Books by Nancy Pickard

THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2006

"A quietly fashioned, credible tale about the loss of innocence."
Accomplished mystery writer Pickard (The Truth Hurts, 2002, etc.) skillfully exposes insidious elements in a small town. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH HURTS by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2002

"Though she hooks readers with her extraordinary premise, Pickard never quite lands them; the energy flags in the he-said-she-said environs of Sebastion, and it hardly matters which of the interchangeable suspects is masquerading as Paulie Barnes."
South Florida true-crime writer Marie Lightfoot (Ring of Truth, 2001, etc.) has never thought of herself as a racist, and neither has state attorney Franklin DeWeese, her black fiancé. Read full book review >
RING OF TRUTH by Nancy Pickard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2001

"Like Agatha Christie in her prime, Pickard uses her characters' relationships to craft a puzzle that's a joy to solve."
Something's not right with the latest manuscript that true-crime writer Marie Lightfoot (The Whole Truth, 2000) has just sent off to her publisher. Read full book review >
THE SECRET INGREDIENT MURDERS by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 16, 2001

"Chatty, good-humored, and entertaining, with a believable puzzle, a charming heroine, and a consistently light touch."
A standout in Pickard's series (The Blue Corn Murders, 1998, etc.) resurrecting Genia Potter, a heroine who first came to life in the novels of the late Virginia Rich. Read full book review >
THE WHOLE TRUTH by Nancy Pickard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Marie seems like a keeper. (Mystery Guild featured alternate selection; author tour)"
Pickard (The Blue Corn Murders, 1998, etc.) launches a new series introducing crime writer Marie Lightfoot, who covers spectacular murder trials and turns them into bestsellers. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

MOM, APPLE PIE, AND MURDERA Collection of New Mysteries for Mother's DayPickard, Nancy—Ed. Read full book review >
THE BLUE CORN MURDERS by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

The Blue Corn Murders ($21.95; Aug. 14; 272 pp.; 0-385-31224-5): Pickard takes time off from her Jenny Cain series (Twilight, 1995, etc.) to provide a second posthumous encore for Rich's chef-sleuth Eugenia Potter, whose Colorado vacation is interrupted by a pair of murders, the disappearance of a busload of children, and a dozen recipes. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Rambling, unfocused, and overextended: not one of the author's better efforts."
Tireless Jenny Cain of Port Frederick, Mass. Read full book review >
CONFESSION by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 1994

"Shocking revelations abound as the old case is reshaped, a new killing must be solved, and Jenny and Geof's union is tested to the max in a freshly plotted, psychologically intriguing story."
Pickard (The 27-Ingredient Chile Con Carne Murders, 1993, etc.) goes to the small city of Port Frederick, Mass., where police lieutenant Geoffery Bushfield and his wife, Jenny Cain, are visited by David Mayer, the volatile teenage son of Ron Mayer and Judy Baker, who accuses Geof of being his biological father. Read full book review >
BUT I WOULDN'T WANT TO DIE THERE by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 1993

"Robust, funny, touching, and engrossing all the way: Pickard peaks here."
Jenny Cain, the author's energetic, emotionally vulnerable heroine (Generous Death, etc.), ex-director of a charitable foundation in Port Frederick, Massachusetts, has lost her New York friend Carol Margolis, killed by a street mugger. Read full book review >
GENEROUS DEATH by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"Pickard has gone on to write seven more Jenny Cain stories (I.O.U., etc.), most of them as spirited as this first one but less verbose and overwrought—as well as more convincing in motivation and method."
The first hardcover edition of a paperback published in 1984- -in which the author introduced Jenny Cain, amateur sleuth and director of the Port Frederick (Mass.) Read full book review >
THE 27-INGREDIENT CHILI CON CARNE MURDERS by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"Nice going for Pickard."
Author Pickard (see above) has adopted widowed, wealthy Eugenia Potter, heroine of stories by the late Virginia Rich (The Nantucket Diet Murders, 1985, etc.), and, working from Rich's notes, comes up with an intriguing adventure set in Arizona, where Mrs. Potter owns a ranch. Read full book review >
I.O.U. by Nancy Pickard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 1991

"Minor tracts on the evils of old-boy networking and censorship in the arts don't help a teary saga that's more soap opera than mystery and not too interesting as either."
A crisply competent amateur sleuth in past outings (No Body, etc.), New England's Jenny Cain is devastated by her mother's death after long years in a psychiatric hospital. Read full book review >