Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Series #1)

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Overview

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..
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Editorial Reviews

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"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
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101585306
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Magical Bakery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 17,504
  • File size: 378 KB

Meet the Author


Bailey Cates is the author of the Magical Bakery Mystery series, which includes the novels Brownies and Broomsticks and Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti.

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

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    Cute new cozy series combining murder with witchcraft. The main

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

    I loved this book. Hooked me immediately. I flew through this bo

    I loved this book. Hooked me immediately. I flew through this book and the second one. I can't wait for the third one. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

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    Very cute book. A good summer read. I enjoyed the southern cha

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

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    Katie Lightfoot leaves behind an assistant baker job in Ohio to

    Katie Lightfoot leaves behind an assistant baker job in Ohio to come to Savannah to work with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben as they open up the Honeybee Bakery. (The bakery is named after Lucy's cat.)

    While whipping up delectable treats to sell Katie notices Lucy adding mysteries herbs to the recipes. Katie gets quite the surprise when she learns that Aunt Lucy is a witch and these herbal additions are for much more than flavor. The recipes are in fact spells!

    After the bakery opens early to cater to the local business group the treasurer tries to stiff them for most of the bill. Ben tells her to fork over the full amount or he will go over her head to the president. After she threatens Ben with running the bakery out of business she storms out.

    Within minutes the treasurer is found dead in her car and Uncle Ben is the prime suspect. Lucy and Katie team up with a few of their friends and mix up some spells to prove Ben is innocent and sweep the real killer all the way to jail.

    Dollycas's Thoughts
    Could there be more perfect witches than those who bake up tasty treats? Plus the book even shares some of their recipes!!

    Cates has created an ideal protagonist in Katie Lightfoot and surrounded her with some whimsical characters, including a hunky firefighter and some very special pets. (My hubby was a firefighter way back when, just saying.) She wrapped around them an intriguing mystery in a yummy setting that makes this story a joy to read.

    The women in this story are so different from each other and would it not be for the shared trait of witchcraft they probably would not even know each other, let alone become friends. They realize they each have faults and accept each other for who they are.

    The men on the other hand don't get along as well. Declan, the firefighter, can barely stand to be in the same room as Steve, the reporter. They have a past the fuels their fury but they both care about Katie.

    Lucy and Ben have a strong relationship but both Lucy and Katie have to deal with Katie's mom's denial of the "family specialty".

    Bailey Cates blends this all together masterfully giving us a charming cozy to devour. The bewitching book group and bakery foundations have been set in this first installment and has given us a taste of what's in store. I can't wait to see what the author conjures up for us next.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    love discovering new series, and in this one Katie Lightfoot lea

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Great Read!

    Fun, witchy mystery/romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2014

    I don't know what I was expecting when I starting reading this b

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    To tyler

    Im a girl and im inrerested but im 12

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    TO TYLER

    Go to the party at set result two. You will find some girls there(;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Tyler

    Looking for a gf with a phone who is 14-16. Leave ur number if ur interested

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Fun read

    Never a lull, keeps you interested and smiling from the beginning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Great book

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    WOW!!!

    This book is awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Loved

    Great series

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

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    Brownies and Broomsticks

    This first in a new cozy mystery series was a lot of fun to read. The plot is half=way between the plots of the TV show "Charmed" and Laura Childs' "Tea Shop" mysteries.

    Katie Lightfoot, a trained pastry chef, moves to Savannah, GA, to open a bakery with her aunt and uncle. Then the fun begins. There is a happy mixture of mystery, magic and food.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    If you love reading cozy mysteries, and baking treats, you'll lo

    If you love reading cozy mysteries, and baking treats, you'll love this!

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Love, love, love this new series

    What can be better than a kitchen witch who cooks up sumptuous pastries, solves murders and has a dog for a familiar?

    Fast-paced writing with lots of fun characters, a couple of hunky love interests and a young woman coming into her own.

    Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Good

    Good charcters,fun to read

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    I chose to read this book was it had been a while since I had re

    I chose to read this book was it had been a while since I had read a cozy. I was a little bit leary to read about witches and magic, but it definitely didn’t disappoint. There were spells cast and introduction to the magic, but it was done in a very cute way.

    All of the characters were very likeable and interesting. I still wonder if the neighbor will appear in the next installments of the series. I almost wonder if she is a witch as well. I thought Katie made an excellent sleuth. Very strong and smart. The mystery was very well done and I think I had it figured out about halfway through the book, but then decided I was wrong before it was revealed in the end.

    Of course, in a cozy there are two interested males in the female sleuth. May favorite after reading this book is Declan. Of course Steve was fairly “charming” himself.

    I recommend this to all readers of cozy mysteries whether you enjoy magic or not.

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    Katie moves to Savannah to work at the Honeybee which is owned b

    Katie moves to Savannah to work at the Honeybee which is owned by her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben. Things are busy as there are just a few days until the Grand opening of The Honeybee.And they want everything to be perfect for that day.

    When Mavis Templeton is found dead on the day of The Honeybees opening.with a little witchcraft, will they find out who killed Mavis before it is to late? The only suspect is uncle Ben sice he was descibed as the killer, but is there someone else and will they find out in time. Lucy and the ladies have some work to do if they plan to prove that Uncle Ben is innocent. Using their spells will be the only way of proving it too.

    Bailey Cates pulls you in from the very first page and you instantly fall in love with Katie and Lucy and the Ladies of the spell bookclub and also Mungo, Lucy's dog who is also her Familiar.

    Pick up this book today for a Brilliant First in a new series read.

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