Friday, February 1, 2013

Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1 by Reba White Williams Book Review

Cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene moved to New York City after college to make their mark on the art world, and they have—Coleman as the editor of an influential arts magazine, and Dinah as the owner of a print gallery in Greenwich Village. But challenges mount as Coleman discovers a staff writer selling story ideas to a competitor, while Dinah’s Greene Gallery slips into the red. When billionaire Heyward Bain arrives announcing plans to fund a fine print museum, Coleman is intrigued and plans to publish an article about him, and Dinah hopes to sell him prints. Then, unexpectedly, swindlers invade the art world to grab some of Bain’s money, and a print dealer dies under mysterious circumstances. Risking her own life, Coleman sets out to unravel the last deception threatening her, her friends, and the once-tranquil world of fine art prints.

My Review

5 of 5 Restrike

First I want to thank JKS for allowing me to read an ARC copy of this book. I loved every minute of it. I am such a huge fan of mysteries and women heroine that the minute I started to read this book I could not put it down. I had to finish it in one sitting to find out what was going on and who the players were and why they were doing what they were doing. Plus this author took the time to describe things in detail and for any art lover you know you love to read and hear about the finer details so I loved that. I love to go to the museum once a month to see what has changed and what new displays they have. In my local town of Worcester, Ma we have a museum that hosts different things all the time and I love to go see the new displays and read all about the paintings or sculpture.

In Restrike we meet cousins Coleman and Dinah who love the art world. Dinah is an owner of her own print art gallery and Coleman is an editor for the art world. Coleman discovers that someone is stealing her stories and selling them to a competitor. Coleman is determined to find out who it is and why they are doing that. In the mean time Dinah's gallery is going in the red and she needs financial backing. With all this crazy stuff going on for the cousins they come into a bigger mess when they discover someone is selling forgery art prints. Dinah thinks she may have a man who can help her get out of the red but this guy is a billionaire and he is being targeted as well. What are these counsins going to do? Will they both survive this crazyness of there lives or will they get sucked into the seedy art world.

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About this author
I was born in Mississippi, and until I was ten, attended public schools in Mississippi and Tennessee. When I was in the fifth grade, my parents moved to the small town in North Carolina where my mother was born, and where her mother and sister lived. I earned my high school diploma at St. Mary’s, a private girls’ school in Raleigh, and my BA at Duke. When I was 21, I took a train to New York to seek my fortune. I’ve lived in New York City and Connecticut ever since, except for two years in Boston at graduate school.

I planned to make my living writing novels. But in New York, economic reality caught up with me, and I wrote about art, and business and finance, because that’s what I could get into print, and what paid the rent. Along the way, I earned my MBA at Harvard, my MA in Art History at Hunter, my PhD in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and my MA in Fiction Writing at Antioch University.

I’ve had a host of part-time jobs, from answering telephones to stuffing flyers in envelopes. I’ve 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. 

I’ve written articles for numerous art and financial magazines, including Art & Auction, Print Quarterly, and Institutional Investor. I’ve served on the Print Committees of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum. I’ve been a member of the Editorial Board of Print Quarterly, and I am an Honorary Keeper of American Prints at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University. I’ve 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, in collaboration with my husband, has been a major activity, and prompted me to return to school for a PhD in Art History. We used our collection, thought to be the largest of its type—prints by American artists—to create traveling exhibitions. We circulated seventeen separate exhibits to over one hundred museums worldwide, and I did most of the research and wrote the exhibition catalogues. In December 2008, most of our collection—about 5000 prints—was donated to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, but we are still recognized as experts in the field.

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