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

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

    5 of 7 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.

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    Claudia H 12-17-14
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    I thought this story was cute, it didn't require you to think to hard about anything. The mystery aspect of the story was nice, and most of the characters were interesting. This book is definitely directed more towards younger girls, I think they would enjoy it the most.

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    Sandra R. Marcil 11-17-14 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    Would you try another book from Bailey Cates and/or Johanna Parker?

    I like Johanna Parker, but felt some of the reading seemed rushed. This book seemed so similar to the books I've listened to by Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft mysteries). There is Aidan/Steve, Sailor/Declan, The Coven, New witch who is "Special", Oscar/Mongo..............


    Did Brownies and Broomsticks inspire you to do anything?

    It made me look up several writers on the internet to see if Bailey Cates was a pen name for Juliet Blackwell.....


    Any additional comments?

    Moving onto the 2nd in this series with a different narrator, which is disappointing.

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    Although the subject of witches may seem silly, the book is light but not silly. Great as a respite between serious books!

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    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 08-19-14
    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2004

    All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

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    Sorry, the reader is not at fault. This was just not well-written. Dialogue was terrible.

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    Linda ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 04-15-14
    Linda ORANGE PARK, FL, United States 04-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Johanna Parker’s performances?

    No. Did not like this narrator. She seemed to be rushing through the narration.


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    Crystal Williamsburg, KY, United States 03-16-14
    Crystal Williamsburg, KY, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    What made the experience of listening to Brownies and Broomsticks the most enjoyable?

    It was a great book and the narrator did a great job.


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

    Yes it kept your interest the entire time.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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