Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis was a fun book that I really enjoyed reading. I enjoyed the characters and plot. I really like reading cozy mysteries and trying to figure out who did it. I liked Gennys Granny Bert and got a real kick out of her. It was my first book by the author and I would definitely read others. 4 star rating!
Texas Mystery Series
By Becki Willis
This is a full length novel. The beginning of a great series. Of which I will be reading this as soon as I can. Mild, clean, and funny. This is the way a mystery story should read, as far as I’m concerned.
Maddy and her twins have moved to make a new start. They will move in with her Grandmother, in her hometown. That is just the beginning of this story. Maddy is stronger than she thought as she wades through her new journey. That is where I leave you. As you will have to read Maddy story to believe it. So much action!
I love how Becki Willis has written her fast paced mystery. The characters she has created make me wonder if they were her neighbors. She gives that much into her book. I also enjoyed how the focus was solving the mystery and just the right amount of the budding romance. This is a no spoiler review. Becki Willis I am looking forward to reading your complete series.
Chicken Scratch by Becki Willis is the first book in The Sisters, Texas Mystery series. This is a cozy, fun mystery to read. What happens when you have gotten used to the big city and have to move back to small-town life with your children. Madison finds herself in this position and tries to make the most of it. When she starts her new job she finds a dead body. Now to find the killer!
I enjoyed the characters and how they were developed to be individuals. Each plays a part in the story. I also like the small-town setting. It takes it from being a gritty, detective novel to something a bit lighter. I will definitely be picking up the next book to see where the story goes.
Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis
Becki Willis is a new to me author and I can’t figure out why it has taken me so long to find her books. Chicken Scratch looks to be the 1st of many books in this series and I can not wait to read every one of them. This is my favorite genre and this author filled this book with everything I love. I think my favorite part is that the relationship that is just touched on here and there is still completely up in the air. Not sure why I like that so much but the build up is my favorite part and that was perfection.
I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and my mind jumped around a bit because every time I had it figured out something else would get thrown in the mix and I’d be completely wrong. Again just another favorite part of this genre and this book. I also appreciated the clean story, dont get me wrong I love the grit as well but it was refreshing reading an entire book without the sex scenes.
Granny Bert was my favorite, I loved Maddie and her best friend and the interaction between them all was spot on. I laughed quite a bit and I just can not recommend this book high enough. I can not wait to read the rest. There was no major cliffhanger but there are unanswered questions.
I give Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) Becki Willis, 5 stars.
This is an author I have not read before, but I quite enjoy cozy mysteries and the story looked interesting so I thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. Having it set around chicken house/chicken farming is unique and not something I have seen in a cozy mystery before. That is big here in Southern Delaware and a coworker of mine actually has some chicken houses, so I was pleasantly surprised that I could easily follow along. The author has obviously either had experience with this or has done lots of research. That speaks highly to me of the author.
But there is much more to this book than that. We have a gruesome death discovered, a family relocation from the city to a very small town, and former love interests thrown in to boot. This book has something for everyone. The characters are great, they feel like people I would want to know in the real world. Madison herself struggles with trying to make ends meet while also making sure her kids are happy. When she is thrown into the middle of a murder investigation, she feels like she has to help. But she doesn’t realize the danger she is putting herself into.
A cozy mystery with a compelling, unique story and very lovable characters, this is a book I highly recommend.
Chicken Scratch is the first book in Becki Willis’ mystery suspense series The Sisters, Texas! The writer makes you sit up straight and take notice from Chapter One when the heroine of the story finds a body in a chicken house! Just try NOT to picture and smell it in your head! It was my first read by the writer and I can promise you that you will want to go back to The Sisters again and again after finishing this mystery story about a dead chicken farmer!
The story takes place in Texas so the writer could have given us loads of stereotypes but instead she gives us a bunch of delightful characters that you will want to go back to and spend more time with! Madison, her spunky grandmother Bert, best friend Genesis, her former crush aka chief of police Brash, her two kids and let’s not forget about the fireman Cutter! I can just imagine what the writer might come up with; she has given herself a bottomless cast of characters and we’d be lucky to read any of their story!
Becki Willis is a new author to me and her book Chicken Scratch the first book in The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series looked interesting. Becki Willis has a great plotline and complex complicated characters for me makes the best stories. This story is about Madison Reynolds. She has had a lot of misfortune come into her life before 40. She is a widowed and does not have a penny to her name. So she did what anyone who do is to pack up her twins (teenage girls) and moves back to The Sisters Texas and moved in with her grandma. She is not looking forward to small town living especially moving from Dallas. She finds herself in a pickle. She is not an investigator but needs to become one to help someone out. Madison needs to figure things out and quickly. I highly recommend this story to see what Madison is capable of and how her life in The Sisters pan out.
Chicken Scratch is Book One in a new series by Becki Willis, this is my first read by this author and I wasn’t disappointed. It isn’t usually a genre of book I would pick but I can’t lie I thoroughly enjoyed it! It has mystery, suspense and it had you hooked right from the start. The storyline picked up straight away giving you details that had you mentally visualising the read as though you were there. This author has created brilliant characters that really help tell the story and help you connect more to the read! Great Read Becki Willis I can’t wait to read more!
Reviewed By @tillytillzz
Chicken Scratch (The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 1) by Becki Willis. This is a new to me author and honestly I’m wondering how I went so long without her. This story had me hooked start to finish. I love a good mystery story and this one has definitely been added to my list of top mystery reads. Each character brings something different to a storyline that pulled me in. I like being able to figure out the end before I get there but this one definitely had me guessing and trying to read faster to see what was going to happen. It’s well written and paced nicely never feeling rushed or lacking. I’m excited to see where this author takes readers next! Four stars and highly recommended!
When I saw that this was a copy mystery, I was expecting something similar to “Murder She Wrote” or something as sweet. Within the first 10 pages we learned the gruesome way someone died. BLECH I have never been in, nor will I now ever go into a chicken house. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I want to ever eat chicken after reading the workings of a chicken (slaughter) house. Has anyone ever survived on chocolate alone? I digress…
CHICKEN SCRATCH is the first book in “The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series” and it is a full set up on who Madison is and how she has found herself in the precarious position she is in. Madison ends up back in Juliet, Texas “the most boring town in the state of Texas” to live with her grandmother after a few life events left Madison and her children to fend for themselves in life.
The book has a mystery, some humor, great friends and familiar relationships. Madison and her best friend Genny definitely have a “Laverne and Shirley” vibe to them. “I always envisioned (personal shopping) as being a bit glitzier. I thought when you were a personal shopping, you got to buy things like fur coats and plush furnishings… So far, you’ve been stuck buying hearing aids supplies and bladder control pads.”
There is a lot that goes on in the story and the protagonist certainly finds herself in some interesting, death defying situations. I didn’t “bond” with her for some reason but it could be the space I am in.
Not everything is wrapped in a bow at the end, so I’m sure there is more high-jinx to come in the next book.
Review by @mauraharper