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Jennifer Cain, beauty and brain,Her father is Greed, her mother's insane;Jennifer Cain, giver of pain,Gave her life, but not in vain...As director of the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, Jenny Cain is privy to the charitable intentions of the town's wealthiest citizens. There's eccentric old Arnie Culverson, who's promised millions to the local art museum. Who's found therJennifer Cain, beauty and brain,Her father is Greed, her mother's insane;Jennifer Cain, giver of pain,Gave her life, but not in vain...As director of the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, Jenny Cain is privy to the charitable intentions of the town's wealthiest citizens. There's eccentric old Arnie Culverson, who's promised millions to the local art museum. Who's found there one bright winter morning, neatly tucked into a priceless antique Chinese bed. With pillow and blanket. Dead. Then another dearly beloved donor dies in the night. And the killer leaves behind a nasty rhyme suggesting rich and beautiful Jenny will be next!...

Title : Generous Death
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ISBN : 9780671732646
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 314 Pages
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Generous Death Reviews

  • Karl
    2018-12-06 03:14

    This slipcased hardcover edition is numbered 41 of 300 copies printed and is signed by Nancy Picard.

  • Maryann
    2018-12-19 20:05

    Pickard writes well, but I don't think I'll progress with this series as it's a little dated--copywrited 1984.

  • Jenny
    2018-11-30 03:21

    So I like this but not only for the reason that the main character is named Jenny. Although that's a plus. :)I came across Nancy Pickard when I read The Scent of Rain and Lightning and loved it (first book I read on Kindle too!). Then her name is tossed around a lot in Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand series, so I decided to start at the top (as I always try and do) with this first Jenny Cain mystery. This book wasn't as solid as Rain & Lightning but I enjoyed all the characters. The premise is that the biggest philanthropists in Port Frederick, MA, start getting murdered. Is someone trying to ruin the town's Foundation (where donations are filtered and assigned)? (view spoiler)[Jenny also believes she might be in danger since she technically has a lot of money in trust from her grandfather that will be hers on the day she turns 30 (which is Sunday). She starts dating a cop at the same time all this is going on, Geof (yes, just one "f") Bushfield. I liked Geof and their storyline, even if it was predictable.In the end, it turns out that there are TWO murderers- Allison Parker, the director of the Welcome Home house (refuge for behavioral-problem girls) and Simon Church, the director of the Martha Paul Museum. (He killed the first person, Arnie, thinking the museum would then get to inherit his millions, then Allison killed the next two when her real aim was to kill the woman who would donate to Welcome Home. They didn't know each other was helping one another out. Also I think it's funny that Simon's alibi was helped by the use of holograms, and Allison had to ask what that was.... oh the 90's!) (hide spoiler)]Other reviews have mentioned that Jenny is too perfect, too much of a fuddy duddy. Maybe she is, but I enjoyed her sense of humor and thought that the banter between her and Geof was great. It's hard to write dialogue and Pickard nailed it.I enjoyed Hart's foreward but I really enjoyed Pickard's afterword. "Had I but known" she starts -and then talks about what she MIGHT have changed if she'd planned on this being a series (she hadn't) - but then again, probably not.3 stars for the weird ending - I definitely skipped some pages toward the end because I had a feeling I knew how things would end.

  • Nolan
    2018-12-18 01:13

    Is there really any such thing as a typical field trip of fourth graders? Certainly not for a group of fourth graders whom we meet as this book begins. They're touring an art museum which relies heavily on donations from a local foundation--a foundation run by Jenny Cain. As the children approach a bed used in ancient China, They see someone in the bed presumably sleeping. But of course, the guy is dead, and he's a big donor to Jenny's foundation.It doesn't take long for Jenny to recognize, as the murders pile up, that the people who are dying are all donors to her foundation. Someone has gained access to her donor list, and she realizes to her horror that since she is also a significant donor to the foundation, her life is in danger. I enjoyed this book largely because the Jenny Cain character is so likable. There's just a hint of romance here between Jenny and a former classmate whom she hasn't seen in some time, a guy who has become a cop. It's the first book in the series, and for once, I actually had the good sense to start with the first book rather than dip into the series at random as I all-too-often do.

  • Judi
    2018-11-22 23:02

    This is the first Jenny Cain mystery in the series. I picked it up late last spring at a church rummage sale. I had only read the one book of hers and I really wanted to read more, this seemed like a great place to start. It's easy to see the success of her series. Jenny Cain is a very likable character, smart, a corny sense of humor, realistic relations with her community and an original occupation, especially for an amateur sleuth. Jenny is the Executive Director of The Foundation, a trust fund that manages and distributes money to needy projects in the imaginary town of Port Frederick, Massachusetts. Part of her job is to deal with the wealthy who promise to leave large chunks of money to the Foundation which in turn invests the principal and then channels the interest to the charity of the donor's choice. And since money begets money, having a lump sum managed by the Foundation is more profitable than all the smaller organizations having separate accounts. Somehow, playing with all this money to benefit those in need seems to justify the natural greediness of money....The rest of my review here:http://mostlyfiction.com/sleuths/pick...

  • L8blmr
    2018-12-18 20:00

    I can't believe it! I randomly chose a book by an author a friend recommended and it turned out to be part of a series (I can't believe how often this happens to me; I should do my research before I embark on a journey with a new-to-me writer). This time, though, it was actually the first book in the series! I was a little put off in the beginning because this story was published in 1984, and it shows. However, if a mystery is good, it doesn't matter if it's dated, and this one was good. As it is the first in a series, there was a little feel of information dumping, yet there was a time or two that I felt there must have been books before this one because it seemed to pick up in the middle of a thread in the story. The heroine seems, so far, likable and smart, funny and fairly authentic. Time will tell; I will read at least one more book (in order!) to determine if this is a series I want to pursue. I always need an easy read to indulge in after something heavy and this book fit the bill.

  • The Transmuted Tree
    2018-12-03 01:57

    Well the conclusion was utterly ridiculous. This wasn't as charming as the other book I've read from the series, Say No to Murder. I will not give up on these books just yet though. I do like Jenny Cain's character enough to read the next one (#3) in the series next summer. But she was supposed to be 29 in this book and she came across as a 40-something fuddy-duddy. Her personality/reactions to things just didn't seem like that of a young(ish) woman.And Michael, her wannabe love interest was such a pathetic loser. Every scene with him was cringeworthy. He became obnoxious with how sad and desperate he was. This is exactly how not to conduct yourself if you're trying to win someone over. Being whiny and clingy will get you friend zoned for life. But that doesn't reflect on the rating; that was a realistic touch. The slow plot, undeveloped characters, and ridiculous ending is why it's 2 stars.

  • LuzC. Johnson
    2018-12-13 20:01

    Reading Nancy Pickard was an unexpected addictive experience. Her afterword in “Generous Death” was touching, hinting that she might not have chosen a cop for her heroine Jennifer Cain, however congratulating herself for choosing a great job for her as a brilliant move. (Which, I totally, agree.)The only thing she might have changed of Jennifer Cain was her height, making her a five four instead of a five eight. Now, I thought, that makes a lot more sense. I was able to crack the case halfway into the novel, but I had to remind myself this one was the very first mystery in the Jennifer Cain mystery murder series. Later on is a little bit harder to crack her cases, most of the times betting on the wrong suspect.

  • Babette
    2018-12-13 22:00

    I decided this year I would investigate more thoroughly authors who have been nominated for book awards. I started with the Agathas, and Nancy Pickard was on the list. She was already on my to-read list, but I had neglected her. So I checked this book out of the library. Start at the beginning.This is easy, light reading, but not lacking intelligence. The characters are fun and the setting is snug. I enjoyed the glimpse into the world of philanthropy and art, which has its cut-throat side.I liked it enough to put the sequel on my reading list.P.S. Pickard is a member of Sisters In Crime, whose website lists lots of authors worth investigating.sistersincrime.org

  • Nehalemn
    2018-12-09 00:09

    I picked up this book, the first of the "Jenny Cain" mysteries, to see if I would enjoy the series expecting a story about an amateur gumshoe. Jenny Cain is not Nancy Drew by any stretch and I was shocked at who the killer turned out to be, not because I hadn't suspected the person but because the person was an undeveloped character and hadn't been introduced anywhere near the beginning of the book. The story was slow to the point, little action until the end, and the make shift love scenes and family squalls were suffocating. However Nancy Pickard is a celebrated mystery writer so what do I know?

  • Marian
    2018-11-24 18:59

    As director of the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, Jenny Cain is privy to the charitable intentions of the town's wealthiest citizens. There's eccentric old Arnie Culverson, who's promised millions to the local art museum. Who's found there one bright winter morning, neatly tucked into a priceless antique Chinese bed. With pillow and blanket. Dead. Then another dearly beloved donor dies in the night. And the killer leaves behind a nasty rhyme suggesting rich and beautiful Jenny will be next!

  • George
    2018-12-01 03:26

    #1 in the Jenny Cain, head of a charitable foundation in fictional Port Frederick, Mass., mystery series. Some one is murdering the major donors to Cain's foundation and she is a target as well since she is also a major donor.A lot personal information about Jenny as she becomes involved in helping solve the murders. A good read and mystery.

  • Carole
    2018-11-23 01:17

    Jenny Cain, director of the Port Frederick Civic Foundation, watches as her biggest donors are murdered one by one. There are five names on the list and three are already dead; to make it even worse her name is on the list. An old acquaintance who is now on the police force tries to keep her alive, which is no easy matter.

  • Sue Em
    2018-12-06 20:11

    This is the first Jenny Cain mystery that I have read and I enjoyed it. Some of Nancy Pickard's latest books are 5 star quality books, so this pales in comparison. However, I will be reading and working my way through the back catalogue.

  • G Hodges
    2018-11-22 03:25

    It was okay. Sections were even very interesting. I think the red herring was over done, and the actual culprit (to say more would be a spoiler) underdone in a specific way. But, the main characters were good and though sketchily drawn, had room to grow.

  • Heather
    2018-12-06 01:18

    A delightful cozy read. One of those robe, slippers and hot cuppa tea romps through murder and mayhem. Written in the 80s, discovering Nancy Pickard is a treat. I look forward to the next in the series.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-25 03:10

    The book was very well-written and kept me guessing until all was revealed. My only problem was with the absurd number of typos, which a previous library borrower thoughtfully corrected. I don't understand why so many books I've read lately seem like they were never edited.

  • Candy
    2018-12-14 21:15

    Defintely a "first book" - not nearly as good as her Marie Lightfoot series, but she does a pretty good job hiding the murderer and spreading red herrings.

  • Danielle
    2018-12-06 02:21

    Brilliant! Jenny Cain is a smart, clever and likeable character. I love her final weapon of choice.

  • Julie H.
    2018-11-27 00:04

    Jenny Cain is a clever, likeable, independent protagonist, and the mystery is a good one. The setting of an art museum is a nice change from the same old same old.

  • Mary Jo
    2018-12-10 00:04

    Couldn't finish it.

  • Peter Salva
    2018-12-06 03:04

    I love a good mystery, and this doesn't fail to deliver. I love Nancy Pearl's suggestions in "Book Lust", and I'm really glad to have stumbled upon this series.

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-23 22:27

    Terrific debut mystery. The way the protagonist saves herself and gets the killer in the end is something every woman can appreciate!

  • Dreamy
    2018-11-19 19:59

    Jury is still out. A good mystery but I found the main character unevenly drawn. I do like Nancy Pickard and I will go on to the second Jenny Cain mystery.

  • Heather L
    2018-11-25 21:06

    Really liked this one, may have to search out book two!

  • Margaret
    2018-12-08 01:07

    I read this book years ago. But do you know what? It was worth reading again.

  • Kay
    2018-12-09 19:12

    This author has brought us another small town mystery story with all its quirky accoutrements. Well done.

  • Mona
    2018-11-22 21:08

    another one of those funny mystery writers - also, along the lines of Janet Evanovich and the alphabet murders

  • adlin
    2018-12-03 00:12

    Read this book years ago and it became a go to series for me for quiet awhile. Nothing spectacular but a highly enjoyable cozy mystery series.