♥ Book Title : In the Last Analysis
☯ Full Synopsis : "When Janet Harrison asks her English Professor Kate Fansler to recommend a psychoanalyst, no one could have imagined that Janet’s body would be discovered on his couch two months later. Kate can’t believe that her old friend Emanuel Bauer could be a murderer, even though Janet was killed in his office using a knife from his kitchen. With help from a team of close companions she sets out to discover the truth, something the police seem happy to ignore. Could the killer be the advertising executive who had his appointment before Janet? Or the lecturer who attends the appointment afterwards? And what about the handsome doctor in the office across the hall? Amanda Cross’s tense, taut mystery In the Last Analysis will keep you enthralled and on the edge of your seat until the very last page. ‘Amanda Cross delighted readers with Kate Fansler . . . the hero we’d been waiting all our lives for’ - Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski novels. Follow amateur sleuth Kate Fansler in this gripping murder mystery series, continuing with The James Joyce Murder and Poetic Justice."Article| Amanda Cross| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : A Trap for Fools
☯ Full Synopsis : "Campus security found the body of Canfield Adams early on Sunday morning, seven stories below the open window of his office. To the police there is one easy assumption, but anyone who knew Canfield knows he would never have jumped. University officials ask literature Professor and amateur sleuth Kate Fanslar to investigate the death of their precious professor, and she find a myriad of people, both on and off campus, who could have pushed him. However, Kate suspects the university has an ulterior motive . . . . . . and she herself is not sure she wants to succeed, for the murderer may be someone she cares about, a student, a colleague, a friend? Taking its name from a Rudyard Kipling poem and littered with his verses throughout, A Trap for Fools is a novel about overcoming adversity, one of Amanda Cross' latest and best mysteries. 'If by some cruel oversight you haven't discovered Amanda Cross, you have an uncommon pleasure in store for you' New York Times Book Review"Article| Amanda Cross| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The James Joyce Murder
☯ Full Synopsis : "Amanda Cross musters up an ingenious solution to an impossible scenario in this penetrating literary mystery, The James Joyce Murder. On the famous Joycean day of June 16th, Kate Fansler attends the annual Bloomsday celebration, kicking off the start to an idyllic and literary summer. But in the company of an exuberant young nephew and two graduate students, there is not much time for peace and quiet. The idyll is further shattered when an unpleasant next-door neighbour is found murdered. Although the murder appears to have no connection to the day’s celebrations, no one can shake the suspicion that James Joyce is somehow linked, not even unliterary police inspector Stratton. Kate is determined to find the solution to this extraordinary murder, even if she finds the culprit in her own home . . . Follow amateur sleuth Kate Fansler in this gripping murder mystery series, continuing with Poetic Justice and The Theban Mysteries."Article| Amanda Cross| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Theban Mysteries
☯ Full Synopsis : "For a century, wealthy New York girls have been trained for the rigors of upper class life at the Theban, an exclusive private school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Kate Fansler is lured back to her alma mater to teach a seminar on Antigone. But a hostile note addressed to Kate, the uniform mistrustfulness of her six, bright students, and the Dobermans that patrol the building at night suggest trouble on the spot. As Kate leads her class through the inexorable tragic unfolding of Antigone, a parallel nightmare envelops the school and everyone connected with it. . . . From the Paperback edition."Article| Amanda Cross| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Sweet Death, Kind Death
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♥ Book Title : How Like an Angel
☯ Full Synopsis : "California cultists, duplicitous damsels in distress, and dangerously high stakes conspire against Joe Quinn, a private eye who is beginnnig to feel more like a knight-errant Joe Quinn is cut adrift. He’s lost everything. His girl. His job. His place in the universe. A security head for a casino in Reno just can’t afford to have a gambling problem. Life takes a turn from tragic to strange when Quinn finds himself on the doorsteps of a religious cult’s tower in the remote California hills. Quinn hitched a ride from Reno but never thought he’d end up in a place like this. But a gambler has to play the hand he’s dealt. When one of the cultists asks Quinn to check on a man named Patrick O’Gorman and slides a not so small amount of money in his jacket, well, that’s just the sort of hand Quinn has been looking for. Thing is, Quinn soon finds out, O’Gorman disappeared under bizarre circumstances several years ago. For reasons he doesn’t entirely understand, perhaps for the sake of having a purpose, Quinn begins a lurid quest to uncover the truth. What he finds out instead is that there are just as many crazies outside the walls of a cultist tower as there are inside."Article| Margaret Millar| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Collected Stories of Amanda Cross
☯ Full Synopsis : "Amanda Cross is master of the American literary whodunit. In her delicately menacing short fiction, assembled here in one volume, dangerous impulses seize the most unlikely individuals, and everyday existence is fast eclipsed by the bizarre. Among the compelling intrigues: The cold-blooded murder of Mrs. Byron Lloyd, shot dead during a writers' panel discussion . . . the enigma of the nameless toddler who walks out of the bushes one New England summer afternoon . . . the reappearance of a missing Constable drawing just where it can cause the most trouble . . . and other wonderful mysteries, many of which star the incomparable amateur sleuth Kate Fansler. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| Amanda Cross| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Players Come Again
☯ Full Synopsis : "Amanda Cross examines relationships and human nature in The Players Come Again, a thought-provoking novel about literature, feminism and ageing. The 80s are coming to a close and Kate Fansler is using this time to tie up loose ends. Having completed a work of literary criticism – and vowing it will be her last – Kate enjoys lunch with editor Simon Pearlstine, indulging in her usual vodka martini. There is no rest for the wicked as he commissions her to write a biography of reclusive Gabrielle Foxx, the quiet wife of a famous modernist author. Kate discovers there is more to Gabrielle than meets the eye, and in order to trace the Foxx family’s complicated history she must track down three important women from Gabrielle’s past: Anne, Dorinda and Nellie. But the further Kate probes into Gabrielle’s history the darker the secrets she uncovers . . . ‘I salute this latest work as being among the best she has written, if not the best’ - Antonia Fraser"Article| Amanda Cross| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Mystery of Mysteries
☯ Full Synopsis : "Four American mystery writers have contributed new dimensions to the mystery form. Tony Hillerman's Navajos and their customs, Amanda Cross's (Carolyn Heilbrun's) academics and their feminist credentials (or lack thereof), James Lee Burke's Southern Louisiana Cajuns and his own fiercely moral take on Southern gothic fiction, and Walter Mosley's urban blacks and their culture have challenged the conventional mystery's focus. Using feminist and black critical theory, mythic and historical patterns, and literary genre theory, Samuel Coale examines these writers' works and investigates the compromises that each is forced to make when working within a recognizably popular literary form."Article| Samuel Coale| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Poetic Justice
☯ Full Synopsis : "It's New York City, 1970, and student riots have ravaged the university where Professor Kate Fansler teaches Victorian Literature to mature students. The survival of the University College is in doubt, especially as their President Jeremiah Cudlipp is determined to shut it down. In the midst of balancing dissertation proposals with the politics of academia, Kate is faced with insurmountable odds. But armed with a handful of rebellious colleagues, the poetry of W. H. Auden, and her new fiancé, she is not one to give up. Kate is willing to fight to the death for her college, but only a miracle - or perhaps a murder - can save their beloved institution..."Article| Amanda Cross| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Entertaining and authoritative, this alphabetically arranged companion is an indispensable reference guide to crime and mystery writing. Unique in its biographical and critical treatment of major detective writers, it is a comprehensive digest to the gen"Article| Rosemary Herbert| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Last Gift of Time
☯ Full Synopsis : "When she was young, distinguished author and critic Carolyn Heilbrun solemnly vowed to end her life when she turned seventy. But on the advent of that fateful birthday, she realized that her golden years had been full of unforeseen pleasures. Now, the astute and ever-insightful Heilbrun muses on the emotional and intellectual insights that brought her "to choose each day for now, to live." There are reflections on her new house and her sturdy, comfortable marriage; sweet solitude and the pleasures of sex at an advanced age; the fascination with e-mail and the joy of discovering unexpected friends. Even the encroachments of loss, pain, and sadness that come with age cannot spoil Heilbrun's moveable feast. They are merely the price of bountiful living. From the Trade Paperback edition."Article| Carolyn G. Heilbrun| Statement ..."