Brownies and Broomsticks

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Brownies and Broomsticks

A Magical Bakery Mystery, #1

Ms. Cates has written a wonderful little cozy book that shows how friends and family can work together to help the family out. Savannah is on Katie Lightfoot's next and final stop. She hopes to work with her culinary skills at her aunt and uncles' Honeybee Bakery. The Grand Opening is just a week away and they are busy putting on the final touches.

Ms. Mavis Templeton, a Downtown Business Association member drops by to see if the Honeybee will be able to service the group’s business brunch in a few days.

Aunt Lucy immediately says, NO PROBLEM. They agree on the menu and set a price. The day of the brunch everyone is on pins and needles. As the brunch is breaking up Ms. Templeton gives Ben a check for the brunch but it wasn't the agreed amount. They have a rather heated argument and Mavis heads to her car, out front. Ben heads for the alley behind the Bakery to calm his anger and cool off. Soon it gets to Ben that there is a woman slumped over her steering wheel and it appears she has been shot. Of course the woman is Mavis and who do you suppose is the prime suspect? Uncle Ben? Katie then learns a new secret about her Aunt and the ladies that have been helping at the bakery. What could the secret be? Katie also learns she could be a part of this secret. Does she want to or not?

Two men join the plot, Declan, a fireman and a friend of Ben's and Steve Dawes, who is a news reporter. They are all willing to help Katie find the killer. Here lies a big problem. They can't stand each other. That can create a huge problem.

They finally get on track and each one uses their specialized skills to decide who the killer is.

I give this book 4 STARS.

I suggest if you are not into white, good witches, then this book is not for you. One other nice thing about the book is it includes recipes.

I loved the cover, nice and cozy!

Book Blurb for Brownies and Broomsticks


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..

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2014 4.00