A good weekend mystery - start a fire, get a cup of coffee and sit down for a day - kind of book.
Female lead is an English professor. Witty, insightful with well developed characters.
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When the body of Canfield Adams, a professor of
Middle Eastern culture, is found on the pavement seven stories below his open office window, the police see no evidence of foul play. But university officials know that Adams was not one to have jumped out of a window, and there were numerous people-on campus and off-who would have relished pushing him. If the mystery is not resolved, the school may face a hefty lawsuit from the grieving widow.
And so they have asked Kate to investigate.
The trouble is Kate suspects that the administration is
setting her up to fail, and she herself is not sure she wants to succeed. For the murderer may well be a student she cares about... or a colleague... or even
Amanda Cross writes wonderfully witty mysteries
full of well-developed characters and insight on modern foibles.
The ninth mystery featuring English professor Kate Fansler proves why Cross ( No Word from
Winifred ) belongs at the top of her class: it is provocative, literate and insightful. During
the Thanksgiving weekend, Canfield Adams, a Middle Eastern professor of culture and literature
at the Manhattan university where Kate teaches, is found dead on the pavement seven stories
below his office window. While everyone is convinced he was murdered, the only suspect in the
case is another faculty member, black political activist Humphrey Edgerton, who has no alibi for
the night of the crime. But Canfield was universally disliked. With the prospect of his widow
filing a lawsuit against the university and the police inquiry at a standstill, the
administration asks Kate to investigate. Before she can discover the culprit, a student who was
seen in Canfield's building the day he was killed is pushed from her 10th floor apartment.
Depressed by the young woman's death and overwhelmed by her impending failure, Kate faces her
greatest challenge as an amateur sleuth. Cross, a keen observer of society, has created a
potpourri of well-drawn female characters. This is a mystery offering much more than just a
puzzle; it is a strong feminist statement abounding with interesting ideas. When the body of
Canfield Adams, a professor of Middle Eastern culture, is found on he pavement seven stories
below his open office window, the police think it was suicide. But those who knew the professor,
knew that there were numerous people--on campus and off--who would have relished pushing him.
Kate is asked to investigate, and she herself is not sure she wants to succeed. For the murderer
may well be a student she cares about...or a colleague...or even a friend....
"If by some cruel oversight you haven't discovered Amanda Cross, you have an uncommon pleasure
in store for y
I am a fan of Amanda Cross and her Kate Fansler series. They read fast and have humor and interestin characters.
ALL Amanda Cross books are da bomb!