The Scent of Rain and Lightning
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...more
I grew up in the Maritimes of Canada – Newfoundland to be precise – a craggy, fogged in island rock that’s bathed in the sun’s rays ...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
The edition I read is an Advance Reader's Copy, so there were some grammati ...more
I wonder whether the reviewers at Booklist and Publishers Weekly w ...more
It was better than I expected, especially because it was not a recommendation, but an Amazon Black Friday bargain.
The Scent of Rain and Lighting was a fast read. The characters were not as rich as I'd preferred, but they managed not to ruin the story. The scenarios were wonderful, though. I could easily picture the places in my mind.
The solving of the mystery felt a little forced to me, and the ending (aside from the reveal), predictable.
In short, it was a good read but no masterpiece. ...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
On a hot afternoon, Jody Linder is visited by her three uncles to let her know that Billy Crosby is being released from prison. Billy was sent to jail 23 years earlier for the murder of her father and on suspicion of doing something to her mother. ...more
Rose, Kansas, the Linder Ranch, and the Linder family.....
..............Jody Linder was left an orphan at the age of three, and the man who had been accused of killing her parents 20 years ago was being released from jail on this hot, muggy, rainless day in Rose, Kansas. Her uncles arrived together at her home to tell her the news.
The story then moves from the present back to the events that led up to the murder of Laurie and Hugh-Jay Linder. The Linder family owned a huge cattle ...more
Review: Pickard's novel is my first "first-reads" selection. I was drawn to it by the description of Pickard's writing as "blurring the lines between mystery and literary fiction." To label this short novel as "literary fiction" stretches the definition of the term a bit.
She does have some nicely turned phrases: "...she trotted back to her truck, feeling as if s ...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
Nancy Pickard is an Edgar winning author so I think I was expecting more of a who-dunnit when I picked this up. There is a murder and you do want it to be solved and justice to be served in the end. Where the story really shines is in its exploration of family with all their flaws. Set in Rose, Kansas, we meet The Linder Family, ...more
I was hooked from the first page and was on the edge of my seat until the last page. I had no idea of who the villain was until the very end.....and cannot imagine why anyone would think this book was predictable ...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.
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
I’m the oldest of the three girls and am an omnivorous reader. Granted, I might not like everything I read, but when I’ve got the shakes from word withdrawal and need to read something I don’t let finding only a small fold-out on Playtex tampon application get me down. Toxic Shock is rea ...more
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
The first half of the book was just great, Pickard does a great job creating ...more
Colin Crosby, the son of the man convicted of murder had a very interesting story as well. His father treated him terribly ...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 couldn't put it down.
Excellent writing. Interesting characters. The plot pulls you, keeps you reading and and yet there aren't any car chases or lots of running around. It's just a well-developed plot that is rolled out in such a way that you find yourself trying to fi ...more
I found The Scent of Rain of Lightning to be a very enjoyable read. The author's third person POV writing is such that it's meant to be savored. Her story telling is eloquent and concise as she weaves a mysterious tale of love and betrayal that intertwines the lives of two families for over two decades. Some predictability and an abrupt ending kept me from rating the full five stars. However, if you enjoy subtle mystery in your fiction, lots of questioning in a slow building plot with tones of r ...more
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 ...more