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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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.
Loved this book! What a fun cozy mystery with a wonderful witchy twist. Katie was a spunky heroine who eventually embraced her heritage as a witch as she raced to clear her uncle from a murder charge. Two eligible love interests added drama and made me want to read more!
However, as I looked up the second book on audible I noticed the narrator changed. After listening to a sample I'm still undecided if I want to purchase it. I love Johanna Parker and she really did an outstanding job reading this story.
Very enjoyable new series. Newly discovered witch deals with solving a mystery that hits close to home while discovering how to deal with her newly discovered powers. Fun all the way around.
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.
Absolutely! Easy and fun.
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!
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.
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.
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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