Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Review: The Scent of Rain and Lightning

About the book (Synopsis from BN.com):

Written with the wisdom and grace devoted readers have come to expect from the award-winning author of The Virgin of Small Plains, here is a brilliantly moving tale of family, murder, and redemptive love.
One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder, a young English teacher, 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 they have been gone almost all of Jody's life. The polished boots, pressed jeans, fresh white shirts, and Stetsons—her uncles' 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 town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-six years since that stormy night when Jody's father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared...
About the author:
Nancy Pickard is the creator of the acclaimed Jenny Cain mystery series. She has won the Anthony Award, two Macavity Awards, and two Agatha Awards for her novels. She is a three-time Edgar Award nominee, most recently for her first Marie Lightfoot mystery, The Whole Truth, which was a national bestseller. With Lynn Lott, Pickard co-authored Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path. She has been a national board member of the Mystery Writers of America, as well as the president of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Prairie Village, Kansas. Visit her website at www.nancypickardmysteries.com.
My thoughts:
The Scent of Rain and Lightning was a very quick, easy read. From beginning to end the story moved very quick and was quite intriguing. The characters were well-developed and throughout the story, the author had you believing the outcome but at the end, whoa…not as predictable as I thought. The end of the story was definitely a wow moment where you never would have seen it coming and that makes it an even interesting read. If you are looking for a quick, intriguing story this is a book you want to read.


DISCLAIMER: I was in no way compensated to review this book. These are my opinions of a book in which I purchased on my own.


  1. I think I have this one--either that or it is on my wish list. Nice to see that it is a good read! Thanks for sharing....

  2. Julie it's a pretty good read, when you read it you have to tell me what you think.

  3. I just ran across an inexpensive copy of this book. Readathon, possibly?

  4. Readerbuzz, I think it's worth a readathon. It's a quick read