Since most of the U.S. seems to be sweltering these last few weeks, it seems a desert Beach Read Wednesday book is all too appropriate. Along that theme, I picked one of my favorites off My Keeper Shelf to share as the perfect exotic read.
The Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters is one of the longest running series around for a good reason – the books are fabulously fun mysteries set in Egypt, with a dash of romance thrown in. Amelia herself is one of the best female detectives in fiction, not so much for her sleuthing abilities but for her determination, wit and charm.
As for her husband, world-famous Egyptologist Radcliffe Emerson…whew! Be still my beating heart. He was one of my first book boyfriends (I was in 8th grade when my aunt gave me this book), and I'll always have a special place in my heart for the brilliant, grumpy Emerson. If you’ve never read any of the Peabody mysteries, though, you absolutely must begin with the first book, Crocodile on the Sandbank. The romance between Amelia and Emerson is one of my all-time favorites.
Goodreads summary: Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her debut Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way to Cairo, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been abandoned by her scoundrel lover. Together the two women sail up the Nile to an archeological site run by the Emerson brothers -- the irascible but dashing Radcliffe and the amiable Walter.
Soon their little party is increased by one -- one mummy, that is, and a singularly lively example of the species. Strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn. Now Amelia finds herself up against an unknown enemy -- and perilous forces that threaten to make her first Egyptian trip also her last...
Recommended beach drink for reading Crocodile on the Sandbank: Why, a Pimm’s Cup, of course! So delightfully British and summery!