Amelia Peabody Books

“Amelia Peabody” is a series of novels in the historical mystery genre written by Barbara Metz the renowned Egyptologist who writes the series as Elizabeth Peters. The first novel of the series was “Crocodile on the Sandbank” that was first published in 1975. With the novel fast attaining much crucial acclaim and commercial success, Metz followed it up with 19 more titles and a companion volume.

Order of Amelia Peabody Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Crocodile on the Sandbank 1975 Description / Buy
2 The Curse of the Pharaohs 1981 Description / Buy
3 The Mummy Case 1985 Description / Buy
4 Lion in the Valley 1986 Description / Buy
5 The Deeds of the Disturber 1988 Description / Buy
6 The Last Camel Died at Noon 1991 Description / Buy
7 The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog 1992 Description / Buy
8 The Hippopotamus Pool 1996 Description / Buy
9 Seeing a Large Cat 1997 Description / Buy
10 The Ape Who Guards the Balance 1998 Description / Buy
11 The Falcon at the Portal 1999 Description / Buy
12 He Shall Thunder in the Sky 2000 Description / Buy
13 Lord of the Silent 2001 Description / Buy
14 The Golden One 2002 Description / Buy
15 Children of the Storm 2003 Description / Buy
16 Guardian of the Horizon 2004 Description / Buy
17 The Serpent on the Crown 2005 Description / Buy
18 Tomb of the Golden Bird 2006 Description / Buy
19 A River in the Sky 2010 Description / Buy
20 The Painted Queen 2014 Description / Buy
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The series is about Amelia Peabody Emerson a well-known but unconventional Egyptologist who goes on adventures alongside historical and fictional figures, allies, friends, and family of the lead. The series are a blend of romance and mystery similar to H. Rider Haggard’s Victorian era adventure series.

“Crocodile on the Sandbank” the first novel of the series that introduces Amelia Peabody is set in 1884. Amelia Peabody is a self-proclaimed spinster at thirty-two who is a determined and strong willed woman who decides to put her inheritance to pursue her passion. She had always been interested in Egyptology and now heads to Egypt for more study. Enroute to Egypt, she runs into Evelyn Forbes a girl with whom she is soon fast friends.

The two travel together exploring the mummy museums, and resolving decade old mysteries. On the road they meet an opinionated and dashing archaeologist named Radcliffe Emerson, a man that believes he does not need their help in his work. It is an excellent novel that shows just why Metz won a nomination for an Agatha Award in 1992.


The series of novels has been winner of several awards and has been nominated for several others. The novels of the series were nominated for several Agatha Awards including one in 1991 for “The Last Camel Died at Noon” and in 1992 for the “Dog”.


He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The twelfth novel is one of the best in the series and also one of its most popular. The novel is set in 1914 where Amelia Peabody the archeologist and her husband Emerson Radcliffe are back in Egypt to dig for artifacts. The country is restive but that will not deter the determined Egyptologists. Ramses who has always been the family pacifist is a spy who trusts his spy background with David his cousin. He is quite the womanizer and this often gets him into trouble though not as much trouble as the return of Sethos his arch nemesis.

The Falcon at the Portal: The eleventh novel of the series is another very highly regarded novel. Amelia has taken her family back to Egypt in readiness for the upcoming archaeological season. Her niece just got married to David who is one of Ramses’s best friends. They are not long in Egypt before David runs into trouble as he is accused of stealing and smuggling ancient artifacts.

It is now up to Amelia and her friends and allies to try to get him off the hook. The only way they could pull it off is by finding the real culprit. Things only get more complicated when they discover an American dumped at the bottom of an excavation shaft. With the family under strain from charges of moral misconduct and drug dealing, Amelia needs to use her deductive powers while keeping ahead of someone that wants her dead.

The Last Camel Died at Noon: The sixth novel of the series is another excellent title. In the novel, the Emerson’s are embroiled in the mystery of trying to locate a friend that had gone missing while on a quest to find a long-lost civilization. They just received a note that their long-lost friend and his wife may still be alive years after they went missing. What follows is a thrilling adventure as the Emerson family track down and try to rescue their friends.


Most fans of the series of novels are fans of the “Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes” series of novels by Laurie R. King. The series of novels follow Mary Russell an egotistical and gawky woman who becomes one of Sherlock Holmes most successful protégées.

Amelia Peabody fans also like the “Lady Julia Grey” series of novels by Deanna Raybourn. The lead in the series is Julia Grey who suddenly finds herself in the world of the maddeningly attractive and enigmatic investigator Nicholas Brisbane, that is full of deceit and mystery.

What Is The Next Book in The Amelia Peabody Series?

There doesn't seem to be an upcoming book in The Amelia Peabody Series. The newest book is The Painted Queen and was released on August, 15th 2014.