If you’re like me, sometimes you like to re-read old favorites. Right now I’m re-reading the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. These historical mystery novels are set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Egypt and focus on the exploits of Amelia Peabody and her archaeologist husband Emerson. Elizabeth Peters was a pen name for archaeologist Barbara Mertz so not only will you be reading a witty and entertaining mystery but you will learn a lot about the monuments, people, and culture of Egypt. She also wrote a companion book to the series, “Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: A Compendium,” which is full of old photos, anecdotes, and additional information about the region.
It’s best to begin with first book in the series, “Crocodile on the Sandbank.” For the most part, the books were written and published in chronological order however two were out of sequence. Having read the series in both publication and chronological order, I can tell you that both reading orders work equally well and make little difference in the development of the storyline or characters. Barbara Mertz died on August 8, 2013 and, as far as I can determine, there will be no more books in this series. This quote, which was posted on her website after her death, is particularly meaningful after having read the series:
“In the end the clouds will blow away and the falcon will fly through the portal of the dawn.”
– The Falcon at the Portal
The Amelia Peabody series is available in a variety of formats including large print, audiobook and eBook. The “Crocodile on the Sandbank” audiobook is also available for download through OneClickDigital audio books.
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You can find more information about Elizabeth Peters in the Gale database, “Books & Authors“.
Post by Shirley, Pinal County Library District Outreach Librarian