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Spells and Scones by Bailey Cates {3.5 Stars}

Spells and Scones by Bailey Cates {3.5 Stars}

Spells and Scones by Bailey Cates (Magical Bakery Mysteries #6)
Published by NAL on July 26th, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Cozy
Page Length: 320 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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There's a body in the bookshop in this latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries...

When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity's new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious about the book (and maybe to sample some goodies), but the final chapter comes too soon for the author when she is found dead at the event.

The prime suspect is Angie Kissel, a former witch whose familiar was once Katie’s own terrier, Mungo. Katie is at first hesitant to help, afraid of losing the little dog who has become so important to her. But after a little nudge from Mungo himself, Katie decides to try to conjure up the real killer—before Angie gets served...

RECIPES INCLUDED!

3.5 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Spells and Scones from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Strengths:

  • As I commented on in my last paranormal cozy mystery review, I really enjoy stories where the magic is a bit different and therefore plays a role in the mystery. I was therefore delighted that the magic in Spells and Scones involves putting special ingredients into baked goods and giving them a bit of an ‘oomph’ to trigger their efffects. I’m really excited to go back to book one and find out more about it!
  • I don’t normally jump into series midway through, but I was told that it was doable in cozy mystery series and for the most part, I would agree. There were plenty of hints to provide context if you haven’t read the previous books or don’t remember them, so I didn’t find myself lost at all.
  • An amusing side effect of jumping in midway through the series is that the romance was already developed. I get kind of tired of first love romance plots after a while and find I really enjoy reading about characters in a mature and well-established romance. Katie is certainly still having some turmoil, but it was different turmoil than I’m used to reading about!
  • Any time a bookstore is involved with a book, that is clearly going to be a good thing. It was fun seeing into the running of the bookstore since that is where the murder happened, and it brought back good memories of my favorite indie and booksignings there.

Weaknesses:

  • I guessed the murderer pretty early on and therefore wasn’t all that interested in watching Katie figure it out. It was just a bit too obvious for me.
  • There is another love interest introduced in this book, meaning that a love triangle is potentially brewing and I’m not sure how I feel about that. It kind of undercuts what I like about established relationships…. We shall see!
  • Be prepared to really crave baked goods! I only survived because I just found this awesome food blog that has a bunch of delicious desserts with really low calorie counts! Yes, I have gotten in to food blogs.

 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Spells and Scones by Bailey Cates

© 2016, Anya. All rights reserved.

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