Review – Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates


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..


My Review
4 out of 5 stars

This was my first book by this author and I really enjoyed it! I’m glad that I decided to go ahead and take a chance on this series. Magical elements are usually pretty hit-or-miss with me, but I really enjoyed the magic aspect in this book.

I enjoyed getting to know the members of the coven – Lucy (Katie’s aunt), Bianca, Jaida, Cookie, and Mimsey were all great in their own different ways. I really like that each woman is giving Katie lessons to help her develop her magic. I’m so looking forward to seeing how much Katie has improved with her magic in the next book.

I loved the idea of a magical bakery. All of the treats that the Honeybee Bakery offers sounded delicious so I stayed pretty hungry while reading this book. 🙂

Another thing about this book that I really loved was Katie’s familiar, Mungo. I loved him so much! He’s so cute and I love how he tries to communicate with Katie.

The mystery kept me engaged. There were plenty of suspects to choose from. The reveal of the killer surprised me!

I can tell that there is a love triangle forming. I already know who I want Katie to be with. I’m team Declan all the way. Honestly, Steve really creeps me out so I hope she doesn’t end up with him.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I can already tell this is going to be one of my new favorite series to read.


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Author Cricket McRae also writes as Bailey Cates and Bailey Cattrell

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