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(Coleman and Dinah Greene Mysteries #1)

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Money and murder go hand in glove in the rarified art world of Reba White Williams’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
Paperback, 407 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Delos
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May 21, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
Thrilled to have won this! I can't wait to get it and to read it.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Restrike by Reba White Williams is the first book in the Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery series. Telling the story of the Greene cousins who grew up in a poor family, but have turned things around and are both heavily involved in the New York art scene. Dinah runs a small gallery specializing in prints while Coleman runs an art magazine featuring East Coast artists.

When a rich man moves into town with plans on opening a print museum both of the Greene women are drawn into the drama that follow
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
RESTRIKE by Reba White Williams (Coleman & Dinah Greene Mystery #1)

The art world of New York City offers plenty to see and gossip about, especially when a VERY wealthy and attractive man shows up, starting his own print gallery as a history of the medium. The talk of the town generates a lot of buzz-- even more so when evidence shows up that the most recently bought prints were actually stolen, and their provenance a fabrication. Another item turns out to be a restrike -- meaning someone sto
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
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
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Restrike by Reba White Williams bills itself as an art world mystery centered in New York City, and starring the cousins Dinah and Coleman as amateur sleuths. While the book did improve slightly towards the end, overall the first half was a slog of a read, and the plot was convoluted, a bit too convenient, and the mystery seemed to just kind if unravel by chance with very little significant puzzle pieces actually uncovered by the sleuths. Overall the book was written on the typical Romantic nove ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Two cousins raised as sisters solve a crime with the help of numerous supporting characters in the art world of NYC. The story, at times, was a bit snooty and pretentious and I caught myself rolling my eyes a few times. Though the cousins were "poor" growing up, somehow they still managed to go to a private high school, Duke and Columbia. That doesn't seem all that poor to me. The dialog was off in a few places and could have been streamlined some to get to the real point. I don't need to read " ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a decent mystery, but I definitely don't get all of the four star reviews. I may or may not read the others that are to come.
Ellen Dark
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but I felt I was coming in in the middle of the story. There were several characters that I had a hard time keeping track of as well. That being said, I want to read the next in the series.
Kari Anderson
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
From Goodreads:
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, announc
Reeka (BoundbyWords)
As seen on my blog:

I have absolutely zero knowledge about the buy and sell world of art, and even less about the potential crimes that occur within it. What I do know, is that Restrike was the perfect way to become acquainted with both aspects. There was little opportunity for me to feel bombarded with art lingo, and the story line had just enough scandal to keep me reading until the very end.

Restrike made me realize how much I missed reading mysteries. Prologue: Crime is committed, check.
Gillian Wong
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
So this was a strange one to review, because unlike many of the quotes on the back cover, I didn't really feel like it was very similar to Agatha Christie's books. I thought the author had a very unique style, one that I liked. Williams doesn't use long descriptions--she doesn't waste words, but scripts out a scene and the characters using just enough words (a talent that is not common in current day fiction, I find). I liked that she also managed to explain the art world without making me feel ...more
Lovey Dovey Books
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Reba White Williams explores the New York art scene with all the suspense of a well-written murder mystery. Restrike invites readers into the lives of the Greene cousins: Coleman and Dinah. Coleman is a journalist and owner of the ArtSmart magazine. She has a curious mind that really spurs the story's pace. Her cousin Dinah is married to investment banker, Jonathan Hathaway, and the owner of a print gallery. With both girls knee-deep in the art world, it's inevitable that the mysterious murder o ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Restrike is book one in a new mystery series starring cousins Coleman and Dinah Green and set in the New York art world. Coleman is the editor and owner of ArtSmart, an influential magazine, and Dinah has recently opened her own print gallery in Greenwich Village.

Mysterious billionaire Heyward Bain arrives on the scene with plans to open a print museum. Coleman sees the opportunity to snag an interview with him while Dinah is trying to sell him some of her gallery’s prints. Sales are down and sh
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1

I would like to see if their will be no. 2 I would read it. I was trying to figure out who did what and I was kept guessing. Some of the ending I did not like but that has nothing to do with the story really.

I like Coleman and Dinah. They both worked hard from the time they were children and continue the work.
Coleman has her own art magazine. She is single and does not think she wants to get married ever. She sews and makes a lot of her
K. Lincoln
Mar 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this one. I did learn something about prints and the New York art/social scene and how I was bored by reading about a large group of people getting dressed and meeting each other for meals at various restaurants.

It was kind of like Sex in the City without any of the fun of caring about the main characters. The two main characters are ostensibly cousins involved in the art world :Dinah and Coleman Greene.

However, we spend alot of time in other peoples' POV. I also felt like
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 s
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 H
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Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This mystery’s synopsis sounds like a typical murder mystery cozy, but I was pleasantly surprised at the depth and complexity of this story. I learned much about art prints including that a restrike is a print made from an original plate but after the original prints were made, usually of inferior quality and after the death of the artist. This definition given at the beginning of the story, comes into play later.

The story is a departure from the typical woman-sleuth, first-person-viewpoint driv
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
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 ...more
Andrea Guy
Restrike is another first book in a series and it really wowed me. Not only are Coleman and Dinah looking into the murder of a print dealer, but the book is so much more than that.

My only gripe with this book is the cover. It reminds me of Murder She Wrote ...its too 80s and really doesn't help pull readers to one of the best mysteries I've read.

And this book is so much more than a cozy. There's a lot going on with all the characters. Plus there are several mysteries within mysteries. Like what
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
Got this through a giveaway and Wow!

Cousins Dinah Greene, owner/director of Greene Gallery, and Coleman Greene, publishers/editor of ArtSmart magazine, are part of the New York print arts scene. These two main characters are faced with a number of problems and mysteries.

Coleman has found that a new arts magazine on the west coast is publishing her upcoming articles before she even gets them in print. Where is the leak that will cause her business to plummet? Dinah wants to grow her gallery busin
Helen Yeomans
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene moved to New York after college to make their mark on the art world: Coleman edits an influential arts magazine and Dinah owns a print gallery in Greenwich Village.

Then billionaire Heyward Bain arrives in town, announcing plans to fund a fine print museum. Coleman is intrigued and plans to write a piece on him, while 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
Julie Barrett
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Restrike by Reba White Williams
I wanted to read this book because there is an art forgery and I had recently watched a movie about something similar.
Cousins Coleman Greene runs the art magazine. Dinah run the print gallery, both in Greenwich Village, NY.
Coleman has a mystery going on with a magazine on the west coast always printing a week prior to her magazine the same articles and she asks others to help her solve who it could be.
Dinah has her own mystery also-how did the man who's now dead ge
May 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Art Forgery, Romance and Murder

Coleman owns and edits an art magazine. Her cousin, Dinah, has a print gallery. Although born in the South, they're making their way in the New York art world. There are some clouds on the horizon. Coleman believes that one of her writers is stealing her ideas and selling them to another publication. Dinah wants a bigger gallery in a better location, but her husband Jonathan, who is also her backer, want to keep her close to home.

Enter Heyward Bain, a millionaire
Sami Jo
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved Restrike! I struck up a fancy for the New York art world when I first read Steve Martin's Object of My Affection a few years ago, and Restrike expanded into this better than I could have hoped!

Williams does a wonderful job of intertwining her characters into the mystery of the intriguing art-world of New York City. Coleman Greene discovers some brow-raising instances that all seem to be somewhat connected -- Story ideas appearing in the magazine of her competitor, rather than he
Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Restrike is a pretty good mystery. For the most part, I liked the overall story. There is a lot packed into this book, so it takes a bit of sorting through to figure out what is going on initially. I kind of felt like there were too many characters to keep track of at times. Despite that, the mystery was well planned out with twists that will surprise you. One of them, I wasn't expecting at all. I know nothing, really, about the art world or about prints, but that didn't really make a difference ...more
Roxanne Kade
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Murder mysteries are always exciting to read. They allow the reader to escape reality and play detective for a few hours. And then there's always that moment of anticipation when the perp is finally revealed.

Williams does a brilliant job of keeping the suspense alive with each turn of the page, and there is never a dull moment as murder, greed, hidden pasts and family secrets grip the art world.

There are a multitude of interesting characters, and even though the story's main focus is the murder
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I received this ARC from NetGalley.

Overall, I'd say it was about a 3.5. There were quite a few characters, all tangled together in various ways, and the setting frequently jumped back and forth among their different locations. I never lost track of the characters, but I did lose track of the locations on occasion--not so much that it was truly annoying, and I was pretty sure I knew which place she meant each time, but it was enough to niggle at me and take me out of the story a little. With so m
I enjoy a good mystery, so I thought I would really enjoy this book. Overall, though, I found it rather unbelievable and bordering on the side of ridiculous. The characters, their connections, their backgrounds, and their interactions just seem a bit contrived - as we move from one page to the next we get more and more complexity of relationships that just seem either too convenient or don't really seem to fit in with the plot. And I saw on the book jacket that the story has been described as a ...more
Sharon Chance
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading "Restrike." It was a fast-paced story with lots of action, lots of fascinating characters, and plenty of intriguing suspense to keep the reader captivated from the first chapter.

Reba Williams guides her readers through the amazing world of art wheeling and dealing in this mystery. And while the novel is set in New York City and other locales, it's Southern flavor shines through in the two main characters, Coleman and Dinah Greene, loyal cousins who stick by each other t
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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 se ...more

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