Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Series #1)

Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Series #1)

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by Bailey Cates
     
 

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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

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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..

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Katie Lightfoot jumpstarts her stalled life by moving to Savannah, GA and partnering up with her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben, who are opening a bakery. Honeybee Bakery seems destined for success until one of their customers, Mavis Templeton, is murdered in her car after being seen arguing with Uncle Ben. Further, Katie is startled to learn Aunt Lucy is a witch. Things make more sense, sort of, when Katie starts to understand her own gifts. Feeling freshly empowered, she learns more about the enemies Mavis had amassed over the years. With the help of two smitten young hunks, one a firefighter and one a journalist, Katie narrows down the list of murder suspects. VERDICT Let Cates cast her spell over you with this charming debut series entry that brings in the paranormal but never forgets the warmth that cozy readers often request. Solving crimes using witchcraft might not be to everyone's taste, but it's hard to argue with these recipes. Cates also writes as Cricket McRae. Share with readers who like Juliet Blackwell's "Witchcraft" series.
From the Publisher
"Let Cates cast her spell over you with this charming debut series entry that brings in the paranormal but never forgets the warmth that cozy readers often request." —Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451236630
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Series:
Magical Bakery Series, #1
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
139,642
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Johanna Parker, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner, has earned an esteemed Audie Award and three Audie nominations. She has received high praise for her work in all genres, including her portrayal of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series (the source material for HBO's True Blood).

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Brownies and Broomsticks: A Bewitched Bakery Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 68 reviews.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Cute new cozy series combining murder with witchcraft. The main character, Katie, uproots her old life and moves to Savannah to help her aunt and uncle run their new bakery. In addition to a new job and new home, she also acquires a cute terrier familiar, two potential boyfriends, and the discovery that she is a witch. As she learns about her new budding powers, she tries to resolve a murder that threatens to tear apart her new-found home and family.
Becky-Books More than 1 year ago
Very cute book. A good summer read. I enjoyed the southern charm in the small town, and the idea of the main character starting a new life in a new town, with a total change in career.
my_oasis More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Hooked me immediately. I flew through this book and the second one. I can't wait for the third one. 
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
love discovering new series, and in this one Katie Lightfoot learns that she was born to a family of spell-casting witches. That newfound task may be put to use when her uncle becomes the prime suspect in a murder. Knowing that the police will need absolute proof of her uncle’s innocence, Katie and the others begin an investigation into who had a stronger motive. This was a fun book that I enjoyed immensely. The murder mystery stomped me and totally caught me unaware of the killer’s identity. I like the spirit of Katie as she comes to term with her heredity and the supporting characters blend beautifully in the storyline and I can’t wait to read more about their history. This fast-moving whodunit boasts a great plot, a lovable and colorful cast, entertaining dialogue and a warm and a friendly tone. This is a great beginning in this charmingly enchanting debut series that I hope is here to stay.
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Angela-PA 9 months ago
I'm glad I found these books by Bailey!!! I am hooked on her books. I am on her second one in this series. Can't put my Nook down. I only wish I would of found her sooner.
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zhela More than 1 year ago
loved this book it was worth the read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story starts out a bit slow, but as the book goes on, it is a good story. I liked it so much I got the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read when you just want to relax.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting, well written, a good mystery that keeps you guessing
Banshieboy More than 1 year ago
Love this book. A great introduction to a new series. You will connect to the characters and the plot has just enough twists and turns to keep any reader engaged. Take the plunge and enjoy this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book from beginning to end . The story never got dull and always kept me reading for more I recommend anyone who likes cozy mystery stories , for it's a fast read.
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
This was a new author and cozy mystery series for me. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was cute. Katie just moved to Savannah and is not learning she is a witch so she now has a lot to learn. I liked Katie's aunt Lucy and uncle Ben they seem like nice people and a cute couple. When Katie's uncle is accused of murder she knows he had nothing to do with it and is out to prove it no matter what anyone tells her. I thought is was nice how Quinn the detective started listening to her and using the information she was giving him. I also really like Declan he seems like a nice guy for Katie. Now Steve on the other hand there is something about him that does not sit right with me and I do not care for him. The "book" club ladies each have unique personalities and I hope we learn more about them as the series goes along. When we find out who the killer is you will be surprised as it is not who you would think. I am looking forward to starting the next one in this series. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very simplistic, cozy type mystery book that I feel would be good for those times when you want to read but not necessarily think too much. Very light reading maybe between those more complex books. It could really use more action and allot more character development but I will try the next one to see if the author improves or gets settled in. Stephanie Clanahan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun, witchy mystery/romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know what I was expecting when I starting reading this book, but I was pleasantly surprised.  I enjoy reading witch stories and this was one of the  best I've read in a long time.  A lot (if not all) of what Ms. Cates wrote about was right on the mark.  Not that I'm an authority, but . . . .  Just purchased book two.  Hope she's kept up her good work.  I really enjoyed this and she's become another of my favorite authors. 
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Never a lull, keeps you interested and smiling from the beginning.