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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,170 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nancy Pickard Narrator: Kymberly Dakin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9781482976427
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On the night of the decade's worst blizzard, a local farm boy discovers the naked body of a beautiful young woman in the snow. Seventeen years later, the Virgin of Small Plains has become a local myth. Strange miracles have visited those who faithfully tend to her grave and Small Plains becomes a haven for those hoping the Virgin will cure them. But soon strange and sinister events unfold. What really happened seventeen years ago? And why are some of the town’s leading citizens so determined that the truth remain buried?

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Virgin of Small Plains will keep you up all night. Nancy Pickard’s intelligent, suspenseful storytelling never disappoints.”

    Julie Garwood, New York Times bestselling author of  The Ideal Man

  • “A hold-your-breath suspense story—sexy, warm, and poignant, with aching loss and a human desire for miracles. Pickard’s best book yet.”

    Margaret Maron, New York Times bestselling author of Death’s Half Acre

  • “Pickard draws out the truth with tantalizing suspense, while using the mystery to illuminate the ways a community would rather live in guilt and believe in miracles than give up its dark secrets.”

    New York Times

  • “Just like real life, this novel is full of joy, desire, heartbreak, tragedy—and, above all else, hope.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Cleverly planted surprises and the convincing portrait of small-town life make this a memorable read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 2006 Agatha Award for Best Novel
  • A 2007 Anthony Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2007 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2007 Dilys Award Finalist
  • A 2007 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty Sutton | 2/18/2014

    " wow, what a story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/13/2014

    " Loved this one! Not too many books hook me right at the beginning but this one did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Dalton | 2/6/2014

    " This story grabbed me right from the beginning and kept me going right to the very end!! There were many plot twists along the way, kept me guessing and turning the pages. It was a story of how one event in a small town can forever change them all in so many different ways. I believe Nancy Pickard is one of the great storytellers of our time, I love her writing style and her stories are really good!! Highly recommended!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 2/3/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. Good characters and lots of suspense/mystery. I will read more of her! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 1/6/2014

    " This is a mystery story, but the most interesting part is the exploration of the way a violent crime, and the cover-up, affected the lives of the characters. It was really good right up to the end, which felt a little rushed. The ending also ties every loose end of the whole mystery together with a pretty ribbon, which is satisfying, but unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 1/1/2014

    " I really liked this book. Loved the Kansas references! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/28/2013

    " I like the mystery of this book, not too complicated, with interesting character friendships/relationships. I enjoy trying to figure out the answer before I get to the end and it is not so full of detail that I get lost in it, but gave me just enough information to feel that I helped solve the mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/28/2013

    " I am really liking this author - I completely enjoyed this book and also her other one I read "the scent of rain and lightning". I highly recommend them to everyone!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 12/24/2013

    " Small town murder mystery, quick, satisfying read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♥Fantasia♥ | 12/22/2013

    " SOOO GOOD!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katy | 12/6/2013

    " Truly disappointing. The entire thing--ugh! Predictable (who dunnit), unreasitic (looking up inside a tornado??), cliche small town/Kansas. I wonder what her other books are like, but don't care enough to read one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Jackson | 12/2/2013

    " I really liked this book. I think I might look into other books by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Gomez | 11/30/2013

    " I really liked this book. It was a fast read that held me right through the end. I enjoy the authors stlye of flashing back. Would read anything else she wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Lundquist | 11/7/2013

    " I liked the ending, seemed kind of fitting. I would recommend it to others that like a good mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 11/5/2013

    " This was one of those rare books I would have read all in one night if I didn't have kids who wake up at 6 a.m.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 10/22/2013

    " This book was ok. The author was reaching a bit on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi, A Book Fanatic | 9/27/2013

    " Kept me guessing until the end!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 9/19/2013

    " I loved her Jenny Cain mysteries and hadn't read anything in a while. This was hard to put down. I did figure out part of it but not all...a good suspense book. Quick read and good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 9/11/2013

    " Good suspense and interesting tale "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/27/2013

    " This book drew me right in and held me until the end. The reader is given snippets of flashbacks to the 17 year old crime that seem bizarre but, of course, all come together in the end. An excellent read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 5/17/2013

    " Solid mystery about the murder of a girl in small-town Kansas. Kept me guessing and reading. Also chilled me with its vivid, recognizable descriptions of midwestern weather, from blizzards to tornadoes to heat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/30/2013

    " I stayed up way too late to finish this book last night. The story just sucked me in. It's a story of love, family, friendship, and murder. The plot was so intriguing it kept me guessing until the very end. This was a fun, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meredith | 4/8/2013

    " I hated to see it end... loved all the references to life in the MidWest as I live in it as well. I'd like to look for more by Pickard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 3/15/2013

    " Great Mystery.... didn't figure it out totally...some clues but not totally!! The book flows well and moves between scenes well. Loved the storms and how they played into the story line.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Brown | 12/22/2012

    " Great book! Murder mystery/love story set in the heart of Kansas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patsy | 10/10/2012

    " This book waas about mysteries and secrets. Very good read. It was sad in many ways, but well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blaire | 10/6/2012

    " Categorized as a mystery, this is a cut above most books in the genre. The sense of place is vivid. The characters are well done, and the plot is very well thought out. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 2/6/2012

    " page-turning murder mystery - fun "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 11/29/2011

    " Very good mystery by a local author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doris Wedge | 11/1/2011

    " I picked this up because of an intriguing cover ... then discovered it was set in Kansas so decided to give it a try. The mystery drew me in. First the question was "who is she?" as you explore several main characters and their relationships. Many other questions follow as the story is woven. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandyortiz Skaggscatholiccenterorg | 10/27/2011

    " A beautifully written mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. I grew up in the midwest and could relate to what life is like in a small town. Pickard is gifted with her figurative language and uses a clear voice throughout the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hawley | 5/7/2011

    " This was a real WOW book--couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 4/28/2011

    " Good book but I had it figured out pretty fast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 4/20/2011

    " I don't normally read murder mysteries, but this one was great. Very well written and kept you guessing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/19/2011

    " I can see this book being made into a movie! I really like it although I had figured it out about half way through the book. I didn't know EVERYTHING but I knew the secret and loved watching it all come together! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/12/2011

    " I am so happy to discover this new author, whom I have never read. And she is, oh, joy, prolific! Whooppee! It's like Christmas. I cannot put this book down. Really has an interesting, complex, absorbing plot. Yum!Finished it April 14th. I'd give it a definite thumbs up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/11/2011

    " a Kansas setting was nice - I could have read about these characters for books and books more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 4/6/2011

    " A wonderful story, captivating and engaging, occasionally predictable but many many interesting twists. Really well constructed and flowed well, always exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 3/28/2011

    " I actually guessed the outcome! I really enjoy her books and the Kansas setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suebee | 3/28/2011

    " this was my second Nancy Pickard book and I'm liking her.... can't wait to read the next one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 3/27/2011

    " i liked - wanted to keep reading to find out whodunnit... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 3/14/2011

    " Nancy Pickard did it yet again. Grabbed me at the beginning and held me until the "end with a twist". She is the best at this and I am already moving on to another of hers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 3/5/2011

    " Never would have guessed the ending...I Really enjoyed this book. Nancy Pickard has made a fan out of me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 3/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 3/1/2011

    " fast read to make a short brain escape "

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About the Author
Author Nancy Pickard

Nancy Pickard is a four-time Edgar Award nominee, most recently for her debut, The Virgin of Small Plains. Hailed by mainstream critics, the novel was also honored by the State Library of Kansas to be the “Kansas Reads” book for 2009. She is the winner of the Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Agatha Award, Barry Award, and Shamus Award. She has been a national board member of the Mystery Writers of America and president of Sisters in Crime. She lives in Merriam, Kansas.

About the Narrator

Kymberly Dakin is a professional actress with over twenty years’ experience and has been a featured performer both on Broadway and in national tours. Kym has also played roles on The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and All My Children, and has appeared on PAX-TV’s It’s a Miracle and on PBS’ Math Monsters.