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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"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)
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Katie. I find baking to be very cathartic and I love her approach to cooking and magic.
Yes, I wanted to, but life gets in the way!
I loved this book, and hope the third book in this series will be posted soon!!
Yes but mainly because I didn't read the print version. I do like this voice actor though.
Not really on the edge of my seat but it definitely kept me interested. I just love the rich descriptions and trying to figure out who did it.
I really enjoyed Amy's performance. She gives very distinct voices to each of the characters. I never question whose speaking. Great actress.
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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!
Nan in Seattle
I would recommend this book in print form, not audio. I find this author fun and I enjoy my time spent in her work. I don't enjoy Ms Rubinates performance, & I tried coming back in different moods & times of day. She didn't bring the dialects from Haiti & Ohio plus the different southern dialects that are found throughout the southeast to justice. Actually, she murdered the Haitian so badly & the unenthusiastic way she has of speaking drives me nuts right now. But I've like her in other stuff. Really.
Mimsey, Declan, & Katy are my favorites.
Well I got the kindle version so I could finish it. Take that for what it means to you.
what happened to Johanna Parker?!"
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Johanna Parker was the first narrator of the series, then the series had to switch to Bailey Cates, who cannot narrate. Ms. Cates has such a monotone voice, when listening to my audiobook while doing home chores: washing dishes, I practically fall into my dish soap. Please bring Ms. Parker back ASAP!
Seeing Ms. Cates can only read w/ once voice, all the characters sound alike, but if I could discern, I think I could choose Lucy...she's so kick-back and positive.
The performance could have been better if Ms. Cates took acting courses to perfect her reading ability, which takes acting skills. Most good professional readers have been actores.
Enjoyed the romantic triangle between Kate and her two suitors. The introduction of a Druid group was also a fun touch and sets up for future stories.
I liked it for what it was a light hearted cozy mystery. It appears that some readers need to lighten up. I agree there are better readers out there. I hope we get more in the series.
My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Bailey Cates's Bewitched series. My only regret is that there aren't five more books! I appreciated the fact the my ears weren't assaulted with the "Bad Language" that seems to be in so many of today's audio books.
The plots in each book were interesting and there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested in each book.
The narrator's voice was pleasant to listen to and the her inflections added to the story but were not over to the top to the point of being distracting.
I would certainly recommend the entire series as entertaining and fun to listen to.
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