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The Virgin of Small Plains (Jenny Cain #7)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  5,052 Ratings  ·  806 Reviews
Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger scours his father’s pasture, looking for helpless newborn calves. Then he makes a shocking discovery: the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl, her skin as white as the snow around her. Even dead, she is the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen. It is a moment that ...more
ebook, 271 pages
Published April 18th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published 2006)
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Joann Cotelesse
Feb 22, 2008 Joann Cotelesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Denise, Lisa, Shannon, Jayme etc.
Recommended to Joann by: The library
On going to the library to find another book, I picked this book up at the suggestion of the library web page. This book was a sleeper. I mean I would have never thought it would be good. It was easy to read. It caught you in the first chapter. This is a story of a small town with grownups who were devious. I young boys life was altered severely because of their sins. Nancy Pickard is an author I would read again. I read mysteries often, but I did not figure it out until the plot was laid out. I ...more
Jenna  Wolfstone
Eh, it was okay. I guess I could never forgive the book for it's first 30 pages. Ugh, awful. Teenage sexual angst is weird to begin with but when it's poorly written it's just downright uncomfortable. I felt like my mom wrote it, not quite remembering those teen feelings.

Then, Blammo! Page 30! Things get exciting!

So, I read and read and read but...the excitement drops off. Sigh. I put the book down for a week. Pick it up again, things get exciting! Then...well, repeat. With 5 pages left, I was
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Esrafurkanyigit
Sep 23, 2016 Esrafurkanyigit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ne yalan söyleyeyim katil tahmin ettiğim kişi çıkmadı... kitaba başlarken çok ümitsizdim sıkılacağımı düşündüm ama sayfaları büyük merakla çevirdim.
Darla
Feb 26, 2009 Darla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Canan  ^^
Mar 06, 2012 Canan ^^ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wid
Gerilim türündeki kitapların pekde tarzım olduğu söylenemez.Ama bu kitabı elimden bırakamadım.
Öncelikle konusunu,kurgusunu,kapağını, anlatımını, olayın akışını sevdim.
Yer yer eskiye bir dönüş olması ilk başlarda biraz kafamı karıştırdı ama ilerleyen bölümlerde
hem bu duruma alıştım hemde konuyu özümsedim.

Konuya değinecek olursam; Rex, Mitch ve Abby Small Plains kasabasında kendi hallerinde üç
yakın arkadaştırlar.Bir gün, kasabada bir cinayete kurban gidildiği düşünülen ve tanınmayacak halde bulun
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Samantha
Feb 27, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a page turner! This book reads just like an episode of CBS' Cold Case, which I happen to love! In 1987 the body of a young woman is found naked and half buried in the snow on a farm. No one in town knows her and everyone pitches in and buys her a tombstone and the whole town gives her a proper funeral. In 2004, her grave has become legend and people from all across the country are traveling to see the woman's grave, now known as The Virgin. The Virgin is said to cure people from life-threat ...more
Stacy Green
Jun 25, 2013 Stacy Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great book. Not too many authors can pull off several points of view the way Pickard does, and I found myself invested not only in solving the mystery, but in each of the characters, including the secondary ones. She also does a really good job with description by going beyond the five senses and tying it to the character's personal experience. Highly recommended!
Jeanette
The first third I would have given this a 4 star, but the remainder barely earned a three. But overall, a solid 3 star is earned.

The plot line is interesting and the characters developed beyond the usual mystery or family / small town modern. Kansas and the locale are also colored to hay baling, farm animal care and other physical actualities for the economics of the family and the town. That was appreciated, because often in the placements of this genre, that just isn't true.

Pickard writes desc
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Çisem
Aug 12, 2016 Çisem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Başta düşündüğüm kişi katil çıkmadı fakat kitabın ortalarından sonra katili tahmin etmek zor değil.

Genelde böyle romanlarda olan düzenli hava bu kitapta yoktu, yazar sanki gizemi geçmişe dönüşleri yarıda keserek vermeye çalışmış.



Sürükleyici miydi? : Evet
Kurgu yeterli miydi?: Pek değil...

Açıkçası sonu çok saçma sapan bitti bence. O kadar uzatmaya daha başka bir son, daha adil bir son beklerdim. Bazı yerler gereksiz uzatılmış ve sonu pat diye kesilmiş gibiydi.

Yine de beğendim, zaten beğenmes
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Laurel Bradley
Jul 18, 2012 Laurel Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know it's a good book when, after reading the library's copy, you go out and buy your own. THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLIAINS is that kind of book.

In 1987 Small Plains, Kansas, in the midst of a blizzard, eighteen-year-old Rex Shellenberger searches the pastures of his family farm for newborn calves and finds the naked, frozen body of a teenage girl. That night, Shellenberger's dad--the sheriff--brings the corpse to sixteen-year-old Abby Reynold's father's in-home doctor's office. Hiding in a stora
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skein
Jan 15, 2011 skein rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-star, 2011
This is one of those fucking books in that new-ish fucking style what attempts to, I don't fucking know, take a goddamn murder mystery and make it EXCITING and FAST-PACED by totally screwing with the narrative linechanging p-o-v rapidly and skipping back-and-forth in time. And pretending to give you clues about whodunit that turn out to be not clues at all, haha, and weren't you a fool for thinking the psychopathic son did it?
That's got nothing to do with being a foolish, naive reader, goddammi
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Berfin Basak
Aug 09, 2013 Berfin Basak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy Pickard'in okudugum ilk kitabi olan Bakire bir kasaba da gecen cinayeti ve cevresinde gelisen olaylari anlatiyor. Kitap cinayeti isleyen kisiden ziyade kimin neyi sakladigi merakiyla okutturdu kendini cunku herkes de bir gizem, aman susun agzimizin tadi kacmasin havasi vardi. Acikcasi son 100 sayfaya dogru sıkılmaya baslamistim ama bir yerde höh ne oluyoruz ya diyemeden olaylar cozuluverdi. Kesinlikle aklimdan bile gecmeyen kisilerle alakali cikti ve yazarimizi burada tebrik ettim. Gerci o ...more
Zeynep Dilara
Jun 24, 2016 Zeynep Dilara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ya çok güzeldi! Kurgusu, olayların akışı, karakterleri her şey her şey çok güzeldi!

http://kraliceicinkitap.blogspot.com....
Büşra Bal
Sep 12, 2012 Büşra Bal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mitch,canımsın. Bir cinayet-gerilim romanında,gene kendime aşık olacak bir karakter buldum. Again and again. Polisiye olarak en son Eve dallas'ın son kitabını okumuştum sanırım. Bu kitap çok iyi geldi. Soluk aldığımı hissediyorum yani. Ama allasen o kapağı bir değiştirin ne olur, olmamış bir yerlerden bir dram fışkıracak gibi. Sevdim kitabı.Ben bu tarz polisiyeyi daha çok seviyorum, inatla katili gizlemeye çalışan yazar,her daim belli ediyor katilini. Ama bak kadına, gizlemiyor, nedeni sorgulatı ...more
Chana
I enjoyed reading it, kept going back to it between chores and errands, I wanted to see what would happen next.
It was relaxing in that it was easy to read, uncomplicated but kept my interest. There was also, in my opinion, a pleasing symmetry and balance to the book. It wasn't a cozy, there is some gore, and it isn't necessarily logical.
A young teen in love witnesses a horrible event. He tells his father and is quickly sent away. His girlfriend and other friends cannot understand why he is gone
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Beth
Jul 02, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the most part, THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS is an excellent mystery, the kind readers will be anxious to keep reading. It is a murder mystery, yes, but as the best mysteries are, this book is much more than that. It examines lies and relationships and the possibility of miracles. Plus, the substory of a separate character in need of a miracle is placed in this story to make it even more complex.

But it's a 4- out of 5-star book. THE VIRGIN OF SMALL PLAINS loses a point because its language is s
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Magpie67
Apr 04, 2015 Magpie67 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
Stunning first novel for me by this author! 5 Stars! Worthy as a bookclub selection! Can't wait to meet this author in May. The storyline, the characters, the mystery was all gold and I was riveted from the first sentence. Loved the present and the past chapters and each with a view from key characters. Brilliant prose and most poetic justice on page 330. A Must Read for everyone. Can't hardly wait for her new book to come out this June and or to dive into her two series.
Darcy
Pretty early on I was able to guess what was going on, both in the present and the past. I hated that innocent people got hurt, that there lives were radically changed by the selfishness of one person and that so many people carried secrets for a person that didn't deserve it. About the only things that can be said by the end is that most of the people were finally back on track with their lives.
Lesley Ghidossi
Oct 04, 2015 Lesley Ghidossi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Wow! I bounced back in-between the book and the audio version from my library for walks. The audio version was wonderful and helped me log more miles. I listened, read and sometimes reread or listened again. I like the main characters, I pulled for them. I think it would make a great movie. The characters were well developed and the author helped you feel like you already knew someone just like them without going overboard or over selling. I thought it was a wonderful escape, that had ...more
Anna Serra i Vidal
Coming back from the Writer's Unboxed Unconference a few people decided to gather and analyse this book because Donald Maass praised it both at the UnCon and in his own books. We have given us some time to read and I really wanted to read it slowly to start analyzing but this can't be done. At least on a first read. The story sucks you in and you can't stop reading, you just have to keep your eyes glued to the page until it's over. And then you realize you have to come back and reread to appreci ...more
Erin
Mar 04, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: Goodreads
In the middle of a blizzard, a young girl is found dead- naked and bloody by teenager Rex Shellenberger, his father, and older brother. His father, the local sheriff, drops Rex off at his home and tells his son to say nothing to his mother about the dead girl. Meanwhile, across town, teenage lovebirds, Abby and Mitchell( Rex's best friend, are hiding out in Abby's bedroom waiting for her parents to fall asleep. Abby knows that if her father, the town doctor, catches Mitch, she'll be grounded fo ...more
Lisa Louie
I don't often read mystery novels; it was the premise of Pickard's novel that drew me to it. A young woman's naked body is discovered in the snow deep in a farmer's field one winter night. Her identity unknown, she is buried in the Kansas town's cemetery and becomes known as the “Virgin of Small Plains.” Over the years, her grave is transformed into a pilgrimage site for those who are suffering and dying. Some even claim that visits to her grave cures them. Ten years later, Abby, the protagonist ...more
Jeannine Mason
Feb 07, 2012 Jeannine Mason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
All in all I enjoyed this book. The characters were pretty two-dimensional, but I wanted a good mystery, and a quick one, and usually the character development is limited in stories like these. I was ok with that. I choose books depending on my mood, and if I want an epic historical novel or a fast paced mystery will depend on how I am feeling.

I felt the pacing was perfect. The mystery of an unidentified girl found dead in a snow storm 17 years prior to the books opening set the fast pace almost
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Boof
I read this book in just over a day, staying up into the night as I couldn't tear myself away from it. It's one of those books where you promise yourself that this will be the last chapter, and then you say just one more....and so on!

This is the story of a young girl who is found naked and frozen to death in one of the worst blizzards the town on Small Plains has ever known. She can't be identified and so she is buried in an unmarked grave in the towns cemetary. Over the years she becomes known
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kari
Aug 29, 2012 kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, 2012
This is the second Nancy Pickard book I've read and it certainly won't be the last. Her books are page-turners and not because of the breathtaking action, but because she involves you in the character's lives. I felt so much for what some of them had been through, the pain of loss that it so real that it is heartbreaking. It brought me to tears several times.
The mystery is there from page one, but the story around it slowly develops and there are some great red herrings and some evidence seen fr
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İlkim
May 21, 2012 İlkim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir insanın bu derece hastalıklı bir planı anında kurabilmesi, zavallı Mitch'in haksız yere kasabadan tecrit edilmesi, Abby'nin yıkılması ve aradan 17 yıl geçmesi ile nihayet sırların açıklanması... Olay kasabada ölü bulunan ve "nedense" kimsenin tanımadığı genç bir kızın ölümüyle başlıyor. Rex ve ailesi kızı buluyorlar ardından şerif (Rex'in babası) onu doktora (Abby'nin babası) götürüyor ve orada doktor vahşi bir şekilde yüzünü deforme ediyor-bir beysbol sopasıyla. Bunu da şans o ya o sırada d ...more
Melis
Dec 16, 2012 Melis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kitap akıcı ve konusu öyle ilgi çekici ki sürekli bir "ne oluyor, bunun sırrı ne?" sorusuyla kitabın sonunu getirmeye çalışıyor insan. Bu bağlamda okurken gerçekten keyif alarak okuduğum bir kitap oldu Bakire.

Kitap bizi sizin de ön okumadan bildiğiniz gibi karlı bir kış günü baş bayan karakterimiz Abby'nin eski sevgilisinin annesi ve hayatını zindan eden uyuz Nadine'i görmesi ve bir anlık yaptığı kaza ile karşılıyor. Bu kaz
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Donna Galanti
Jun 24, 2013 Donna Galanti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a powerhouse of a book. It held me in a grip. Pickard is a master at dropping just the right tid bits along the way for you to sit up and ask: "OMG, what did that character just say?" "OMG, how is he connected too?" "OMG, I cant believe that just happened!" and you rush back to read it again to keep that shocking feeling going. Once you get caught up in the parallel story lines, one present day and one 17 years earlier, it will seem as seamlessly insync as one story. You won't have to wa ...more
Cathy Cole
Sep 18, 2013 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Virgin of Small Plains is the age-old story of the loss of innocence, the loss of trust, the loss of faith. Young Rex Shellenberger found the dead girl, and his friend Mitch Newquist disappeared the very next day-- stirring rumors that Mitch was the killer. Rex never believed those rumors, and neither did his friend (and Mitch's girlfriend) Abby Reynolds. None of the three friends ever recovered from that event, and as Nancy Pickard's tale unfolds, it soon becomes abundantly clear that their ...more
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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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“İnsanların iyi niyetleri suistimal ediliyor.”
“Kim tarafından?”
“Biz tabii ki!Hasta insanların buraya gelip o aptalca hikayelere inanmalarına izin veriyoruz ve işleri onlar için daha kötü hale getiriyoruz.”
“İnsanların okudukları şeylere inanmalrınıengelleyen bir yasa henüz yok ,Abby.”
“Fakat dolandırmayı engelleyen var.”
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“Good ol' Rex, always the bridesmaid, never the bride.” 1 likes
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