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The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters Review

Title: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog

Author: Elizabeth Peters

First published January 1, 1992

432 pages, Mass Market Paperback

Rating: 4.21


Elizabeth Peters’ latest offering is a thrilling adventure that is sure to delight her fans. With her trademark wit and historical expertise, Peters takes us on a journey up the Nile with archaeologist duo Amelia Peabody and Emerson.

But this time, they are facing their most dangerous foe yet – the Master Criminal, who is back and more sinister than ever. As they sail towards the pyramids of ancient Egypt, Amelia retells the ancient fairytale “The Doomed Prince,” unaware that the snake, the crocodile, and the dog would play a deadly role in their expedition.

With their precocious son, Ramses, left behind in England, the couple hope to rekindle their romance at the site where they first fell in love. But their journey is fraught with danger as they come face-to-face with their old enemy, who is determined to uncover their closely guarded secret – the location of a legendary long-lost oasis and a race of people adorned in gold.

Will Amelia and Emerson be able to outsmart their foe before it’s too late? The stakes are high in this gripping tale where danger lurks at every turn.

About the Author

Barbara Mertz used the pen name Elizabeth Peters, as well as her own name and Barbara Michaels. Originally from Illinois, she obtained a Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago.

In 1986, she was honored as Grand Master at the first Anthony Awards and again in 1998 by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards. She resided in a charming historic farmhouse in Frederick, western Maryland until her passing.

Editoral Review

Book Review: The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog by Elizabeth Peters

The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog is a thrilling mystery novel written by Elizabeth Peters, first published on January 1, 1992. Peters is well-known for her amazing skills in writing mystery novels that are rich in historical and cultural significance.

The book is set in Egypt, and it is a part of a series of novels featuring the protagonist, Amelia Peabody, an archaeologist and detective.

The book is a perfect fit for readers who enjoy historical fiction, mystery, and adventure genres. Peters’ writing style is engaging, and she does an excellent job of weaving historical facts and events into her story.

She brings the book to life with her vivid descriptions of the Egyptian landscape, culture, and people.

The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog follows the adventures of Amelia Peabody and her husband, Radcliffe Emerson, as they investigate the murder of a young girl. The main suspects are a group of archaeologists who have uncovered an ancient tomb, and tensions rise as Amelia and Radcliffe get closer to the truth.

Peters’ characters are well-developed and engaging, with Amelia Peabody leading the charge as a strong-willed, independent woman. The book also features a diverse cast of characters, including Egyptians, British expats, and Americans, who bring their unique perspectives and backgrounds to the story.

The book is not only a thrilling mystery, but it also sheds light on the cultural and historical significance of Egypt. Peters does an excellent job of exploring the tensions between the British imperialists and the Egyptian nationalists, giving readers a glimpse into the complexities of colonialism.

Despite its strengths, The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog has some weaknesses. The pacing is slow at times, and the plot structure can be confusing, especially for readers who are not familiar with the series.

Additionally, some readers may find the book’s treatment of Egyptian culture and people to be stereotypical.

Overall, The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog is an excellent mystery novel that is perfect for readers who enjoy historical fiction, adventure, and mystery genres. Peters’ writing is engaging, and her characters are well-developed and interesting.

The book’s historical and cultural significance makes it an important read, especially in light of current events and issues.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good mystery novel with a historical twist. I give it a rating of four out of five stars.

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