Sweet Death, Kind Death (Kate Fansler Series #7)

Sweet Death, Kind Death (Kate Fansler Series #7)

by Amanda Cross

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Overview

"If by some cruel oversight you haven't discovered Amanda Cross, you have an uncommon pleasure in store for you."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
When Clare College's resident eccentric Patrice Umphelby is found drowned in the campus lake, it's called a suicide. But the college president grows suspicious and calls in noted professor/detective Kate Fansler to research the matter. Ingratiating herself with her academic colleagues to learn more about Patrice's life, Kate digs up the evidence she needs to understand her death....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345467638
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/03/1995
Series: Kate Fansler Series , #7
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Amanda Cross is the pseudonymous author of the bestselling Kate Fansler mysteries. As Carolyn G. Heilbrun, she is the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities Emerita at Columbia University. She has served as president of the Modern Language Association as well as vice president of the Authors Guild. Dr. Heilbrun is also the author of Writing a Woman's LifeHamlet's Mother and Other WomenThe Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem, and the New York Times Notable Book The Last Gift of Time: Life Beyond Sixty.

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Susan Isaacs

"Sweet Death, kind death is another splendid whodoneit filled with all the good things we've come to expect from Ms. Cross. Intelligent, urbanity and wonderful, rye humor...Amanda Cross has done it again."

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Sweet Death, Kind Death (Kate Fansler Series #7) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came across this book quite accidentally in a used book store. Having just finished it, I am immediately going to order more of 'Amanda Cross's' books. This is the story of a middle-aged woman with her own way of thinking and behaving. As a middle-aged woman myself - sometimes referred to as 'eccentric' - I can identify with her totally. The word picture of a middle-aged woman that begins life anew, that has planned not to be old, and that lives life today as it is... Well, all I can say is that any thinking woman age 50+ should enjoy this title very, very much. The younger set might find it a bit more difficult to understand, but the authors ability to tell a good story can be appreciated by anyone, imo.
lauralkeet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here's what I like in a mystery: well-developed characters, suspense, and a complex plot that requires the sleuth to prove their skill or intellect.What was missing from this mystery: all the above.At first I was encouraged by the English teacher-as-sleuth, the opening quotes in each chapter from woman authors like Stevie Smith, Virginia Woolf, and Toni Morrison, and a the literary discussion around the edges of the plot. The mystery was pretty standard stuff: a female professor is found dead on the campus of a women's college, and it's deemed a suicide until information comes to light making murder a possibility.Kate Fansler, the aforementioned English teacher, is called in to investigate. Why? I'm not sure. She had a tenuous connection to the victim, Patrice Umphelby, having met her once while waiting for a delayed flight. Kate is also connected to two men writing Patrice's biography, who have put their project on hold until the circumstances of her death are known. The college brings Kate on board, ostensibly to take part in an academic task force, but really to give her free rein to talk to anyone on staff as part of her investigation.And talk she does. Most of the "action" involves Kate attending meetings or cocktail parties, and inquiring about Patrice. People are clearly divided -- love her or hate her -- and they make their opinions known. Two camps emerge, Kate tramps around New York and New England consuming Laphroig whiskey, and then, ta da! With ten pages to go she explains what happened, everyone is very thankful, the end.This was all way too simple for me. Yes, it was murder, not suicide. Surprise, someone who hated Patrice did it. I could have guessed that early on, but dismissed the notion, expecting the plot to be more complex. There was no suspense involved in nabbing the perpetrator -- there was only Kate, quaffing another whiskey, basking in the admiration of those who should have been able to figure this out for themselves.This is the seventh book in a series, and maybe I've missed something by not reading the back story. But I'm probably not going to find out.