Crocodile on the Sandbank (Amelia Peabody, Book 1)

By Elizabeth Peters

Set in 1884, this can be the 1st installment in what has develop into a liked bestselling sequence. At thirty-two, strong-willed Amelia Peabody, a self-proclaimed spinster, comes to a decision to take advantage of her plentiful inheritance to indulge her ardour, Egyptology. On her option to Egypt, Amelia encounters a tender girl named Evelyn Barton-Forbes. the 2 develop into quick buddies and commute on jointly, encountering mysteries, lacking mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a rushing and opinionated archaeologist who does not desire a woman's aid -- or so he thinks.

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Eight after we got here out of the tomb, donning clean clothing and fairly purple eyes, we came across the boys assembled. Lucas had introduced sufficient articles to inventory a store; there have been plants at the desk, and a glittering array of silverware and crystal. The glance on Emerson’s face as he pondered the elegantly set desk used to be virtually sufficient to make amends for the absurdity of the enterprise. Lucas was once attired in a clean swimsuit, spotless and expensively adapted. He sprang to his toes once we seemed and held a chair for Evelyn. Walter held one for me. Lucas provided us sherry. He behaved as though he have been the host. Emerson, who used to be now gazing the feet of his deplorable boots, stated not anything. His arm was once nonetheless strapped to his facet, and that i concluded that he felt too ailing to be as objectionable as he frequently used to be. “Such elegance,” I commented, as Lucas passed me a fragile goblet. “We should not acquainted with luxurious right here, your lordship. ” “I see no explanation for depriving oneself of the amenities,” Lucas responded, smiling. “If ascetisism is important, I enterprise to claim that you'll locate me able to settle for the main stringent measures; yet whereas Amontillado and crystal can be found, i'll utilize them. ” He lifted his personal glass in a ridicule salute. It didn't comprise Amontillado, even if the liquid used to be virtually as darkish a coloration of amber. My father by no means drank spirits, yet my brothers weren't so abstemious. I appeared seriously on the glass, and remarked, “Do you think that it clever to imbibe? We needs to be at the qui vive this night. Or have you ever deserted your goal of mendacity in stay up for our customer? ” “Not in any respect! i've got a robust head, pass over Amelia, and a bit whiskey purely makes my senses extra acute. ” “That is the typical fable of the drinker,” acknowledged Walter. His tone used to be offensive. Lucas smiled at him. “We are appreciative of your luxuries, Lucas,” Evelyn stated. “But they are surely now not precious. How seriously weighted down your dahabeeyah has to be! ” “It might were extra seriously encumbered if I had had my way,” Lucas spoke back. “Your containers have arrived in Cairo, Evelyn. I meant to deliver them alongside; yet that outdated curmudgeon, Baring, refused at hand them over. ” “Indeed? ” I stated. “He used to be an acquaintance of my father’s. ” “I am good conscious of that. you have to be complimented, leave out Amelia, that the recent grasp of Egypt has taken the difficulty to seem after your affairs in my opinion. The packing containers have been despatched to you, because it used to be your deal with the Roman consul had for Evelyn. Baring took cost of them in Cairo and guards them just like the dictator he's. I defined my courting to Evelyn, yet he was once an adamant. ” “Perhaps your acceptance has preceded you,” I acknowledged mildly. It was once most unlikely to offend Lucas. He laughed heartily. “Oh, it has. I went to college with a tender relative of Baring’s. i'm afraid certain—er—escapades reached the celebrated gentleman’s ears. ” “It doesn't matter,” Evelyn acknowledged. “I am thankful in your efforts, Lucas, yet i want not anything greater than i've got. ” “You desire not anything other than yourself,” Lucas acknowledged warmly. “That is treasure adequate.

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