Solving Peculiar Crimes by Radine Trees Nehring.
Carrie and Henry encounter peculiar crimes in these stories featuring right, wrong, and redemption. Carrie’s urge to help people who are in trouble often draws her into puzzling and sometimes dangerous human events. Henry provides support and back-up when her curiosity and helpful nature expose both of them to trouble and danger. Carrie McCrite and Henry King are the protagonists in Nehring’s popular “To Die For” Mystery Series.
5 Stars: Award Winning Mysteries Collection!
Readers familiar with Carrie McCrite and Henry King (protagonists) in Author Radine Trees Nehring’s very popular “To Die For” Mystery Series will be one step ahead of those of us who are just beginning the journey. Radine Trees Nehring’s award-winning writing career began when she fell in love with the Arkansas Ozarks. Her book locations are in Arkansas, where fans embrace her mysteries and are eager to share their beautiful state with the world.
Let me share a hint of what each chapter holds and I promise I won’t spoil the mysteries.
…Chapter One- “The Hanging” brings the reader along in a tour group of the legendary jail and courtroom of Judge Isaac Parker in the Western District of Arkansas. The history is real as the tourist revisit the drama surrounding the gallows, where seventy-nine men where hung.
…Chapter Two- “Crime Goes On A Honeymoon”: Carrie and Henry are enjoying their honeymoon when a mystery interrupts their breakfast. Detective Wolverton is on the case, when something very dangerous had been baked in the cake and delivered to the wrong couple.
…Chapter Three- “Something extra from Christmas”: Carrie and Henry’s Christmas shopping trip to the mall turn chaotic as shots rang out and Carrie saw boy sitting on Santa’s throne. “His left arm circled a toddler with blood on his cheek. The teen boy’s right hand was shaking, which made the gun it held wobble wildly.”
…Chapter Four- “Saved By A Train”: It Mother’s Day and Carrie’s son (from a previous marriage) had given Henry strict instructions to carry out. Even the best of plans can change when a man has a gun and the ability to use it. Miracles can be found in the most unlikely circumstances.
…Chapter Five- “Whatever Happened To Dana Jean?”: The rumors surrounding the Jackson’s Farm left the land unattended. Known as Blackberry Hollow to the locals, the mystery surrounding Dana Jean’s disappearance is still the talk of the town. Floyd Jackson recently died in prison after being convicted of killing his wife many years ago. Did Floyd kill his daughter Dana Jean too? That is the mystery that weighs on Carrie’s mind.
…Chapter Six- “Four Year Old’s Solve A Crime”: A summer reading program called ‘Clowning Around” in the Children’s Library gets Carrie’s attention, as two four-year-old boys show exuberance over the prospect of seeing ‘Noddy Clown’, after reading ‘Noddy’ stories in in books. As a former research librarian in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carrie feels right at home in the library setting. The library experience goes downhill when Carrie discovers the Librarian has been murdered.
…Chapter Seven- “But They’re Not Really Dead”: Carrie and Henry were enjoying a reenactment of the Civil War when a man tells her a story about Mary Whitney Phelps. She was the only know women at “Pea Ridge”. “Mary Phelps came south from Springfield with a wagon load of supplies for her husband’s company. He was Colonel John Phelps, leading the 25th Missouri for the Union. Later he’d be Missouri Governor Phelps. As far as anyone knows, women who fought here other than Mary Phelps, but women weren’t recognized for their achievements in those days.
…Chapter Eight- “Tracker”: A grocery shopping trip becomes a mystery when Carrie returns home to find a candy wrapper on the porch. Much to Carrie’s surprise a search and rescue team appears on her porch. Josh Parker and Margo Khatri are accompanied by their K-9 named “Tracker”. The search is on for a Caucasian woman and man in their 40s. Tracker identified the candy wrapper, which proves one or both of the missing individuals had been on Carrie and Henrys porch.
…Chapter Nine- “What Did The Scarecrow Hear?”: It Halloween and while shopping for her pumpkin head in the gift shop, Carrie’s shopping experience was interrupted when Clive came in and stated “there’s big trouble in Maggie’s pasture”. Everyone’s focus was in the pasture where they discovered a man lying on the ground near the pasture gate. They mystery begins.
…Chapter Ten- “The Tattle Tale: A quick trip to JC Penney to pick up a few necessities put Carrie in an unusual situation. She witnesses a crime and wrestles with the decision to report it or not. Her conscious says yes, but will the consequence of her decision hurt an innocent child?
…Chapter Eleven- “A Dangerous Dance: A phone call from Deputy Police Chief Rayford Duncan brings back old memories for retired Police Major Henry J. King. At a surprise accommodation ceremony to recognize Henry’s brave actions and quick thinking, which saved the lives of more of our officers, including Deputy Police Chief Rayford Duncan puts Carrie’s life and freedom in danger.
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Paperback: 284 Pages
Publisher: St Kitts Press; Large type / Large Print Edition (December 1, 2020)
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The Something To Die For Mysteries.
A River To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring.
The Something To Die For Mysteries.
Join Carrie McCrite and her new husband Henry King in the fifth Something to Die For Mystery.
Henry plans an anniversary surprise: the two of them will join Carrie’s son Rob and Henry’s half-sister Catherine for a camping trip at the Buffalo National River. When Rob and Catherine disappear, Carrie, her friend Shirley, and Henry help search for them.
A River to Die For features strong women fighting against literal darkness underground as well as the dark forces of evil. It will take strength to read this book about the best and worst that nature and man can throw at a woman.
It will take a caring heart to understand how Henry King and Rob McCrite feel as they struggle to reach the women they love.
Review by Nash Black-VINE VOICE: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. The best of Christian mysteries. Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2010. Verified Purchase. A RIVER TO DIE FOR by Radine Trees Nehring is my first read of the series and it will not be my last. Carrie & Henry King with their extended family of Henry’s half-sister Catherine and Carrie’s son Rob McCrite will keep the reader turning the pages as each person has to explore some deep recesses of the mind to both remain alive and adjust to the evolving changes in their lives. Nehring’s deep love of Arkansas and its wilderness almost takes center stage to the mystery, but her balance enhances our appreciation of wild areas. The Buffalo National River region is one of unspoiled beauty in the national park system. The effort to preserve the habitats of early human populations, and yet provide both a relaxing vacation experience and a learning environment is the overwhelming job of the National Park Service. Nehring gives us a rousing read while she blows the horn for our wonderful system of public lands. Nash Black, author of Indie finalists WRITING AS A SMALL BUSINESS and HAINTS.
Review by J. Grant: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Good read. Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2013. Verified Purchase. Another really good mystery from Nehring! Fast moving, holds you interest! Not boring even though I’ve read the other 5 books. You will enjoy it!!!
Review by Diana L. Walker: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Very good read. Reviewed in the United States on October 24, 2009. Verified Purchase. I have read other books by this author and like herstyle and her characters. I am into mysteries with admirable characters and solid values.
…The next best thing to pitching your tent beside Arkansas’s beautiful Buffalo River is reading Radine Trees Nehring’s evocation of a camping trip that gets dangerously out of hand. Margaret Maron (internationally acclaimed author of the Judge Deborah Knott mystery series).
…After exploring the Buffalo National River region for three decades now, it was a thrill to be taken on this mystery/romantic suspense twist around a national treasure I know and love. Chuck Dovish (producer, writer, and host of Exploring Arkansas on Public Television).
…Nehring’s book is as wild a read as a splash down the rapids of the Buffalo National River in a land that is thrilling and often mysterious. Flip Putthoff (Outdoor Editor of The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas).
Print Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: St Kitts Press; First Edition (April 1, 2008)
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A Wedding To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring.
The Something To Die For Mysteries.
Carrie has problems
First, she needs to figure out what the wedding of a “mature” bride and groom should look like.
Second, she’s invited Henry’s half-sister to the ceremony before learning why he’s never wanted to see the woman. Then the florists they’ve hired are shot at, their flower shop is bombed, and someone is murdered. If that weren’t enough, Carrie and Henry keep catching glimpses of a ghost dressed in a red bridal gown…an omen?
Join Carrie McCrite and Henry King as they chase a killer and try to salvage their dream wedding at the historic Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Review by Pat Browning: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Is this any way to plan a wedding? Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2009. Verified Purchase. This unhurried and carefully drawn portrait of skullduggery in the Arkansas Ozarks is easy reading. The resort town of Eureka Springs and the historic Crescent Hotel are both real places, and the hotel lends itself admirably to nefarious goings-on. Its wings, oddly placed
staircases, porches, decks, verandas, walkways, gardens and secluded paths can hide a multitude of sins.
The story opens in Blackberry Hollow. Carrie McCrite is spooked — by dreams about a bride dressed in red, by things that go bump in the night. She regrets refusing the sawed-off shotgun Henry King wanted to give her but at least Henry lives a few hundred yards away. He does
have a gun, and Carrie has his phone number on speed-dial.
Her upcoming wedding to Henry will be a December wedding in more ways than one. They are senior citizens. She’s a widow. He’s a cop, divorced and retired. Both are as nervous as teenagers.
Carrie and Henry visit Eureka Springs to scope out the Crescent Hotel as a possible venue for the ceremony and reception. Never mind that the hotel is haunted. Carrie already has wedding night jitters. She’s given up on wearing something wispy from Victoria’s Secret and wonders
if she can just wear a flannel nightie and socks.
Carrie picks the hotel’s sunny conservatory as the perfect spot for a simple wedding. A wedding consultant signs them up for a Storybook Wedding package. Everything is hunky-dory until Carrie and Henry walk into the middle of an ugly encounter between two florists.
For the florist with the Big Blond Hair, it’s more than a simple turf war. The florists in the old green van are a husband and wife of East Indian descent, owners of Artistic Floral Designs. Big Blond Hair snarls, “… quit trying to horn in on my flower business. Take your family back to India where you belong.”
Embarrassed by such hateful behavior, Carrie and Henry make friends with the Artistic Floral couple and follow them to a gazebo where they’re setting up for a wedding. As Carrie and Henry admire the decorations, a shot rings out …
There’s much more to the story than flower shop rivalry. The racial prejudice thread figures prominently. A land dispute and pure greed are at the root of much evil. Carrie, Henry, and Carrie’s two best friends use their common sense and detecting smarts to help solve blackmail, a bashing, a bombing, a stabbing, an attempted entombing, and the mystery of a ghostly bride wearing red.
Review by lazydayreader: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. I love the To Die for Series. Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2012. Verified Purchase. Love all of Radine’s “To Die For” series. If you haven’t read Radine’s books you must give them a try. She adds local history to her mystery books which adds to the interest and makes you want to plan a vacation around the area for the theme of her books. This one takes place at the historic Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ar. Give it a try.
Review by J. Grant: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Read it!!! Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2013. Verified Purchase. Another of Nehring’s mysteries which takes place in Eureka Springs, Arkansas Hold your attention and you can’t put it down,
Review by Jana Murdaugh: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great read!! Couldn’t put it down. Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2021. Truly enjoyed this book. Love Eureka Springs and the old Crescent hotel. I actually felt like I was there living through the characters in the book. Very enjoyable.
…Readers will delight in Carrie McCrite, a spunky heroine who faces danger and finds love. A pleasure awaits mystery lovers. Carolyn Hart (author of the Death on Demand and Henrie O mysteries).
…Nehring’s delightful novel features history and romance with murder thrown in. A winning combination and fun read. Patricia Sprinkle (author of the Thoroughly Southern mysteries).
…Intrigue and true love–what a delicious combination. Crow Johnson Evans (internationally acclaimed musician and board members of The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs).
Print Length: 294 Pages
Publisher: St Kitts Press; First Edition (May 1, 2006)
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A Valley To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring.
The Something To Die For Mysteries.
Carrie McCrite and her husband, Amos, had dreamed of retiring to a home in the Ozark mountains. After Amos dies in a hunting accident, Carrie decides to go ahead with their dream, but alone. She needs to be someone – to prove she’s a capable woman who can take care of herself.
Carrie meets neighbor JoAnne Harrington, a man-hater who certainly provides an example of female independence. When a stone quarry threatens to turn part of their beloved valley into heaps of gravel, the two women and their neighbors’ band together to fight for their valley. But someone decides JoAnne must die.
Carrie feels compelled to find out who killed her friend. That’s what a strong woman would do. Then Carrie’s new neighbor, retired Kansas City Police Major, Henry King, warns her that she, and not JoAnne, may have been the killer’s real target.
But that’s ridiculous – isn’t it? And Henry is hiding secrets of his own.
How strong can Carrie be?
It’s time to find out.
From Library Journal: In the picturesque Ozark mountains, a local group of residents’ plan to fight the sale of an abandoned farm to a mining quarry known for caring more for money than potential damage to the environment. When widow Carrie McCrite discovers the body of the group’s leader, JoAnne Harrington, the valley is abuzz with theories that JoAnne was accidentally shot by hunters or murdered by the owner of the proposed quarry. For Carrie, whose husband died in a hunting accident and whose faith was the only thing that sustained her, JoAnne’s death resurrects old nightmares. The romantic interest of a retired detective named Henry King raises further questions as Carrie discovers ties between Henry and JoAnne that have been kept secret for almost 30 years. With flair, Nehring, an award-winning Arkansas writer, launches a cozy series that will appeal to mystery readers and fans of Lorie Ham (The Trouble with Tenors) and Ellen Edwards Kennedy (Irregardless of Murder). For both Christian fiction and mystery collections. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From The Inside Flap: Carrie McCrite and her husband, Amos, had dreamed of retiring to a home in the Ozark mountains. After Amos dies in a hunting accident, Carrie decides to go ahead with their dream, but alone. She needs to be someone – to prove she’s a capable woman who can take care of herself. Carrie meets neighbor JoAnne Harrington, a man-hater who certainly provides an example of female independence. And there are important things to do when a stone quarry threatens to turn part of their beloved valley into heaps of gravel. The two women and their neighbors band together to fight for their valley. But someone decides JoAnne must die. Grieving over JoAnne’s death, Carrie feels compelled to uncover and destroy the mystery and darkness now swirling in the valley. That’s what a strong woman would do. Then Carrie’s new neighbor, retired Kansas City Police Major, Henry King, warns her that she, and not JoAnne, may have been the killer’s real target. But that’s ridiculous – isn’t it?
Review by audreydog: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A delightful romp in the Ozarks. Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2010. Verified Purchase. This is a very enjoyable and fun story. As a lifelong Ozark native, I enjoyed the local flavor of this book, and I have been in many of the valleys and caves that are re-created in the story. I would have loved for Carrie to meet one of the Ingledews, but that’s an entirely different story 🙂. Three cheers, and I can’t wait to read the rest of these wonderful ‘To Die For’ stories.
Review by Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. I have read two of them so far and have immensely enjoyed each one. Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2017. Verified Purchase. The something to Die for books by Radine Trees Nehring are very entertaining. I have read two of them so far and have immensely enjoyed each one.
Review by Diane H. Winder: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Easy to read and fun. Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2013. Verified Purchase. Nadine lives in the next town. All of the sites for her book are familiar to me. I like Carrie, she seems like a regular person. This was our book club selection this month and since I read Valley, I have also read Music and am finishing up Treasure.
Review by gala_4: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Good book! Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2013. Verified Purchase. I enjoyed reading this very much. The Ozarks are a good setting for the book and the characters are likeable.
Review by J. Grant: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Good. Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2013. Verified Purchase. First in the series and what a good story!!! Reads easily and holds your interest. Can’t put it down!!!
Review by Charles A. Burton, PhD: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A great introduction to Nehring’s valley. Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2008. Although I had read DEAR EARTH, this was the first of Ms. Nehring’s mysteries I have read. It won’t be the last.
After reading DEAR EARTH, Dear Earth: A Love Letter from Spring Hollow I feel I know her, so I’ll refer to the author by her first name. Radine has, with this book, awakened a burning desire for me to get to know more about Carrie McCrite, Henry King, Roger, Shirley, Jason and all the rest of the neighbors in this little community.
As a person who moved from the quiet of a small community to several large cities and finally almost full circle to a very, very rural existence in hills very similar to those described in this novel, I can connect with the characters, the emotions, and the lifestyles in Radine’s book.
If you enjoy cozy mysteries without a lot of tea (but at least one cat!), and a likable although somewhat naive protagonist who isn’t a twenty-something Gen-Xer, you could not do better than picking up one of Radine’s mysteries. I know I’ll be getting the rest in this series. I couldn’t stop with #1!
…a delightful mystery with appealing characters fighting for a cause. FT SMITH TIMES RECORD.
…a fascinating mystery that gets better and better as the pages roll. Mike Flynn, producer and host of the FOLK SAMPLER, heard weekly on public radio.
…a mystery writer whose imagination and talent will win her a large and dedicated readership. THE BOOKWATCH.
…a warm and enchanting tale. SOUTHERN SCRIBE.
…kept my heart pounding…a page turner with no easy stopping places. GRAVETTE NEWS HERALD.
…A pleasure awaits mystery lovers. Carolyn Hart, author of the DEATH ON DEMAND and HENRIE O mysteries.
…It’s great to read fiction about the Ozarks that rings true… Dr. Fred Pfister, editor of THE OZARKS MOUNTAINEER.
And Henry is hiding secrets of his own. How strong can Carrie be? How much danger can she survive? It’s time to find out.
Print Length: 284 Pages
Publisher: St Kitts Press; First Edition (August 1, 2002)
A Treasure To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring.
The Something To Die For Mysteries.
Take two pillow cases full of empty baking powder tins and thirty pounds of stolen cash. Put a quantity of hundred-dollar bills in each can, seal lids. Hide this mixture somewhere in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After the mixture has seasoned for forty years, sift together all the people who know about the hidden treasure. Cut in one investigative reporter and one unsuspecting Elderhostel coordinator. Bake until too hot to handle, and place before Carrie McCrite and Henry King. See who survives. A Treasure to Die For is the third To Die For Mystery by Macavity-award nominated author Radine Trees Nehring.
Review by J. Grant: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Holds your attention. Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2013. Verified Purchase. Had to read this to continue the series and it did not disappoint. A continuation of holding my attention
…Lovers of cozy mysteries with colorful characters will want this third title in Nehring’s ‘Something to Die For’ series… LIBRARY JOURNAL.
…Nehring’s delightful novel features history and romance with murder thrown in. A winning combination and fun read. Patricia Sprinkle, author and President of Sisters in Crime.
…The treasure here is Radine Trees Nehring and her plucky crime solver, Carrie Culpeper McCrite. –J.M. Hayes, author.
Print Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: St Kitts Press; First Edition (March 1, 2005)
A Fair To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring.
The Something To Die For Mysteries.
It’s October, craft fair season in the Ozarks, and Carrie and Henry are helping their friend Shirley sell her quilts and Baby Cuddlys at the War Eagle Craft Fair. After a mysterious cousin with ties to drug dealers appears, danger stalks the fair. When Carrie is abducted by killers following a breakfast at War Eagle Mill, she’s afraid she won’t escape, because—though her aim in life has always been to help others out of problems—no one who can help her knows where she is. “There is no me out there to help me.”
Review by Terry: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Intelligent Seniors living life to its fullest… Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2013. Verified Purchase. The seventh in her series, (Something to Die For) Radine’s latest can be read as a stand-alone story that will move you to sit down in a comfy chair, feet up, wood stove or fireplace lit and read about second-chance love, family relationships, friendship, and intrigue.
That it is set in a small town, includes a good amount of time set at the craft fair, describes not only the creative items made and sold there, involves both down home cooking and recipes from a famed chef – all of these elements combine together to widen the audience for Radine’s story-telling.
A murder, a disappearance, a legend of old papers … a retired law enforcement officer, a current drug dealer, a suspicion more than forty years old, and an unexpected set of relatives … the story begins calmly, introduces characters easily and without laborious details, and opens the mystery and questions early enough to guarantee the readers’ continued attention.
The area of the Ozarks offers this New England reader a delightful experience, and memories of reading another book (Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls) set in that part of the country with my sixth-grade students years ago. And the real-life tourist locations such as the War Eagle mill and its ground products and recipes add to the flavor of this story.
I look forward to reading the earlier books in this engaging series. It is nice to read about senior citizens who are living life to its fullest, and Radine Trees Nehring knows that of which she writes. I give this book five stars, and am happy to have read and shared this title here.
Review by lazydayreader: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Radine did it again! Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2012. Verified Purchase. This is Radine Tree’s Nehring’s latest addition to her “To Die For” Series. I always think her books can’t get any better but she always comes up with another great theme and location to prove me wrong. They all take place in the Ozarks of Arkansas, and center around a well-known location or even. The War Eagle Mill and the popular War Eagle Craft Fair, an annual event in Arkansas, is the location and theme for this book. Radine combines mystery with local history, and attractions of Arkansas to make for a very enjoyable read.
Review by Patricia Gligor: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A well “crafted” mystery. Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2013. Verified Purchase. “A Fair to Die For” by Radine Trees Nehring is the first book I’ve read in her Something to Die For mystery series but it won’t be the last. The story was well crafted and the characters were fully developed – something that’s very important to me when I read. Ms. Nehring incorporated the setting so “craftily” that, as the story progressed, I felt as if I were in Arkansas at a craft fair with the threat of drug dealers and murderers all around me. I highly recommend this book.
Paperback: 244 Pages
Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries (February 27, 2012)
Music To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring.
The Something To Die For Mysteries.
MUSIC TO DIE FOR is set at Ozark Folk Center State Park in remote Stone County, AR. Carrie and several friends have planned a weekend vacation at the Folk Center, where they’re signed up for craft classes. Crafts take a back seat to a kidnapping, arson, and murder after Dulcey Mason, four-year old daughter of famous country musicians Chase Mason and Tracy Teal, disappears, and her abductor is found stabbed, his house burned. Romance blossoms again between Carrie and her best friend, Henry King, as they rush to save a child, solve a murder, and repair tragically broken lives. Can they do it before they, too, become victims of MUSIC TO DIE FOR?
Review by Gayle Rice: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Wonderful. Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2012. Verified Purchase. Read all of this series I could get and would like more. Interesting and entertaining. Glad to have been introduced to a new author for me.
Review by J. Grant: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A good read. Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2013. Verified Purchase. Super interesting, can’t put it down, love Carrie and her curiosity!!! If you like mysteries you will love this series!!
Review by Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A terrific Ozark cozy. Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2005. As the Arkansas highway tourist information manager, widow Carrie McCrite attends the annual Department of Parks and Tourism Convention at The Ozark Folk Center State Park near Mountain View with several of her friends including her closest pal, Henry King. Carrie especially looks forward to attending the craft classes that she signed up for and to attending the performances especially country and western stars Chase Mason and Tracy Teal, but dozes through the lectures.
However, instead of a weekend of relaxation mellowing in the remote local, all hell breaks loose. Someone abducts Farel, the four-year-old daughter of Chase and Tracy; however, Carrie and Henry find the culprit dead and his house burned down in a deliberate fire. The child remains missing. As they work in tandem while their feelings for one another blossom Carrie and Henry desperately hope to save a little girl even at a risk to their own lives.
MUSIC TO DIE FOR is a terrific Ozark cozy that brings to life this region of the country. The mystery is cleverly designed so that the lead amateur sleuths and the audience seem to only find more questions and plenty of troubles, but no child. Henry is a delightful lead as his admiration and fondness for Carrie grow; she is an intriguing charter who when struggling asks the Lord for guidance. Fans of regional cozies will enjoy this tale and like this reviewer seek Radine Tree Nehring’s first Ozark mystery, A VALLEY TO DIE FOR.
…Leaves the reader sighing in satisfaction. MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW.
…Hooks [readers] with a story they can’t put down. THE TULSA WORLD.
…A riveting story of kidnapping, murder, and family secrets that won’t stay hidden. Barbara Brett, author of BETWEEN TWO ETERNITIES and, with Hy Brett, PROMISES TO KEEP.
…Endearing characters make you want to come back to visit soon! Julie Wray Herman, author of the Three Dirty Women Gardening Mystery series.
…Highly recommended for most Christian fiction and mystery collections. LIBRARY JOURNAL.
…Highly recommended. I LOVE A MYSTERY. In this character-driven story, heroes have their values straight and fight for what they believe in. COZIES, CAPERS & CRIMES.
…It was such fun to read about our Ozark Folk Center and picture where the murder took place. –Mary Gillihan, Harmony musician; Park Interpreter and Elderhostel Coordinator, Ozark Folk Center State Park.
…Maybe murders can be bad news for tourism, but I was hooked…a compelling read. Joe David Rice, Arkansas Tourism Director.
Paperback: 288 Pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd Edition (October 1, 2003)
Journey To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring.
The Something To Die For Mysteries.
In this sixth of award-winning author Radine Trees Nehring’s mysteries, active retirees Henry and Carrie King take a train-ride day trip that turns into a nightmare!
Corruption, greed and murder mix with antiques and quaint shops, to create a not-to-be forgotten holiday!
Review by gaylewigg: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Get on the Train with Carrie and Henry. Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2010. Verified Purchase. I always look forward to immersing myself into the world Radine Trees Nehring describes so beautifully and this “Journey” captured me again. I had followed Carrie and Henry’s courtship and marriage and was delighted to be with them once more. Carrie and Henry, now married for almost a year, take advantage of another of Arkansas’ many tourist destinations and find themselves, once again, in the middle of a mystery. Radine does a great job of presenting her characters as three-dimensional people with both good and bad traits which make them all very real. And along with the mystery, which keeps you riveted, you feel like you’ve been to these places and actually know these people. Good job, Radine. I’m looking forward to the next adventure.
Review by kellytwo: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Shattering Stereotypes. Reviewed in the United States on March 4, 2014. Indeed, shattering stereotypes is the new career of Carrie McCrites, after she is widowed and retires from her former life, as a staid sort of ‘little-old-lady’. After the financial crisis caused by her husband’s sudden death, she moves from their former home in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to a small home in rural northwestern Arkansas. From that point on, she ceases to be staid or what is perceived by others to be the normal, retiring older woman.
True, she can do nothing about her age, but she determines to keep herself busy, and in the course of the first book or two of this delightful ‘To Die For’ series, she gets herself out and about, meeting the neighbors and learning about the lands surrounding her new home. Carrie is blessed with a healthy body, a terrific curiosity bump and intelligence matched by an uncommon common sense. In the course of the series, not only does she make friends, while exploring and learning about the area where she lives, she also meets Henry King, a retired policeman from Kansas City.
In the Wedding book, they get married, but not without difficulty, and thanks to Carrie’s curiosity, they now have a family: Henry has a daughter about whom he’d been kept in ignorance, and a much younger half-sister. His daughter is now married and has a young son, and the two elders have hopes for a match between Carrie’s son and Henry’s half-sister. But they are not just sitting around waiting for something to happen. Not these two!
Old steam trains create a longing in the soul, especially for those of a certain age, and that is the age of Carrie and Henry. Fortunately, there is a restored train that runs from Springdale to Van Buren and back again in one day. Seems like a peaceable outing. But even before the train begins to move, Carrie senses an oddity in the two men seated in front of her. Hang on to your hats – it’s a merry ride they embark on, believe me!
This is an intricately-plotted, excellently-written tale of mystery mixed with some Civil War history, peopled with some of Carrie’s neighbors and Henry’s former police buddies as well as some modern-day good and bad guys. You won’t be able to put the book down, so plan accordingly before you begin to read it. Please don’t let the ages of the two main characters deter you from reading this very fast-paced book, in which Carrie earns a ‘badge of courage’. You’ll cheer at her spunk and her bravery while protecting the man she loves. And like me, you’ll wish Ms. Nehring could write faster than she does!
Paperback: 290 Pages
Publisher: Wolfmont Press (May 1, 2010)
A Portrait To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring.
The Something To Die For Mysteries.
Carrie McCrite, a volunteer librarian at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, discovers two versions of a portrait on loan to the museum. When a reporter writing about that portrait disappears, Carrie must choose between honoring Henry’s request that she stop jumping into danger on behalf of people in trouble–or work to find the woman who was a college friend of her son’s.
Review by Betty Webb, Mystery Scene Magazine: “A Portrait to Die For isn’t for the shoot-’em-up, car-crash, shove-someone-off-a-cliff crowd. It is a sedate, carefully paced mystery more concerned with puzzles than thrills. Carrie’s quest leads her into some of the murkier paths of the art world, one filled with the kind of chicanery that could lead to some serious prison time for those involved.”
Review by Sandra Murphy, Kings River Life Magazine-Full Review: “It looks like no matter what Henry and Carrie decide, murder will find them. It’s a lucky thing for readers because they are a captivating couple, older than most characters, fun to be around, and lead interesting lives. They’ll even share a few recipes with readers.”
Review by Erma: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great read. Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2016. Verified Purchase. Another great adventure for Carrie and Henry. I so enjoy these books. Love having something to read with older characters. Radine Trees Nehring does not disappoint me. I enjoy the locations that Carrie and Henry visit. I have been to every one of the places these books are set in and I can imagine Carrie and Henry there. The couple always has a mystery to solve. I have every one of these books and have reread them. Great cozy mystery read.
Review by gaylewigg: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Another Winner. Reviewed in the United States on April 25, 2016. Verified Purchase. Enjoyed this reunion with Carrie, her husband, and friends. The description of the locale and their life is always enjoyable and off sets the suspense of the situations she somehow gets involved in. Radine writes a fun, enjoyable and interesting suspense story, as always.
Review by Billie Brown: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Good. Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017. Verified Purchase. I love Crystal Bridges so the location appealed to me. The premise is excellent. The mystery itself captured me right away. I will be reading the other books in the series.
Review by Amazon Customer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Wonderful book by Radine! Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2016. Verified Purchase. Another great book by Radine. I just love Carrie and Henry!
Review by Glenda0VINE VOICE: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Adding Humorous Twist for Amateur Detectives Creates Extra Enjoyment… Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2016. This is my first reading of Nehring, but I’m certainly glad I found her for her cozy mystery “to Die for” series. I find I cannot always judge well about what an author might consider what is a spoiler… For instance, this author chose to say on the cover that art work may have been stolen. For me, that turned a cozy mystery into more of a whodunit…which I also enjoy reading! There is a humorous twist to the amateur investigator, in this case, Carrie McCrite, who volunteers at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Both Carrie and Henry, a former police officer, are retired and they’ve both gotten involved in earlier cases, which proved to be dangerous. This book begins by Henry laying down the law!
Henry went over every time she’d been in danger and the discussion was not friendly but not an angry one with Carrie one time thinking, at least he admits it’s by the grace of God that I wasn’t killed or even badly hurt. He must understand. He must…
So, what is a woman to do? These things just keep falling into her life–it’s not as if she goes out and hunts for cases. Take the incident this morning when a female jogger was being followed and ask Carrie to tell the stranger, if he asked, that she had gone another way than the one she really had taken… Well, naturally Carrie had to help, right?
And was it her fault that, in leaving the Museum later that day she accidentally heard a suspicious conversation between that same woman and another man…she couldn’t be sure whether it was a different man from that morning.
Anyway, how was she to know that just by going to work, she would see that same woman coming into the library–and she was a special guest involved with the latest display! She was discussing a painting which the library staff had chosen to highlight the exhibit at the entrance–“Twins with Daisies.” Of course, Carrie was right there, caught in the exchange that led to the woman, Grace, telling the staff that she didn’t think their selection/idea was a good one!
And was it Carrie’s fault that she discovered a clue immediately?
No, she couldn’t be faulted…but Henry was adamant that she stays out of what was appearing to have become a mystery to be solved…
Nehring adds a great element of humor as Carrie tries to respond to her husband’s wishes…And then to have their son change all that because an old friend of his. Maylynn Brewer, has disappeared and wants to help find her! As they did a little checking, it was discovered that Brewer might have some connection to the mystery of the paintings…
Another character addition, that of a country couple, but friends of Carrie, get involved and begin to learn about art appreciation as part of the mystery solving. The story is definitely character-driven rather than a major mystery, but still, readers will not be totally sure of exactly who and what was happening until closer to the end. I found that the switch to the struggling wife versus struggling amateur detective created quite of bit of enjoyment of the story.
I enjoyed the ending given the plot setup among characters that was established upfront…and, yes, there was danger before the ending… You’ll enjoy how that all works out…
All in all, a fun, enjoyable setting, and characters that made it triple trouble before it all finished…Highly recommend–and for those interested, there’s a touch of “God” involvement that adds to the depth of thought-processes for the amateur investigators… Get your tea or coffee, a few crackers or cookies…and sit down to relax with a really good book! GABixlerReviews.
Paperback: 282 Pages
Publisher: Dark Oak Mysteries (January 14, 2016)
Dear Earth: A Love Letter From Spring Hollow by Radine Trees Nehring.
It was to be just a weekend retreat, the cabin Radine Trees Nehring and her husband, John, built with their own hands on the land they bought in the Arkansas Ozarks. All they wanted was a once-a-week refuge from the stress and trials of life in the big city one hundred miles away. But the air, the forest, and the wildlife in the place they named Spring Hollow had a haunting magic they could never quite leave behind when they drove away every Sunday evening. The more they learned about the secrets of nature in their country hideaway, the more reluctant they became to part from it. At last, they realized that their hearts were always in Spring Hollow, and that was where they belonged too. They gave up their secure jobs to devote themselves full-time to tending and preserving the beautiful but fast-receding natural world they had come to cherish.
From The Author: My husband and I lived the experiences noted in this book and several of the chapters were originally published in magazines and newspapers in the United States and other countries. This continues to be the book of my heart and, though my husband and I have recently relocated from Spring Hollow to a condo in Fayetteville, AR, the new owners and their children continue the legacy and love of the area!
From Booklist: Thoreau thought it was fine to build castles in the air as long as we put foundations under them. Radine Nehring has done exactly that. She presently holds court on a granite thinking bench as self-appointed queen of Spring Hollow. In 1978, she and husband John realized their weekends in the Arkansas Ozarks were more real than their “real” lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. So, the two lifelong dreamers purchased 12 acres in a dogwood-filled hollow and began a decade of double lives. They cleared a space, put up a cabin, installed a wood stove, dug a well, and became gentle landholders. Each weekend, they drove two hours to escape to a private Eden. There, like a veritable Adam and Eve of the Ozarks, they sought to understand why they love the land. There they learned the irony of spending weekdays busy as squirrels and weekends watching squirrels busier than they. In 1988, the Nehrings moved permanently to Spring Hollow where now John builds furniture while Radine builds books. This one is written in a clear, warm voice by a writer and environmentalist who unabashedly loves her husband, her land, and her granite bench. Read it and dream. Patricia Hassler.
Book Review: Many dream of leaving urban areas for the country, but can’t make the transition. Radine and her husband built a cabin in the Arkansas Ozarks which was to serve as a weekend retreat: it quickly became more, luring them to quit secure jobs in favor of a country life. This compelling story traces their transitional experiences, presenting an endearing account. Midwest Book Review.
Review by Charles A. Burton, PhD: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Heartwarming and evocative. Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2008. Ms. Nehring’s book DEAR EARTH touched commonalities in my and my wife’s lives. I was a highly-paid software consultant, and my wife was a travel nurse. We made a lot of money that way. But, it necessitated living in or near large cities and being constantly on the move. We longed for roots and about three years ago, we returned to my native north Georgia to sink them firmly into the soil.
Radine’s book made me smile, and I often stopped to read choice morsels to my wife. “Honey, listen to this! Doesn’t that sound like us?” We shared chuckles and nodded at each other in agreement with the sentiments expressed. The discovery of new plants was a special connection for my wife, as she lived most of her life in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New Hampshire–much colder places with totally different plant life.
If you have ever read Mother Earth News and sighed with envy… If you have ever sat through a boring business meeting, trying to think of ways to break out of the rat race… If you have struggled to find a bit of nature in an urban environment… Even if you have made the break and now experience the joys and tribulations of a rural lifestyle, this book will touch you and make you smile.
Grab a big glass of iced sun tea and kick back on your front porch with Radine Trees Nehring’s DEAR EARTH. Go ahead… it’s a love letter to our beloved planet, but Mother Earth won’t mind if you read her mail.
Print Length: 164 Pages
Publisher: Brett Books, Inc. (available only from St Kitts Press); First Edition (May 1, 1995)
Romance (Love Letter)
Meet The Author: Multi-published author RADINE TREES NEHRING and husband John moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to rural northwest Arkansas in 1988 after spending weekends on their Arkansas land for ten years. Radine began writing a series of articles, essays, and stories about the Arkansas Ozarks shortly after she and John bought their land, and these found interested readers around the globe. Many were collected in her first book, DEAR EARTH: A Love Letter from Spring Hollow, initially published in New York in 1995. When asked which of her books is her favorite, DEAR EARTH is the one Radine names. It is still available in print, has been published in Chinese, and also sells well in e-book form.
Radine says all of her writing expresses her love for the Ozarks and when she began writing her “To Die For” traditional mystery series in 2000, Ozarks tourist destinations were natural settings for her.
“I enjoy writing about what I love and sharing these places with readers everywhere. Both they and I experience my chosen destinations as the story unfolds.”
During her writing career, Radine also wrote and hosted a radio program, “Arkansas Corner Community News,” for ten years. The program, as well as all her other writing, featured unique people, places and events in the area.
She has received many regional and national awards, including a National Silver Falchion for mystery writing and the Governor’s Award for the best writing about Arkansas. Radine was the 2011 inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame.
Her newest release “Solving Peculiar Crimes” is a short story anthology featuring Carrie, Henry and their friends.
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