Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates

Potions and Pastries

In this New York Times bestselling mystery series, witch Katie Lightfoot bakes enchanted treats—and faces more than her fair share of toil and trouble....   It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious—and bespelled—treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s annive...

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  • Hilary S

    After a celebratory meal (2 years of the Honeybee Bakery/Cafe being open) Katie, Declan, Lucy and Ben are strolling along the waterfront when they see and overhear a disagreement over a Tarot reading.  The next day the Tarot Reader walks in front of a car, the Police believe she committed a rather bizarre suicide Katie, Lucy and the Spellbook Club are not so sure - they believe she was murdered by magic.  So Katie needs to gather her Lightwitch aura and find out the truth, oh and find a new hous

    After a celebratory meal (2 years of the Honeybee Bakery/Cafe being open) Katie, Declan, Lucy and Ben are strolling along the waterfront when they see and overhear a disagreement over a Tarot reading.  The next day the Tarot Reader walks in front of a car, the Police believe she committed a rather bizarre suicide Katie, Lucy and the Spellbook Club are not so sure - they believe she was murdered by magic.  So Katie needs to gather her Lightwitch aura and find out the truth, oh and find a new house for her and Declan at the same time!

  • Stacie Amelotte

    This is a series that I have enjoyed since book one. Here we are on book 7 and the storyline just keeps getting better and better. Everything from the setting, the characters, the magical element and the delicious bakery items keep evolving and drawing you in for more. In my opinion, Potions and Pastries would be best enjoyed if you have read the other books in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. It can be a little confusing (especially in the beginning) when all the various spell book club members

    This is a series that I have enjoyed since book one. Here we are on book 7 and the storyline just keeps getting better and better. Everything from the setting, the characters, the magical element and the delicious bakery items keep evolving and drawing you in for more. In my opinion, Potions and Pastries would be best enjoyed if you have read the other books in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. It can be a little confusing (especially in the beginning) when all the various spell book club members are introduced. Plus seeing the growth of the characters gives you an additional layer of understanding that will enrich your reading experience. The characters have habits and personalities that make them endearing and unforgettable. Katie is still coming to terms with her magic. She is fearful at times that it will get out of her control as she did once before. She is cautious but able to overcome her apprehensions at just the right time.

    While the mystery is simplified in comparison to others, it is well worth the journey. The red herring s make for an interesting chase interspersed with several doses of humor. All in all, this a great light hearted read that will leave you wanting more.. By the final pages the residents of Savannah’s magical community will have you hooked. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Katie and Declan!

    I would like to say a huge thank you to the author, Berkley, and Net Galley for the opportunity to voluntarily read and review an advance readers copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Rachel

    I liked this book better than the last one; in the last one, there was just too much cheese. That being said, while I really loved this series in the beginning, I'm starting to find our heroine obnoxious and on the edge of too-stupid-to-live (TSTL). She's incredibly ham-fisted in her "investigating techniques," which are, essentially, asking the subject incredibly obvious and intrusive questions, like "so what's up with all those insurance policies?" I know a cozy is supposed to be a little fluf

    I liked this book better than the last one; in the last one, there was just too much cheese. That being said, while I really loved this series in the beginning, I'm starting to find our heroine obnoxious and on the edge of too-stupid-to-live (TSTL). She's incredibly ham-fisted in her "investigating techniques," which are, essentially, asking the subject incredibly obvious and intrusive questions, like "so what's up with all those insurance policies?" I know a cozy is supposed to be a little fluffy, but if you're going to investigate a murder, a little subtlety should be in order.

    Now I'm wondering if all the books have been this way, and I was just in a zone where I could accept it, or if this is a new development. Either way, this may be the last book I read in the series.

  • Kristina

    Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates is the seventh story in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. Katie Lightfoot along with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben own the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, Georgia. They provide baked goods that have a magical boost. Ben, Lucy, Katie, and her fiancé, Declan are out walking along the riverfront and see friend Orla Black telling fortunes. Orla has a message for Katie that she takes as a warning--sacrifice. What will Katie have to sacrifice? The next day Katie sees Orl

    Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates is the seventh story in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. Katie Lightfoot along with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben own the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, Georgia. They provide baked goods that have a magical boost. Ben, Lucy, Katie, and her fiancé, Declan are out walking along the riverfront and see friend Orla Black telling fortunes. Orla has a message for Katie that she takes as a warning--sacrifice. What will Katie have to sacrifice? The next day Katie sees Orla nearby and wishes to get more information from her. Unfortunately, Orla walks in front of a car and is struck dead before Katie can speak with her. It looks like an accident, but Katie’s magical awareness tells her something sinister is afoot. Katie, Declan and the spellbook club work together to find out what happened to Orla. But what happens when Katie gets close to uncovering the truth?

    Potions and Pastries is best enjoyed if you have read the other books in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. It can be a little confusing (especially in the beginning) when all the various spellbook club members are introduced. I found this story to be well-written and engaging. I was drawn into the story and I liked the magical elements. Potions and Pastries has great characters that you will enjoy visiting in each new installment in the series. The only downfall for me was the mystery. I identified the guilty party before the Orla was struck by the car. I did appreciate the author use of misdirection to lead readers on a merry chase. Potions and Pastries is a light cozy mystery with magic, humor, family, friends, pets and luscious baked goods. I am giving Potions and Pastries 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the next novel in A Magical Bakery Mystery series.

    *I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy from Kensington via NetGalley. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  • Sue Ross

    Bailey Cates did it again. She brought magic, romance and murder to life with this book. Witches and familiars abound as does trouble and danger. It's a wonderful book in a great series and I can't wait to read the next one.

  • Christine

    This is the seventh book in the magical bakery series. Katie Lightfoot owns the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt and unvle. After the bakery's anniversary dinner, Katie, along with her boyfriend , Declan , and her aunt and uncle decide to take a walk by the waterfront, and run into lucy's friend Orla who is tatot card reader. The next day Orla walks in front of car in an apparent suicide. B6t Katie's lightwitch aura is telling her somethimg is off. Katie along with the members of the spellbook club

    This is the seventh book in the magical bakery series. Katie Lightfoot owns the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt and unvle. After the bakery's anniversary dinner, Katie, along with her boyfriend , Declan , and her aunt and uncle decide to take a walk by the waterfront, and run into lucy's friend Orla who is tatot card reader. The next day Orla walks in front of car in an apparent suicide. B6t Katie's lightwitch aura is telling her somethimg is off. Katie along with the members of the spellbook club set to to find out what really happened.

    I really like this series. I loved how the characters have progressed since the first book. This was a great addition to the series. I can't wait to see what happens with Katie and Declan , and evrn with Cookie

  • Taryn

    The two year anniversary of the opening of the Honeybee Bakery has arrived. After having a celebratory meal everyone decides to take a walk by the waterfront to relax and just enjoy the day. When they come upon Orla, Aunt Lucy's friend, she inadvertently gives Katie a reading that was truly unexpected. Katie is taken aback by what she is told and begins to worry about just what the fortune means for her future. She is supposed to meet Orla the next day so she can finish the reading but Orla is k

    The two year anniversary of the opening of the Honeybee Bakery has arrived. After having a celebratory meal everyone decides to take a walk by the waterfront to relax and just enjoy the day. When they come upon Orla, Aunt Lucy's friend, she inadvertently gives Katie a reading that was truly unexpected. Katie is taken aback by what she is told and begins to worry about just what the fortune means for her future. She is supposed to meet Orla the next day so she can finish the reading but Orla is killed in what seems to be an accident. Katie witnessed part of the accident and isn't quite so sure it really was one. With the help of her fiancee and the coven she starts looking into what could have really happened that day. As she investigates things get weird with Orla's family, they had several insurance polices out on Orla, and their way of living has Katie worried that she won't be able to find the answers that she is so desperately looking for. Could one of Orla's family have killed her for the money? Did she give out a fortune that someone couldn't deal with? She was taking up a major spot on the waterfront, could that have gotten her killed? Will Katie be able to answer these questions and more before she ends up just like Orla? Follow along and find out. This is such a fun and original series and I love that everyone in the Coven has a different type of familiar, there are quite a few originals that even I wouldn't have picked for my own. So take a few moments and you will be transported to a wonderful southern town full of fun happenings, and there is always a great mystery to be had.

    I received an ARC of this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Stacie Amelotte

    This is a series that I have enjoyed since book one. Here we are on book 7 and the storyline just keeps getting better and better. Everything from the setting, the characters, the magical element and the delicious bakery items keep evolving and drawing you in for more. In my opinion, Potions and Pastries would be best enjoyed if you have read the other books in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. It can be a little confusing (especially in the beginning) when all the various spell book club members

    This is a series that I have enjoyed since book one. Here we are on book 7 and the storyline just keeps getting better and better. Everything from the setting, the characters, the magical element and the delicious bakery items keep evolving and drawing you in for more. In my opinion, Potions and Pastries would be best enjoyed if you have read the other books in A Magical Bakery Mystery series. It can be a little confusing (especially in the beginning) when all the various spell book club members are introduced. Plus seeing the growth of the characters gives you an additional layer of understanding that will enrich your reading experience. The characters have habits and personalities that make them endearing and unforgettable. Katie is still coming to terms with her magic. She is fearful at times that it will get out of her control as she did once before. She is cautious but able to overcome her apprehensions at just the right time.

    While the mystery is simplified in comparison to others, it is well worth the journey. The red herring s make for an interesting chase interspersed with several doses of humor. All in all, this a great light hearted read that will leave you wanting more.. By the final pages the residents of Savannah’s magical community will have you hooked. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Katie and Declan!

    I would like to say a huge thank you to the author, Berkley, and Net Galley for the opportunity to voluntarily read and review an advance readers copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Karen

    I have been a longtime fan of the Magical Bakery Series by Bailey Cates and Potions and Pastries was one of the best in the series. I enjoy the supporting characters as much as main character Katie, and at times more. The Spell Book Club members have come to feel like old friends so for me it was hard to believe that it was only the second anniversary in the book of the bakery's opening. It felt like more connections were made in this book than ever before and the story came together magneticall

    I have been a longtime fan of the Magical Bakery Series by Bailey Cates and Potions and Pastries was one of the best in the series. I enjoy the supporting characters as much as main character Katie, and at times more. The Spell Book Club members have come to feel like old friends so for me it was hard to believe that it was only the second anniversary in the book of the bakery's opening. It felt like more connections were made in this book than ever before and the story came together magnetically if not magically. I loved the story line. The mystery and romance that Potions and Pastries was all about. Great read!

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    Potions and Pastries

    Magical Bakery Series, Book #7

    By Bailey Cates

    ISBN#9780399586996

    Author Website: Baileycates(.)com

    Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

    Synopsis:

    It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious–and bespelled–treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend O

    Potions and Pastries

    Magical Bakery Series, Book #7

    By Bailey Cates

    ISBN#9780399586996

    Author Website: Baileycates(.)com

    Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

    Synopsis:

    It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious–and bespelled–treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.

    The next day, Orla meets with what seems like a terrible accident, but Katie’s witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister. Together with her trustworthy coven and her firefighter boyfriend, she’ll race to find out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller before the piping hot trail goes cold…. (Goodreads)

    Review:

    Cozy mystery readers are in for a treat with Potions and Pasties, the seventh book in the Magical Bakery Series. I liked this light-hearted murder mystery that has a bit of romance and magic sprinkled throughout.

    When Aunt Lucy’s friend Orla, a local fortune teller, meets an untimely end, Katie’s magical sixth sense tells her Orla’s death was no accident. Detective Quinn is unconvinced by Katie’s insistence so Katie investigate on her own. Her questions lead her straight to Orla’s family, a tightly knit group of Irish Traveler heritage who do not want to have anything to do with Katie. Even after Katie finds herself in danger, she does not stop until the guilty party is revealed.

    Cates has created a fun world with magical influences set in Savannah, Georgia. Savannah makes a beautiful backdrop, but I never really get a good sense of place from the writing. The action could take place in any charming Southern town, real or imaginary though there are some landmark references. I wish I could visit the Honeybee Bakery and partake of the delicious offerings. The descriptions of the baked goods make my mouth water. The characters are what keep me coming back for more with the Magical Bakery series. I particularly enjoy Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben. They set the bar for relationship goals. Declan, Katie’s fiancé, is an honorable and nice guy (Is it bad that I sometimes think he is too good for Katie?) The members of Katie’s coven add variety and interest to the series though we do not see much of them in this installment. Of course, I enjoy the animals and wish Katie’s familiar Mungo could talk.

    The mystery here is intriguing, and I spent most of the book vacillating between the suspects trying to figure out whodunit. The killer’s identity is not exactly a surprise when it is revealed, but it makes sense with the mystery. Katie is a bit too obvious in her investigating for my taste, and she does teeter on the edge of having “too stupid to live” moments, but, overall, she makes a fine amateur sleuth. I appreciate the balance of magical and mundane in her life.

    I enjoyed Potions and Pastries and recommend it to readers who appreciate magic with their murders.


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