Time After Thyme is a brilliant crime novel set on a fictional university campus. The main character, Kathryn, is helped by two young girls, ages 9 and 10. Reen, one of the young girls, overhears Kathryn talking about foul play, and assumes a murder has been committed. Reen wants to be an investigative journalist, so this is perfect for her, but not for the adults around her…
Kay DiBianca, the author, has done a great job with the two different sets of characters. There are the adults on one hand, especially Kathryn and her sister Cece and the two young girls on the other hand. The chapters vary between these characters, making it an interesting read. I loved how the story launches straight in, and it kept me gripped to the end, worried for everyone’s safety. The young girls add so much to the story, livening things up and using their straightforward common sense to solve the possible murder.
The story revolves around Mr Thyme, the librarian who has recently died. The pastor comes across some notes and starts to wonder if there was more to Mr Thyme’s death than meets the eyes. Unfortunately for Kathryn, who is asked by the pastor to look into the death, most of her suspects have something to hide. Is it a matter of simply hiding some innocent details, or are they hiding serious motives? Kathryn tries to find out, and so do the young girls.
Time after Thyme isn’t a complex read, but contains interesting riddles and puzzles. Like Kathryn, I was wary of the lady who works for NSA, as well as the psychology professor. And what about the librarian lady? So many brilliant characters, all woven together in a clear and simple way.
The story stays gripping to the end, and although it mentions previous books, it works very well as a standalone. I would love to read the other books as well, as I enjoyed this one so much. Time after Thyme doesn’t take too long to read, mainly because you won’t be able to stop turning pages. It’s witty, intriguing and gets you involved in the story as you try to think of ways to solve the puzzles.
I received a review copy via Celebrate Lit but was under no pressure or obligation to write a favourable review. As with all Celebrate Lit Books Tours, there is a giveaway. (US only, sadly!)
To celebrate her tour, Kay is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!
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Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 21
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 22
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 22
Texas Book-aholic, April 23
Inklings and notions, April 24
Blogging With Carol, April 24
For Him and My Family, April 25
Book Looks by Lisa, April 25
deb’s Book Review, April 26
Vicarious Living, April 26
Locks, Hooks and Books, April 27
Mary Hake, April 27
She Lives To Read, April 28
Bigreadersite, April 28
Older & Smarter?, April 29
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 30
Paula’s Persuasion, April 30
Pause for Tales, May 2
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, May 3 (Author Interview)
I luv the books, May 3