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Twilight [Hardcover]

Nancy Pickard
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May 1 1996 A Jenny Cain mystery
Preparing for the stressful Autumn Festival, Jenny Cain is hired by recent widow Melissa Barney, who lost her husband on a dangerous hiking trail and wants the trail closed, but Jenny uncovers a deadly controversy. Reprint. PW.
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The latest installment in the Jenny Cain series finds the foundation director enmeshed in small-town politics as an environmental controversy leads to murder.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Pickard's latest features her popular heroine, Jenny Cain, whose skill at running small-town foundations is matched only by her abilities as an amateur sleuth. The ever-agile Jenny is currently juggling the first ever Port Frederick Fall Festival and the request of her friend Nellie Kennedy, who wants help in getting rid of "God's Highway," a controversial hiking/bike path. Lately, a series of fatal accidents on the path has caused the town to look at closing it, a move environmentalists, hikers, and bikers vehemently oppose. A mysterious fire, strange goings-on in the town, and murder prove almost too much for the intrepid Jenny--especially after she's assaulted, threatened, run down, and reviled--but with the help of her policeman husband, Geof, and his adopted son, David, she unravels the complicated, intertwined assortment of mysteries and makes sure the Port Frederick Fall Festival is a roaring success. A nicely paced, nicely plotted mystery that makes a perfect read for a chilly fall evening. Emily Melton --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intricate Plotting and Psychological Depth July 17 2010
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Jenny Cain has her hands full as she organizes Port Frederick's Fall Festival and attempts to deal with issues surrounding the controversial "God's Highway" bike/hiking trail that environmentalists and others don't want to see go. It seems a lot of people have an ax to grind in this town. Christians strongly oppose the festival's Halloween component and someone has set fire to a local landmark, killing an environmental protester. Death and violence escalate, including an assault on Jenny, prompting her and her police officer husband, Geof, to find the killer.

Twilight is an intricately plotted novel with a lot of depth as author Nancy Pickard incorporates Jenny's personal life into the story. This is the type of amateur sleuth novel I like to read. The plot and subplots blend well to make an intriguing story with a strong psychological and even compassionate component. For me, good novels create multi-layered complex characters caught in horrible conflict. The story has heart and compassion, aspects that Nancy Pickard portrays so well that I plan to read all of her Jenny Cain mysteries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mystery series I've read!!! Aug. 8 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love the Jenny Cain series. I have read all of them and each one gets better as you go along. The only bad thing that I can say is that it looks as if Nancy Pickard is no longer writing books in this series. I'm hoping she will come out with a new Jenny Cain book. I can't say enough about these books. The plots are great. Please Nancy write more!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keep me up all night!! Oct. 2 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most mysteries are pretty dull, if you ignore the wrong piece of trivia you are lost. This multi-layered mystery is excellent as it blends Jenny Cain's personal and businesses affairs into a compelling mystery that kept me guessing to the end. I was more enthralled by the complex backgrounds for her small town characters, than the mystery itself
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep me up all night!! Oct. 1 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Most mysteries are pretty dull, if you ignore the wrong piece of trivia you are lost. This multi-layered mystery is excellent as it blends Jenny Cain's personal and businesses affairs into a compelling mystery that kept me guessing to the end. I was more enthralled by the complex backgrounds for her small town characters, than the mystery itself
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mystery series I've read!!! Aug. 8 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love the Jenny Cain series. I have read all of them and each one gets better as you go along. The only bad thing that I can say is that it looks as if Nancy Pickard is no longer writing books in this series. I'm hoping she will come out with a new Jenny Cain book. I can't say enough about these books. The plots are great. Please Nancy write more!!!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intricate Plotting and Psychological Depth July 17 2010
By Debra Purdy Kong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Jenny Cain has her hands full as she organizes Port Frederick's Fall Festival and attempts to deal with issues surrounding the controversial "God's Highway" bike/hiking trail that environmentalists and others don't want to see go. It seems a lot of people have an ax to grind in this town. Christians strongly oppose the festival's Halloween component and someone has set fire to a local landmark, killing an environmental protester. Death and violence escalate, including an assault on Jenny, prompting her and her police officer husband, Geof, to find the killer.

Twilight is an intricately plotted novel with a lot of depth as author Nancy Pickard incorporates Jenny's personal life into the story. This is the type of amateur sleuth novel I like to read. The plot and subplots blend well to make an intriguing story with a strong psychological and even compassionate component. For me, good novels create multi-layered complex characters caught in horrible conflict. The story has heart and compassion, aspects that Nancy Pickard portrays so well that I plan to read all of her Jenny Cain mysteries.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Disappointing March 22 2004
By Jenny Hanniver - Published on Amazon.com
I've really loved all the previous Jenny Cain mysteries by Nancy Pickard (with the exception of BUM STEER, which wandered all the way across the country from the New England setting). Nearly all are witty, wise and well-written, satisfying all three of the "Important W's" of popular fiction. In all the other Jenny Cain novels, even BUM STEER, the plotting is tight, the characters plausible, and although clues are dropped along the way, the conclusions aren't easy for a reader to figure out.
TWILIGHT's chief problem is that it's a clumsy mystery. Even the characterization seems weak in this book, and Jenny is by no means at her interesting, clever best. Even distracted by the Autumn Festival, how could she have misinterpreted Bill's odd behavior and remarks as "funny" when readers immediately know that something is wrong with his perception of reality?

And the main plot -- the hazards of an urban hiking trial crossing a road for vehicles -- makes a mountain out of a molehill. It's unworthy of Ms. Pickard's doubtless gifts as a writer, since the persons who should have been consulted on the issue of road safety apparently never were when the trail was created -- namely, state, county, and insurance safety engineers. My father was a safety engineer, who would have taken about one afternoon to recommend answers to the hazards of that fatal road crossing. There must be quite a few safety specialists in Massachusetts since, when I lived in New England back in the 60s, there were plenty of road signs.
There were also hiking trails, many of which crossed paved roads. Didn't Nancy Pickard ever hear of multiple signs warning of pedestrian crossings? Of blinking red lights? Ordinary stop signs at the bottom of the grade, on both sides of the trail, would have prevented every one of the fatalities caused by the carelessness of a person who seemed not to wander from his own yard and driveway.
Look, I live in Philadelphia. We have a long woodsy hiking trail winding along a scenic creek with urban neighborhoods on either side. Going from the Chestnut Hill neighbohood to the Andorra neighborhood, a heavily trafficked road crosses this trail -- and vice-versa. This crossing is protected by stop signs, and elswehere by traffic overpasses. Urban trails are, of course, inherently somewhat unsafe. The trails in Philly are sometimes stalked by muggers and rapists, but if any hiker has been killed by a vehicle in the seven years I've lived in Philly I've never heard of it.
I'm sorry that the Jenny Cain series is at an end, but perhaps Ms. Pickard realized that something went wrong with this book. I just wish Jenny had gone out like a lioness.
1.0 out of 5 stars money back, please July 8 2012
By love to read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The plot was clumsy, characters uninteresting and heavily in need of editing. I don't think it was proofread at all. Errors made confused plot even worse. I just read this was last of series. Good news.
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