Have you ever read a book that is absolutely adored by many, only to find yourself bored out of your mind? This happened to me while listening to Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters. This series is wildly popular and the blurb was so promising. Unfortunately, this series just isn’t for me. Maybe I’m too lowbrow.
Positives: The strong, feminist aspects of Amelia Peabody. The Egyptian setting. Light humor. Amelia Peabody is a fantastic name.
Negatives: So little mystery. Fluffy romance.
Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archeological site run by the Emerson brothers – the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter. Soon their little party is increased by one – one mummy, that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy – and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last.