Potions and Pastries

Potions and Pastries

by Bailey Cates

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In this New York Times bestselling mystery series, witch Katie Lightfoot bakes enchanted treats—and faces more than her fair share of toil and trouble....
It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious—and bespelled—treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.
The next day, Orla meets with what seems like a terrible accident, but Katie’s witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister. Together with her trustworthy coven and her firefighter boyfriend, she’ll race to find out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller before the piping hot trail goes cold....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399586996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Series: Magical Bakery Series , #7
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 115,600
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bailey Cates is the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery Mystery series. She has studied philosophy, English, and history, and has held a variety of positions, ranging from driver's license examiner to soap maker. She also writes the Home Crafting Mysteries as Cricket McRae. Bailey lives in Colorado.

Amy Rubinate has narrated over 140 audiobooks and has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has a degree in oral interpretation of literature and has won national awards for poetry reading. Amy has also narrated many interactive children's books and provided character voices for toys and video games.

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Potions and Pastries 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The seventh book in this series opens after dinner in downtown Savannah, where Katie and Declan have just been out for a meal with Ben and Lucy to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Honeybee Bakery. Continuing the evening before Lucy and Katie return to the bakery to get their familiars, they walk along the waterfront where various street shows, merchants and entertainers are making the most of the setting and weather. Witnessing an odd conversation and scene at the Fortune Teller’s stall, Katie recognizes Orla, a friend of her Aunt Lucy and a customer. But, Orla is so much more – she has a prediction for Katie and a family that is nothing if not secretive and insular. The very next day, Orla walks in front of a car and is killed, shortly after a conversation with Katie and Lucy. Of course, nothing about Orla’s death feels right, and with a touch of interference from her grandmother’s gardenia scent, her familiar Mungo’s frantic barking and Declans long past (and thought to be banished) Leprechaun ancestor all pointing to murder, Katie’s curiosity is piqued. Not having read the earlier titles in this series (and a situation I intend to remedy immediately) Cates does manage to introduce the many characters with enough information about their background and history of interactions, including Katie’s draw and need to investigate the deaths that have a connection to magic. It’s been, by her own estimation, a very busy couple of years with plenty of revelations: her understanding of her own hedgewitch heritage, learning about magic and understanding her own task to help the magical in need, finding a fiancé in Declan, and now her search for a new house for the two of them as the carriage house that she has customized and crafted into her home. She’s got plenty going on – and the questions about Orla, the Black family and their unfamiliar customs born of their Irish Traveler history all come into play in this story. While the mystery grows as the Black family curls in upon itself against outsiders, and the dangers from hypnotic suggestions, fire and her own uncertain thoughts about her future, her choices and her options all unveil themselves, the story is both easy to read and engaging - keeping me intrigued with every page. A quiet community existing in the midst of tourist-rich Savannah – support, friendship and plenty of gossipy history is all there for the asking – and will have you wanting to find your own bakery with more. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great fun,love the cast and a wonderful story start to finish. Going binge read the whole series
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading the series, I thought the stories were entertaining, but none of them seemed like anything to really "write home about". But I kept reading the series because I liked the characters. These latest two books though have really been great and I've really enjoyed them. In this particular book, Katie and her friends are trying to solve the mystery of Orla, Aunt Lucy's friend's death. It seems like a tragic accident, but Katie knows that something just isn't right about it. But delving into this mystery almost makes Katie a victim! The plot was well-written and well thought out. I wasn't positive about the villain until it was revealed. I knew it was one of about 3-4 people but I just couldn't settle on a particular person before it was revealed. This book definitely kept me on my toes with guessing! The characters in this series are wonderful. They're well-rounded, complex, developed characters who have their own sense of weirdness and fun. I find it very entertaining to read about them! I recommend this series to any paranormal cozy mystery fan! Make sure you start at the beginning of the series with Brownies and Broomsticks in order to understand all the dynamics between the characters!
ItsANovelThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the magical aspect of this book and will likely read some more in the Magical Bakery Mystery series. The use of kitchen herbs, the backyard garden, the moon, and stream make it so appealing. Katie and her aunt and uncle, are not your normal bakery owners. They are part of a group called the Spellbook Club, which consists of local witches and others with special powers in the Savannah, Georgia area. One night, as they were leaving the bakery, they witness one of their acquaintances, a fortune teller named Orla Black, giving a not-so-good seeming fortune to one of her clients on the Riverwalk. One of the following days, Katie and her aunt, Lucy, see Orla outside their bakery and decide to have a chat with her. But faster than they could all register what was happening, Katie's dog Mungo was yipping, a loud, high pitched whistle was heard, and Katie could smell the perfume of her dead grandmother right before Orla blindly stepped out into the street only to get hit by an oncoming car. The Spellbook Club isn't convinced that this was merely an accident. Katie, along with Lucy, some of their Spellbook friends, and Katie's fiance Declan (don't mind the leprechaun that may potentially be living inside him) begin to suspect that the rest of Orla's odd, street performing family could be behind Orla's odd behavior before she stepped out into the road. Katie has her suspicions, especially after a near accident herself after a visit with the family. Things only get weirder from there. Someone breaks through her living room window with a Molotov Cocktail, her normally nice next door neighbor comes wielding a butcher knife at her, and the suspected killer is actually trying to save everyone! Was it still a Black family member trying to off Orla Black? Or one of the various other street performers down on the Riverwalk. And why? I liked that the ending left me relatively surprised. I had in my mind who I thought the suspect was and it turned out to be completely wrong, but that's not a bad thing!
judiOH More than 1 year ago
when a person reads a lot of cozy mysteries, they sometimes read alike. not bailey's. she has a way with words and ideas that keeps a reader interested in the story. her characters are brought to life in a way that you feel you know them. when the next story arrives, you have not forgotten who they are and how they interact with each other. i love her stories and cannot wait to see what the wedding will be like for declan and katie. by the way, i love the name declan! get it, read it, enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read with interesting plot. Great for relaxation since it didn't require much thought. Stephanie Clanahan
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
Potions and Pastries is sure to leave you under a spell! If you are a fan of Heather Blake’s Wishcraft Mystery Series, you’ll love Bailey Cates’ Magical Bakery. I have wanted to read Bailey Cates’ Magical Bakery Mystery Series for such a long time. I’m a fan of her Enchanted Garden Mystery Series and I just knew this one would be amazing as well. And I was not disappointed. Potions & Pastries Is Pure Magic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent blend of mystery, paranormal, & romance. It had just the right amount of suspense & plot twists that kept me guessing till the end. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for Katie & Declan.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates is the seventh story in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. Katie Lightfoot along with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben own the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, Georgia. They provide baked goods that have a magical boost. Ben, Lucy, Katie, and her fiancé, Declan are out walking along the riverfront and see friend Orla Black telling fortunes. Orla has a message for Katie that she takes as a warning--sacrifice. What will Katie have to sacrifice? The next day Katie sees Orla nearby and wishes to get more information from her. Unfortunately, Orla walks in front of a car and is struck dead before Katie can speak with her. It looks like an accident, but Katie’s magical awareness tells her something sinister is afoot. Katie, Declan and the spellbook club work together to find out what happened to Orla. But what happens when Katie gets close to uncovering the truth? Potions and Pastries is best enjoyed if you have read the other books in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. It can be a little confusing (especially in the beginning) when all the various spellbook club members are introduced. I found this story to be well-written and engaging. I was drawn into the story and I liked the magical elements. Potions and Pastries has great characters that you will enjoy visiting in each new installment in the series. The only downfall for me was the mystery. I identified the guilty party before the Orla was struck by the car. I did appreciate the author use of misdirection to lead readers on a merry chase. Potions and Pastries is a light cozy mystery with magic, humor, family, friends, pets and luscious baked goods. I am giving Potions and Pastries 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the next novel in A Magical Bakery Mystery series.
TarynLee More than 1 year ago
The two year anniversary of the opening of the Honeybee Bakery has arrived. After having a celebratory meal everyone decides to take a walk by the waterfront to relax and just enjoy the day. When they come upon Orla, Aunt Lucy's friend, she inadvertently gives Katie a reading that was truly unexpected. Katie is taken aback by what she is told and begins to worry about just what the fortune means for her future. She is supposed to meet Orla the next day so she can finish the reading but Orla is killed in what seems to be an accident. Katie witnessed part of the accident and isn't quite so sure it really was one. With the help of her fiancee and the coven she starts looking into what could have really happened that day. As she investigates things get weird with Orla's family, they had several insurance polices out on Orla, and their way of living has Katie worried that she won't be able to find the answers that she is so desperately looking for. Could one of Orla's family have killed her for the money? Did she give out a fortune that someone couldn't deal with? She was taking up a major spot on the waterfront, could that have gotten her killed? Will Katie be able to answer these questions and more before she ends up just like Orla? Follow along and find out. This is such a fun and original series and I love that everyone in the Coven has a different type of familiar, there are quite a few originals that even I wouldn't have picked for my own. So take a few moments and you will be transported to a wonderful southern town full of fun happenings, and there is always a great mystery to be had.