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 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. Stange visitations, suspicious accidents and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.
But no villain, or mummy, is a match for the doughty Amelia, How she arranges it all to her satisfaction is just one of the pleasures of this delightfully witty mistery.
Original title: Crocodile on the Sandbank
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives
Fiction→ Romance→ Romantic-Suspense