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Book: Time After Tyme

Author: Kay DiBianca


Time After Tyme is a fun and thought-provoking mystery about secret codes, university intrigue, and two young girls who fancy themselves 21st-century Nancy Drews.

When strange, coded messages turn up in the chapel prayer box at Bellevue University, the minister suspects a recent campus death may have been murder, so he enlists the help of amateur sleuths Kathryn Frasier and Cece Goldman to decipher the codes and solve the mystery. But when a couple of young girls get wind of it, they decide to find the killer on their own. Almost everyone on campus has something to hide, and the story fluctuates between the rational search for the truth by the adults, and the occasionally misguided, but surprisingly perceptive, insight of the children. 

Set on the campus of a modern university, Time After Tyme is both a joyful romp through a cozy mystery and a serious look at the search for truth. The book reminds us of the seasons of our lives, from the irrepressible curiosity of youth to the treasured experience of maturity.

Book Excerpt

“We don’t have to talk about the fire,” I said, and I put the flummoxed expression on my face. That’s the one adults respond to best when they don’t want to hurt your feelings. But I didn’t whine. They don’t like it when you whine, and you’ll lose all the progress you made along the way. “I’d just like to know what he was like. You know, how he was to work for, what he liked to read about, his daily habits.”

“Clarence Tyme was a dear friend, and I don’t mind telling you about what a nice man he was and how well we worked together.” She held up her index finger and wagged it at me. “But nothing about the accident, understood?”

“Oh, yes, Miss Culberson. I understand.” I tried to look like a puppy dog eagerly waiting for a pat on the head. She went back to her chair, and I smiled on the inside. I might win the Pulitzer Prize.


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About the Author

Kay DiBianca is an award-winning author who loves to create literary puzzles in the mystery genre for her readers to solve. Her characters come to life as they struggle to solve murders and create relationships amidst the ongoing themes of faith and family. Her first novel, The Watch on the Fencepost, won an Illumination Award for General Fiction and an Eric Hoffer Award for Mystery. The second book in the Watch series, Dead Man’s Watch, was a Silver Falchion Award finalist.

Kay is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and the Collierville Christian Writers Group. An avid runner, she can often be found at a nearby track, on the treadmill, or at a large park near her home. Her background in software development fuels her fascination with puzzles and mysteries, and her dedication to running helps supply the endurance and energy she needs to write about them.

Kay and her husband, Frank, live, run, and write in Memphis, Tennessee. You can connect with Kay through her website at