Readers looking for cozy, amateur-sleuth detective fiction will adore The Watch series. Written by retired software developer Kay DiBianca, the series features deep characters and wonderful plot twists that have earned it over 300 reviews averaging 4.6 stars.
Other authors have left rave reviews for DiBianca’s impressive storytelling abilities. Judy Karge, the author of A Light in the Dark: Reflections on Proverbs, wrote that “. . .the writing is well-paced peppered with interesting characters, and loaded with enough detours and misdirection to keep even avid sleuths guessing as the layers of the plot unfold. Well done!” Will Shortz, a crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times, even said, “I started it — and to my surprise couldn’t stop. Nice job!”
27-year-old Kathryn Frasier is running through an empty park on a cold, grey day when she spots a shiny gold watch hanging on a fencepost. She briefly stops her run, and she can’t shake the feeling that the watch was left for her to find. Kathryn takes the watch home, determined to figure out why she was meant to have it. Before she knows it, her life starts unraveling before her eyes.
Kathryn’s investigations into the mysterious watch lead her down potentially dangerous paths, including haunting clues that suggest that her parents may not have died due to an innocent accident. Now on the hunt for a cold-blooded thriller, Kathryn finds herself uncovering more and more dark family secrets, along with a colorful cast of strange characters. How far is she willing to go to learn the truth?
Kathryn Frasier and her half-sister, Cece Goldman, are swept up into another murder investigation in the second installment of The Watch series. The sisters learn that an old acquaintance of theirs has been accused and framed for murder, and they set out on a mission to prove his innocence. On their journey to find the real murderer, they’re guided and reassured by this passage from the Jerusalem Talmud: “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”
However, the deeper their investigation goes, the more danger they find themselves in. Will they be able to save their friend from a life of imprisonment without losing their own lives?