Virgin of Small Plains
latest mystery novel, The Virgin of Small Plains has been
well received since it's release in April of 2006.
Murder in the rural Kansas town of Small Plains
in the dead of winter! The frozen body of beautiful young girl is
found by Sheriff Nathan Shellenberger and his sons, snow covered
in a pasture. A twisted plot of lustful deception and cover up rips
through the once slow paced farming community. Some of the most
prevalent citizens of Small Plains, Kansas are determined to keep
the truth buried when a long-ago murder resurfaces with devastating
and deadly consequences.
Kansas Murder Mystery
Ballantine Books: April 2006
Bum Steer is a 1989 Nancy Pickard addition to the Jenny Cain mystery novel
series involving a Kansas ranch bequest valued at$4 million dollars.
The benefactor, murdered!
herself quickly absorbed in the spiraling plot of deception, lust,
money, and murder. In her plight for answers to the killing she
is encompassed by thoughts of adultery with a charming young farm
hand Quentin Harlan and his deep blue eyes. A multitude of suspicious
suspects only make the truth harder to decipher. The Kansas Prairie
seems determined to keep the truth buried deep beneath the cattle
Pickard: Jenny Cain Series, Kansas Murder Mystery
Pocket Books: September 1991
Jenny Cain Series Novels:
- Generous Death (1984)
- Say No to Murder (1985)
- No Body (1986)
- Marriage Is Murder (1987)
- Dead Crazy (1988)
- Bum Steer (1989)
- I.O.U. (1991)
- But I Wouldn't Want to Die there (1993)
- Confession (1994)
- Twilight (1995)
Pickard facilitates the story line of Ring of Truth through
the lens of her fictional crime writer Marie Lightfoot. Marie adopts
a shocking Florida murder case as the plot line for her next big
mystery seller. The research and composition of Marie novel in turn
reveals the secrets of a love affair gone fatally wrong,yet disturbing
twists leave Marie's questions unanswered.
is a murderer is a preacher, who has allegedly killed his wife in
collusion with his lover. In turn a pair of young girls find the
body in an abandoned mansion, adding the death of innocence to the
magnitude of the crime. A shattering conviction turns the case on
end and for the first time in her career, Marie fails to win the
killer's confidence during a jailhouse interview. Case closed right?
visitor confesses something that not even the police know. Is this
revelation the missing piece in the terrifying murder puzzle? Read Ring of Truth and find out.
Pickard: Marie Lightfoot Series, Florida Murder Mystery
Pocket Books: June 2001
Marie Lightfoot Series Novels
- The Whole Truth (2000)
- Ring of Truth (2001)
- The Truth Hurts (2002)
Warnings is comprised of a collection of mystery short stories
that are interrelated by characters, plots, and ironically similar
human tendencies. Nancy Pickard showcases mystery, murder, violence,
and crime solving through nine different story lines. As the title
portrays, each story issues a warning to the reader. Beware of your
human tendencies and think logically before acting, it could be
the last decision you ever make!
Nancy Pickard: Short Stories, Mystery & Murder
Thorndike Press: May 1999
Blue Corn Murders
In the Blue
Corn Murders Nancy Pickard brings to us a third story line
of her famous Eugenia Potter, as she stumbles upon some ancient
pottery shards on her ranch, Eugenia feels a profound connection
with the past. Eugenia quenches her deep desire to learn more about
the relics and by heeding the call of her soul and visiting an archaeological
camp amid the magnificent cliff dwellings of Colorado's Mesa Verde.
is just not right about at the Mesa Verde, the director has obvious
increasing mental confusion and a mysterious and grisly death of
a visitor. The camp calls on a traditional Native American ritual
facilitated by the passing around of an ear of blue corn, even the
Talking Circle cannot reveal the source of the trouble. The situation
escalates when a busload of teenagers on a hiking trip disappears
without a trace, Eugenia unearth a cruel scheme, a long-buried secret,
and the deadly fruits of a killer's dark hungers.
Oh yes, blue
corn recipes are included.
Pickard: Eugenia Potter Series, Colorado Mesa Verde
Bantam Dell Publishers: May 1999
EUGENIA POTTER SERIES NOVELS
- The 27-Ingredient Chili
Con Carne Murders (1993)
- The Blue Corn Murders (1998)
- The Secret Ingredient Murders (2001)
The Scent of Rain and Lightning
One beautiful summer afternnon, from her bedroom window on the second floor, Jody Linder is unnerved to see her three uncles parking their pickups in front of her parents' house -- or what she calls her parents' house, even though Hugh-Jay and Laurie Linder have been gone almost all of Jody's life. "What is the fearsome thing I see?" the young high school English teacher whiispers, mimicking Shakespeare. Polished boots, pressed jeans, fresh white shirts, Stetsons -- her uncles' suspiciously clean visiting clothes are a disturbing sign.
The three bring shocking news: The man convicted of murdering Jody's father is being released from prison and returning to the small twon of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody's uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents' ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophoc night.
Now Billy Crosby's sentence has been commuted, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father's innocence. As Jody lives only a few doors down from teh Crosbys, she knows that sooner or later she'll come face-to-face withthe man who she believes destroyed her family.
What she doesn't expect are the heated exchanges with Collin. Having grown up practically side by side in this very small town, Jody and Collin have had a long history of carefully avoiding each other's eyes. Now Jody disncovers that underneath their antagonism is a shared sense of loss that no one else could possibly understand. As she revisits old woulds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family's tragic past.
Engrossing, lyrical, and suspenseful, The Scent of Rain and Lightning captures the essence of small-town America -- its heartfelt intimacy and darkest secrets -- where through stuggle and hardship people still dare to hope for a better future. For Jody Linder, maybe even love. **
**Taken from the dust jacket.
Relevance: Kansas Murder Mystery
Ballantine Books: 2010
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