Amelia Peabody is a mystery series by Elizabeth Peters that includes such popular titles as "Crocodile on the Sandbank," "The Mummy Case," "The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog" and "The Ape Who Guards the Balance." The books take place between 1883 and 1923 and star the Egyptologist/detective Amelia Peabody.
According to Amazon reviews, the most highly rated novel in the series is the first novel, "Crocodile on the Sandbank." In the book, Amelia accompanies a young friend called Evelyn to Egypt. They plan to indulge their interest for Egyptology, but when Evelyn becomes the target of a kidnapping, Amelia has to find who is responsible.