Crocodile on the Sandbank Book Summary and Study Guide

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Armed with a sturdy umbrella and a sharp tongue, Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody travels to Egypt. At a stopover in Rome, she rescues Evelyn, a fellow Englishwoman, "ruined" and left penniless by a good-for-nothing lover. The women board a "dahabeeyah" -- a luxurious Egyptian boat -- for a breathtaking tour of the Nile and the surrounding pyramids.
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Their idyllic trip turns sour after they stop at an archaeological camp run by the hot-tempered, opinionated Radcliffe Emerson. As Evelyn and Emerson's brother, Walter, fall in love, Radcliffe and Amelia bicker -- a situation exacerbated by a series of suspicious accidents and odd happenings

Then, a mummy appears, or someone pretending to be a mummy in order to frighten them. But Amelia will not be deterred, either by a mummy risen from the tomb or an insufferable, egotistical archaeologist. She sets out to discover the reasons behind all the strange events. But as she solves the mystery, she encounters one more surprise: the love blossoming in her heart for Radcliffe Emerson, and his for her.
The review of this Book prepared by Felicia Jordan

The main character is a wealthy woman who befriends a young woman who has been betrayed and abandoned by a lover. They meet an archeologist and his associate, and accompany them on an archeological dig. Eventually the young female traveling companion falls in love with the young male assistant, and the main female character falls in love with the archeologist.
The review of this Book prepared by Sharon R. Aldridge

Peters introduces Amelia Peabody, a sharp, somewhat snippy heroine of a soon-to-be-successful series set mostly in Egypt during the last two decades of the 19th century. Peabody, quick with her umbrella as well as her mind and mouth, meets her future husband, imperious but good-hearted archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson, in this story and solves a murder mystery as well as working alongside Emerson on the dig. A ghost seems to be haunting the work site, scaring away the Arab laborers and occasionally killing one. Amelia's rescue of "fallen" but basically good woman Evelyn to be her companion on a trip through Egypt will also bear future relational fruit.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

This is the first mystery in the Amelia Peabody series. Amelia loses her companion in Italy, and adopts a fainting girl she finds on the street as her companion. Amelia and Evelyn Barton-Forbes, her new companion, travel to Egypt, encounter and save the blustering Emerson, join an archeological expedition and are pursued by Evelyn's old lover and cousin. Things get really difficult when it appears that the site has been cursed and that a mummy is exacting revenge for desecrating its resting place.
The review of this Book prepared by Christine G.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   very humorous Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   getting to know a nice woman    -   searching for treasure/artifacts Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's


Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Desert?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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