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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Tory Wagner | 2/3/2014

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

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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.