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Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti: Magical Bakery Mystery Series, Book 2 | [Bailey Cates]

Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti: Magical Bakery Mystery Series, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Penguin Group (USA), Inc. (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"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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    Stephen Anaheim, CA, United States 11-11-13
    Stephen Anaheim, CA, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "So much fun!"
    If you could sum up Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti in three words, what would they be?

    Spell Binding Fun!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katie. I find baking to be very cathartic and I love her approach to cooking and magic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to, but life gets in the way!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, and hope the third book in this series will be posted soon!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam San Angelo, TX, United States 02-15-14
    Miriam San Angelo, TX, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2007
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    Love this series. Can't wait to listen to next in series. Fun books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bryonna Atlanta, GA, United States 01-20-14
    Bryonna Atlanta, GA, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A Dash of Magic and a heaping of Foodie Goodness"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti to be better than the print version?

    Yes but mainly because I didn't read the print version. I do like this voice actor though.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed Amy's performance. She gives very distinct voices to each of the characters. I never question whose speaking. Great actress.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-14-13
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable story"

    This is a very enjoyable story. I like the characters and the way they are developing.

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    Nancy Alexander Seattle, WA USA 12-20-13
    Nancy Alexander Seattle, WA USA 12-20-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I miss the first reader Johanna Parker."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mimsey, Declan, & Katy are my favorites.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amy Rubinate’s performances?

    Maybe.


    Was Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti worth the listening time?

    Well I got the kindle version so I could finish it. Take that for what it means to you.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Martin Sunnyside, WA USA 08-13-14
    Katie Martin Sunnyside, WA USA 08-13-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Delightful"
    Where does Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plots in each book were interesting and there were enough twists and turns to keep me interested in each book.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Rubinate’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I would certainly recommend the entire series as entertaining and fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Mazeppa, MN, United States 07-17-14
    Kimberly Mazeppa, MN, United States 07-17-14 Member Since 2012

    I like to read stories about dogs, mysteries that are a little but humorous, stories about relationships that are not too explicate, Christian fiction and stories revolving around knitting and quilting.

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    "Adding Characters and Dimension to the Story"
    Would you listen to Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti again? Why?

    Yes. The story continues to develop adding more characters and dimensions.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    All were good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Extreme reaction not needed.


    Any additional comments?

    Cozy mystery

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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