The Scent of Rain and Lightning
One beautiful summer afternoon, from her bedroom window on the second floor, Jody Linder 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 Jay and Laurie Jo Linder have been gone almost all of Jody’s life. “What is this fearsome thing I see?” the young high school English teacher whisp...more
The edition I read is an Advance Reader's Copy, so there were some grammati...more
Once we have all the information regarding the events of the past, the author takes us back to the present to see how the story unfolds. This is a mystery so not too much can be said here. I am not one who reads...more
The first half of the book was just great, Pickard does a great job creating...more
And so I picked it up
Together with The Time Traveler's Wife, I bought the two.
And I'm not...more
Jody Linder is infamous in the town of Rose, Kansas. On a dark and stormy night 23 years earlier, someone shot and killed Jody’s father; her mother disappeared and is presumably dead. From that night on, three-year-old Jody...more
I enjoyed this book very much. I started reading and spent several nights up late to get past the next big event.
The story is written about a small town called Rose, Kansas. Jody Linder's father was murdered and her mother disappeared when Jody was a young child...more
I particularly wanted to like this book because it was a freebie from first reads. However, I found the plot trivial and predictable, the characters unbelievable and the ending wrapped up just a little too neatly without enough substance to warrant it. I’d be more specific, but I don’t want to ruin the plot line for those who haven’t read the book. But, just let me say this—Pickard’s story didn’t hold me in suspense like a good mystery should. She e...more
This was an enjoyable read. At first I thought the characters were pretty predictable and they kind of are, but there's some pretty surprising twists towards the end (even if they aren't totally believable).
There's not much to say without ruining the book.
On a night in 1986 on a small Kansas town, the lives of the Linder family were forever altered. Three year old Jody was left an orphan after her father was murdered and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Jody's grandparents, aunts, and uncles sheltered Jody from the worst of the investiga...more
I wonder whether the reviewers at Booklist and Publishers Weekly w...more
I felt the characters were incomplete - Jody only quotes Shakespeare once, but it's at the beginning so I thought she would be referring to literature a lot more but she doesn't. Collin is always good, always quiet, always nice to Jody and is basically two-dimensional.
And they harped on how Jody's grandparents had near-adopted so many troubled boys and given them...more
It is a mystery about a cold case involving the Linders, a cattle ranching family that's ruled the small, tight-knit community of Rose, KS for generations. Twenty-three years earlier, someone shoots Hugh-Jay Linder dead, and Laurie, his...more
On one level, I really liked it. Though a mystery (in this case that sub-genre called a "cozy mystery"), it shares with the works of Louise Penny a care to character--not just the major ones, but everyone. These are real people--irrational, passionate, caring, cruel, intelligent, kind...and that's just the bartender. Even the most sympathetic has flaws, and even the worst have an element that makes you wish things could be different for them. In fact, chara...more
Jody Linder lost her parents at the age of three. Her father was murdered in the house she's recently decided to call her own, and her mother disappeared. The local bad boy at the time was arrested and sent to jail for their murder, but now her three uncles have popped in to tell her that Billy Crosb...more
In the end, as I've mulled this over (I finished it about two weeks ago and have been letting it stew), I feel like I should have liked The Scent of Rain and Lightning a lot more than I actually did. I've been reflecting on this, and I've come spot up against a conundrum that I haven't yet quite figured out how to solve. But deadlines loom, and thus I'm writing the review instead of letting the book stew a bit more. In any case, th...more
Nancy Pickard (born 1945) is a US crime novelist. 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. She also served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and began writing at age 35....more