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Cousins Dinah and Coleman Greene move from their family home in North Carolina to New York City to make names for themselves in the art world. Dinah owns a print gallery and Coleman is the editor of a major arts magazine.
Unfortunately, the women have their hands full with all kinds of problems. Dinah’s gallery isn’t doing well financially and her husband would prefer her to stay home and have his babies. Meanwhile, someone on Coleman’s staff is selling her ideas to a competing magazine.
Wealthy Heyward Bain arrives in town giving Dinah and Coleman hope for their companies. Dinah wants to sell Bain some prints while Coleman wants to do a story on him. When an art dealer is murdered, along with one of Coleman’s writers, not to mention that she herself is attacked, they become more and more suspicious of Bain.
Along with a private investigator and Dinah’s husband, they conduct their own investigation and discover that Bain isn’t all he seems. However, he’s not the only suspicious character. Dinah and Coleman find out they can’t trust anyone, except each other.
This is the first book in the Coleman and Dinah Green Mystery series and I was hooked right from the beginning. The author paints a wonderful picture of New York City and the art world. She draws you right in with her character portrayals and a storyline that won’t let you rest. I simply couldn’t put it down until I knew “whodunit” and the reasons behind the crimes. I can’t wait for the second book in the series. I will be right there to read it!
FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
For reading challenges:
2013 E-Book Reading Challenge
About 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 was a member of the Editorial Board of Print Quarterly, and is an Honorary Keeper of American Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University.
Williams grew up in Mississippi, Tennessee and North Carolina. She graduated from Duke University and her ambition at 21 years old led her to New York, where she began writing about art, business and finance. Williams eventually earned her MBA from Harvard, MA in Art History from Hunter, PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY, and MA in Fiction Writing from Antioch University.
She worked as a library assistant, researcher at a management-consulting firm, a Wall Street securities analyst and writer for Institutional Investor magazine and other financial publications, and her expertise and passion for the arts led Williams to write a mystery novel series revolving around art fraud. The first book, Restrike, releases June 2013.
Williams has served as President of the New York City Art Commission and Vice Chairman of the New York State Council on the Arts. Fine art print collecting has been a major activity for Williams and her husband and they assembled what has been described as the largest collection of prints by American artists in private hands. They circulated seventeen exhibitions from their collection to more than one hundred museums worldwide, Williams writing the exhibition catalogues. In 2009, most of their collection—about 5,000 prints—was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
She and her husband founded the annual Willie Morris Award for best Southern fiction, now in its sixth year. With her husband and their dog Muffin, who is fictionalized in her books, Williams divides her time between New York, Connecticut and Palm Springs.
Visit Williams at her website.
Reba’s Tour StopsTuesday, June 18th: BoundByWords
Wednesday, June 19th: Walking With Nora
Wednesday, June 19th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Monday, June 24th: Traveling With T
Tuesday, June 25th: Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, June 26th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, June 27th: Booksie’s Blog
Monday, July 1st: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, July 2nd: Book Journey
Wednesday, July 3rd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Saturday, July 6th: Socrates’ Book Review Blog
Thursday, July 11th: A Chick Who Reads
Wednesday, July 17th: From the TBR Pile
TBD: Speaking of Books