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Nancy Pickard

Forfatter af The Scent of Rain and Lightning

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Nancy Pickard is best known for her Jenny Cain mysteries. Her first novel was "Generous Death", and she began writing the culinary adventures of Mrs. Potter when the creator of the character, Virginia Rich, passed away in the mid 1980's. Rich's husband found a box of notes and newspaper clippings vis mere that were related to books that Virginia had hoped to write and they included a few first drafts of chapters. Pickard's relationship began with Rich when, as a fan, she wrote a letter to her after finishing "The Cooking School Murders." They were both mystery writers married to cattle ranchers. After her death, Rich's husband wanted to find another writer to continue Virginia's work, which eventually led to Pickard. The unfinished manuscript for "The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders" was continued by Pickard and published in 1993. Before her death, Rich wrote "The Cooking School Murders" (1982), The Baked Bean Supper Murders" (1983), and The Nantucket Diet Murders" (1985). The other Eugenia Potter novels written by Pickard were "The Blue Corn Murders," which turned the character Mrs. Potter into a more vigorous older woman, followed by "The Secret Ingredient Murders." Pickard is the past president of Sisters in Crime and received the Anthony, Macavity and Agatha awards for five of the ten novels in her popular Jenny Cain series. She was also a two-time Edgar Award nominee and a winner of the American Mystery Award. (Bowker Author Biography) Virginia Rich and her heroine, Eugenia Potter, were beloved by mystery fans for years. Now Nancy Pickard, the Edgar-nominated author of the Jenny Cain series, has taken up the mantle. A great fan of Mrs. Rich, Nancy Pickard is the co-author of The 27-Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders and the author of The Blue Corn Murders. (Publisher Provided) Nancy Pickard lives in Kansas with her family. "Ring of Truth" is the second Marie Lightfoot novel. (Publisher Provided) vis mindre
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Værker af Nancy Pickard

The Scent of Rain and Lightning (2010) 1,024 eksemplarer
The Virgin of Small Plains (2007) 806 eksemplarer
The Whole Truth (2000) 267 eksemplarer
Generous Death (1984) 250 eksemplarer
I.O.U. (1991) 238 eksemplarer
But I Wouldn't Want to Die There (1993) 234 eksemplarer
Confession (1994) 225 eksemplarer
Twilight (1995) 225 eksemplarer
The Blue Corn Murders (1998) 221 eksemplarer
Bum Steer (1989) 218 eksemplarer
Marriage is Murder (1987) 212 eksemplarer
Dead Crazy (1988) 200 eksemplarer
No Body (1986) 190 eksemplarer
Say No to Murder (1985) 182 eksemplarer
The Secret Ingredient Murders (2001) 166 eksemplarer
Ring of Truth (2001) 163 eksemplarer
The Truth Hurts (2002) 139 eksemplarer
Malice Domestic 3 (1994) — Editor & Introduction — 73 eksemplarer
Mom, Apple Pie and Murder (2000) — Redaktør — 60 eksemplarer
The First Lady Murders (1999) 42 eksemplarer
Storm Warnings (1999) 22 eksemplarer
Afraid All the Time (1992) 8 eksemplarer
The Runaway | Afraid All the Time (1996) 4 eksemplarer
It Had To Be You 1 eksemplar
Afraid of the Dark 1 eksemplar
Pocket 1 eksemplar
Cinayetin Sifresi (2016) 1 eksemplar
Noodweer 1 eksemplar
[No title] 1 eksemplar
Jenny et le vandale (1999) 1 eksemplar
Trois morts pour Jenny (1998) 1 eksemplar
Bigger Better Braver (2020) 1 eksemplar
Firtina Kokusu (2012) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Hidden Staircase (1930) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver5,185 eksemplarer
Wolfsbane and Mistletoe (2008) — Bidragyder — 907 eksemplarer
The Plot Thickens (1997) — Bidragyder — 327 eksemplarer
Naked Came the Phoenix: A Serial Novel (2001) — Bidragyder — 303 eksemplarer
A Woman's Eye (1991) — Bidragyder — 270 eksemplarer
A Moment on the Edge: 100 Years of Crime Stories by Women (2000) — Bidragyder — 261 eksemplarer
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eleventh Annual Collection (1998) — Bidragyder — 241 eksemplarer
Women on the Case (1996) — Bidragyder — 205 eksemplarer
Two of the Deadliest (2009) — Bidragyder — 156 eksemplarer
Sisters in Crime (1990) — Bidragyder — 126 eksemplarer
Cat Crimes II (1992) — Bidragyder — 117 eksemplarer
The Night Awakens (2000) — Bidragyder — 112 eksemplarer
Midnight Louie's Pet Detectives (1998) — Bidragyder — 107 eksemplarer
By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women (1994) — Preface — 107 eksemplarer
Sisters in Crime 4 (1991) — Bidragyder — 105 eksemplarer
Sisters in Crime 2 (1990) — Bidragyder — 98 eksemplarer
The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 (2013) — Bidragyder — 97 eksemplarer
The Best of Sisters in Crime (1997) — Bidragyder — 89 eksemplarer
Cat Crimes III (1992) — Bidragyder — 85 eksemplarer
Deadly Housewives (2006) — Bidragyder — 83 eksemplarer
Women on the Edge (1992) — Bidragyder — 60 eksemplarer
A Modern Treasury of Great Detective and Murder Mysteries (1994) — Bidragyder — 56 eksemplarer
Diagnosis Dead (1998) — Bidragyder — 54 eksemplarer
Cat Crimes for the Holidays (1997) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
Murder, They Wrote (1997) — Bidragyder — 49 eksemplarer
Kansas City Noir (2012) — Bidragyder — 38 eksemplarer
Death Cruise: Crime Stories on the Open Seas (1999) — Bidragyder — 34 eksemplarer
Malice Domestic 10 (2001) — Bidragyder — 33 eksemplarer
Love and Death (2000) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
The Eyes Still Have It: The Shamus Award-Winning Stories (1995) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer
Vengeance Is Hers (1997) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Lethal Ladies II (1998) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
Crime After Crime (1998) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Home Sweet Homicide (1991) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Mysterious Writers: The Many Facets of Mystery Writing (2010) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
Marilyn: Shades of Blonde (1997) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Crimes of Passion: Twenty-Three Tales of Love and Hate (1993) — Bidragyder — 8 eksemplarer
Felonious Felines (2000) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
Murder to Go (1993) — Bidragyder — 5 eksemplarer
AZ Murder Goes Professional (2002) — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer

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Sisters in Crime (Past president)
Kort biografi
Nancy Pickard, creator of the acclaimed Jenny Cain mystery series, won the Anthony Award for Say No to Murder, a Macavity Award for Marriage is Murder, and two Agatha Awards for Best Novel, for Bum Steer (1990) and I.O.U. (1991). A former reporter and editor, she is a past president of Sisters in Crime. She splits her time between Kansas and Florida.



This warm and enjoyable book is a tad more adventure than mystery, but has much to recommend it. This was the first solo outing of Nancy Pickard's continuation of Virginia Rich's series featuring Eugenia Potter. The two had written letters to each other, having in common husbands who were cattle ranchers. It felt like fate to Nancy Pickard when Mrs. Rich's husband asked his wife's editor if another author could continue the mystery series after her sad passing. Virginia Rich's creation is carried on quite nicely by her admirer, Nancy Pickard, whose own Jenny Cain mystery series is very successful.

Some pottery shards found on Eugenia's ranch inspire her to attend the Medicine Wheel Archaeological Camp in Colorado. It is there the older but lively Eugenia will bond with a group of friends and have more adventure than she'd bargained for. There are many secrets at Medicine Wheel, and at least one of them will lead to the murder of a young misguided girl who was an Indian wannabe. A missing group of young tourists disappear and a second murder occurs before the mystery is solved.

Though the setting and story may sound dark, The Blue Corn Murders very much has a "cozy" feel and style and it is a very light read. The reader is well into the book, in fact, before anything which might constitute a murder mystery takes place. But the atmosphere created by Nancy Pickard is both warm and enjoyable, making it a nice read if you are a cozy fan. Eugenia is likable and the other characters become real as the book progresses. Interesting tidbits concerning the Anasazi are sprinkled in for seasoning.

Those who enjoy the atmosphere of cozies even more than the mystery portion will enjoy this more than others, and find a very likable female character in The Blue Corn Murders. It is an easy read, long on atmosphere and light on mystery. As long as you are aware going in that it is firmly rooted on the cozy side, however, and you aren't the type of reader searching for plot holes, or expecting bodies to start piling up from the git-go, then you'll probably find The Blue Corn Murders very enjoyable.

Archaeologists Corn Bread and Bingo's Chocolate Cornies are just two of the five recipes included in this light mystery with a lot of flavor. Perhaps too cozy for some, but still highly recommended for the right reader looking to relax.
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Matt_Ransom | 2 andre anmeldelser | Oct 6, 2023 |
Nothing but cheap, silly, and downright implausible plot twists.
kevinkevbo | 80 andre anmeldelser | Jul 14, 2023 |
I am not sure where I got this book from but I loved it. Jenny Cain is a director of a historical foundation tasked to find what happened to 133 bodies supposedly buried in the Union Hill Cemetery that have gone missing . This book written in 1986 shows how far technology has come.Thoroughly entertaining
llz | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jan 30, 2023 |



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