Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
A Magical Bakery Mystery #1
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
EASY BAKE COVEN
Katie Lightfoot's tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah's quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.
While working at the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy's cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren't just tasty—Aunt Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells!
When a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside the Honeybee Bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes, charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben's name and find the real killer..
Delicious sweets, magic, and witches – SCORE! This book (or series rather) has been on my radar for quite a while now and has been sitting on my bookshelves waiting to be devoured. I am SO disappointed I didn’t pick it up earlier because I LOVED IT. I have always been a fan of magic and mayhem especially in terms of Wicca, and this book brings all of this to the surface. It’s honestly so much fun! I wished I had a magic bakery around. For those who haven’t read this one yet, this is a wonderful start to a magical series that will keep you entertained from the get go. On top of the magic and fun, this book is a cozy mystery as the main character, Katie, sets out to solve a murder of the towns most hated person. But in addition to finding out “who-dun-it” and clearing her uncles name, Katie is just learning that she comes from descendants of witch craft. This leads to some pretty interesting revelations…
A little snap shot as to what this book is about:
Katie moves to Savannah after her and her ex fiancé break up to basically start over. And when she learns that her aunt and uncle are opening a bakery, the timing couldn’t be any better! What starts off as just a move turns into a whirlwind of experiences. First, her uncle is framed for murdering the resident bitch in town. Then she learns that her aunts book club is actually a coven and that she too, has magical powers. But more than this, Katie has a knack for sleuthing and doesn’t stop until she finds out who the real killer is. Sounds fun right? IT IS!
Overall, this is a lovely start to a series that I can’t wait to continue reading. I loved the characters, the plot, the mystery, and recipes (yes, this book comes with some DELICOUS recipes that I can’t wait to try). Having never read anything by the author before I can guarantee that I will read a lot more of her work. This one in particular is light hearted and fun- a perfect weekend read! I highly recommend checking this one out if you enjoy a little witchcraft, mystery, and fun!
Book #1: Brownies and Broomsticks ➜ http://amzn.to/1TD5z46
Book #2: Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti ➜ http://amzn.to/1WLs5e3
Book #3: Charms and Chocolate Chips ➜ http://amzn.to/1TQjgsG
Book #4: Some Enchanted Éclair ➜ http://amzn.to/1TD5ZYm
Book #5: Magic and Macaroons ➜ http://amzn.to/25gIwne
Book #6: Spells and Scones ➜ http://amzn.to/1U6NJSS (Available July 26, 2016)