DMW Reviews


“Dead Man’s Watch is a delightful, well-written, fast-moving cozy, peopled with characters whom readers will care about and root for. Two sisters join forces to prove the innocence of a widowed father accused of murdering the drug dealer who supplied his late wife’s addiction. Author Kay DiBlanca weaves a story around the resonating theme: “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” A book of hope in troubled times.” —Debbie Burke, award-winning author of the series Tawny Lindholm Thrillers with a Heart.

“Kay DiBianca’s Dead Man’s Watch grabs your attention right away, with enticing dialogue, vivid description, and the unfolding of a mystery, all in the first chapter. Along with artfully weaving in additional mysteries, her writing style makes for easy reading–a compliment I give to few. I’ve also read Kay’s earlier The Watch on the Fencepost, and we have a new author making a strong entry into romantic mystery fiction. I heartily recommend Dead Man’s Watch for a fine read!” –Tim Riter, pastor and author of ten books including God, a Motorcycle and the Open Road.

“Kay DiBianca’s new book, Dead Man’s Watch is a must-read for mystery lovers. The first page grabs your interest and you immediately step into the story. She has created a fascinating cozy weaving a well-constructed plot, of intrigue and mystery, that keeps the reader turning the pages; you will be guessing to the end who did it. Each character truly makes the story come alive. You will fall in love with the characters Kate Frasier and Cece Goldman. DiBianca has a masterful way to tie up her story bringing it to an end while leaving the reader wishing for more.” –Susan Reichert, Retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine, author of God’s Prayer Power.

“Kay DiBianca shows off her mastery of cozy mysteries with this second novel in the Watch series. DiBianca dials up the suspense in the first chapter when Kathryn Frazier and Cece Goldman happen across a body, and she keeps you guessing and turning pages until the very end. Dead Man’s Watch is an engaging and immersive read, but my favorite aspect is the spirituality of the characters. They go to the Scriptures and prayer in times of trouble or confusion, and they value their relationships. These are a few of the qualities that elevate Dead Man’s Watch from a great mystery to a truly memorable tale.” –L. K. Simonds, author of All In

“Kay has woven a new tale in Dead Man’s Watch  that keeps the reader guessing until very end. I was excited to rejoin Kathryn and Cece, from The Watch on the Fencepost and was soon enjoying the reunion with these amateur sleuths who stumble into another mystery. The best part of this story—other than the well-constructed, keeps-you-guessing, fast-paced read—is that Kay didn’t forget what made her characters strong and endearing in the first novel. We see them moving ahead and growing personally, while retaining the strength and compassion that pushes them into doggedly pursuing the truth.” — Judy Karge, author of A Light in the Dark: Reflections on Proverbs

“Once again Kay has demonstrated her gift of storytelling. Suspense from beginning to end by duo sister sleuths, with romance interwoven. Interesting characters and events to keep reader guessing ‘who done it?’ ” — Brenda W. Morris, author of Snapshots from the Past: Evidences of God’s Love and Care