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In the Last Analysis (Kate Fansler Series #1) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
When a student asks English professor Kate Fansler to recommend a psychoanalyst, Kate naturally gives the student the name of her good friend, Dr. Emanuel Bauer. Weeks later, student Janet Harrison is found dead in Dr. Bauer's office, having been stabbed while she sat on her analyst's couch. Knowing Emanuel as she does, Kate is certain that he could not have committed the crime. As it is apparent that the police are not looking any further for a suspect, Kate takes it upon herself to investigate her student's death and find the real culprit.The book started out slowly for me, but I began to connect with Kate about halfway through the book. Cross gently pokes fun at both psychoanalysis (all the rage when the book was first published in 1964) and academia, not in a cruel way, but almost lovingly, like one family member would tease another. I found the solution to the mystery to be far-fetched, but since I enjoyed the characters so much, I plan to keep reading this series.
It took me over forty years from its publication to read one of Amanda Cross¿ Kate Fansler mysteries, and I¿m sorry I waited. I enjoyed the erudite conversation, a little pompous at times, but then I like Dorothy Sayers too. It¿s a period piece now, with Sixties conventions and prejudices, but that really isn¿t a negative or a positive. What matters is the puzzle and its solution, and while I can¿t say that this is a masterpiece of plotting, the details of the ¿perp¿ and the motive are sufficiently obscure until the end that it¿s fun. In retrospect, the motive is fanciful, or at least highly unlikely, but it was a good, quick read.