Best of Texas Book Award: The Lilac Code by Becki Willis

Will a case of mistaken identity be the death of her?

The Lilac Code by Becki Willis has received the 2019 Best of Texas Book Award for Women’s Detective.

B. Alan Bourgeoise, founder and director of the Texas Association of Authors, point out, “Readers of the exceptional titles selected for the Book Awards would agree that they are winning reads and top-tier selections in their categories. By any measure, the distinguished books from this year’s forty-eight winners are of stellar quality. Readers will love to fall into the pages and climb out with the greatest of satisfaction.”

This is the seventh year for TxAuthors to select winning titles written by Texas authors for the Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children’s Books. The association has members from throughout the United States and is not limited to Texas writers.

The winners from this year’s contest will receive their prestigious awards at the Celebration of Authors Gala in San Antonio on July 27, which is part of the Fourth Annual Authors Marketing Event.

Becki Willis

 The Lilac Code
Madison Reynolds is looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation. Her best friend Genny is judging a celebrity bake-off near DC, so it’s the perfect opportunity for a girl’s getaway. With fun-loving Granny Bert in tow, the trio heads to the very heart of the Intel community. Deep in alphabet soup territory—surrounded by CIA, NSA, FBI and more—it takes only moments for things to go awry.

A mix-up at the airport leaves Madison with the wrong luggage, and a last-minute change in accommodations lands them at The Columbia Inn at Peralynna. How can they know its ties to the spy world will soon spin them into its web?

Designed as a CIA safe house, the inn has a fascinating history. When it seems a mysterious man in a dark coat is following her, Madison scoffs at her over-action imagination. She’s listened to too many spy tales, spun by the innkeeper herself. The stories of espionage and agents are intriguing but too incredible to be real. The Texans know nothing about secret codes and counterintelligence. They’ve never heard of The Lilac Code, or the illusive agent-for-hire known simply as Kalypso.

Back home in The Sisters, a drama is unfolding that involves Madison’s precious twins. She’s raised them to do the right thing, no matter the consequence, but will their quest for justice put them in danger?

Thrust into impossible situations of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, the twins risk everything to save their school, while deep in spy territory, Madison and Genny race against the clock—and the elements—to save Granny Bert’s life.

The award-winning The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series continues in this exciting Book 7. This is a stand-alone book, but best when enjoyed as a full series experience.

About Becki Willis:

Best-selling author Becki Willis loves crafting stories with believable characters in believable situations. Many of her stories stem from her own travels and from personal experiences. (No worries; she’s never actually murdered anyone).

When she’s not plotting danger and adventure for her imaginary friends, Becki enjoys reading, antiquing–aka junking, unraveling a good mystery (real or imagined), dark chocolate, and a good cup of coffee. A professed history geek, Becki often weaves pieces of the past into her novels. Family is a central theme in her stories and in her life. She and her husband enjoy traveling but believe coming home to their Texas ranch is the best part of any trip.

Becki has won numerous awards, but the real compliments come from her readers. Drop in for an e-visit anytime at beckiwillis.ccp@gmail.com, or www.beckiwillis.com.

Review by P. Blevins:

The Lilac Code: The Sisters, Texas Mystery Series Book 7 is by Becki Willis. This seventh book is just as good as book one in the series. The characters are very realistic and the plot is quite diverse. In fact, you have two different plots going on at the same time. You don’t want to put the book down.

Meredith Reynolds, Genesis Baker, and Granny Bert are headed out for a Girls’ Weekend. Genesis is to be a judge at a cooking contest so Meredith and Granny Bert go along to create a Bachelorette Weekend for Genesis, although Granny Bert’s definition of a Bachelorette Weekend is not the same as Meredith and Genesis have in mind.

However, Granny Bert supplies a much-needed humorous impact to the story.

From the beginning, Meredith has the feeling that this weekend is not going to end up like they think. Meredith has a “bad feeling” about the trip. First, they find themselves in a traffic jam on the way to the airport. This could easily make them miss their flight.

Once on the flight, they are separated and not seated together, they find out their hotel had burned down and they need to find a new place to stay, and finally, someone switches suitcases with Meredith. This is just the beginning.

Meanwhile, at home, Meredith’s employee asks Bethani, her daughter, to help with a new case taken on by In a Pinch. She pulls in her brother and her soon-to-be step-sister, Megan, into the case. They are to find out information on Tasha, a girl whose father is concerned about her involvement in her new group of friends.

Sheriff de Cordova, Meredith’s fiancé, is working an arson case with Cutter Montgomery. Genesis’s fiancé. Cutter believes this arsonist is going to escalate his activities not only in frequency but in severity and in the number of people involved.

These portions of the plot make the read quite worthwhile. Becki manages to meld them all together.

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