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    My Favorite Thing About The Watch on the Fencepost

    I probably wouldn't have gravitated to this book naturally.  It's a cozy mystery with some suspense thrown in, and I usually lean towards less cozy and more suspense in my mysteries.  But I'm really glad I read it.  I thought it was a great first novel - gives me the courage to go back to my own books - and I really loved the puzzles and clues, the little seeds of doubt.  The characters...CeCe is a riot and reminds me a little of Darcy from Dee Henderson's True Honor (one of my favorites!). I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a cozy mystery. But my favorite thing about The Watch on the Fencepost was a character who wasn't even there.  Kathryn's dad passed away months before the story began, but he is so present in this story!  Not as a ghost - I'm not into that sort of thing (except maybe Obi-Wan's force ghost), and not in flashbacks, but in the clues he left Kathryn.  They were puzzling, dad-jokey, cheesy, and fun to try to guess.  His love for his (not-so-little-anymore) girl before he died was so evident, and I think Kathryn gets to know her dad even more after he is gone.  That's definitely true of her mom, but her dad stands out more in the story.  Makes me want to play scavenger hunt with my parents :).  And yes, I did invite myself over to Mom and Dad's for board games tonight. Do you think maybe our heavenly father is like that, too?  Some things he says to us directly, just so.  But for other things, he leaves clues, because the joy is in the journey of discovery, and we get to know him more through the puzzle and mystery.  That's such a fun idea. I received a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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    Mystery, intrigue and a puzzle

    What an incredible debut novel! I certainly look forward to reading more from this author. The mystery begins with a car going over the cliff on a straight stretch of road - an accident .... or foul play? The puzzle starts with a note in a very unexpected place, leading to several other surprising locations. Add politics, intrigue with a little romance and the results are a story you won't put down until you are finished. I received this book through CelebrateLit. These impressions and opinions are my own.
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    Intrigue & Mystery

    Kathryn Frasier finds a gold watch on a fencepost in the park where she often runs and her life changes forever when she discovers that the owner of the watch is actually a half-sister that she never knew existed. Soon, she and CeCe Goldman are involved in solving the clues left by Kathryn's late father that will hopefully reveal the true events leading up to the car accident that killed him and his wife. A political campaign involving a politician with a secret and a threat on Kathryn's own life are also a part of this intriguing story and there is even the promise of a romance between Kathryn and a young man that her father had known and respected. This is Kay DiBianca's first book and she succeeded in keeping my attention until the very end. I thought that I knew the guilty person but the motive was a complete surprise! Kathryn's father loved to solve puzzles so the clues that were scattered throughout the story were the perfect touch and I loved how DiBianca even alluded to them in reference to Kathyn's discovery of her half-sister. She and CeCe felt an immediate bond as sisters and Kathryn also experienced complete acceptance from Cece's adoptive parents. Kathryn realized that "She felt a surprising sense of completion, as if someone had given her a final piece to a puzzle--a piece she didn't even know was missing. (p.44) The Watch on the Fencepost is a lovely story and and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries full of intrigue but free of excessive violence and gore. I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and I voluntarily chose to share my opinions in this review.
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    The Watch on the Fencepost

    This authoe has a wonderful imagination this story is fullof suspense.
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