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Nancy Pickard (born September 19, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri[1]) is a US crime novelist. She has won five Macavity Awards, four Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, and a Shamus Award. She is the only author to win all four awards. She also served on the board of directors of the Mystery Writers of America. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and began writing when she was 35 years old.[2]

She is frequently a panelist at the Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave,[3] a convention for mystery writers and fans in Manhattan, Kansas.

Bibliography[edit]

Non-series novels[edit]

  • 2001 Naked Came the Phoenix (serial novel) Marcia Talley, ed. ISBN 0312251947
    (with Nevada Barr, Mary Jane Clark, Diana Gabaldon, J. A. Jance, Faye Kellerman, Laurie R. King, Val McDermid, Perri O'Shaughnessy, Anne Perry, J. D. Robb and Lisa Scottoline)
  • 2006 The Virgin of Small PlainsISBN 0345470990
  • 2010 The Scent of Rain and LightningISBN 978-0345471017

Short stories[edit]

  • 1981 "A Man Around the House"
  • 1987 "I, Witness"
  • 1989 "Afraid All the Time"
  • 1989 "The Dead Past"
  • 1990 "Storm Warnings"
  • 1991 "Dust Devil"
  • 1991 "Lazy Susan"
  • 1991 "The Scar"
  • 1992 "Every Wednesday"
  • 1992 "Fat Cat"
  • 1992 "Sex and Violence"
  • 1994 "Sign of the Times"
  • 1995 "Speak No Evil"
  • 1995 "Valentine's Night"
  • 1996 "A Rock and a Hard Place"
  • 1997 "Dr. Couch Saves a Cat"
  • 1997 "It Had to Be You"
  • 1997 "Lady Finch-Waller Regrets"
  • 1997 "Love's Cottage"
  • 1997 "The Potluck Supper Murders"
  • 1998 "Dr. Couch Saves a Bird"
  • 1998 "The Private Life of a Private Eye"
  • 1999 "The First Ladies' Secret"
  • 1999 "Nine Points for Murder"
  • 1999 "Out of Africa"
  • 1999 "Verdict"
  • 2000 "Afraid of the Dark"
  • 2001 "Lucky Devil"
  • 2001 "Tea for Two"
  • 2002 "Dr. Couch Saves a President"
  • 2002 "Old Eyes"
  • 2005 "There is No Crime on Easter Island"

Short story anthologies[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

  • 2003 Seven Steps on the Writer's Path (with Lynn Lott) ISBN 034545524X

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 1986 Anthony award winner, best paperback original, Say No to Murder[4]
  • 1987 Anthony award nominee, best novel, No Body[4]
  • 1988 Agatha award nominee, best novel, Dead Crazy[5]
  • 1988 Anthony award nominee, best novel, Marriage is Murder[4]
  • 1988 Macavity award winner, best novel, Marriage is Murder[6]
  • 1989 Agatha award nominee, best short story, "Afraid All The Time"[5]
  • 1990 Edgar award nominee, best short story, "Afraid All the Time"[7]
  • 1990 Agatha award winner, best novel, Bum Steer[5]
  • 1990 Anthony award winner, best short story, "Afraid All the Time"[4]
  • 1990 Macavity award winner, best short story, "Afraid All the Time"[6]
  • 1991 Agatha award winner, best novel, I.O.U.[5]
  • 1991 Shamus award winner, best short story, "Dust Devil"[8]
  • 1992 Anthony award nominee, best novel, I.O.U.[4]
  • 1992 Edgar award nominee, best mystery novel, I.O.U.[9]
  • 1992 Macavity award winner, best novel, I.O.U.[6]
  • 1995 Agatha award nominee, best novel, Twilight[5]
  • 1999 Agatha award winner, best short story, "Out of Africa"[5]
  • 2000 Edgar award nominee, best novel, The Whole Truth[10]
  • 2001 Macavity award nominee, best mystery novel, The Whole Truth[6]
  • 2006 Agatha award winner, best novel, The Virgin of Small Plains[5]
  • 2006 Anthony award nominee, best novel, The Virgin of Small Plains[4]
  • 2006 Edgar award nominee, best novel, The Virgin of Small Plains[10]
  • 2006 Macavity award winner, best short story, "There Is No Crime on Easter Island"[6]
  • 2007 Macavity award winner, best mystery novel, The Virgin of Small Plains[6]
  • 2008 Agatha award nominee, best short story, "A Nice Old Guy"[5]
  • 2011 Macavity award nominee, best mystery novel, The Scent of Rain and Lightning[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^page 217, Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd Ed. by Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, 2007, publ. Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33428-5
  2. ^"Bio". Book.consumerhelpweb.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 
  3. ^"Great Manhattan Mystery Conclave Official Website". GMMC. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  4. ^ abcdef"Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". Bouchercon.info. October 2, 2003. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ abcdefgh"Malice Domestic Convention - Bethesda, MD". Malicedomestic.org. August 23, 1988. Archived from the original on April 12, 2010. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ abcdefg"Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards". Mysteryreaders.org. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  7. ^"Best Short Story Mystery Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Mysterynet.com. Archived from the original on February 19, 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  8. ^"The Private Eye Writers of America and The Shamus Awards". Thrillingdetective.com. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  9. ^"Best Mystery Novel Edgar Award Winners and Nominees - Complete Lists". Mysterynet.com. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  10. ^ ab"Edgar Award Winners and Nominees (BEST NOVEL): 2000 – present – caribousmom". Caribousmom.com. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 

Nancy Pickard was born Nancy J. Wolfe on September 19, 1945, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Clint Wolfe and Mary Wolfe. As a child, she enjoyed reading Nancy Drew books. After high school graduation in 1963, she enrolled in journalism school at the University of Missouri. When she was a senior, Pickard took a creative writing class. The teacher mocked aloud to the class a short story she had written, inhibiting Pickard from writing additional fiction. She completed a bachelor’s degree in 1967.

Pickard reported for The Squire in Overland Park, Kansas, then wrote training programs for Western Auto at Kansas City, Missouri, through 1972, before seeking freelance writing assignments. In 1976, she married Guy Pickard and lived on a Flint Hills, Kansas, ranch. By 1981, Pickard had stopped writing freelance articles and turned to fiction. An avid reader, especially of mysteries, she relied on her reading experiences and writing guides rather than formal instruction to create mysteries. She soon sold a short story, “A Man Around the House,” to Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

During the early 1980’s, an editor rejected Pickard’s initial novel, saying the manuscript confused her as to whether it was a mystery or romance with suspense. She considered those comments and focused on mystery, resulting in her first published novel, Generous Death (1984).

Pickard’s son, Nicholas, was born in 1983 (she and...

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