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  1. Adina Adina says:

    When I was younger around 12 years old I wanted to become an archeologist in Egypt I read uite a few books about Ancient Egypt and other eually old civilizations ranging from the decipher of the hieroglyphic alphabet to different theories regarding the creation of Pyramids even about aliens As such it is not a great surprise that I enjoyed this novel It is set in Egypt at an archeological dig and it involves a mysterious walking mummy Moreover it wants to be a Victorian mystery which is definitely a plus as I am also a fan of that era in books The 3rd bonus point is the main character a feisty funny feminist heroine who I enjoyed having as my guide in this novel I only gave it 3 stars because Amelia Peabody was a bit too much at times too self confident and aggressive for the period It was a bit unbelievable Moreover the main mystery was too easy to solve although I greatly enjoyed the journey I plan to read of the series soon

  2. Celia Celia says:

    What a marvellous marvellous book I've seen Elizabeth Peter's books around of course but knew nothing of what they were about and the covers never particularly attracted me After seeing them recommended on someone's blog I thought I'd pick up the first of her Amelia Peabody series and what a joy it was This is a nominally a mystery but it's not really the meat of the book nor what is so enjoyable about it Amelia Peabody strong minded independent sarcastic Amelia striding along in her restrictive skirts in Victorian Egypt fascinated by the country and its ancient history is what makes this book so thoroughly delightful What a wonderful character Her exchanges with Emmerson a grumpy Egyptologist are hilarious the part where she smugly notes that his jacket is on fire from his pocketed pipe after he has harangued her about something or other is hilarious I can't wait to pick up the next one

  3. Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

    “Men are frail creatures of course; one does not expect them to exhibit the steadfastness of women”Barbara Mertz was one creative gal she hooked me with her gothic mysteries under the Barbara Michaels penname but I never indulged as much in her straight mystery stories under the name Elizabeth Peters I finally took the plunge and tried the first book in her long running series set around Egyptian adventures Amelia Peabody is uite a character feminist for her times tough and determined loyal and intelligent She can get down and dirty with the best of them when it comes to discovering uncovering and fixing up artifacts Without intention she amuses characters and readers alike with her antics and attitude She may be stuffy but she's fun to like Prim and proper can deliver the most giggles especially with bad luck befalls on her and her companion on their travels In this first book she discovers her love of ancient artifacts and Egypt Side characters give fun times too where would Amelia be without her loyal and sweet companion Evelyn and the brothers Walter and Emerson It's not a particularly romantic book and it's kept completely PG but sparks start to fly and I'm sure most readers were happy when Emerson finally starts losing his prejudice towards Amelia and sees her for what she is an ideal partner in exploration both Egypt and life The mummy stuff was just funny Practical Amelia refuses to be scared off by demented legends of the small minded populace but even she must face stumbling mummies wrapped in bandages when they try to break into her camp It's a mystery without a murder but there's plenty to figure out The ambience of Egypt erupts through the pages making me feel a bit of an itch myself when it comes to traveling and marveling at the world's mysteries Nah I'll just sit at home and read I'm not luckily wealthy like Amelia and fear Egyptian snakes too much but stilllet's hear it for the Armchair Travelers

  4. Hayes Hayes says:

    I'm sick of reading tiresome things so I'm going to read this fun thing and the next two in the series so thereThat was fun Cheered me up immensely

  5. Anne Anne says:

    Cute cozy mystery set in Egypt late 1800s I think I love audiobooks and use them all the time but I think the voice actress in this one just didn't fit uite right I kept thinking that the words were betterfunnier than she was doing them justice Amelia sounds like she's about 50 and the chemistry between her and Emerson didn't really come through as well as I think it would have if I had read it Anyway Ameilia is a cranky chick with a nice inheritance and no time for fortune hunters or stupid societal niceties She's headed to Egypt to tour around when her paid companion gets sick As she ponders what to do she runs across a young lady who has fallen on hard times and fainted in the middle of the street And because Amelia is not an asshole she takes her inTurns out Evelyn is an heiress or used to be who ran off with her tutor and was RUINEDDisowned by her grandfather and abandoned by her lover she was on her last leg when Amelia stumbled across her They become fast friends and Amelia said some things that made me think she was a lesbian until I realized this book was published in 1975Which made all the weird references to how beautiful and delicate Amelia thought Evelyn was and how much she enjoyed seeing her in certain clothes make a little sense It also explained all the cringy comments about the superstitious uneducated natives thank god Amelia was able to use her scant medical knowledge to wash the dirt off of a kid save the child's life and therefore endear herself to one of those backward soulsI gotta be honest I felt a lot better after finding out that this wasn't a recently written story but it still made me roll my eyes while I was reading itHowever I did like Amelia's pluck And I really loved the back and forth between her and Emerson He was just as much of a jackass as she was and neither one wanted to admit that they might feelwell feel PeriodAs far as the actual mystery of whodunnit goesWell it's not hard to figure out The bad guys are the bad guys right off the bat and you'd have to be blind not to notice who is behind the evil mummy stuff Or even whyStillThis was fun and I'd definitely read

  6. Emily Emily says:

    This book made me laugh out loud several times but that's not the only reason I loved it It also introduced me to Amelia Peabody no nonsense lady archaeologist doctor and resident badass whose travels through Egypt are full of interesting characters and settings I mean you can't not love a Victorian lady who's as practical as they come When she needs to stay by a patient in the desert there's only one habitation that will do So I directed Walter to pick out a nice tomb for usHe was staring at me in the most peculiar fashion He did not speak but he kept opening and closing his mouth If he had not been such a handsome fellow he would have reminded me of a frogThere is a nice tomb close by I trust I repeated resisting the desire to poke at him with my parasol Go along Walter we mustn't waste time; I want the place all swept out and tidy by the time our luggage arrivesThe mystery is secondary to the interactions between the characters and the pacing could definitely be better but I enjoyed it nonetheless As Amelia and the rather boorish Radcliffe Emerson begin to excavate in the heretic pharaoh's city a full blown mummy begins to appear at night and throws everything into disarray both the excavation and the dynamics of the group Amelia treats it as a minor annoyance of course love herReally the Mummy was becoming ridiculous Its repertoire was so limited; why didn't it do something different instead of creeping around waving its armsThe only uibble that I have with this book is that it's weirdly racist at times though I suppose it's not weird since it's unfathomable that a Victorian woman would have the modern sensibilities to comprehend that Amelia is a thoroughly Victorian narrator and she freuently disdains the primitive villages the Egyptians live in However these passages are followed by Amelia stating in her matter of fact way And if only the women weren't trapped into marriage in their teens perhaps things would be better here so she's believably modern in that regardAnyway this book was awesome I want to be a lady archaeologist in divided skirts traveling on a boat with a piano I can't believe I didn't discover these books sooner The best part is that there are eighteen

  7. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    What a pleasant well written and entertaining book I guess I have found myself another series and I believe this is a pretty long oneAmelia Peabody is a wonderful character sometimes verging on becoming a caricature but the author writes subtly enough to prevent this happening The same applies to Emerson who despite all his apparent failings of temperament is still someone the reader can like enormously I can see a great future for the pair of themI enjoyed the mystery the historical setting and the descriptions of the country at that time Imagine being able to investigate pyramids and tombs with no guide and just a candle or two They were certainly brave in those daysI am very glad I found this first book in the series and will certainly read

  8. Werner Werner says:

    This book launched a prolific historical mystery series featuring Amelia Peabody which makes use of the author's expertise in ancient Egypt and the archaeology that studies it Peters' real name is Dr Barbara Mertz a well respected Egyptologist in real life She also writes acclaimed romantic suspense under the name Barbara Michaels It was an absolute treat to read; I hated to put it downSet in 1884 the date isn't given but can be deduced from the few references to Gordon at Khartoum the novel is narrated by Amelia herself; Peters gives her diction a Victorian flavor which adds verisimiltude and appeals to readers like me who enjoy 19th century fiction Amelia though isn't a typical Victorian female 32 years old and still single she's knowledgable her father who's just died was a famous scholar headstrong but practical unintimidated by danger or physical hardship with a liking for adventure and no false modesty She's also a genuinely compassionate person a good judge of character and a Christian who shows her faith not only by a few verbal references to it but by the way she cares about and treats others And last but by no means least she possesses a rich strain of dry humor that adds enormously to the reader's enjoyment here Comparisons of her character to Indiana Jones are misplaced; she's not a female Indy or a Modesty Blaise type She doesn't like guns though she's not reluctant to hit or jab somebody with her parasol if he needs it and in situations that call for action she tends to trip over her encumbering skirts which are one of the banes of her existence she much prefers trousers But she's a feisty tough inside lady who won't run from a challenge and keeps her cool in an emergency Her take charge attitude can come across as abrasive though she doesn't mean for it to; but for all that she's one of the most likable fictional heroines to come down the pike in a long timeLeft alone and in good financial shape Amelia resolves to do some traveling that takes her to Egypt by way of Rome and introduces her to the other main characters here especially Evelyn Barton Forbes and the archaeologist Emerson brothers Though they're overshadowed by Amelia all Peters' charcters here are vividly real and well drawn Radcliffe Emerson is particularly well done; several blurbs including the description above call him dashing but that's not a term I'd use To me he actually comes across as like Doyle's Prof Challenger both physically with his bear like build and that black beard and in his irascible pugnacious personality and opinionated approach to the science that he cares passionately about The author takes awhile to introduce the mystery elements of the plot because she's setting the stage and letting us get to know the characters and their situation; but she keeps our interest as she does it In fact the book isn't only a mystery; it's as much a high Victorian novel of manners and social relationships and the two strands blend together surprisingly well sort of a Henry James meets The Mummy effect There's also romance two romances in fact both having a bit of complication to overcome what fictional romance doesn't and though one of my Goodreads friends has complained that romances in mysteries tend to be poorly integrated with the rest of the plot that's not the case here The mystery itself doesn't involve murder a refreshing change of pace from the usual fare in the genre; I guessed the basic truth behind the situation well before the denouement but in this type of fiction that kind of guessing is part of the pleasure Peters also does a good job introducing period and archaeological background detail and weaving it smoothly into the story where it serves as another ingredient of a very delicious literary main dishI read this inside of two weeks a fast read for me My only regret is that I took so long to get around to reading this series I'd most definitely be enthusiastically game for another installment

  9. Wanda Wanda says:

    If Jane Eyre starred in an H Rider Haggard novel written by Agatha Christieyou would get Crocodile on the Sandbank First published in 1975 Peters overlays feminism over the gothic romance which usually had mysterious goings on too and produces this engaging mystery Extra points for using an Egyptian setting and getting the archaeology right Amelia Peabody is a bit of a bossy bones but you get enough of her history to see the why of it I’m probably like her than I care to admitIf you enjoy a good mystery set among pyramids and ancient tombs this book is for you

  10. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    I was happy to find this on audio at the library although I have a paper copy It’s easier to sueeze in an audiobook sometimes and I thought this would be an enjoyable listen I was right The narrator drew me right into the story I loved the manner in which Barbara Rosenblatt endowed these characters with a distinctive voice in the audiobook They were real to me as I listened and I was uite vocal in my reactions to this book In other words I was fully engaged At first I thought she made Amelia sound rather superior and stuffy at times but I came to appreciate the irony she underlined her pompous sounding narrative with Amelia seems able to laugh at her own foibles which is nice although it doesn’t compromise her strong sense of self Amelia is a very confident person and this comes through in the narration She is also very set in her ways and used to being authoritative It was really interesting seeing her meet her male counterpart the singular Mr Radcliff Emerson While this isn’t a steamy book in the slightest the sparks did fly I loved the journey of seeing these two fall in love I could predict that they would end up together and this process was highly enjoyable They met on an eual level and while they clashed in some ways it was in the way that makes for a very interesting life together full of good tension and mutual challenge They will never be bored with each other My manner of listening to audiobooks can make things feel rather disjointed because I can only dedicate an hour or two a night to listening or longer if I am doing something that I can devote my mind to while keeping on task So it did take a while to see where the story was going But this is one of those books where you enjoy the trip and don’t worry so much about the destinationPeters endows this book with very rich atmosphere I was on the trip to Egypt along with Amelia Evelyn Emerson and Walter Most interesting is how we see Egypt through the eyes of an upper class educated British female While I would not in any way classify Amelia as a racist she does have a gentle sense of superiority that comes through in her tone I had to decide if that was offensive to me and ultimately it wasn’t It was realistic honestly I can’t expect a 19th century person to view things through the same 21st century multiculturally aware viewpoint that I have as a reader Although risky to compromise some degree of likability with Amelia it turned out to be a wise artistic decision on Peters' part While that superiority is there it is mingled with a sense of awe respect and love for Egypt that encompasses its people even if their ways and culture may strike her as peculiar and lacking to her British sensibilitiesEven though the story is through Amelia’s point of view I felt I gained a very complex vantage point of its characters Yes Amelia tinges their descriptions with her personal views I still felt like the characters had a realism that went above and beyond her perceptions Of course my favorite character other than Amelia was Emerson What can I say I love grumpy heroes Yes he is a bit of a sexist I think it’s too much to call him misogynistic although he can be rather unkind in his descriptions of women He spoke to me of a man who was uite inexperienced and somewhat awkward with women and tended to mask these feelings of insecurity by projecting his negative opinions on women based on his limited experience with them That’s why I was glad that Amelia met him head on A strong confident woman like her was the only kind of women that he could fall in love with and the only kind of woman who would put up with him I also enjoyed Evelyn and Walter They were a bit typical for a historical novel but their characters were very appealing Evelyn is a sweetheart and Walter was a genuinely nice man Evelyn’s journey spoke a little bit about the status of women in 19th century society and I loved how Amelia raged about the situation and the actions and choices the conventional thinking Evelyn was forced into making Their friendship was another powerful aspect of this book I can see these women being friends until their dying dayMy favorite scene in the book was when view spoilerEmerson saves Amelia from the snake It was very romantic to me You could see very clearly how much Emerson cared for her even though he was completely inept in expressing it verbally Of course I also enjoyed his proposal near the end Peters understands how to write romantic tension hide spoiler

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Crocodile on the Sandbank ➜ [Epub] ❧ Crocodile on the Sandbank By Elizabeth Peters ➦ – Nata e cresciuta nell'Inghilterra vittoriana ma ribelle e anticonformista Amelia Peabody si ritrova a trentadue anni con una cospicua eredità e una grande passione per l'archeologia Invece di sceglie Nata e cresciuta nell'Inghilterra vittoriana ma ribelle e anticonformista Amelia Peabody si ritrova a trentadue anni con una cospicua eredità e una grande passione per l'archeologia Invece di scegliere un marito decide di partire per l'Egitto il Paese che da sempre la affascina Giunta nella terra dei faraoni Amelia decide di imbarcarsi insieme a Evelyn un'inglese incontrata a Roma per una crociera sul Nilo Ma il fato sembra divertirsi a far incrociare il cammino delle due donne con uello di due connazionali i fratelli Walter e Radcliffe Emerson Crocodile on Kindle - entrambi archeologi e impegnati nello scavo di alcune tombe Infatti dopo essersi separati al Cairo i uattro s'incontrano di nuovo in un sito sulle rive del fiume Ma uell'inatteso incontro è segnato da un episodio inuietante la mummia di un antico sacerdote appare nottetempo nei pressi del loro accampamento Forse gli scavi hanno innescato una terribile maledizione O ualcuno vuole sabotare gli studi degli Emerson Tra mille pericoli e strane sparizioni toccherà ovviamente all'energica Amelia prendere in mano la situazione e far luce sul mistero della mummia.

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank
  • Elizabeth Peters
  • Italian
  • 18 November 2014
  • 9788850230471