Books : reviews

Elizabeth Peters.
Crocodile on the Sandbank.
Robinson. 1975

Emancipated and forthright, Amelia Peabody, an indomitable product of the Victorian era, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakeable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and a sturdy parasol.

On her way there Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes who has been ruined and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her callous lover, and takes her to Cairo as her companion.

From there the two women sail up the Nile into their biggest ever adventure. Arriving at an archaeological site run by the Emerson brothers – the dashing Emerson and amiable Walter – Amelia discovers that their little party is increased by one: an ancient Egyptian mummy that proves to be an alarming and decidedly lively example of the species…