Book Review-Portrait To Die For-Radine Trees Nehring

Thursday, March 24, 2016

What an interesting book--a definite mystery--but kind of laid back--no real drama. Carrie, a religious woman who prays daily, is also one of those people who just seems to have to help others. Her husband an ex police detective is not too thrilled with this because she invariably gets into serious trouble and she has promised him--no more getting involved. Carrie is a volunteer at a prestigious Art Museum. There is a painting that they are going to show that actually differs from a copy of it. A reporter who was doing a human interest article on the upcoming art exhibit writes the article--then she disappears.

As it turns out this reporter is a friend of Carrie's son (who has the same "helping genes). They all get involved--even Carrie's husband and uncover more then they ever dreamed.

I did enjoy this book and think you may as well--just don't expect the usual that mystery novels usually entail.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Advance Reader Edition--Carrie discovers two versions of a supposedly original portrait in a loan exhibition at Crystal Bridges of American Art, where she does volunteer work. When the reporter who interviewed Carrie at the museum is abducted, Carrie must choose between honoring her promise to stop crime-solving--or work to find the woman who was her son's college friend.

Read a chapter or two here

Purchase the Book here

About the Author: (from the Author's website)

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

Author's Website

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Masshole Mommy said...

My sister went to art school and would LOVE this book. It's right up her alley!

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

Hmmmm. I am a bit curious. I love mysteries and everything they entail. I don't know how I'd feel about not having them and would have to try it to see.

Literary Winner said...

I like series that feature one particular part of the world. Glad to see the author's love of the Ozarks shines through!

Jennifer Johnson said...

I have not heard of this book or the author before! It sounds like a great read.

Scott said...

I know a few people like that - that have this 'helping gene'. It's good to know there are people out there like that!

Jess Benoit said...

I haven't heard of this series but art and mystery together sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing this!

Amanda McMahon said...

I do love when stories are parts of a network of ideas/books/series - or can connect you to a place or time. This seems to do that.

Emily Smith said...

This sounds like it could be an interesting read with the different connections and mystery aspect.

Liz said...

I'm interested more because it's not typical. I want to know more about how that works.

Jamie Sanders said...

I have nothing to read right now! This sounds like an excellent addition to my list!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love that this mystery revolves around art. I think that the art world is very mysterious.

debdenny said...

This does sound like a great story. I love good mysteries.Good review

BeadZPassionista said...

Love mysteries, art, museums. Sounds like a great combination for a good read.

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