Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1

Reba White Williams. Delos (NBN, dist.), $12 trade paper (350p) ISBN 978-1-939052-00-1

Williams's absorbing first mystery follows the adventures of cousins and close friends Coleman and Dinah Greene (first seen in 2007's privately published Angels) in the New York art scene. While Coleman, the editor of ArtSmart magazine, tries to figure out how rival publication Artful Californian is stealing her material, Dinah struggles to keep afloat an unprofitable print gallery financed by her husband. Both are intrigued when billionaire art collector Heyward Bain announces plans to create a new art museum. Their interest turns to suspicion when, following Heyward's astonishingly high winning bid for a rare Winslow Homer print, it emerges that the print's owner, Jimmy La Grange, has been murdered. As Coleman's involvement in the case deepens, she befriends handsome ex-cop Robert Mondelli, who specializes in recovering stolen artworks. Williams treats readers to fascinating details of the art world before a colorful climax set at the Beaux Arts Ball. This is the first title from Delos Fiction, which provides self-publishing services to its authors. Agent: Emma Sweeney, Emma Sweeney Agency, LLC. (June)