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Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters

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Well that November Reading Circle was very good for me! Firstly making me return to Agatha Christie (and one I hadn't actually read previously) and thoroughly enjoying it, then introducing me to Stuart MacBride in Cold Granite and finally this book, Crocodile on the Sandbank. The latter two were nominated but beaten by the Agatha Christie and I'm so glad they were nominated as they are books and authors I'd never heard of

 

I'm currently halfway through Crocodile on the Sandbank (bought the kindle edition and read it mostly actually on the phone during my lunchbreaks using the kindle app which works surprisingly well) and I'm enjoying it so much I've just bought the second Amelia Peabody book....

 

Mystery, egypt and great characters - definitely my cup of tea. It's so gripping I abandoned my proper book last night to keep up with this story

 

 

Wasn't sure where to post this as 2011 November reading circle is probably dead and buried but many thanks to the nominees of this and the Stuart MacBride book, it's certainly expanded my list of "must-read" authors

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How did you get on with "Croc" Ali?

 

I'm currently reading Kathleen McGowans' "The Expected One" trilogy, and already feel the urge to move on to other novels this "mystery" kind, preferably set in exotic locations - "Croc" sounds like a contender :smile:

 

Might take me a while to come to terms with Ms Peabodys' name, though ... :giggle2:

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I read this last year and enjoyed it a lot. Going to read the rest of the series eventually.

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Thanks, Vodkafan - I'll have a look when I'm next at my local Library. Always a handy thing to be a member of when starting something which turns into a whole series of :readingtwo:

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I have read quite a few of the series and they are very good for a bit of escapism and humour...archaeology as we wish it was

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I can't remember who recommended these, but I bought the first four in an omnibus edition on offer at £1.09, and I read Crocodile on the Sandbank last week.  I loved the style with the rebellious, independent Amelia Peabody in her first outing, travelling to Egypt with a companion she picks up en route, and ending at an archaeological dig.  I thought the beginning was a bit slow, but once they got to Egypt, it moved along at a nice pace, and the mixture of manners of society with the need to move beyond the restrictions of the female in that period, Amelia is a rather grown up tomboy, and a heroine after my own heart!

 

A good mystery, with well developed characters, and a wonderful bit of escapism.  Will definitely carry on with the series, especially as I already have the next three in the omnibus!

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I love these books and have read all but the last four or so... They move right along and although you get a feel for the rhythm of the books after a while they are in many ways even more enjoyable for it.

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my favourite book by elizabeth Peters is Legend in green velvet,, a romantic suspenser set in Scotland. It is to do with the stone of scone among other things and has some great characters and situations and a lot of humour.

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I like her Vicky Bliss books too, they're good fun and have nice settings, and some great characters, especially her boss, who is the world's worst "spy".

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I must get back to the Amelia Peabody series, I was thoroughly enjoying them, but have stopped after book 8 for a break and just looked it up to find out that was two years ago. :o   I'd like to try the next one, perhaps on holiday later this year - they work really well as holiday books for me as I don't have to stop reading, and can get through one in a day! :lol:

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Just thought I'd say that the very last Amelia Peabody is out soon ; it's called Painted Queen, and I think it was completed by Joan Hess (?) after Elizabeth Peters death.

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I had no idea there was another one due to be published posthumously, so thanks for the heads up. :)  I've just been looking it up, and it was an unfinished manuscript that she'd written that's been completed by Joan Hess.  From the description, it sounds like it will be a final chapter in the series, and may tie up some loose ends - I wonder if she'd planned that?  I'll definitely be reading it in the future, but I'm only about half way through the series at the moment, so it'll be a while before I get to it.

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I read Book 17 this year, so I'm a bit further ahead than you. :)

 

It'll be nice to get the series wrapped up, though I'll wait for a used hardback or a new paperback.

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