CROCODILE ON THE SANDBANK, by Elizabeth Peters
Here's where Elizabeth Peters got really, really famous: the legend of Amelia Peabody and Radcliffe Emerson begins in this delightful book about an intrepid Englishwoman who does her duty by her ailing scholarly father, reaps unexpected rewards, and goes on to indulge her dreams of travel and adventure. But not in her wildest fantasies did Amelia, no-nonsense English spinster, dream up testy, handsome, tantrum-throwing Emerson or his adorable, less volatile brother Walter. Fireworks almost from beginning to end, all told in Amelia's signature style. At times quite complicated, chock full of genuine Egyptian scenes and lore and characters. And there's more than a dozen books to follow! A 5. I just love Elizabeth Peters, and I hope you will, too.