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The Edge of Doom (A Kate Fansler Mystery #14)

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  152 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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
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Published October 29th 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published 2002)
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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
Paul Kosuth
Like all Kate Fansler//Amanda Cross books I enjoy my time with them as they ponder the questions before them and I like to snoop in on their conversations. After all, that is what these books are about, I feel, an excuse for having heady and knowledgable conversation about life, literature and relations.

Though I have always like this series, I don't really care for Kate and only a little more for her husband Read. I find the insufferable for all the reasons that Kate does not like the rest of h
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
Feb 11, 2015 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angel Pedroza
Jul 05, 2015 Angel Pedroza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 07, 2015 Sallie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Not impressed with this book, it just seemed to go on and on with no real point to it. It's really a 1.5 star since I didn't hate it but it left me feeling 'meh'. Going to the used bookstore shelves.
Picked this up at the library book sale.I had forgotten about this writer...really not much mystery but more a meander into literature, especially Shakespeare. A nice evenings read.
May 26, 2015 Sharen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It didn't sweep me off my feet. Considering the author's credentials, it is just so-so - sadly, as she was a very intelligent person and an acclaimed scholar.
Oct 08, 2014 Deb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
BORING!! Only read about half of the book. Didn't know when the "smart suspense" was going to start. Won't be picking up any of her other books.
Sorry to see the end.
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.
Apr 09, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 04, 2012 Tom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amanda Cross is growing on me - mediocre mysteries but good social commentary.
The writer of these novels is Dr Carolyn G. Heilbrun
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Aug 25, 2013 Candace Wegner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this more than I expected.
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A psuedonym of Carolyn G. Heilbrun.

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