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The Scent of Rain and Lightning

by Nancy Pickard

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I love this sort of story. Very Capote-esq. A murder which rocked a small town in rural Kansas in the mid-80s was wrapped up quickly in the courts. Perhaps too quickly. In the present day, Jo, the girl orphaned by the murder so many years ago is finally making peace with her past when the man convicted of her parents murder is release from jail with a commuted sentence.

Suddenly, her parent's murder is once again the object of local gossip and Jo quickly learns that things were not as simple as she was always told. Will the release of this bogey man from her childhood uncover what really happened to her parents?

A good read for the dog days of summer! ( )
  Juva | Mar 22, 2015 |
My blog post about this book is at this link ( )
  SuziQoregon | Nov 26, 2014 |
I wasn't sure, to be honest, what I was going to think of this book. It sounded interesting, in a way. In another? I just couldn't really decide if it was going to be one of this books you fell in love with, or if it would be a "meh"'. I am happy to say that was more of a "wow" than a meh. Packard has written a story of strong, yet flawed people who may not be perfect, but they are totally real and believable. The mystery, spaced over a period of 25 years, kept my attention. And, unlike many mysteries, it actually took me quite a while to figure out "who dunnit". Overall, I would recommend it. ( )
  soireadthisbooktoday | May 4, 2014 |
I enjoyed the way this book effortlessly switched characters and time periods to tell the story. The characters were interesting and interacted well with one another. I really enjoyed the insular setting. Once I got into it it was hard to put down. I am still thinking about Jodi and the repercussions of the truth and wonder how she is doing now. ( )
  mbklibrary | Aug 25, 2013 |
Great surprise. I found myself not wanting to put this book down. Pickard weaves an intriguing tale of murder and mystery but not in the traditional detective looking for the bad guy kind of way. Her idea of murder and mystery within a small close knit town focused on one particular family was a refreshing way of writing - no detective, no courtroom - just a family searching for answers. The only flaw I found with Pickard's writing style was her incessant and unnecessary descriptions of love. Throughout the book characters would do something as simple as watch the granddaughter sleep and her "heart would overflow with love for the child" (but with a lot more words). Putting the over-exaggerated descriptions of love aside, the story was very well told, keeping the reader wanting more, with a fantastic plot twist at the end. Definitely recommend!
  lesliewright34 | Jun 18, 2013 |
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Until she was twenty-six, Jody Linder felt suspicious of happiness.
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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 Hugh-Jay and Laurie Linder have been gone almost all of Jody's life. "What is this fearsome thing I see?" the young high school English teacher whispers, mimicking Shakespeare. Polished boots, pressed jeans, fresh white shirts, Stetsons — her uncles' suspiciously clean visiting clothes are a disturbing sign.

The three bring shocking news: the man convicted of murdering Jody's father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody's uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents' ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.

Now Billy Crosby's sentence has been commuted, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father's innocence. As Jody lives only a few doors down from the Crosbys, she knows that sooner or later she'll come face-to-face with the man who she believes destroyed her family.

What she doesn't expect are the heated exchanges with Collin. Having grown up practically side by side in this very small town, Jody and Collin have had a long history of carefully avoiding each other's eyes. Now Jody discovers that underneath their antagonism is a shared sense of loss that no one else could possibly understand. As she revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family's tragic past.

Engrossing, lyrical, and suspenseful, The Scent of Rain and Lightning captures the essence of small-town America — its heartfelt intimacy and darkest secrets — where through struggle and hardship people still dare to hope for a better future. For Jody Linder, maybe even love.
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The man convicted of murdering Jody's father, Billy Crosby, is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. Crosby has been granted a new trial, thanks in large part to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father's innocence. As Jody revisits old wounds, startling revelations compel her to uncover the dangerous truth about her family's tragic past.… (more)

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