. At the end, she finds an unexpected "treasure". A rollicking good read.
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Fun read
vanlyle More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read in the old time mystery style that I like.
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
This book went off to a bit of a slow start, but it was a nice introduction to Amelia and how she came to be. I enjoy her character, she stands out in Victorian society, she’s strong willed and fiercely independent. Evelyn comes along later in the plot and she’s the complete opposite. Yet the two are fast friends and compliment each other. When the Emerson brothers are introduced, one can already come to conclusions as to who goes out with who. They make cute couples, although Amelia and her love interest was the best of the two couples (love their bantering) The plot itself is a really nice mixture of historical fiction and mystery. There’s elements of thriller/horror in the plot itself so as it progresses. The mystery doesn’t really start until at least a third way into the story. There is a supernatural element into the story as well, but of course, being a historical mystery, there’s a logical explanation to it all. The only few criticisms I have of this story is the slow pace of it, character development is fine and fills the plot in between, but it’s not until you read further into the book does the mystery intensify and become more thrilling. Still, it’s worth a read. Historical mystery lovers will enjoy the start of what looks like a great series. I’ll be looking for the second one to read as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago