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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When I listened to the sample before I bought this it sounded good enough to buy on sale, but in retrospect I wish I hadn't. The narrator has a nice accent, but she races through the reading. She distinguishes between characters well, but it sound like she's reading a list, or trying to get through a speech quickly.
The author has the characters motivated by unrealistic fears. This, plus the old fashioned electronics and security mindset had me finish the listen because I was doing dishes and didn't mind missing parts when I couldn't hear the computer.
The witchy parts were fun, the foody parts were lists, the dog was cute but underutilized.
It wasn't what I consider a good listen. It's just another 20 something fool rushes in to solve a death mystery. I couldn't wait for it to end. Too bad I got on a 3 for 2 deal along with books 2 and 3 of the series and cannot return them. I probably won't listen to the other two I have unless I get desperate and definitely won't buy any more of the series.
Well written characters and the story is well developed for what it is. I was looking for something easy to read and entertaining. This story matched my expectations and I will listen to more books in this series.
There was a sale and I thought I would try something new. I was looking for something different, simple, and fun. Simple it was, and a little fun. It was just a bit juvenile, and not in a simple, fun way. Just not very clever or engaging. Of course, fun, is very subjective; that is just my opinion. The reader was pretty good, but not good enough to get me to listen to another book in this series.
I put this down to .75 narration speed and it was much easier to listen to. I found there was not a clear enough definition between the voices of the the men and in particular didn't like the voice of Declan. Doesn't sound real but contrived and falsely deep. I'd love to see a change in his voice and the book definitely needs to change that silly yip/yep of Mungo. But it was still a fun book to listen to!
I enjoy this type of witchy mystery. It's formulaic which is a little frustrating because it's so easy to tire of angry/resentful police detectives (fixed later in the book, thank you) and more than one love interest (--hand on brow--"Oh, how will I know who makes me feel happy when they both have such allure!"). Ho hum. If the author gives the female lead some strength of character that meets her age, this could go somewhere. I'll give up one more credit to find out. Narrator is pretty good (I've listened to much worse) but she could tolerate slowing down just a little.
I don't normally do cozies, but this was on sale and it sounded cute. I am tickled with this series now. Well worth my money and more.
Katie Lightfoot has had a bad breakup with her fiancé, and needs a big change. So she's taken her pastry school education and her experience working in an Akron bakery to Savannah, Georgia. Her Uncle Ben and Aunt Lucy are starting a bakery there, and she's bringing her business and baking experience to the project.
What she doesn't know is that Aunt Lucy has a family secret to share with her--one her own parents have been keeping from her.
Katie's father and mother, her mother's sister Lucy, and Katie herself are all witches. Specifically hedge witches, gifted in the use of herbs and related matters.
Such as cooking, and baking.
Katie isn't sure she really believes any of this, but she loves her new home, is excited to be starting the Honeybee Bakery, and likes the ladies of her aunt's "spell book club," i.e., coven. Even with the hassle of being manipulated by the nasty Mrs. Templeton into hosting the Downtown Business Association meeting at the bakery days before they're scheduled to open, it's a good time.
Then someone breaks Mrs. Templeton's neck and kills her, moments after she and Uncle Ben have had a testy discussion about her refusal to pay the full agreed price for the breakfast meeting. A man fitting Ben's description was seen near her car just before she was found dead. Ben isn't a good suspect, or one that Detective Peter Quinn especially wants, but he's the only suspect.
Katie is suddenly juggling starting up a new bakery, two cute guys (Declan, a firefighter Ben used to work with when he was fire chief, and Steve, columnist for the local paper), the alarming idea that she's a witch, and an investigation into who really killed Mrs. Templeton, before the police arrest Ben because they don't have anyone else.
This is an entertaining start to a promising new series. I haven't mentioned Honeybee the cat, or the little terrier, Mungo the Magnificent, who are looking like very promising characters. I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the tone.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from Audible in exchange for an honest review.
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