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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 ...
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Crow Johnson Evans
Thought-provoking, entertaining, chilling, and steamy--Radine Trees Nehring’s book redefines the cozy mystery and upends misconceptions about age, murder, foreigners, northwest Arkansas, community and romance.
Jim Veritas
With writers like [Nehring], the Ozarks doesn’t need to hire advertising agencies to promote the area.
Kay Dyer
...a lively, suspenseful few days at a top Arkansas tourist spot.
Lee Kirk
If you have already made the acquaintance of Carrie McCrite and Henry King, you won’t want to miss their wedding. If you’re not familiar with Radine Trees Nehring’s senior citizen sleuths, you’re in for a very good read.
Shelley Glodowski
... a mystery that is cozy and fascinating at the same time...Nehring has produced another winner!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931206013
  • Publisher: St Kitts Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Something to Die for Series
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Radine Trees Nehring is an award-winning author and journalist who writes about unique people, places, and events in Arkansas, not only in her popular fiction and non-fiction books, but for radio news programs and magazine and newspaper features. Her Something to Die For Mysteries display a broad knowledge of her favorite state and its most appealing residents, as well as her ability to weave a fascinating story.
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First Chapter

There were things to discuss. That’s why Carrie took a peach pie out of her freezer and turned on the oven. Her friend, Eleanor Stack, said discussions with men always went better if you were feeding them. Eleanor believed food was a panacea for many things. Feminine wiles? Maybe, but one might as well use every available tool.When the oven reached 375 degrees, Carrie took the frozen pie out of its box and removed the aluminum pan, fitting the still-frozen crust into her own heat-proof glass pie plate before she stuck it in the oven. The rim of the crust with its machine-made crimps would be soft in the time it took her to pour a glass of iced tea. She bet that was something Eleanor didn’t know. As soon as the tea was ready, she opened the oven door and lifted the pie out. She used her fingers to make scalloped pinches all around the softened edge of the crust, just as she’d watched her mother do all those years ago. With the point of a knife she wrote "I Love Henry" on top, leaving the machine-stamped center hole as the "o" in Love.There. The factory-made edge crimps were gone, the pie was personalized. She approved the result and put "I Love Henry" back in the oven to bake.She’d never told Henry she made the pies she offered him, and he was probably smart enough to understand where they came from. He did say once that he thought she made better pies than Eleanor. All she’d done then was look at her plate, murmur, "Thank you," and scrape up the last bit of sugary juice from the slice of cherry pie she’d just finished eating.Come to think of it, maybe he’d said she served better pies than Eleanor. That was probably it. Serving was different from making, and Henry never lied about anything.As for Eleanor...Carrie had no idea whether her friend guessed the source of the pies she served or not. She didn’t really care, and if Henry hadn’t figured it out yet, he would soon enough. In a couple of months they’d be living together.That was the reason they had things to discuss. It was time to talk about their wedding. Though Henry asked her to marry him three weeks ago at the Elderhostel in Hot Springs, and she’d said yes, they hadn’t made any real plans yet. She knew what she wanted, she just didn’t have a clue to what he had in mind. It was time to find out.Three hours later Henry had come, they’d talked-more or less-and he’d left for Roger and Shirley Booth’s dairy farm in the valley. He and Roger got together every month to work on the agenda for the next Rural Water Board meeting, and today Shirley had invited Henry to have supper with them after the planning session. She’d included Carrie too, but Carrie declined. She needed time to make wedding plans and figured, after talking things over with Henry, she could settle down and get started.Ha! Henry had no plans. He promised to think more about it, had a piece of pie, kissed her, and left for the Booths’.The one thing she did find out was a huge surprise. Henry had a half-sister. She’d asked him, very cautiously, about inviting relatives to the wedding. He never talked about his parents or family-indeed, seemed to avoid the topic. But now that she was going to be his wife, Carrie thought it was time to know more. At first he’d insisted that his daughter Susan was his only living relative. He had no aunts or uncles, no cousins, nieces or nephews.Then, finally, he admitted there was a much younger half-sister, saying it so reluctantly that Carrie was bewildered. What’s more, he added that he had never seen this sister and had no idea where she was.After a conversational dragging session-Carrie asking question after question while Henry answered in monosyllables-she’d learned that Henry’s dad left his mother for a much younger wife, Elizabeth MacDonald, when Henry was already a married adult. The father’s second marriage produced one child, a daughter named Catherine MacDonald King. Henry "supposed" that had been around thirty years ago, which meant his half-sister and his daughter Susan were nearly the same age. He insisted he knew nothing at all about this young woman, the product of a marriage that had split his family.But, Carrie thought, how could he possibly resent Catherine now? He obviously knew nothing about her, and the poor girl didn’t choose her parents or the facts surrounding her birth.Carrie wondered whether the half-sister could be anything like Henry. She pictured Henry’s black hair, brown eyes, and square jaw on a woman. Well...maybe not quite that. But with both of his parents dead, it was now high time the two siblings met. She was going to do her best to find Catherine.Finding her could be a wonderful wedding present to herself as well as Henry. She would give them both a sister.As soon as Henry left she sat down at her computer, logged onto the Internet, and began a search for Catherine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Can senior sleuths Carrie and Henry make it to the altar?

    Senior sleuths Carrie McCrite and Henry King are going to get married. Carrie is concerned what a senior bride would wear, so she enlists the help of her two friends, only they start taking over the planning. Since they suggested The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs for the wedding, Carrie gets Henry to go check it out with her. While there, Carrie sees a ghost bride wearing red. Their caterers are shot at while talking to them. Then they find out someone has been attacking their florists. It appears another florist in town has targeted them. After there is a murder and their florists shop is bombed, Carrie and Henry decide to try to locate the culprit behind all these acts. Can they do so without putting themselves or anyone else in danger? In the meantime, Carrie has invited Henry¿s half-sister to the wedding without Henry¿s knowledge. Will he be upset if she shows up? This is the first book in this series that I¿ve read. I can assure you it won¿t be the last. I really enjoyed Carrie and Henry. They are great senior sleuths. Henry is a former cop so he has a lot of knowledge about investigations. Carrie just wants to help and gets into many situations. I also like that Carrie has good morals and isn¿t another twenty-something sleuth. She also has a good head on her shoulders which comes in handy in investigations. I can¿t wait to read more in this series. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2006

    Carrie McCrite is the Miss Marple of Arkansas

    Finally, plucky, wonderful Carrie and her darling Henry get married!!! But first they have to solve a mystery. Carrie and Henry are such a wonderful team, and their basic decency and tendency to help others make you love them more. They are admirable characters, clever and plucky. The plot is very well developed and keeps the reader guessing until the end. If you love a mature heroine and well written cozies, you will love A Wedding to Die For. What's next, Radine? Ellen Elizabeth Hunter, author of Magnolia Mysteries

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exciting amateur sleuth mystery

    Carrie and retired police officer Henry are getting married, but the bride is discouraged because all the bridal magazines write articles about younger women. Even though she is a senior Carrie wants a fancy wedding with her wearing a beautiful white gown. Her friends Shirley and Eleanor come to the rescue designing her wedding gown and suggesting the ball room at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs for the reception.---------------- When Carrie and Henry arrive at the hotel, the ambience captures her attention and the floral design created by Ashur and Chandra Mukherjee are gorgeous. While speaking with the designers, a shot rings out, but though no one is hurt everyone is shook. Chandra and Ashur inform Carrie that a pair bigot half-sisters Jan and Sonya want the Indians to leave because they are taking business away from them the siblings harass them and use their influence to destroy the Mukherjee business. That night the soon to be newlyweds find Sonya¿s body not far from the spot where the Mukherjee¿s van was parked. A few days later the Mukherjee¿s store is bombed. Carrie, Henry, Shirley and Eleanor play detective to prove that Chandra and Ashur are innocent of any wrongdoing.------------------ A WEDDING TO DIE FOR is an exciting amateur sleuth mystery due in large part to the wedding couple who shows that seniors can find love and can be productive members of society. Their ability to find information helps them work the case as each one of the sleuthing quartet shows a keen mind that the younger generation should honor not dispose of as is the American way. The Mukherjee stand as testimony to immigrants as they believe in the American way and that most people are not racists. As always Radine Trees Nehring proves to be a wonderful storyteller.------------- Harriet Klausner

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