Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Focus: The Friday 56 and Book Beginnings #8

It's Friday . . . time to share excerpts from one of my current reads with:
  • Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader, where bloggers share the first sentence or more of a current read, as well as initial thoughts about the sentence(s), impressions of the book, or anything else that the opening inspires.  
  • The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice, where you grab a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% of an ebook), find one or more interesting sentences (no spoilers), and post them.
 This week's selection:
   Restrike: Coleman and Dinah Greene Mystery No. 1
Restrike by Reba White Williams
Beginning:     -Prologue-  Tuesday, 12:05 AM
Nora Timothy sat up, her heart racing.
Something had frightened her.  There!  Bangs, crashes.  A shriek, cut off.  That was the sound that had woken her.
Mrs. Timothy was eighty-four and a widow.  She read the newspapers and knew what could happen to old ladies who lived alone.  She lay down, holding her breath, trying not to make the bed creak or the sheets rustle.  Twice she reached for the telephone; twice she pulled back.  What if they heard her calling for help?  The walls were thin and the door was flimsy.
The crashes grew louder.  Surely someone in the building would call the police.
It's just past midnight and there are unusual noises...what is going on?  Is this a break in?  What will happen next?

Page 56:  "Coleman, startled, had no idea why Tammy was offended, but she knew she had to apologize or the woman would sulk for days. 'Sorry if I misspoke,' she called after her."
Overview from
Money and murder go hand in glove in the rarified art world of Reba White Williams's 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 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, announcing plans to fund a fine print museum, Coleman is intrigued and plans to get to know Bain and publish an article about him. 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 grab some of his money.

When a print dealer dies in peculiar circumstances, Coleman is suspicious, but she can’t persuade the NYPD crime investigator of a connection between the dealer’s death and Bain’s buying spree. After one of Coleman’s editors is killed and Coleman is attacked, the police must acknowledge the connection, and Coleman becomes even more determined to discover the truth about Bain. In an unforgettable final scene, Coleman risks her life to expose the last deception threatening her, her friends, and the formerly tranquil print world.

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