Elizabeth Peters: Amelia Peabody Omnibus (books 1-2)

It’s been years since I read the last Amelia Peabody novel so I felt it was time to re-visit the series.

It all starts with Amelia inheriting a lot of money after her father dies sometime in the late 19th century and deciding to travel the world (starting with Egypt) after spending her life in intellectual pursuits as the companion of her father. She is sure of herself and has no fear of what the world might say as she is a spinster (she’s younger than me btw as the series starts, 32) and considers herself without any marital prospects (not that she would want any).

Crocodile on the Sandbank

This is the first book where we embark on Egyptian and archaeological adventures with Amelia. I would love to be able to describe her manners and style of talking (writing, as these books are published as Amelia’s diaries after her death). She is a true feminist but not that she would ever call herself that, she believes in equality and reason so she generally follows that path even when society frowns upon it. And she doesn’t care in the least. 🙂

Through some mishaps, she and her  companion Evelyn meet the brothers Emerson and by the end of the book, we have 2 happy couples, albeit as different from one another as can be. Emerson, as Amelia calls him is the older brother (his name is Radcliffe actually), the archaeologist, and the younger brother Walter is there to help him with excavations and translations as he is a linguist.

Anyway, in this book we follow the friendship and love growing between the four, but the communication between Emerson and Peabody (as he calls her) is what makes these books so funny to read. Everything is told from Peabody’s point of view, as we are reading her “diaries” after all.

The Curse of the Pharaohs

I must say, of the four books, I’ve read in this go, this is the one I have the least to say about. 🙂 Peabody and Emerson, having had a child are after the initial excavation season when they left him with his aunt and uncle now spending time in England not being able to leave their child for so long, (whose real name is not that important as from now on he will be called Ramses), this time they have to leave him with his aunt and uncle to go help with excavations after a plea to Emerson from a long-time ago friend whose husband has died in a strange accident that is of course attributed to a curse from a pharaoh where they are excavating.

Of course, Peabody and Emerson get themselves entangled in a mystery, how ever much Emerson tries to avoid them and Peabody wants to solve them. 🙂 And they return home with the cat Bastet who is to become Ramses’ best companion.
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13 thoughts on “Elizabeth Peters: Amelia Peabody Omnibus (books 1-2)

  1. Natalie August 6, 2012 at 03:07 Reply

    I adored these! Like you, I read them ages ago (when I was a teenager – ah youth), and giggled endlessly over pompous Amelia. I even considered naming my cat Bastet. 🙂

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  2. Anonymous August 6, 2012 at 15:37 Reply

    Love, love, love these books! Your reviews were great, Ines – it IS hard to describe her tone and manners, they're so funny (and yes Natalie, definitely pompous!). And we did, in fact, name one of our pets Bastet!! Can't wait for book 20, which Elizabeth Peters is apparently writing now!

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  3. mals86 August 6, 2012 at 20:58 Reply

    I really must reread the Peabody books… I remember enjoying them a lot.

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  4. Suzanne August 7, 2012 at 05:38 Reply

    You make "Crocodile on the Sandbank" sound absolutely delightful, Ines. I'd never heard of this series before — I might have to look them up, as they sound like great fun!

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  5. Ines August 8, 2012 at 19:56 Reply

    I always wondered who else read these books as no one I know here has and they are just so much fun! :-)And even though I never thought of Amelia as pompous, now you said it, it makes sense.

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  6. Ines August 8, 2012 at 20:27 Reply

    Anon, you're absolutely right, it is difficult to describe the tone, it's really too much fun. :-)So cool about Bastet!

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  7. Ines August 8, 2012 at 20:33 Reply

    That's what I remembered and that's why I wanted to re-read this. For some reason, I find it even better this time around. 🙂

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  8. Ines August 8, 2012 at 20:35 Reply

    Suzanne please look it up. I think you might like it and I would love to hear your opinion on it. 🙂

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  9. Natalie August 13, 2012 at 05:17 Reply

    I don't think they are very popular here, but somehow I stumbled across them, and then I just kept reading!

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  10. ChickenFreak August 15, 2012 at 07:11 Reply

    Hey hey hey! I love these books! And, really, most of Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels' stuff – the loosely-linked Georgetown series is another gang of my favorite books.

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  11. Ines August 19, 2012 at 13:58 Reply

    CF, so you would recommend the Barbara Michals stuff as well? Because I only ever read the Amelia Peabody series and haven't tried anything else.

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  12. ChickenFreak August 20, 2012 at 01:43 Reply

    I would. The quality varies – sometimes her books are pure fun fluff, sometimes there's much more depth – but I've never failed to enjoy or to finish any of that author's books.

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