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A Trap for Fools (1995)

av Amanda Cross

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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 you." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW… (mer)
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An enjoyable light mystery, starring Kate Fansler, college prof and amateur detective.

Fansler is approached by a gang of administrators at her college, asking her help in solving the mystery of the death of a fellow professor. The victim was tossed out of the window of his office, several floors above the concrete below. As Canfield Adams was not well-liked, the array of suspects was wide. Including Kate herself, who happened to have an iron-clad alibi.

Kate interviews acquaintances, family members (including a widow who didn't hide her avarice), anyone who knew anything about the prof. Sifting through the many different possible motives took some time.

Kate is intelligent and witty in a good way, which made the book fun to read.
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  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
another talky Kate Fenshaw
  ritaer | Jun 16, 2020 |
All of Kate Fansler's friends have the exact same voice. They speak with a massively complex sentence structure, are very self-referential and ironic. In short, they speak just as any good professor of English would do.

But one of the main elements of Amanda Cross I enjoy is a sort of literate superiority. In a lot of the earlier books, you definitely get the impression that anyone who didn't know exactly what James Joyce was writing about in Ulysses would never be able to solve the mystery. That feeling doesn't continue through to this book, unless you count Kate's point near the end of the book, that she never would have been able to solve the mystery without focusing on the narrative necessities. Certainly a strategy I've been known to use, but I've not had a character come out quite so bluntly and say it before.

I felt that the story started slowly, but sped up to pace in the middle. There's no ambiguity in the final resolution, although I don't think sufficient clues were provided to solve the mystery. There are many interesting characters, and there's something of a surprise ending that is worthwhile. Even if you've never read Ulysses, this book is a good intellectual read. ( )
  benfulton | Aug 5, 2012 |
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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 you." THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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