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Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1

Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1

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by Reba White Williams

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Money and murder go hand in glove in the rarified art world of Reba WhiteWilliams's exciting first novel, Restrike.

Cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene moved from North Carolina to New York after college to make their mark on the art world: Coleman is the editor of an influential arts magazine and Dinah is the owner of a print gallery in Greenwich Village. But


Money and murder go hand in glove in the rarified art world of Reba WhiteWilliams's exciting first novel, Restrike.

Cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene moved from North Carolina to New York after college to make their mark on the art world: Coleman is the editor of an influential arts magazine and Dinah is the owner of a print gallery in Greenwich Village. But their challenges are mounting as one of Coleman's writers is discovered selling story ideas to a competitor and The Greene Gallery is in the red because sales are down.

When billionaire Heyward Bain arrives with a glamorous assistant, announcing plans to fund a fine print museum, Coleman is intrigued and plans to get to know Bain and publish an article about him. Dinah hopes to sell him enough prints to save her gallery. At the same time, swindlers, attracted by Bain’s lavish spending, invade the print world to grab some of his money.

When a print dealer dies in peculiar circumstances, Coleman is suspicious, but she can’t persuade the NYPD crime investigator of a connection between the dealer’s death and Bain’s buying spree. After one of Coleman’s editors is killed and Coleman is attacked, the police must acknowledge the connection, and Coleman becomes even more determined to discover the truth about Bain. In an unforgettable final scene,Coleman risks her life to expose the last deception threatening her, her friends, and the formerly tranquil print world.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Williams's absorbing first mystery follows the adventures of cousins and close friends Coleman and Dinah Greene (first seen in 2007's privately published Angels) in the New York art scene. While Coleman, the editor of ArtSmart magazine, tries to figure out how rival publication Artful Californian is stealing her material, Dinah struggles to keep afloat an unprofitable print gallery financed by her husband. Both are intrigued when billionaire art collector Heyward Bain announces plans to create a new art museum. Their interest turns to suspicion when, following Heyward's astonishingly high winning bid for a rare Winslow Homer print, it emerges that the print's owner, Jimmy La Grange, has been murdered. As Coleman's involvement in the case deepens, she befriends handsome ex-cop Robert Mondelli, who specializes in recovering stolen artworks. Williams treats readers to fascinating details of the art world before a colorful climax set at the Beaux Arts Ball. This is the first title from Delos Fiction, which provides self-publishing services to its authors. Agent: Emma Sweeney, Emma Sweeney Agency, LLC. (June)
From the Publisher

“There’s a major new presence on the crime scene...Reba White Williams. RESTRIKE will strike a big hit with sophisticated readers who love culture, uncommon criminals and terrific writing. You won’t be able to put this book down!”
– Alexandra Penney, New York Times bestselling author

"Savvy, saucy, and scary – a worthy debut from a writer who bears watching."
– Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author

"A tight, tricky plot that takes you on a breathless romp through the world of fine art prints. Captivating characters and a highly energetic plot – art smart and highly literate – I loved it!"
– Laura Childs, New York Times bestselling author

"A fast-paced tale of nefarious dealings in New York's art world."
– Thomas H. Cook, Edgar Award-winning author

“A captivating debut, RESTRIKE puts on display the international world of fine art. Reba White Williams has crafted an ambitious, fascinating and textured puzzler, rife with suspects and red herrings. A polished gem of a read. Bring on the next Coleman and Dinah Greene mystery!”
– Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author

“Starts out with a bang and keeps you riveted! A first rate debut!”
– Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

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Meet the Author

Reba White Williams has written articles for American Artist, Art and Auction, Print Quarterly, and Journal of the Print World. She served on the Print Committees of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum, and The Whitney Museum. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Print Quarterly, and an Honorary Keeper of American Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University. She currently lives in New York City and has recently founded the Willie Morris Award for best southern writing. She divides her time between New York and Palm Springs.

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Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was an easy read. Plot was good but lacked sophistication.
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Restrike by Reba White Williams I wanted to read this book because there is an art forgery and I had recently watched a movie about something similar. Cousins Coleman Greene runs the art magazine. Dinah run the print gallery, both in Greenwich Village, NY. Coleman has a mystery going on with a magazine on the west coast always printing a week prior to her magazine the same articles and she asks others to help her solve who it could be. Dinah has her own mystery also-how did the man who's now dead get his hands on the 'skating girl' and the next day it sold for mucho bucks. Everything that is made, from clothes to shoes to food and hotels has a label, a designer label and the two of them know all the names. It gets to be a bit much at times as I'm just a country girl and can't be swayed by a label. Love all the detailed descriptions and although there are many characters in the book it's easy to keep them straight. The book also follows Rachel Ransomme who is overseas and is heavily into art as she's very well trained to spot a fraud. Murders, places being bugged, forgeries and hidden funds are just a few things going on in this action packed book. Grand finale is at the end where all the pieces come together and family from the past make an appearance. Love that this will be part of a series of books using some of the same characters, can't wait to see what next they will uncover.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1 I would like to see if their will be no. 2 I would read it. I was trying to figure out who did what and I was kept guessing. Some of the ending I did not like but that has nothing to do with the story really. I like Coleman and Dinah. They both worked hard from the time they were children and continue the work. Coleman has her own art magazine. She is single and does not think she wants to get married ever. She sews and makes a lot of her own clothes. Someone is stealing story ideas from her magazine. Dinah owns a print gallery and lives above it. Her husband Jonathon is rich and wants to control her. They have not been married long. Her gallery is in the wrong spot and she wants to change it. Their is going to be a new museum opening in NYC about art prints. Heyward Bain is mega rich is opening it. He does not talk about his past. Where he got his money or anything about himself. He is very curious about Coleman. Coleman wants to interview Heyward Bain for her magazine. She thinks he is handsome and would not mind dating him. She is also interested in Simon who is buying the prints for Heyward's museum. He is keeping secrets too. A man who is selling the prints to be auctioned off is murdered right before the prints are bought. The police do not think it is related to art. Coleman does and wants to find out. The crimes start to add up and threaten Coleman's life. Their are a lot of suspects. The police are not putting the cases together like Coleman and friends are gathering. I did not put the book down till I had finished and it left me wanting to see what happens next in their lives. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it when finished by Netgally. June 1st 2013 PUB. Delos (fiction imprint of Axios Press) JKSCommunications ISBN:9781939052001 350 pages