Wednesday, January 5, 2011

(2)The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

I like a good mystery. I am pretty sure that I have shared that tidbit of information with you before. It has been a while since I have read a good, solid mystery.

The Scent of Rain and Lightning was a really good mystery to quench my thirst. The Scent of Rain & Lightning is set in a small Kansas town halfway between Denver and Kansas City. It is one of those towns that is "ruled" by one family. When one of the sons is murdered twenty-six years ago and the only grandchild is left orphaned, the Linders are confident in their accusations. Now it is twenty-six years later and the Governor is releasing the man convicted of the crime. Little Jody is now in her late twenties and is living in fear of that man returning to Rose, Kansas.

In dealing with her fears, Jody starts asking questions and starts to realize that her father's killer may still be on the loose.

Nancy Pickard is an incredibly talented author. Her mysteries are subtly written and deeply engaging. The characters are rugged, rough, and exactly what you will find in a small Midwestern town. I thought I had the "whodunit" figured out, but I was wrong. I wasn't really shocked at the big reveal, but it was not who I had pegged for the real killer. Overall a great book to escape with on a cold night.


Wingnut said...

I read this last autumn and *really* enjoyed it. I keep meaning to look and see if she has anything else available.

Holly said...

I just finished this and loved it! Have you read anything else by Nancy Pickard? I'm curious if her other books are as good. I see you're reading The Weird Sisters right now. I look forward to your review. That one has been catching my eye lately.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

Holly - I have read the Virgin of Small Plains - and really enjoyed it. It is set in a small Kansas town, much like her recent one.

Sara Bell said...

Just finished reading this one Charlotte and I LOVED it! I had never heard of Nancy Pickard before your post about Virgin of Small Plains and this one probably wouldn't have made it to my list either if it weren't for your reviews so thanks! =]

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