Amelia Peabody Books

The Crocodile on the Sandbank cover shows a crocodile retreating over a sandbank with pyramids in the background.

Crocodile on the Sandbank

Excavation season 1884-85

When strong-willed Amelia Peabody’s studious father dies, Amelia decides to use her ample inheritance to travel. After rescuing a gentlewoman (Evelyn Barton-Forbes) in considerable distress, the two become friends and Amelia hires Evelyn to be her companion on the next leg of her trip, which takes them to Egypt. There Amelia encounters mysteries, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, an opinionated archaeologist who doesn’t need a woman’s help to solve the mystery–or so he thinks.

Cover: The Curse of the Pharaohs

The Curse of the Pharoahs

Excavation season 1892-93

When Lady Baskerville’s husband Sir Henry dies after discovering whay may be an undisturbed royal tomb in Luxor, she appeals to eminent archaeologist Radcliffe Emerson and his wife Amelia to take over the excavation. Amid rumors of a curse haunting all those involved with the dig, the intrepid couple proceeds to Egypt, where they begin to suspect that Sir Henry did not die a natural death, and they are confident that the accidents that plague the dig are caused by a sinister human element, not a pharoah’s curse.

Cover: The Mummy Case

The Mummy Case

Excavation season 1894-95

Amelia and Emerson bring their young son Ramses along on this adventure, where they find themselves investigating the mysterious death of a dealer in illegal antiquities. Before long, mummy cases start appearing and disappearing and a second murder complicates the mystery. When it becomes clear that a Master Criminal is behind the mysterious goings on, Amelia determines to unmask the dastardly mastermind.

Cover for Lion in the Valley

Lion in the Valley

Excavation season 1895-96

Amelia finally gets her wish–she is returning to Egypt with her beloved husband and colleague in archaeology, Emerson, to excavate a pyramid. However, her excavation is quickly complicated by a disguised nobleman, distressed damsels, and a brilliant (and dashing!) Master Criminal. Amelia, with a pyramid to explore and a mystery to solve, is in her element.

Cover for Deeds of the Disturber

The Deeds of the Disturber

Excavation season Summer 1896

This time Amelia doesn’t need to leave England to find murder and mayhem. When a night watchman at the British Museum dies with a terrified expression on his face in front of a “haunted” mummy case, Amelia knows she needs to get to the bottom of it.

Cover: The Last Camel Died at Noon

The Last Camel Died at Noon

Excavation season 1897-98

In this affectionate tribute to H. Rider Haggard (King Solomons’ Mines) the Emerson family heads to the Sudan for the season, following an ancient map they hope will lead them to a secret oasis. What they find is one of the most perilous adventures of their lives.

Cover: The Snake, the Crocodile, and the Dog

The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog

Excavation season 1898-99

With the children at home in England pursuing their studies, Amelia and Emerson head back to Amarna for a dig that promises to be just like old times. The trip turns out to be more like old times than they plan, however; Emerson’s memory disappears, and Amelia must try to win his love again, amid peril from enemies both old and new!

Cover: The Hippopotamus Pool

The Hippopotamus Pool

Excavation season 1899-1900

Popular, plucky 19th-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody romps through her eighth archaeological adventure. When Amelia, her husband Emerson, and their 13-year-old son Ramses return to Egypt to begin excavation on an undisturbed Royal Tomb, they find themselves faced with a surprising new villain who is every bit as clever and resourceful as the intrepid Amelia herself!

Cover: Seeing a Large Cat

Seeing A Large Cat

Excavation season 1903-04

Peabody and Emerson receive a warning: “Stay away from tomb Twenty-A!” Along the way to solving the mystery, the Emersons meet a spoiled young woman, an overprotective father, and an intelligent con artist, in addition to discovering that Ramses has grown from a precocious child to a teenage heartthrob. Ramses strikes out with his adopted cousin David and beautiful Nefret on adventures that are best not known to anybody…especially Amelia. Special thanks to Lee for the Seeing a Large Cat synopsis!

Cover: The Ape Who Guards the Balance

The Ape Who Guards the Balance

Excavation season 1906-07

The Ape Who Guards the Balance has all the elements necessary for a classic Amelia Peabody mystery: a dead body (mauled by crocodiles?), young lovers, a reunion of old friends…and enemies, archaeological discoveries, all recounted in Amelia’s own inimitable style. Excerpts from Manuscript H and letters from Nefret provide another perspective on the great detective and Egyptolologist.

Cover: The Falcon at the Portal

The Falcon at the Portal

Excavation season 1911-12

David is accused of forging antiquities, and the Emerson clan springs into action to help clear his name. The romantic tension between Ramses and Nefret finally comes to a head, a body is discovered at Emerson’s excavation site, and the obnoxious cousin Percy reappears. Again, narrated in the initimitable Amelia style, with excerpts from Manuscript H and letters from Nefret.

Cover: He Shall Thunder in the Sky

He Shall Thunder in the Sky

Excavation season 1914-15

It is 1914, the Emersons are in Egypt for another dig, and the existing tensions within the family are heightened by World War I, and the threat of the invasion into Egypt by the Ottoman Turks. A dangerous game of spy vs. spy ensues, complete with deceit, deception, and disinformation.

Cover: Lord of the Silent

Lord of the Silent

Excavation season 1915-16

The year is 1915, and the Emersons return to Egypt to excavate (as Emerson believes that is more important than fighting a war with Germany). As usual with the Emersons, they become involved in solving a mystery involving tomb robberies, and reuinting with old friends…and enemies.

Cover: The Golden One

The Golden One

Excavation season 1916-17

The Emerson family is back in their 14th adventure, set once again in their beloved Egypt. Finding dead bodies in tombs is to be expected, but when the tomb in question is for an ancient Egyptian, and the body in question is comparably fresh and obviously met with foul play, the Emersons are on the case. In the meantime, with World War I still raging, Ramses is called back to duty with British Intelligence, to match wits with a man who may or may not be the mysterious Sethos.

Cover: Children of the Storm

Children of the Storm

Excavation season 1919-20

As the Emersons welcome the end of the war, not to mention the next generation of their family, trouble is afoot from a new and formidable villain. Antiquities theft, mysterious deaths, and an appearance by the goddess Hathor draw the Emersons into their 15th adventure, and help arrives in an unexpected form.

Cover: Guardian of the Horizon

Guardian of the Horizon

Excavation season 1907-08

The recently rediscovered missing journal of the 1907-1908 expedition. Following a mysterious summons, the Emersons travel to the Lost Oasis. Unbeknownst to them, they are being lured to the Oasis under false pretences, which places their lives in mortal peril.

Cover: A River in the Sky

A River in the Sky

Excavation season August 1910

It is August 1910 and the Emersons have been persuaded by the War Office to travel to Palestine. Their mission: to prevent an inept treasure hunter from excavating under the sacred Dome of the Rock which could incite a bloody holy war. Ramses, who is excavating with Reisner in Samaria at this time, intends to meet with them but things get complicated when he runs into archaeologists whom he suspects are collaborating with German spies. In this volatile region a wrong move by any one of them could bring about a deadly conflict endangering not only the Emersons but the peace of the region.

Cover: The Serpent on the Crown

The Serpent on the Crown

Excavation season 1921-22

Enjoying a world finally at peace, the Emersons have returned to the Valley of the Kings in 1922. With the lengthy ban on their archaeological activities lifted, Amelia Peabody and her family look forward to delving once more into the age-old mysteries buried in Egypt’s ever-shifting sands. But a widow’s strange story — and even stranger request — is about to plunge them into a storm of secrets, treachery, superstition … and murder.

Cover: Tomb of the Golden Bird

Tomb of the Golden Bird

Excavation season 1922-23

Emerson and Amelia must watch from the sidelines as Carter and Carnarvon “discover” the greatest Egyptian treasure of all time: King Tut’s tomb. Powerless to intervene but determined to stay close to the unattainable tomb, the family continues their dig in the less promising West Valley. But before their own excavation can get underway, the family finds themselves threatened by a strange group of villains who endanger the peace of the entire region.

Amelia Peabody’s Egypt:

A Compendium

Cover: Amelia Peabody's Egypt

The Egypt that so enticed and enchanted intrepid archaeologist-sleuth Amelia Peabody in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries was a place of wonder, mystery, danger, and the lure of antiquity. Now, with this monumental volume of Egyptian culture, history, and arcania, readers will be able to immerse themselves in the great lady’s world more completely than ever before.

Journey through the bustling streets and markets of Cairo a hundred years ago. Surround yourself with the customs and color of a bygone time. Explore ancient tombs and temples and marvel at the history of this remarkable land — from the age of the pharaohs through the Napoleonic era to the First World War. Also included in Amelia Peabody’s Egypt are a hitherto unpublished journal entry and intimate biographies of the Emersons and their friends, which provide a uniquely personal view of the lives, relationships, opinions, politics, and delightful eccentricities of mystery’s first family, as well as unforgettable pearls of wit and wisdom from everyone’s favorite fictional Egyptologist herself.