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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Lisa Helmick

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really just couldn’t get Into this. I liked the beginning. It was snappy and easily drew me into the story. After that, things seemed to fall apart and i just couldn’t care about the characters or the story. Well I was Inretested in the murder but it seemed to veer away and too much other stuff became important. History of the town..I understand why they needed to tell about it. It got better closer to the end but I really struggled With this as a whole. I’m not sure what is wrong but I seemed to get bored and was easily distracted while reading. Just not for me.

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Shannon Fowler

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My first story by Becki Willis has been time well spent! This story is well written, funny and interesting! Chicken Scratch is an original mystery. My only complaint is that I wish the romance between Brash and Madison would have developed into more…maybe that just means there will be another story in the Sisters series. (Fingers crossed!)

The characters in this story get into a little mischief, but when solving a murder that can happen. The story behind the towns that make up the setting for this story, which I loved, is rather original. Chicken Scratch also includes danger, friendship and enough information about chickens houses than I thought I would ever know! I am looking forward to what other stories Willis comes up with.

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Lyndsey Fairley

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis
5 stars

Oh my goodness, where has this author been all my life? I was so enthralled with this book that i got nothing done around my house once I started.
I love a good mystery and I had my finger pointed to 2 different people for who did it, and while one of them was right, it still took me by surprise as to how and why and what else followed.
I loved seeing the main characters struggle and her life in general but also she wasn’t just a damsel in distress she took action and kept on going.
This has a small undercurrent of a budding attraction but the main story is the murder and I liked the break from reality this gave me.
Will be reading more!

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Jenni Bishop

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis is a thrilling mystery romance that you will keep turning page after page to get to the end. Who needs sleep? I have not read any of Becki’s work and I am truly impressed. The plot is superb, the pace just right, the characters are unique and a little quirky and lots of suspense to enjoy this tale to its fullest.

Maddison’s husband left her in a mess and having no choice returned to her hometown and into the arms of her grandmother with her twins in tow. To her surprise she discovers a body on her first day at a new job. Will she continue or has she put not only herself in danger but the rest of her family as well?

This is one of the best stories in this genre I have read this year and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next instalment.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Tausha Treadway

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis. This is such a fun read. Its the story of Madison Reynolds who find herself at 40 moving back to her hometown because she has lost her husband. Her and her teenage twins move in with her 80 year old grandma. Her Grandma is so happy but Madison and the twins not so much. The Sisters is the small town in Texas where she grew up and without her best friend Genesis life would be miserable here. She is broke so she decides to open up a handy girl service. In doing so she meets Ronny Gleason who owns Gleason Poultry Farm and he hires her to work in his chicken houses. On her very first day she finds a body in the first chicken house and she is traumatized horribly. What’s worse is the Chief of Police is Brash DeCordova the one guy she had a major crush on in high school. Will Brash and Madison reconnect and who was murdered and who murdered them? Read Chicken Scratch to find out!

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis
Genre – Cozy Mystery, Women’s Detective Fiction
Page Count – 316 pages
Cover Designer – Gabrielle (GSP Designs)
Publishing Company – Clear Creek Publishers
When Madison Reynolds finds herself widowed and penniless before forty, she does the only thing she knows to do – she packs up her teenage twins and moves back home with her eighty-year-old grandmother. Life in The Sisters, Texas has not changed much since she’s been gone, but at least her best friend Genesis is there to soften the transition back into small-town life.
To make ends meet, Madison opens In a Pinch Temporary Services. Her first real client is Ronny Gleason, but when she shows up for the first day of work at the Gleason Poultry Farm, Madison makes a gruesome discovery. The dead body she finds belongs to Mr. Gleason. When a local man is arrested for murder, Madison takes on the job of proving his innocence. Even though she is not a private investigator, both mothers are desperate: Lucy Ngyen to clear her son’s name, and Madison to pay her bills. But as she begins asking questions around town, her interference is not welcome.
With a daughter determined to go back to Dallas, a son settling into small town life, a feisty grandmother who knows all the town gossip, bill collectors calling, and now someone trying to keep her silent, Madison has no time for re-kindling her high school crush with police chief Brash deCordova. She has her hands full just trying to stay alive.

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Becki Willis, best known for her popular The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series and Forgotten Boxes, always dreamed of being an author. In November of ’13, that dream became a reality. Since that time, she has published numerous books, won first place honors for Best Mystery Series, Best Suspense Fiction, Best Women’s Detective Fiction and Best Audio Book, won the 2018 RONE Award for Paranormal Fiction, and has introduced her imaginary friends to readers around the world.

An avid history buff, Becki likes to poke around in old places and learn about the past. Other addictions include reading, writing, junking, unraveling a good mystery, and coffee. She loves to travel, but believes coming home to her family and her Texas ranch is the best part of any trip. Becki is a member of the Association of Texas Authors, Writer’s League of Texas, Sisters in Crime, the National Association of Professional Women, and the Brazos Writers organization. She attended Texas A&M University and majored in Journalism.

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Madison Degraffenreid

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis

5-Stars

Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis was an excellent mystery suspense novel. It was immediately addicting with the opening chapter of main character Madison finding a body in a chicken house. I can imagine how terrible the smell was and felt the author did an awesome job depicting the scene. Over all the author did excellent with the various detail involved in the setting making it easy for readers to visualize as they read. I loved that it is based in Texas and that I also share a first name with one of the main characters. Brash, Madi, and all other characters were developed and depicted well. This was such an excellent read. I highly recommend it!

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Kerry Baker

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chicken Scratch by Becki Willis is the first book in the Sisters Texas Mystery Series. This book is an easy read that will keep you turning the pages. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I can definitely say I enjoyed it. I liked the fact that it wasn’t overly complex and as easy enough to follow along with.
The characters were interesting and I found myself connecting with them quite quickly. The story progressed well – it wasn’t he lost exciting but it certainly kept me reading to find out who the killer was.
As the first read by this author it was a nice gentle introduction and I can certainly say I will be reading more by her in the future.

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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Heather Lovelace

Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas #1)Chicken Scratch by Becki Willis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. I found the main character to be relatable and the circumstances beset upon her to draw the reader in emotionally. The book was paced well and had a good push and pull within the plot. I was pleased to find out this is the beginning of a series and look forward to continuing on in it.

Reviewed by @heatherlovelace
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Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis – Review by Angela Hayes

Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas #1)Chicken Scratch by Becki Willis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Chicken Scratch is the first book in The Sister, Texas Mystery series by Becki Willis. It is such a great cosy mystery- and also my introduction to Ms. Willis’ work. I really enjoyed this story, it was such a fun read- well woven, with a fantastic plot, a great pace, interesting and quirky characters, well-developed suspense, originality, lively action and antics, and witty humour.
Madison Reynolds returns to her hometown after losing everything. Her husband. Their business. Her home. Her friends. And her savings. She had nowhere else to turn, so she packed up her twins and moved in with her 80 year old grandmother- till she can get back on her feet. She decides to start a temp business- doing whatever she needs to pay the bills. Her first real job involves working at a poultry farm, not her ideal choice of work- but beggars can’t be choosers. Her first day was going quite well- till she discovers a dead body. The body of the man who hired her. And so, this story begins. When it’s discovered that the man had been murdered, an arrest is made. But then Madison gets an unexpected call from the accused man’s mother, pleading with Madison to investigate the murder and clear her sons name. Maddy knows she’s no PI, but she can’t afford to be turning away paying jobs- so she agrees. What happens when someone seems to have it out for Maddy? Is she getting too close to the truth? With several dangerous situations that threaten her life- Maddy will need to put the pieces together and figure it all out, before it’s too late. Who killed the chicken farmer and why? All these answers and other intriguing details can be found by reading this fun mystery. So, grab yourself a copy and dive in!
This may be my first read from Ms. Willis- but it certainly won’t be my last! I can’t wait to explore more of her work!

Thank you, Becki Willis!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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