Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti (Magical Bakery Series #2)

Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti (Magical Bakery Series #2)

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by Bailey Cates
     
 

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A WITCH WITH A WHISK

As a new witch—not to mention owner of Savannah’s most enchanting bakery—Katie Lightfoot is still getting used to casting spells, brewing potions, and mastering her magical powers. But that doesn’t mean she can’t find time to enjoy a picnic with firefighter Declan McCarthy…until she stumbles upon

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A WITCH WITH A WHISK

As a new witch—not to mention owner of Savannah’s most enchanting bakery—Katie Lightfoot is still getting used to casting spells, brewing potions, and mastering her magical powers. But that doesn’t mean she can’t find time to enjoy a picnic with firefighter Declan McCarthy…until she stumbles upon a corpse.

The dead man’s tattoo reveals he was a member of a secret society—and it turns out he's missing an object that was very important to the group. When Katie learns the killer was after more than the man's life, she and her Aunt Lucy leave the baked goods on the rack to cool and set off in hot pursuit of a killer.

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Library Journal
Only witch and baker Katie Lightfoot would stumble over a corpse and have the dead man turn out to be a druid. Surprisingly, Savannah, GA, is a hotbed for secret druid activity. With Halloween just days away, Katie and her coven need to get their potions together to thwart a rumored threat of evil that may be unleashed for the holiday. Meanwhile, Honeybee Bakery is hopping busy, so Katie hires a new assistant baker who may know much more about the victim than she should. Then a second murder victim turns up. Plus, someone is testing Katie's abilities to fend off a killer spell. VERDICT This paranormal cozy takes on a decidedly thriller overtone midstream. This is just what it needs to break out of the witchcraft tutorial mode that threatens to stall Cates's second title (after Brownies and Broomsticks) in her promising series. Partner this with Juliet Blackwell's "Witchcraft Mystery" series.
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"This paranormal cozy takes on a decidedly thriller overtone midstream. This is just what it needs to break out of the witchcraft tutorial mode that threatens to stall Cates's second title in her promising series. Partner this with Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series." —Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
Bakery owner Katie Lightfoot uses light witchcraft and investigative skills to solve a murder she stumbles across, but the mystery also takes her deeper into a romantic triangle, a secret society and her own power in ways she may not be ready for. Katie loves her new life: Being the owner of a bakery in Savannah, finding out she's a hereditary witch and learning what that means for her and the circle of women around her who share her interests and magical potential are all satisfying, and sometimes surprising, elements of the adventure she chose when her life in Ohio fell apart six months ago. Slightly problematic are the two men she can't choose between and her newfound penchant for becoming involved in murder investigations. When she and firefighter friend-who-wants-more-than-friendship Declan have a picnic and find a dead body in the bushes, Katie discovers that the victim has links to a magical society of powerful men in Savannah, all of whom are suspects. Unfortunately, another man who has links to the group is Steve Dawes, the third side to Katie's romantic triangle, a fact which throws a number of wrenches into the investigation, her friendships and her love life. But, as the mystery heats up, not even the people who love her best can protect her from a malevolent force, and she'll discover that she has untapped power that could be life-changing. She'll also find that when it comes to Steve and Declan, nothing is easy, and the road to love is full of unexpected curves. Cates is a smooth, accomplished writer who combines a compelling plot with a cast of interesting characters that are diverse and engaging without falling into simplistic stereotypes--though at times keeping up with the abundant cast is tricky. Overall, a light, clever and engaging read. Cates' second Magical Bakery mystery is a charming addition to the food-based cozy mystery repertoire, while the story's magical elements bring a fun, intriguing dimension to the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101607381
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/31/2012
Series:
Magical Bakery Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
20,249
File size:
919 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for Brownies and Broomsticks:

“Savory and suspenseful…Katie is a charming sleuth, baking her way through murder and magic set against the enchanting backdrop of Savannah, Georgia. With an intriguing plot and an amusing cast of characters, Brownies and Broomsticks is an attention-grabbing read that I couldn't put down.” —New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay

“Ms. Cates has most assuredly found the right ingredients…a series that is a finely sifted blend of drama, suspense, romance, and otherworldly elements.” —Once Upon a Romance

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Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 32 reviews.
ladyofwesttower More than 1 year ago
Originally Written for the Paperback Cafe Book Review Blog. Book two of the Magical Bakery series, I have to say that I enjoyed Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti by Bailey Cates even more than Brownies and Broomsticks, the first book of the series. Yet again, Bailey Cates catches my attention with her adorable book covers. Honestly, I love what the cover artist did here. I only wish that instead of showing Honeybee, her aunt's cat who never comes to the bakery, they would have used Mungo, our heroine, Katie Lightfoot's trusty Cairn terrier familiar who plays a much bigger role in the books. Other than that, great job as always on the cover. What's inside, is even better! The pacing of Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti is definitely faster but I think that's always the case with the second book in a series. We open up in beautiful Wright Square in Savannah, GA as Katie and one of her two love interest, Declan the Firefighter, are on a romantic picnic which is interrupted by the discovery of a dead body. Don't you just hate when that happens? Katie is a training hereditary Hedge Witch - meaning she does a lot of herbs and gardening to produce magic - and owns a local bakery with her witchy Aunt Lucy and Retired Firefighter Uncle. This book takes place just a few months after Brownies and Broomsticks and Katie finds herself wrapped up in yet another murder investigation. But not all is as it seems. What might seem like a heart attack turns out to be murder by magic. Someone's out to release an ancient evil and Katie and her Magical Book Club coven must band together and figure out what is going on before its too late. I absolutely love how Cates captures the rich culture of Savannah. Its such a beautiful town. If you haven't been, GO. Don't think, just GO. Its wonderful. Take tons of ghost tours. There is no doubt in every page you read that Savannah is the town Katie lives in and I love that. So many authors just sort of put up a generic backdrop and give it a name but not Cates. On top of this, as a practicing witch myself, I have to say that Cates knows what she's talking about. She matches up herbs and how a hedge witch would think while cooking or really doing anything in her life.  There are so many aspects of magic and so many authors throw it to the wind to get done what they need done. That's perfectly fine because its their world but its always refreshing to see someone who seems to know what they're talking about. This is also a great book and series for Foodies! Cates has a great way of capturing you with Katie's unique twists in her bakery. Many of these recipes I'd love to try for myself. I would have to say if I have one complaint about the book on a whole its what Mungo, Katie's dog, eats. Once she mentions he loved raisins and another time she talked about eating onions. He also seems to eat a lot of sugar. Every time that was mentioned, it really pulled me out of the story.  Raisins and onions are actually highly toxic to dogs and too much sugar, just like with humans, isn't good either. That being said, I did notice that on her blog, The Lightfoot Chronicles, Cates does acknowledge this in the post Forbidden Fruit -- At least for Dogs. The blog is written from Katie's pov so be sure to check it out. As I said, I really loved this book even more than the first. Can't wait to sink my teeth into Charms and Chocolate Chips, book three of the Magical Bakery Series already available. Especially because of a couple of twists at the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this series this book was so excellent!! I could not put it down. Definitely outshined the first one! My finals are next week and this book was such a page turner that I completely put off studying to read it!!!!
didoodle More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoy reading this series of books by Bailey Cates. I can't wait until the next book comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I loved the way Ms. Cates writes. On to book 3.
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Great read !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second of this series is a tremendous improvement over the first and I am looking forward now to continuing the series. The plot was much more cohesive ad the characters much more developed. Overall, it was a really good light read for a respite between more complicated novels. Stephanie Clanahan
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Above average mystery series for those who enjoy a little magic with some well plotted suspense.
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I really liked this book. It is a great read
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Beth350 More than 1 year ago
This second book in the "Magical Bakery Series" continues on where the first book ended. Again, it is an enjoyable, light, cozy mystery with a dash for magic and food to keep things palatable. I enjoyed reading about Katie Lightfoot's experiences as she begins to deal with the reality of herbal witchcraft. Easily recommended for readers who like cozy mysteries.
my_oasis More than 1 year ago
Great cozy series.
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hotpink1622 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series and I really enjoyed it. It's a fun escape from the every day and I can't wait to read more by this author and this continuing series.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BISCOTTI by Bailey Cates was a great Savannah mystery. Katie Lightfoot had recently discovered she was a witch and it ran in the family. She owned a bake shop and the customers get more then just cinnamon in their biscotti. The baked goods were baked with love and magic. While on a date with one of the two men in her life, Katie discovered a dead body, but this was no ordinary dead body. The man had a strange tattoo that Katie felt odd about as soon as she saw it. That was when things began to get even more interesting. A lot of new people in town, more murders and talk of a druid clan running the streets of Savannah. This was a nice mystery and I enjoyed the talk of baking in the book. I was thrilled to find recipes for the famous cola cake that was featured in the book. I will definately be baking that soon. Rating: 4 Heat Rating: sweet Reviewed By: Rae My Book Addiction And More
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Magdaly More than 1 year ago
Fun to read. I enjoyed it as much as the author's first book: "Brownies and Broomsticks." Will certainly read additional books from this author. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
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