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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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    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 06-25-14
    Natalie Cambridge, Ontario, Canada 06-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent book with a great "Recipe"!"

    This was a very easy listen, and one that was strangely realistic for a book about magic. The characters came across as authentic, with all their faults and appeal, and the story drew in just enough of the right elements - mystery, intrigue, romance and humour - to make for a satisfying treat! The narration was well done, and the two-recipe PDF was a lovely complement! I enjoyed that the setting was a bakery with a little bit extra.

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    Karen EAGLE RIVER, WI, United States 05-11-14
    Karen EAGLE RIVER, WI, United States 05-11-14

    Karen

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    "ENJOYED!"
    Where does Brownies and Broomsticks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Just right! Not too deep so I had to think real hard, not a lot of magic to make it too strange but just enough, I like a little magic... and just plain o enjoyable! A nice "cozy" mystery. Wish there were more than 3 books in this series. OH, and the narration is very good as well.


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

    I'm sure there were some but read it a while ago and can't recall just now.


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    All were good, no favorite


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

    I guess, if I'd had time I wouldn't have minded, it's one of the better "magic" type books I've read...


    Any additional comments?

    GET IT!!

    1 of 1 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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Young 05-02-13
    Pat Young 05-02-13

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    "good first book"
    What did you love best about Brownies and Broomsticks?

    This is a good start. It keep me going, I like the development of the characters and hope to have a chance to get to know them better.


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

    When Kate really believes in herself, and was able to save a life.


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Kate


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

    It wasn't a extreme reaction but it did make me laugh.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-29-13
    Cheryl Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful!"
    Any additional comments?

    Great fun listening to this book. Please bring in the rest of the series!!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Lady 04-09-13
    Lady 04-09-13

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    "Lots of Potential"

    This story has lots of potential. I think it would have been better with a different narrator, and I say that as a fan of Johanna Parker's narration of the Sookie Stackhouse series. In this book, however, the narration was rushed, which made it difficult to get a sense of the story. The story had a lot of interesting elements, seemed well-researched, and pretty well-written. I do think it's worth a credit if you can get past the rapid pace of the narration.

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    Theresa Virginia 07-23-15
    Theresa Virginia 07-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun and addictive"
    What did you like best about Brownies and Broomsticks? What did you like least?

    I am not into witchcraft but I do love cooking. This was a fun way to making baking seem more magical than it is. The characters are fun and easy to like and the author has good descriptions without being verbose. They aren't intellectual but if you want a little mystery, some magic, some romance it's a fantastic listen. I've listened to everything in the series thus far and can't wait for the authors new series to make it to audible.


    Would you recommend Brownies and Broomsticks to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! Easy and fun.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


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    Amazon Fan 07-23-15
    Amazon Fan 07-23-15
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    "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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 07-04-15
    sonia woodbridge, va, United States 07-04-15 Member Since 2011

    Have a Boomerang Millenial Daughter. We like her, she likes us so, nice to have her back. Both my Husband and I are Proud USN Veterans.

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    "I was wrong!"

    I was very reluctant to use a credit on this. Oh, just another cute bakery and witches story. I throughly enjoyed the book. It's an easy listen, moves along very well. Do not buy it if you want sex, profanity, blood and gore. IT WAS FUN!

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    katie barwick-snell 06-18-15
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    "Wonderful light read"

    Great mystery with lots of information about witchcraft and wonderful food ideas ... It makes me want to visit Savannah. The reader has a perfect southern accent!

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