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Crocodile on the Sandbank

For a person who doesn't reread much I've actually done my fair share of that this year. Here's another example, Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters.

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To be be fair my first reading of this book has to be about 25 years ago. Back then I got it from a library - would have been either Newton Abbot or Barnstaple - read it, loved it, hoped there would be more, promptly forgot all about it. Until several years ago when I began to wonder if the series I was seeing and hearing about was connected in any way to that long ago book. It was and at last I've got around to rereading the first one so I can read a few of the follow-ons. And there are plenty to read - eighteen I think! Ms Peters has clearly not been sitting around filing her nails.

Anyway, the story concerns a Victorian woman of independent means, Amelia Peabody. She's one of these forceful, no-nonsense women in her mid-thirties who feels herself to be plain and believes she will never marry. On her way to Egypt she rescues Evelyn Barton-Forbes, a ruined woman, and the two of them proceed on to Egypt as companions. Much skulduggery then ensues as they encounter the Emerson brothers, Radcliffe and Walter, who are in the middle of an archaeological dig. The women join them on the dig. Then a mummy makes its appearance - up to no good surely *g* - and Evelyn is pursued by said mummy, and sundry suitors, until eventually all is revealed to everyone's satisfaction.

I liked this every bit as much the second time of reading as the first. It really is great fun. Amelia is an excellent heroine with her no-nonsense approach and I like the fact that Radcliffe is every bit her match and doesn't let her walk all over him. The crime element is not that difficult to work out but that didn't worry me; it's the kind of book that's more about the characters than the plot. How many of these I'll read I'm not sure. I have several coming from Amazon and a couple of later ones already here. I'm just not sure whether the quality is maintained up to book 18. Has anyone here read them all?

Remembrance Day is fast approaching so I thought I'd make my reading fit the occasion. I'm reading The First Casualty by Ben Elton, which is a WWI crime story. So far it's excellent. In fact I think it might be a crime reading month for me as I also have two Book Crossing crime books by Julie Kaewert to read, and Still Life by Louise Penny from the library. It's set in a small village in Quebec and was recced quite highly so I thought I'd give it a go. Of course... I never read crime books. *cough, cough*.

Comments

Oh, I love this book. Love, love, love it! Methinks it's time to reread it. :)

Remembrance Day?
Ah yes, but is it 25 years since you first read it? If it is, then it's time. :-)

Remembrance Day is the 11th. November, the anniversary of the end of WWI. Services are held on the closest Sunday and a lot of people wear poppies in the weeks leading up to the day. It's a day to remember the dead of both world wars basically and there's always a 2 minute silence on the 11th. hour of the 11th. day of the 11th. month. I'm guessing you call it something else.

Edited at 2007-11-08 10:54 pm (UTC)
Oh of course. Here, November 11 is called Veterans Day, and is to honor the living veterans of all our wars. Memorial Day, in May, is to honor the fallen.
I could never get into Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody books. :-(

I've read a lot of the stories she's written under the pen name of Barbara Michaels as well as other novels she's written as EP. I particularly liked the stories about Jacqueline Kirby.

My son's girlfriend really likes them, though, (she even named her kitty after Amelia! :D )

Thanks for reccing this one; perhaps I should give them another go.
The Jacqueline Kirby books sound quite good too... never even heard of those!
Oh, I love the Amelia Peabody books! I went through a phrase of having to read all of them a few years ago - a new one came out while I was in Denmark at a temporary address, and I didn't care, I sent off for it in hardback (which I never do) anyway! I actually like the later ones even better than the earlier ones, I loved watching Ramses grow up, and then of course WWI started, and that just added to the fabulousness... I've not read the latest couple, but now that you've reminded me, I should probably search them all out for a good re-read... if I can track down which country they're currently in...
Oh, that's interesting that you like the later ones even more than the early ones. That's good to know. I shall keep reading then. Thanks for commenting.