Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Tour: Fatal Impressions by Reba White Williams (Review)

About the Book

Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Number of Pages: 300
Purchase Links: Amazon - Barnes and Noble - iBooks - Kobo - Sony - Chapters/Indigo - IndieBound

Coleman and Dinah Greene are making names for themselves in the art world. Coleman`s magazine publishing empire is growing and Dinah`s print gallery is gaining traction. In fact, Dinah has just won the contract to select, buy, and hang art in the New York office of the management consultants Davidson, Douglas, Danbury & Weeks – a major coup that will generate The Greene Gallery`s first big profits. However, when Dinah goes to DDD&W to begin work, she discovers a corporate culture unlike anything she`s ever encountered before. There are suggestions of improprieties everywhere, including missing art worth a fortune. And when two DDD&W staff members are discovered murdered, Dinah and Coleman find themselves swept into the heart of another mystery. Revealing the murderer will be no easy task...but first Dinah needs to clear her own name from the suspect list.

My Review

Dinah Greene is excited about her new contract with DDD&W to hang art in their office, but her happiness quickly fades when she gets there. Dinah is a sweet, kind woman but immediately she is faced with less than cooperative people and finds herself in the unlikely position of fighting with the people who hired her. She is determined to complete her contract as it’s a substantial one that would go a long way helping her financially as well as securing her position in the art world. However, when one of the employees at DDD&W ends up dead, with Dinah as the prime suspect, she can’t help wonder if it’s all worth it.

Dinah’s cousin Coleman has problems of her own. She recently acquired another magazine to add to her publishing company but now a huge publisher is preparing a takeover. Coleman has to push her problems aside to help Dinah, but both cousins have their hands full.

This is a sequel to Restrike which I reviewed and loved last year. You don’t need to have read it to read this one. I think this one stands alone on its own merits but it’s fun to see where the characters began and how they grown from the first book.

Coleman’s romantic relationships are going in all directions. I love her strength and her drive to put everything aside to help her cousin. As for Dinah, I think she’s such a realistic character. She’s basically a good person who tries to please her husband, but she also doesn’t back down from a fight with him. She stands up for herself and I love that she fights for what she believes in, even if it might hurt her own situation.

The storyline moves along quickly. I was really caught off guard by the way the story ended. I didn’t suspect the one who did it and there were a few surprising twists and turns as we got to the finish line. I’ll definitely be looking forward to the third book in this series.

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FTC Disclosure: The Story Plant 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.

About the Author

Reba White Williams worked for more than thirty years in business and finance—in research at McKinsey & Co., as a securities analyst on Wall Street, and as a senior executive at an investment management firm. 

Williams graduated from Duke with a BA in English, earned an MBA at Harvard, a PhD in Art History at CUNY, and an MA in Writing at Antioch. She has written numerous articles for art and financial journals. She is a past president of the New York City Art Commission and served on the New York State Council for the Arts.

She and her husband built what was thought to be the largest private collection of fine art prints by American artists. They created seventeen exhibitions from their collection that circulated to more than one hundred museums worldwide, Williams writing most of the exhibition catalogues. She has been a member of the print committees of several leading museums.

Williams grew up in North Carolina, and lives in New York, Connecticut and Southern California with her husband and Maltese, Muffin. She is the author of two novels featuring Coleman and Dinah Greene, Restrike and Fatal Impressions, along with the story of Coleman and Dinah when they were children, Angels. She is currently working on her third Coleman and Dinah mystery.



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