Search Results: "Amanda Cross"


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AMANDA by Kay Hooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A well-traveled path with nary an unpredictable turn. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A first hardcover for the popular Hooper provides all the requisite thrills, chills, and hot-blooded romance, but this southern-style mystery, love story, should-be-a-TV-movie-of-the- week somehow lacks soul. Read full book review >

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CROSS by Ken Bruen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2008

"Though Bruen (Priest, 2007, etc.) sometimes nudges noir into bathos, this is dark-side stuff from a master."
Galway private eye Jack Taylor must catch a psychopath who kills by crucifying. Read full book review >

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CROSS by James Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"The biggest disappointment, though, is an ending that makes you realize you should have skipped this installment and waited for the sequel."
Dr. Alex Cross goes up against the psychopath who killed his wife, with eminently predictable results. Read full book review >

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HONEST DOUBT by Amanda Cross
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 28, 2000

"With insight and wit as wide as her waistline, Woody would be a worthy protagonist, if Kate could just scoot over and leave her some room."
The latest case for Kate Fansler (The Puzzled Heart, 1997, etc.) has a big fat surprise: Estelle "Woody" Woodhaven, a real live licensed p.i., is the narrator, with Fansler shunted to the role of mentor. Read full book review >

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THE EDGE OF DOOM by Amanda Cross
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The crown of Cross's career, a search for Kate's roots unfolding almost entirely in carefully wrought dialogue that perfectly mingles detective work, literary criticism, and the tale of the heroine's birthright."
English professor Kate Fansler (Honest Doubt, 2000, etc.) has always treasured her differences from the stuffy investment bankers she has for older brothers, but it never occurred to her that there might be a special reason for those differences. Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED STORIES by Amanda Cross
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Mild, graceful, and literate to a fault. (Mystery Guild alternate selection)"
Cross's brief Introduction explains why this collection- -perhaps the shortest volume ever published under its title—is itself so brief: Although Prof. Read full book review >

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A TRAP FOR FOOLS by Amanda Cross
Released: April 10, 1989

This ninth outing for Prof. Read full book review >

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THE PUZZLED HEART by Amanda Cross
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Hold on to your hats: Kate Fansler's husband, law prof Reed Amhearst, has been kidnapped. Read full book review >

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AN IMPERFECT SPY by Amanda Cross
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

The mystery element, never the strongest feature of Cross's civilized Kate Fansler stories (The Players Come Again, 1990, etc.), has been ebbing away for years. Read full book review >

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AMANDA BEAN'S AMAZING DREAM by Cindy Neuschwander
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"At the end of the book, Marilyn Burns (The Greedy Triangle, 1995, etc.) does a credible, if prim, job of explaining the broad contexts of multiplication to adults working with children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The protagonist in this story has a sort of low-grade obsessive/compulsive disorder: "I count anything and everything," chirps Amanda. Read full book review >

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AMANDA/MIRANDA by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: March 11, 1980

"All in all, a gorgeously romantic, implausible affair comfy as eiderdown."
Peck has unearthed one of the hoariest of chimney-corner romantic devices—the wobbly course of love and intrigue when two young things of diverse origins and temperament look exactly alike and cross destinies; and he displays it here in late-Edwardian satin, with agile prose and a straight face. Read full book review >

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THE AMANDA PROJECT by Stella Lennon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A baldly predatory attempt to get into teens' wallets. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
According to popular Callie, Amanda Valentino was a quirky math genius who lived in a pretty, Victorian house. Read full book review >