Review: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

brownies_broomsticksWhen Katie Lightfoot’s aunt and uncle open the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, she enthusiastically agrees to join them. But then she notices Aunt Lucy is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enhancements aren’t just tasty –  Lucy is a witch and her recipes are actually spells. With the help of handsome journalist Steve Dawes and charming firefighter Declan McCarthy, Katie, Aunt Lucy and the ladies of the Spellbook Club will stir up some toil and trouble to track down killers and spread a little magic in the world.


My review:   When Katie moves to Savannah to help her aunt and uncle open Honeybee Bakery, she begins to get settled in her new home.  Katie has always enjoyed baking and tending to her Garden, and she is looking forward to trying out her recipes at Honeybee Bakery.  As she gets to know Aunt Lucy’s friends, she realizes that they are part of a “Spellbook Club”. The ladies teach Katie some things about witchcraft and spells as they all prepare to open the new Bakery.  One day a little dog shows up at Katie’s home, and he is such a cute addition to this story!

  I loved the descriptions of the recipes that Katie and her Aunt are making for the Bakery,…( since I love sweets..) everything sounded so good!  And, I also enjoyed the romance story-line between Katie and Steve, ~ and Katie and Declan as she gets to know both of these men.  With well-developed characters and a mystery that had me guessing until the end, I really enjoyed this story!

One of my favorite quotes in the book is….Know what?  I kind of liked it.  Andrew had been a getcher-own-door kind of guy……

Brownies and Broomsticks is the first book in the Magical Bakery Mysteries, and the 4th book will be released in July, 2014!   I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series!

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More about the Author:

Cricket McRae enjoys home crafts like food preservation, cheese making, candle making, and fiber arts. She writes the Sophie Mae Reynolds Home crafting Mystery Series. As Bailey Cates, she also writes the Magical Bakery Mysteries. For two years Cricket managed her own soap making business, including all product design, manufacturing and marketing. The recipes included in her first book, Lye in Wait, are all Cricket’s original formulations. She has also worked in a variety of other fields ranging from drivers license examiner to program manager for a major software firm. This fulfills her mothers warning that shed never have a regular job if she insisted on studying philosophy in college. The sixth Home Crafting Mystery, Deadly Row to Hoe, released November, 2012. Her books are also available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Ibooks and Google E-books.

She also writes the Home crafting Mystery series as Cricket McRae and “Shotgun Moon” as K.C. McRae

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Angie Young says:

    Thanks for such a great review. This book is going on my ever growing book wish list! Sounds like a great story!

    1. Thanks Angie!
      I really liked this cozy.

  2. Wanda B says:

    This sounds like a pretty good book. I like your favorite quote, too. Cute! thanks for sharing a great review and new author! (To me at least!)

    1. Wanda, I’m looking forward to reading the other books in this series!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. griperang says:

    Nice review. I want to read this book – it sounds good to me. I

    1. I know you love cozies!! =) You will really enjoy this one!

  4. Your review definitely makes me want to read this one! Thank you for helping to make the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop so much fun. Big Hugs ♥

  5. Joy @ Yesterfood says:

    If it involves brownies, I’m THERE. Added to my Amazon wish list!! Thank you for introducing me to this book and author, and for sharing at Treasure Box Tuesday! PINNED! 🙂

  6. Thanks Joy! =)
    I love brownies too!!

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