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The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
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Apr 19, 12

bookshelves: death, favorites, mystery, relationships, romance, suspense
Read in April, 2012

"The Scent of Rain and Lightning" is a murder mystery that takes place in Kansas. When one of the sons of a wealthy and influential family is killed and his wife missing, their 3-yr.-old daughter goes to live with her grandparents, Hugh Senior and Annabelle. The family immediately suspects one of their young ranch hands, Billy Crosby, a wife beater and an alcoholic. Billy is sent to prison for murder but the body of the victim's wife was not found and no one really knows what happened to her (until the very end of the book). When Billy gets out thanks to his son becoming a lawyer and getting his sentence commuted due to an improper investigation we years later, most of the town is not very happy.

This book is about family, betrayal, revenge and marriage. I enjoyed this book very much but almost didn't read it because of the sex scene that it starts off with. I thought the whole book was going to be that way, but it isn't. I felt sad about several good people getting killed and it had me guessing throughout the book as to who the real murderer was. I thought it was a good read and had a hard time putting it down. I recommend it if you like a good murder mystery and books about families.
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