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The Edge of Doom (A Kate Fansler Mystery #14)
Rich and witty, the literary whodunits by Amanda Cross are a delight for readers who like their mysteries smart and suspenseful. Now comes the highly anticipated sequel to her Kate Fansler novel, Honest Doubt, which the Providence Journal called “one of [her] best books in years.” Here, Cross takes her beloved protagonist into uncharted territory, turning Kate Fansler’s wo ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
(first published 2002)
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We're doing Amanda Cross in the mystery book club I go to. I read one book and a collection of short stories and liked both but the more I read the less she works for me. This on would have made a good short story but at even short book length it really drags.
Nov 01, 2015 Susan rated it liked it · review of another edition
The Edge of Doom by Amanda Cross is the 7th (and final) book of the Kate Fansler mystery series set in late-20th-century New York City. Kate is a university professor of literature; her husband Reed is a retired District Attorney. They live in an apartment with their huge dog Banny. I've read the series in order. While reading several books prior to this one, I felt the series had dragged on too long. Although meant to be literary whodunits, I felt they had too much introspection, not enough plo ...more
Haven't read the series for a long while now, but I enjoyed this one. Kate Fansler (the main character in this series) can be very superficial, very much an intellectual type, and very prone to talking and talking and talking about her feelings, which is why I tired of the series. But the plots, when they are really a good integral part of the book can be very interesting and fun. This one works well and is an interesting insight into Kate's background. Do read this one AFTER reading a few of th ...more
I did not care for this book, but to be fair I might have enjoyed it more if I had read previous books in the series. Still, I don't think I will because the Kate Fansler character did not engage me. Additionally, I couldn't get over feeling that some of the things that occur to move the story forward were awkward and not believable. For instance, going in the ladies room to prick her finger and put , blood on a handkerchief at her brothers request for a DNA sample. This occurs between wealthy p ...more
Really not one of her best. I love Amanda Cross' Kate Fansler books but this is. . huh. What is it? It's not a mystery, it's more of a, um. A commentary in search of a theme and a plot? She's a little too in love with her main character and in this latest one she not only manages to rid her of her distasteful capitalist roots, she takes ten or fifteen years off her age. Unfortunately, now she rings a little false.
I read most of Amanda Cross' Kate Fansler series as they were published up until the late 1990's. In my opinion they were beautifully written and the literary information given and the mystery offered were terrific. I recently purchased The Players Come Again and The Edge of Doom book in a second hand shop and I am glad I did. The reading of these two books was like finding old friends. They are both worth reading.
Amanda Cross is a pen name for the late feminist scholar, Carolyn G. Heilbrun, perhaps best known for Writing a Woman's Life. What I liked about The Edge of Doom is that it drew on the life of Edith Wharton, the great American writer, although it certainly reconfigured the biographical information. A fun read.
Over the years I have read many of the Kate Fansler mysteries. This one had a very good premise, but it became tedious. Kate continually spoke in a way to make herself seem clever and smart. It mostly made her seem as if she did not know how to communicate.
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