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Publisher's Note:

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.…

Crocodile on the Sandbank

by Elizabeth Peters

Overall Book Review:

“Peabody, my darling Peabody — what a perfectly splendid time we are going to have!”

Crocodile on the Sandbank is the first novel in the Amelia Peabody historical mystery series. Set in 1880’s, the book follows the strong-willed and intelligent heroine Amelia as she leaves her native England to study Egypt’s ancient ruins. Along the way Amelia meets a number of memorable characters and together the group navigates perilous avalanches, life-threatening disease, and supernatural mummies. I loved Amelia’s strong, commanding voice and hilarious comments as she narrates her adventures (and tries to describe her feelings for Mr. Radcliffe Emerson). Crocodile on the Sandbank is a fun, enjoyable read and a series worth following. 

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 16 religious exclamations, 4 mild obscenities

Violence/Gore: Reports of violence involving torture and warfare; a character hurts his arm during a rockslide; scenes of violence include a character who is shot, two characters fistfight, and a character is strangled and loses consciousness. 

Sex/Nudity:  A few incidents of kissing; several direct and indirect sexual references and reported accounts of sexual activity. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of a family member.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Characters smoke and drink; a character is described as “drunk”.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.