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Dead Crazy (Jenny Cain #5)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  306 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Jenny Cain didn't particularly like pompous, wealthy do-gooder MaryDell Paine, but she wasn't unsympathetic to her plea. MaryDell wanted the Port Frederick Civic Foundation - which Jenny headed - to fund a recreation center for former mental patients in the basement of an abandoned church. Despite competition from another buyer, Jenny was optimistic. Most of the neighbors ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published March 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1988)
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Carl Brookins
Jul 07, 2008 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jenny Cain lives in Port Frederick, Mass. She's the director of a small civic foundation which primarily serves Port Frederick and the immediate surrounding area. Since neither the town nor the foundation are very large, Jenny has lots of time to pursue other matters when the whim strikes. Jenny is a populist, and believes that organizations such as the foundation she heads should strive to do good in all feasible ways. On the other hand she's pretty hard headed and can spot a scam a mile off. O
Sarah Beaudoin
Jul 21, 2008 Sarah Beaudoin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Nancy Pickard. Yet another simple, ridiculous, laugh out loud funny murder mystery. I'm always a tiny bit embarrassed when I check a Nancy Pickard book out from the library, and hope that I will see no one I know until the book is checked out and safely stowed in my tote bag.

Pickard's books are sheer candy and Dead Crazy might be the most extreme of the many I've read. The underlying story about the lack of options for the mentally ill in our society is serious and should be considered, but
Jul 07, 2014 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent little mystery

Dead Crazy
is set in small-town New England and features Jenny Cain, the woman in charge of the areas philanthropic foundation (very much like Indianapolis's Lilly Foundation) that makes investments and gives grants for the public good. The foundation is asked to buy a building so that it can be converted into a recreation/meeting hall for the mentally ill of the community - a place where they can get out of the cold and still be welcome. But, things quickly get complicate
Jan 20, 2012 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#5 in the Jenny Cain mystery series. Jenny is the CEO of a charitable foundation in the fictional small town of Port Frederick, Mass. The foundation is approached to purchase a building to serve as a place homeless mentally ill patients can congregate and receive help. As is usual for this series, Jenny quickly starts finding dead bodies and becomes involved in a multiple murder investigation.
Luz  C. Johnson
Aug 03, 2013 Luz C. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve read the other mysteries before this one, you know “Poor Fred” very well. This one was a joy to read. I was never able to crack the mystery, always betting on the wrong horse, changing suspects every other chapter immersed on the feeling of a wild goose chase. Never in a million years would I’ve guessed who the murderer was, though at the end becomes so obvious. “Follow the money”.
Sep 14, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A nice, if formulaic, mystery with a likable protagonist -- snarky, sassy Jenny Cain. "Dead Crazy" was a fun read and I didn't have the ending pegged well in advance (a good thing). Pickard's later books are much deeper and better written, but this one's a quick, enjoyable whodunit.
Mar 09, 2012 R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed airplane books for when I had to turn off my kindle and paperback mysteries fit the bill. I hadn't read a Nancy Pickard in a long time. Now, I remember why I liked her books. A quick read, they are still literate and entertaining.
Feb 07, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the novel that introduced me to Nancy Pickard, so it will always hold a special place in my heart...and she autographed that beat-up paperback copy instead of having me buy a hardcover of her newest novel the first time I met her. Yeah, she's freakin' cool!
Aug 15, 2008 Mona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mona by: found in the library
I am really enjoying the books by Nancy Pickard - she is along the lines of Sue Grafton and Janet Evanovich - I do enjoy a good mystery with lots of chuckles
K. East
Apr 13, 2011 K. East rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second Jenny Cain mystery. This was better than the later one I started with. Interesting play of characters and theme.
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Nancy Pickard is an American crime novelist. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and began writing at age 35.

She has won five Macavity Awards, four Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, and a Shamus Award. She is the only author to win all four awards. Her novel The Virgin of Small Plains, published in 2007, won an Agatha Award. She also served on t
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