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Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1 | [Bailey Cates]

Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery, Book 1

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!
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Kathryn Bossier City, LA, United States 03-28-13
    Kathryn Bossier City, LA, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A Little Mystery with your Magic"

    Johanna Parker is an excellent narrator as always, and Bailey Cates has created a quirky coven of colorful characters that are worth spending some relaxing hours with. As a cozy mystery, this story doesn't require deep thinking or puzzling. Actually, I think the fun might crumble in the face of too much over-thinking.

    If you enjoy baking, the recipes included in the book are available on a pdf at the publisher's website with a code given at the beginning of the recording. I haven't downloaded them yet, but there are a lot of yummy-sounding items at the bakery.

    If you enjoy things magical, the basic practices, symbols and herbs discussed are true to tradition as far as my experience. I always wonder about that in a fiction book, so that was a nice discovery.

    As far as negatives go, while the female characters are alive and textured, the male characters are flat and fall into stereotypes -- good guy fireman, slimy reporter, cranky detective, thug, nearly invisible husband. Also, since it's the first book in a series, and there are a so many characters, more time is spent introducing people than developing the mystery. I guessed whodunnit within minutes of the murder.

    That said, I enjoyed these people enough to listen a second time while I was doing other things around the house, and I will be happy to buy the second book in the series when it comes out in audiobook.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine Lake St Louis, MO, United States 11-14-13
    Kristine Lake St Louis, MO, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Light Fun Sleuth Novel"
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    Its light. Its fun. It is not thought provoking, or emotionally challenging. It took a minute to get out of the Sookie Stackhouse frame of mind due to the narrator but after I got into it it was ok. It was a nice setup novel, just a hint of romance but the setup for a angsty love triangle is created. The story was amusing but not as funny as a Molly Harper or Janet Evanovich. It was "magical" but not overwhelmingly or complicatedly so, more contemporary than urban fantasy, she's not building a whole new world. I give three stars because it was good but it wasn't epic or a reread.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 06-14-14
    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 06-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny magical mystery"

    Katie moves to Savannah to work in her aunt and uncle's new bakery and soon discovers some surprising things about her family and herself - she comes from a family of witches and is one herself. Even before the bakery is open there's a murder. What follows is a funny light mystery with plenty of laughs and just a fun book to listen to.

    The only problem I had with the narrator is she also narrates the Sookie Stackhouse books so at times I thought I was back listening to that series since both characters sound the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Houston, TX, United States 04-18-13
    Shelly Houston, TX, United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Enjoyable new series..."
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    This book was a fun listen. Nothing fancy... just a typical chicklit mystery but... I liked the narrator. I liked the story. It had just enough humor and romance and it villain wasn't obvious. You end up feeling more sorry for the killer than the victim.Look forward to the next books in this series. I hope audible brings them in soon.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daisy Houston, TX, United States 03-29-13
    Daisy Houston, TX, United States 03-29-13
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    "It was ok"

    This was an entertaining book with a good plot and well written characters. The book seemed to follow a formula. New woman in town, two men for a love interest, someone she cares about is in trouble, she vows to solve the crime. It all of the points, but I didn't get pulled into the book. On the surface it was okay, but it lacked depth. I might listen to the next one if it is offered on audible. Also, there are supposed to be recipes in the book. When I went to the tantor website I was not able to access the recipes.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 06-06-13
    Karen Gainesville, FL, United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow, cute and a good story too"

    Starts off a bit hinky with the neice quiting her job as assistant manager of a bakery in Ohio and heading to SC to do the baking in her aunt & uncle's new bakery. It improves with the appearance of a little dog who stays. And keeps going uphill from there. Its good enough that I've listened to it many times and keep picking up new details that I missed before. I hope there are more in this series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Josie Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-27-13
    Josie Oklahoma City, OK, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Well done!"

    Very enjoyable cozy mystery...looking forward to the audible version of book two!
    Not too light not too dark.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sophie Jay Stokes Florida 07-30-14
    Sophie Jay Stokes Florida 07-30-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Great fun, and easy listening"
    Would you listen to Brownies and Broomsticks again? Why?

    I really enjoyed this book, I have to drive a lot because i live in the middle of no where so having a book that will entertain me is very important.


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

    I did get more and more into it as the story continued.


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    Enjoyed this book, but sadly this narrator does not narrate the next book, which has put me off the series some. The new narrator is not as good, and I find her voice annoying.

    1 of 1 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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    "Easy Listening"
    What did you love best about Brownies and Broomsticks?

    Easy to listen to, the story kept me interested, narration was very good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brownies and Broomsticks?

    The characters were vivid.


    What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

    Nice smooth voice that is easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Relax and unwind

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth M. Newton 06-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Lighthearted, Enjoyable Listen"
    What did you love best about Brownies and Broomsticks?

    Geared towards the ladies, it is a very easy and fun listen. Not too involved, but something perfect to take you away for a bit.


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

    It was easy going enough that it probably could have been listened to in one setting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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