What a fun book! In Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters, Amelia Peabody is a woman ahead of her time whose personality and physical appearance does not fit into Victorian society. She has strong opinions, which she doesn’t hesitate to voice and a generous, maternal heart. These traits, along with her desire for adventure – of any kind – entangle her first in the life of Evelyn Barton-Forbes, whom she rescues from herself and takes on as a companion for her trip down the Nile, and then with the Emerson brothers and their embattled archeological expedition. That’s when the fun begins.
There’s a 4,000-year-old mummy stalking them at night, some wicket banter – particularly between Amelia and Radcliffe Emerson, a couple of romantic subplots, plenty of emotions left unsaid – we are talking about Victorians here, an unexpected and unwanted guest, moments of peril, and a twist that ties it all together. It is a romp. Crocodile on the Sandbank, the first book in the Amelia Peabody series, which I cannot wait to continue, may not be the greatest book ever written but it is a great, fun summer read.
If you enjoy Crocodile on the Sandbank, I recommend Soulless by Gail Carriger