Amelia Peabody

30 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 28,617 ratings

Crocodile on the Sandbank Publisher's Summary

Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella.

On her way, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been "ruined" and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her rascally lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo.

Eluding Alberto, Evelyn's former lover, who wants her back, and Evelyn's cousin, Lord Ellesmere, who wishes to marry her, the two women sail up the Nile. They disembark at an archaeological 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.

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  • Book 1

    • Crocodile on the Sandbank

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 962
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 578
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 584

    Amelia Peabody embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal for her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way, she rescues Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been "ruined" and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo, where strange visitations and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Crocodile on the Sandbank

    • By Morgan on 01-09-04

    Regular price: $19.57

    • Crocodile on the Sandbank

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,526
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,201
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,191

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nice break from the usual-

    • By Carrie on 12-18-04

    Regular price: $26.57

  • Book 2

    • The Curse of The Pharaohs

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 486
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 313
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 317

    One of the best-loved of mystery writers weaves another tale of intrigue featuring Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Radcliffe. This time the willful and witty duo must catch a murderer at an excavation of an ancient Egyptian tomb in Luxor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great second read!

    • By Mary A. on 07-25-03

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Curse of the Pharaohs

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,799

    The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful!

    • By Leanna on 04-20-11

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 3

    • The Mummy Case

    • An Amelia Peabody Mystery
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Susan O’Malley
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 148

    The irascible husband of Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody demonstrates again why he has been nicknamed "Father of Curses." Denied permission to dig at the pyramids of Dahshoor, Emerson is awarded instead the "pyramids" of Mazghunah: countless mounds of rubble in the midst of nowhere. Nothing in this barren spot seems worthy of interest - until an antiquities dealer is murdered in his Cairo shop.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Okay so the accent is missing....

    • By G. Plude on 09-13-07

    Regular price: $18.17

    • The Mummy Case

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 3
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,367
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351

    The indomitable Amelia Peabody and her husband, known to many as "the Father of Curses", are into archaeology and mischief again. This third in the series brings the reader once more into Egypt and the shady world of black market antiquities. The winter excavation season has hardly yet begun when Amelia stumbles onto what looks suspiciously like a ring of thieves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!

    • By Leanna on 04-20-11

    Regular price: $30.07

  • Book 4

    • Lion in the Valley

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son, Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of the Black Pyramid in Dahshur is theirs for the digging. But the brazen moonlight abduction of Ramses - and an expedition subsequently cursed by misfortune and death - have alerted Amelia to the likely presence of her arch nemesis, the Master Criminal, notorious looter of the living and the dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not the same narrator

    • By Beth Baker on 11-13-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Lion in the Valley

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 4
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,066
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

    Amelia Peabody, archaeologist and woman extraordinaire, should have greeted the approaching excavation with transports of joy. Nothing in the world could compare with exploring the muddy, musty corridors of some bat-infested pyramid. And at Dahshoor, to which she was headed, there existed some particularly fine specimens.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Delicious Confection

    • By Coffee Lover on 11-24-05

    Regular price: $30.07

  • Book 5

    • The Deeds of the Disturber

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 247
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 132
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134

    When the body of a night watchman is found sprawled in the shadow of a rare 19th-Dynasty mummy case, panic ensues. For no one doubts that the guard's untimely demise is the work of an ancient Egyptian curse. No one, that is, except that tart-tongued Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody, whose remarkable talent for criminal investigation has frustrated villains from London to Cairo.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Kept this Amelia Peabody fan happy!

    • By Trish on 07-18-03

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Deeds of the Disturber

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 5
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 951
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 936

    After an adventurous season spent excavating at Dahshoor, and narrowly averting the clutches of the Master Criminal, Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson and her spouse prepare for a quiet summer in England. The social and domestic routine, though interrupted by the precocious escapades of their only child, Ramses, hardly seems much of a challenge for the indomitable Emersons.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Narrator

    • By Wende on 03-30-05

    Regular price: $31.47

  • Book 6

    • The Last Camel Died at Noon

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
    • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 404
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196

    The last camel is dead, and Egyptologist Amelia Peabody, her dashing husband, Emerson, and precocious son, Ramses, are in dire straits on the sun-scorched desert sands. Months before, back in cool, green England, Viscount Blacktower had approached them to find his son and his son's new bride, who have been missing in war-torn Sudan for over a decade. An enigmatic message scrawled on papyrus and a cryptic map had been delivered to Blacktower, awakening his hope that the couple was still alive.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story, Painful Narration

    • By Debra on 12-10-05

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Last Camel Died at Noon

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 6
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,054
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

    Amelia and Emerson leave the calm of Victorian England in search of an estranged father's son and a lost kingdom buried deep in Sudan.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Perfect Combination does it again

    • By Nancy J on 03-22-13

    Regular price: $29.36

  • Book 7

    • The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 7
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,028
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

    This adventure transports Amelia Peabody and her husband Emerson to Amarna, the rustic desert site where the two archaeologists first met, beginning the 13-year association that would take them from mayhem to murder in the Egyptian outback.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful!

    • By S. Dale on 07-20-04

    Regular price: $34.97

  • Book 8

    • The Hippopotamus Pool

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 8
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 931
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 924

    The spunky Victorian Egyptologist Amelia Peabody Emerson has returned to the exotic Nile valley. Parasol aloft and hot on the trail of an unexplored tomb, she must outwit a shadowy evildoer, a questionable antiquities dealer, and her loquacious son, Ramses.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Desert Derring-Do

    • By Kay in DC on 02-03-08

    Regular price: $32.87

  • Book 9

    • Seeing a Large Cat

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 9
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 931
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 920

    Best-selling mystery author Elizabeth Peters has captured the hearts of thousands of readers with her spunky Victorian Egyptologist, Amelia Peabody Emerson. In Seeing a Large Cat, Amelia must ensnare a modern-day killer, a bogus spiritualist, and a predatory debutante in the awesome Valley of the Kings. Someone is sending ominous messages: "Stay away from tomb Twenty-A!" Intrigued, parasol-wielding Amelia won't rest until she finds the forbidden burial site.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Top -Notch Story & Performance

    • By Nancy J on 04-27-13

    Regular price: $27.30

  • Book 10

    • The Ape Who Guards the Balance

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 10
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 879
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 871

    Against the romantic backdrop of Edwardian Egypt, the irresistible Amelia Peabody and her charmingly unconventional family prove themselves to be formidable foes of villainy. In The Ape Who Guards the Balance, Amelia must muster all of her considerable skills of detection to unravel a snarled web of stolen archeological treasures, murderous cults, and fallen women.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Wonderful Book in the Series

    • By Yvonne Jocks on 11-30-05

    Regular price: $34.97

  • Book 11

    • The Falcon at the Portal

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 11
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 815
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 816

    Join spunky Amelia and her charming family for a thrilling new archaeological adventure in Edwardian Egypt. Even on the joyous occasion of the marriage of their Egyptian "son" David to their beloved niece Lia, trouble finds Amelia and hunky hubby Emerson. And this time it is personal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perhaps Best of Series

    • By Kermit on 12-21-05

    Regular price: $34.97

  • Book 12

    • He Shall Thunder in the Sky

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 966
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 962

    In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent!

    • By Trishk on 06-11-04

    Regular price: $37.77

  • Book 13

    • Lord of the Silent

    • An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense, Book 13
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 550
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 500
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 487

    Undeterred by world war and enemy submarines, Amelia and Emerson set sail once again for Egypt, where ghosts of an ancient past and spectres of a present-day evil hover silently over an inscrutable land. In the autumn of 1915 Cairo is transformed into an army camp teeming with enemy agents and shockingly bold tomb robbers are brazenly desecrating the ancient sites. Amelia seeks refuge at a remote dig in Luxor, but this provides no guarantee of safety when she discovers a fresh corpse in an ancient tomb.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unabridged finally!

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-13-15

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Lord of the Silent

    • The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 13
    • By: Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Each book in this best-selling series is greeted with cheers by the ever-growing number of fans who relish the adventures of the Emersons, a family of Victorian archeologists. The shifting sands of intrigue and wry humor that fill these mysteries are always a delight. It is the autumn of 1916, and war has cast its long shadow across Egypt. Cairo is filled with soldiers, and the ancient tombs are filled with treasure hunters. Amidst this chaos, the Emersons have come for their yearly dig.

    Regular price: $34.99

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