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I.O.U. (Jenny Cain #7)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  368 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
The layered plot of the latest in the excellent Jenny Cain series (SAY NO TO MURDER) finds the Port Frederick, Mass., sleuth probing the cause of her recently deceased mother's insanity. Cain discovers that her mother's mental collapse many years before coincided with the bankruptcy of the family business. The closing of Cain Clams created considerable unemployment locally ...more
ebook, 220 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published March 1st 1992)
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Jul 04, 2009 skein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
For a mystery novelist, Pickard is very strange. Her books don't have lot of whodunnit?! plot - but the character of her protagonist is central to the stories - especially this one, which features absolutely no murder at all.
Out of all the mystery novels from all the authors my mother brought home, Nancy Pickard was my favorite, and this my favorite book of hers. Re-reading the series as an adult impresses me even more. Most serial mysteries are (let's face it) feature thinly drawn characters th
Jan 28, 2012 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
#7 in the Jenny Cain mystery series. Jenny is the CEO of a charitable foundation in the fictional small town of Port Frederick, Mass. This is more a personal Jenny Cain story rather than the usual solve the murder mystery in previous novels. Opens with the burial service for Jenny's mother and Jenny's realization that she really doesn't know who her mother was and why she ended up for years in a nursing home for mentally unstable people. Jenny suffers a sort of mental break down and behaves very ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Betty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: china, american
I bought this 20 years ago and finally got around to reading it. I would have liked it then, but I was even more interested in how relevant the issues raised then still matter (women's roles, corporate greed, banking shenanigans). This book solves a mystery, but it doesn't involve stumbling over a dead body and tracking down a culprit. Frankly, I was relieved to be reading a mystery novel that wasn't trapped by the rules of the genre or larded with cliches. The protagonist actually has a happy m ...more
April Hochstrasser
A nice little plot and a good attitude adjustment on the part of the daughter. A daughter starts out hating her mother because her mother had been in a psychiatric hospital for the last 20 years and the daughter didn't understand why. As she found little clues about the reasons, she changed her attitude and ended up at least understanding and feeling empathy for her mother. I only skipped a couple of boring paragraphs in this one. The rest was worth reading and I enjoyed getting back to it each ...more
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Aug 03, 2013 Luz C. Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far, this is my favourite of the Jenny Cain series. After the Wild West, we are back in town. This novel is a shrine, an altar, a temple of exquisite feminism, of a lost mother, of a somehow lost father, and of a family’s Canned Clams loss. Why do feminist women always quit their jobs?
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Jul 12, 2009 Julie H. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
In this seventh installment in the series Jenny investigates parallel mysteries of both a personal family history and local town history nature. You get a good sense of Jenny, her family background, and insights into this likeable protagonist.
Katherine Clark
Jun 30, 2014 Katherine Clark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for the monograph. I love Nancy Pickard's series so much. This book won the Agatha award 1991 for best novel. I love that Jenny Cain learns so much about herself. This is the mystery of Jenny and her family. Powerful stuff.
Aug 29, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Next in Jenny Cain series. Jenny's mother has died and she tries to find out why she was always in the mental health hospital. Her father and sister don't seem to know the answers so she interveiws people and tries to find out why. Her husband Geof and her have both lost their jobs in this one.
Jul 05, 2015 Charlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Found this on a thrift self--good summer afternoon read. We never know what our parent. child dynamics are.
Nov 10, 2012 Irene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
different plot - but interesting. proves that you never know how many loved ones and friends are really supporting you when you are down and out (depressed and feeling lonely)..
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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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Jenny Cain (10 books)
  • Generous Death (Jenny Cain, #1)
  • Say No to Murder (Jenny Cain, #2)
  • No Body (Jenny Cain, #3)
  • Marriage Is Murder (Jenny Cain, #4)
  • Dead Crazy (Jenny Cain, #5)
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