Gold Heilbrun, popularly known as Amanda Cross is a famous
American feminist detective writer. She graduated from Wesley College in
1947. In 1951 and 1959, she took a masters and a doctorate in English at
Columbia University respectively. She taught at Brooklyn
College as well as at Columbia University. At Columbia, she was the
professor of English in 1972. She was even the president of the
Modern Language Association and editor of Columbia University Press's
Gender and Culture Series. She has been awarded with five honorary
doctorates and published many scholarly works.
The name of her detective is Kate Fansler, a feminist middle aged
Professor of English at a university in Manhattan first introduced
in In the Last Analysis in 1964.
Kate Fansler featuring books:
In the Last Analysis (1964)
The James Joyce Murder (1967)
Poetic Justice (1970)
The Theban Mysteries (1972)
The Question of Max (1976)
Death in A Tenured Position (1981)
Sweet Death, Kind Death (1984)
No Word for Winifred (1984)
A Trap for Fools (1989)
The Players Come Again (1990)
An Imperfect Spy (1995)
The Puzzled Heart (1998)
Honest Doubt (2000)
The Theban Mysteries (2001)
Honest Doubt (2001)
Death in a Tenured Position won the Nero Wolfe Award in
1981. It was even included by the English critic H.R.F Keating in
his Top 100 List of Great Mystery Books and Stories.
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Review by me-
Just recently burrowed this detective novel by Amanda Cross from
the college library and read it though I haven't heard of her
before. I expected it to be an engrossing book, but it wasn't
though I finished reading it. Lots of feminist remarks but very few
detections and deductions by the detective Kate Fansler. Being a
mystery lover, I either expect a chill binding plot or very
ingenious deductions. Question of Max lacked both.
Having not read her other novels, I think I should not be that harsh
on Amanda Cross. I would definitely read her other books like
Death in a Tenured Position and A Puzzled Heart if at all
found in libraries or bookshops. In my country, Nepal, there are
very few people like me passionate about reading.
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Praises for her:
If by some cruel oversight you haven't discovered Amanda Cross, you
have an uncommon pleasure in store for you.
-New York Times Book Review
No one has a sharper eye than Amanda Cross.
-The Washington Post Book World
The Question of Max offers "fascinating complexities...humor along
the way, and an unexpected shocker of a climax...A literate joy.
-San Francisco Examiner
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