Crocodile on the Sandbank
By Elizabeth Peters
Dodd Mead, 1975. 273 pgs. Mystery
After receiving a large inheritance, and having no desire to marry as is the custom in Victorian England, Amelia Peabody decides to travel. During her travels she helps rescue Evelyn, a disgraced young woman with no means. She decides to have Evelyn be her traveling companion on her trip to Egypt. While in Egypt Amelia delves into her passion of Egyptology and visits archeological digs. She crosses paths with Radcliffe Emerson, an archeologist who is just as stubborn as she. During their exploration Evelyn becomes a target of kidnapping and ghostly apparitions and Amelia decides it is up to her to get to the bottom of things.
The mystery may be easy to solve in this first book of the series, but don’t let that stop you from reading the others. Peabody’s spunky attitude with her formidable parasol (no woman should be without) sparring wits with Radcliffe’s set in his ways attitude are a delight to read.