Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Restrike by Reba White Williams

Cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene came to New York to take the city's art world by storm after their college educations.  Coleman bought an art magazine, ArtSmart, that quickly became known as the place for witty relevant articles about all that was happening in the art world.  Dinah opened a gallery after her marriage to Jonathan, specializing in art prints.  Things seem to be going well.

But trouble has a way of entering paradise.  Coleman's magazine is being targeted by a California upstart that somehow seems to find out all her article ideas and get them to print before she can.  She must have a spy, as unseemly as it is to suspect the staff that helped her build the magazine.  Dinah's galley is in financial trouble, a victim of a poor location and customers who are scarce on the ground. 

Things are also brewing in the art world.  A reclusive billionaire, Heyward Bain, has come to town to start a print museum.  Both Coleman and Dinah get involved with him due to their careers.  It becomes evident that the man Heyward hired to bid on exclusive prints for him, is cheating him as the prints he uncovers turn out to be stolen.  An art dealer no one has heard of is murdered, and then one of Coleman's editors is also killed.  Soon Coleman and Dinah seem to be targeted as well, and it's unclear if their sleuthing is the reason.  Can they uncover the mysteries before they are brought down?

This is the first Coleman and Dinah Greene mystery, and Reba White Williams has created a delightful pair of detectives.  Full of Southern charm, gutsy and resourceful with tons of contacts, this pair can uncover crimes that the police don't have the resources to understand.  The differing lifestyle choices of the cousins and their strong relationship make this book a jewel to read.  This book is recommended for mystery lovers.

1 comment:

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

This sounds like a fun mystery with some great characters - I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Thanks for being on the tour.