During the 1980's Radine Trees Nehring began submitting and selling essays and feature articles about life in the Arkansas Ozarks to regional, national, and international newspapers and magazines. In the 1990's many of these articles were collected into an environmentally-slanted memoir, "Dear Earth: A Love Letter from Spring Hollow" published by Brett Books, Inc. in New York. Radine's "To Die For" mystery novel series, also Ozarks-based, began appearing in 2002. Her most recent is "A Portrait to Die For," set partially in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Radine has won the Arkansas Governor's Award for Best Writing About the State, and she was chosen as the 2011 inductee into the Arkansas Writers' Hall of Fame. Her work has also received a number of "Best Mystery awards and nominations, including a Macavity and a David.
Music to Die For
Set in Ozark Folk Center State Park, this novel celebrates historic Ozarks life in the Arkansas hills. Major series characters, Carrie McCrite and Henry King are here, plus a unique array of Ozarks dwellers, including folk musicians and a backwoods family headed by 100-year-old matriarch "Mad Margaret Culpeper." The crime(s?) No, not just the production of illegal substances by the Culpeper family, but kidnapping of the four-year-old daughter of musicians Chase Mason and Tracy Teal, and the murder of the kidnapper. What happened to Dulcey Mason? Carrie draws Henry into the quest to find her--if she can still be found.