Sunday, November 9, 2014

Book Review: Brownies And Broomsticks, by Bailey Cates

Brownies and Broomsticks (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #1)Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brownies And Broomsticks, by Bailey Cates
★★★ 1/2

Synopsis: 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..
In A Sentence: A very sweet and lighthearted cozy mystery

A Enjoyable Read: This story was sweet and cute. It's quirky, fun, and quick. The book made me want to open up a bookstore bakery myself! It was definitely a feel-good read. Plus the romance side was very toned down, which I appreciated.
My One Little Issue... I don't like love triangles. And I see a big love triangle in the making. Bailey Cates didn't embellish it too much in this book, but I can see how it might develop in future novels.
In A Nutshell: I had fun with this novel, and I definitely plan on continuing the series. If you like the occasional cozy mysteries, this is worth a look!

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