Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review of Restrike by Reba White Williams - 5 stars!

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Author: Reba White Williams
Title: Restrike
Series: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1
Publisher: Delos
Publishing date: 16th of June 2013
Pages: 350 in PDF version
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary
Source: JKSCommunications in exchange for honest review

Summary:

Money and murder go hand in glove in the rarified art world of Reba White Williams'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.

My review:

Restrike by Reba White Williams was a nice and cozy mystery with a solid plot and interesting characters. I enjoyed how the story developed, the settings and the twists and turns.

Coleman and Dinah are cousins who are both closely connected to the art world. Coleman has an art magazine and Dinah has an art gallery dealing mostly with prints. Coleman is finding out, that somebody from the magazine is selling her articles to a competitor before they even see the print on paper. Coleman is determined to find out who that person is and let the thief to deal with the consequences. Dinah needs to sell lots of prints to save her gallery.

Both Dinah and Coleman are drawn into the world of art forgery, swindle and the body count keep increasing. Nothing is as it seems and the author keeps surprising the reader more than once.

I liked the setting of the art world and how the author developed the story. I truly enjoyed both Coleman and Dinah who were very different, but still closely connected to each other and to the art as well. There were many interesting characters who gave extra spice to the story.

Restrike is a great mystery and I can't wait to read more writing from Reba White Williams! I highly recommend Restrike to mystery lovers!

5 Flowers!
5 stars.

Thanks goes to JKSCommunications for providing me the review copy!

Happy reading!

 


 

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