Speaking of pyramids and teacups (see previous post), I’m reminded of the intrepid Amelia Peabody, Victorian sleuth and archaeologist. I’ve read all the books in the mystery series by Elizabeth Peters with great enjoyment. If you have not read these wonderful books, treat yourself to a rousing read. Mostly set in Egypt (between the late 1880’s and the Great War), the adventurous Peabody-Emerson Egyptologists hunt for ancient relics, fight off dust, wind, sunburn, kidnappers, grave robbers, spies, and assassins. But even when she smacks down a villain, Amelia is always a proper (more or less) Victorian lady. I hoist my teacup to Amelia.
There’s an interesting article about her on Carolyn Mulford’s blog.