Crocodile on the Sandbank : A Novel by Elizabeth Peters
New York : Dodd, Mead & Co., 1975. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 273 pages ; 22 cm. $7.95 dust jacket with rips and tears around the edges. Corners bumped. Shelfwear. Fraying to head and tail of spine. Fading to boards. A couple of dog ears. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.
When Amelia Peabody's domineering old father finally died, her lawyer warned her against fortune hunters. Of course, she must marry—in Victorian England, there was no suitable alternative for a spinster. And even one so old as thirty-two could be assured of marriage when her inheritance was considered.
But Amelia was having none of it. And she had inherited not only her father's money but also his strong will. She would travel. And she fancied Egypt.
After her hired companion fell ill in Rome and had to return to England, Amelia replaced her with a beautiful young girl named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. Evelyn's past — though aristocratic — was slightly tarnished, but Amelia was not deterred.
Neither was she deflected from her purpose by the mysterious intruder in her hotel room in Cairo. Nor did she falter at the rudeness she encountered in Radcliffe Emerson, the dedicated archeologist whose younger brother fell instantly in love with Evelyn.
Amelia's determination and her healthy sense of humor would be needed more and more as the expedition proceeded. For unaccountable things begin to happen, climaxing when a tomb is discovered, and the inhabitant of the tomb disappears in the night. The inhabitant was a mummy, dead for two thousand years.
What had begun as an exciting adventure for self-willed Amelia develops into a terrifying struggle for her sanity and her life. When she learns the secret of the walking mummy, she also discovers the secret she has been hiding in her own heart in a shattering conclusion of terror and romance.
ELIZABETH PETERS, who lives in Potomac, Maryland, is a popular novelist and a specialist in Egyptology. Among her many other loves are needlework, cats, and the Washington Redskins.
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