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Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters is the first book in the Amelia Peabody mystery series. Miss Peabody is a 32 year-old English spinster of independent means and forceful personality, who has decided to go forth and see some of the world. She makes it as far as Egypt, where she falls in love with everything Egyptian. Except, of course, for the mysterious mummy who seems intent on causing mayhem, and is a bit too interested in Miss Peabody’s companion, Evelyn. The series is currently eighteen books long. So, fear not, you don’t have to worry about just getting interested in the series and then having to wait impatiently for the next book to come out. You have a bit of reading ahead of you before you get to that point.

Crocodile on the Sandbank takes place during the Victorian Age and is quite plainly a love letter to Egyptology. In view of this, it should not come as any great surprise to learn that “Elizabeth Peters” is a pseudomym for Barbara Mertz, Egyptologist and author of Red Land, Black Land and Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs (she is also Barbara Michaels, by the way).

This mystery is full of information about Egyptian archeology and Victorian social mores. This makes me particularly happy, as I love fiction that is informative as well as entertaining. The book doesn’t stop there, however. Oh, no. It also contains romance and comedy. Miss Peabody’s unique viewpoint alone is worth the price of admission. I feel that I should also point out that this is one of my default books to listen to on tape. If nothing in the audio books section is looking good to me, I just listen to Crocodile on the Sandbank again. Barbara Rosenblat does an excellent job with all of the different voices. So, whichever way you choose to follow Amelia Peabody on her first trip to Egypt, you are sure to enjoy yourself while you are there.

For more information about Elizabeth Peters, check out her website: http://www.mpmbooks.com.

Want to learn more? Check out these books:
Crocodile on the Sandbank
Red Land, Black Land
Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs

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