When the Stars Fall by Becki Willis
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Romance / Women Sleuths
Publisher: Clear Creek Publishing
Date of Publication: 2015
Number of Pages: 318
Named 2016 Best Mystery Series, Texas Association of Authors
Madison Reynolds is rebuilding her life, one obstacle at a time.
But the building blocks aren’t standard issue: widowed at thirty-nine…betrayed by her late husband…mother of teenaged twins…finances in shambles…living with her eighty-year-old grandmother…still attracted to her teenage crush Brash deCordova, who just happens to be the Chief of Police in The Sisters…embroiled in yet another murder mystery… How will she ever get all the blocks assembled and stacked one upon another, in order to build a future for herself and her children?
Madison’s newest client at In a Pinch Temp Service is a suspicious wife, up against a formidable foe—the lovely Caress Ellingsworth, former soap opera queen. When the star is murdered and Madison is eyewitness to the deed, she wonders if the shadowed person she saw commit the crime might really be her client. Now Madison is torn between uncovering the truth and keeping her customer’s name off the suspect list.
Caress isn’t the only star in town these days. With a little help from Granny Bert and Madison’s best friend Genesis, the popular television show Home Again arrives, with some crazy notion about remodeling the Big House for Maddy and her twins. The problem is, Madison can’t afford to buy the house, much less pay to have it renovated. No matter how tempting the offer—or how tempting the show’s star, Nick Vilardi—Madison sees it as just another block that will not fit.
Even if she manages to stack the blocks in a semblance of order, even if she climbs her way up and reaches for the sky, what happens when the stars fall?
Book Two of The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series. Homegrown characters, mystery and romance.
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When the Stars Fall is a gold mine. Star-crossed lovers, murder, mayhem, amateur sleuthing, home renovations, and more! This was all my favorite channels combined with a fun little highlight of HGTV, a dash of Lifetime, and an explosion of TNT drama.
Although When the Stars Fall is the second of The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series, it doesn't skip a beat. It gave enough context that you didn't have to read the first in order to enjoy the second. I will say, the glimpses into the previous book, Chicken Scratch, will make you want to go back to find out more details on what all must have transpired.
This story had history and drama. It had a solid foundation and options. It kept you guessing and was the perfect balance of light-heartedness and edge of your seat drama. It's hard to keep from bragging of the brilliance of this plot, but I don't want to give anything away! The depth and angles were by far my favorite part. I got tangled in the many pieces so much so that I was blindsided by the ending, which is the biggest compliment to any story. The only instance where I will ever be asked to please blindside me, so well done Becki Willis, this was fantastic and an extremely enjoyable read.
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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