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Nancy Pickard


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Nancy Pickard has charmed the world with her Jenny Cain mysteries. A queen among mystery writers, she has been president of Sister in Crime, served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America, and has won numerous awards including an Anthony, Shamus, Macavity, and Agatha (the only author to ever win all four of them). She's received additional nominations for all of those awards plus the Edgar, and American Mystery Awards.
 

Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery
 
New and upcoming books
March 2024

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Dr. Couch Saves a Cat
(Barb Goffman Presents)
Series
Jenny Cain
   1. Generous Death (1984)
   2. Say No to Murder (1985)
   3. No Body (1986)
   4. Marriage Is Murder (1987)
   5. Dead Crazy (1988)
   6. Bum Steer (1990)
   7. I.O.U. (1991)
   8. But I Wouldn't Want to Die There (1993)
   9. Confession (1994)
   10. Twilight (1995)
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Eugenia Potter
continued from the original series by Virginia Rich
   4. The 27 Ingredient Chili Con Carne Murders (1992)
   5. The Blue Corn Murders (1998)
   6. The Secret Ingredient Murders (2001)
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Marie Lightfoot
   1. The Whole Truth (2000)
   2. Ring of Truth (2001)
   3. The Truth Hurts (2002)
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Novels
   Naked Came the Phoenix (2001) (with others)
   The Virgin of Small Plains (2006)
   The Scent of Rain and Lightning (2010)
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Collections
   Tales of Obsession (1994) (with others)
   Murder, They Wrote (1997) (with others)
   Storm Warnings (1999)
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Anthologies edited
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Non fiction show
 
Nancy Pickard recommends
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Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives (2022)
(Pignon Scorbion, book 1)
Rick Bleiweiss
"It's adorable. I frequently laughed out loud while also envying Rick's impeccable plotting. Hats off to him and his merry band of solvers. A superbly structured detective story in its own right, Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives is also a respectful, affectionate, and frequently very funny tribute to classic British detective fiction. It just might become a classic, itself."
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The Widows (2019)
(Kinship, book 1)
Jess Montgomery
"The Widows is powerful reminder that there have always been strong women; they just haven't made it into the history books. This terrific novel corrects that omission by spinning a compelling tale of courageous women in a place and time rarely portrayed in fiction. Jess Montgomery is a top-notch storyteller."
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Trimmed With Murder (2015)
(Seaside Knitters Mystery, book 10)
Sally Goldenbaum
"The Seaside Knitters are a wonderful group of friends who care about each other, and readers will care about them too."

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Books containing stories by Nancy Pickard
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Black Cat Weekly #100 (2023)
(Black Cat Weekly, book 100)
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Silent Night, Deadly Night (2016)
Classic Christmas Carols with a Twist of Crime
edited by
Otto Penzler

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Awards
2018 Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement
2007 Macavity Award for Best Novel : The Virgin of Small Plains
2006 Agatha Award for Best Novel : The Virgin of Small Plains
1992 Macavity Award for Best Novel : I.O.U.
1991 Agatha Award for Best Novel : I.O.U.
1990 Agatha Award for Best Novel : Bum Steer
1988 Macavity Award for Best Novel : Marriage Is Murder
1986 Anthony Award for Best Paperback original : Say No to Murder

Award nominations
2011 Macavity Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Scent of Rain and Lightning
2010 Agatha Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Scent of Rain and Lightning
2007 Edgar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Virgin of Small Plains
2007 Dilys Award for Best Book (nominee) : The Virgin of Small Plains
2007 Anthony Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Virgin of Small Plains
2003 Mary Higgins Clark Award (nominee) : The Truth Hurts
2001 Macavity Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Whole Truth
2001 Edgar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Whole Truth
1995 Agatha Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Twilight
1992 Edgar Award for Best Novel (nominee) : I.O.U.
1992 Anthony Award for Best Novel (nominee) : I.O.U.
1989 Anthony Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Dead Crazy
1988 Anthony Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Marriage Is Murder
1988 Agatha Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Dead Crazy
1987 Anthony Award for Best Novel (nominee) : No Body


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