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Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Fair To Die For by Radine Trees Nehring

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Sandra Murphy

Check out details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of this review.

Carrie’s surprised to get a phone call asking for Carrie Culpepper. That’s her maiden name after all. But the biggest surprise is the caller’s name—Edith Embler who says she’s Carrie’s cousin. Considering Carrie always thought her Dad’s sister died as a child, to hear of a cousin is a shock.

Edie’s Dad disappeared years ago during a business trip. Did he abandon his family or was he killed? Edie swears he was employed by a top secret government agency and by the way, can Carrie help her find out what really happened after all these years?

Edie comes to visit—and stay—looking forward to the Fall Craft Fair which starts the following weekend. In spite of the time they spend together, Carrie doesn’t know much more about Edie than when she arrived. Things get even more complicated when there’s a murder at the craft fair and Edie seems to be involved. Carrie’s second husband Henry, former policeman, isn’t sure Edie is even a relative at all. For Carrie’s sake, he hopes so.

When Carrie is kidnapped, Henry and friends are to the rescue, not that Carrie needs a lot of help.

Image source: Oak Tree Press

Nice background on the workings of craft fairs and some good recipes included: Tuna salad with celery seed, crockpot beef stew, macaroni beef casserole, and a sort-of recipe for tomato soup.

This series can be read out of order but for a summer of satisfying reads, start from the beginning. A Fair to Die For is the seventh book in the series.

Check out KRL's review of another book in this series, A Journey To Die For, and an interview with Radine over on Kings River Life.

To enter to win a copy of A Fair To Die For, simply email KRL at life@kingsriverlife[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Fair”, or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen September 15, 2012. U.S. residents only.

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra's short stories on UnTreed Reads including her new one Bananas Foster.


  1. Thanks for posting this great review. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed most of the To Die For series and this is one of the best!

  2. I haven't read any of the books in this series but I would like to. It sounds good!

    1. I admit that writing this series is a great experience. Since all are set at popular tourist destinations in Arkansas, you can imagine that research is not painful.

  3. We have a winner.
    Lorie Ham, KRL Publisher