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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (Oct. 19 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416583831
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416583837
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,029,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Jenny Cain, last seen in Dead Crazy , finds herself far from home when the Port Frederick, Mass., Civic Foundation is named heir to a cattle ranch in Kansas by wealthy rancher Cat Benet. As director of the foundation, Jenny is summoned to the dying Benet's bedside in a Kansas City hospital, where he is murdered before they can meet. The only conditions that the foundation must observe to inherit are to never allow any of Benet's kin to set foot on the ranch and to provide lifetime jobs for two employees, cowboys Quentin (Slight) Harlan and Carl Everett. The rest of Benet's vast fortune is left to his three living ex-wives, four adult children he has seldom seen, his sister and her son. Suspicious of the whole setup, especially since she and the foundation had never heard of Benet before, Jenny investigates the murder and, after visits to the ranch, to Texas and to Benet's wives and offspring, uncovers long-held family secrets. Pickard writes fluidly on family ties, both good and bad, while her appealing detective displays warmth, intelligence and a social conscience as she perseveres in her search for the truth.
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Another airy construction, this series addition whisks Jenny Cain, director of the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, to Kansas City, where she hopes to discover why a dying millionaire has willed a vast cattle ranch to her little-known foundation. Thwarted upon arrival by the man's murder, she visits the ranch, fraternizes with two transplanted cowboys, searches out three ex-wives, and takes on a troubled teenager--all in hopes of finding the murderer. The heroine skirts dangerously close to flightiness at times, which tends to dissipate tension, but on the whole, changes of venue and the odd ex-wife keep things in motion. Recommended.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Good mystery. I sort of had it figured out but its resolution was still satisfying. The only problem I have with the book is the cover. The cover is a composite of a couple of events that happened in the book, but one of them is definitely in the last quarter of the book and I kept wondering when it was going to happen (I won't tell you so as not to spoil it for you as well).
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Amazon.com: 11 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Jan. 21 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think the whole Jenny Cain series is well done, but this one is especially good: an interesting and unusual setting, a delightful group of characters, and a clever plot (I couldn't put it down, which, from a voracious mystery reader like me, is a genuine accolade!). The story is more "What's going on here?" than "Who done it?", but the author really does keep you guessing until the end. The only part that rang false to me was Jenny's visit to Santa Fe, which sounded like the author spent a weekend in Tesuque once and decided that this qualified her as an expert on New Mexico (NOT!!). Otherwise, the book was a pleasure to read, and I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wow! Sept. 14 2000
By Donna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the final book by Nancy that I had to read, and I think that it was by far the best one! As she's getting involved in yet another situation, our murder-prone heroin struggles with some deeply personal issues. She had me intrigued to the very surprising ending! Note: The language in this book is a lot stronger than in any of her others.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Mystery That Started Me Into Mysteries!! June 2 2003
By Sharon Shires - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. It's one of the first mysteries that got me interested in mysteries. I've read all of Nancy Pickard's books and wish she would write more often or faster. I love her style of writing!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Too many typos Jan. 9 2014
By Marsha A. Eisner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The story itself was good but the ending after the climax was weak. And there were WAY too many typos (like this author's other Kindle books). For example "his" was written as "mrs" as if it was dictated into a voice recognition system. It's a pity it couldn't be proofread before issuing.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Terrific mystery! June 18 1999
By Kimberly Bright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In this wonderful mystery, the author, Nancy Pickard, gives the reader a "Bum Steer" in figuring out the killer in this book. The plot is interesting and well developed. But when the reader gets to the end, the question is, "How did I miss all the clues? I was tricked! I was given a "Bum Steer."

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