The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog Book Summary and Study Guide

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In the seventh Amelia Peabody mystery, our heroine and Emerson head off to the digs at Egypt in 1898 without their son Ramses in tow. He is left in Britain, in the care of in-laws Walter and Evelyn Emerson, along with 13-year-old Nefret, the princess from an ancient and hidden Egyptian civilization the couple encountered in _The Last Camel Died at Noon_. (Ramses does send several lengthy and hilariously self-important letters to his folks over the course of the story.) Unfortunately, during the couple's layover in Cairo, Emerson is kidnapped, drugged, and knocked hard on the head so that he loses his memory, at least to the extent of recognizing Amelia or that he is married to her. So they proceed to the Royal Wadi near El Amarna, in search of the tomb of Nefertiti, with a cool and at times antagonistic condescension on Emerson's part. With the admiring help of American financier Cyrus Vandergelt and the less helpful British reporter Kevin O'Connell, Amelia tries to restore her husband's memory while protecting him and the expedition from the murderous emissaries of the Master Criminal.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   searching for treasure/artifacts Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Amnesia story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scholar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Africa    -   Yes Part of Africa:    -   Arabic Africa Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   hostile arabs Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Kind of jargon?    -   archaeology Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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