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Review: Potions and Pastries (Magical Bakery Mystery #7) by Bailey Cates

About Potions and Pastriespotionsandpastries

Series: Magical Bakery Mystery(#7)
Paperback: 320 pages
Published: November 2017 by Berkley
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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Goodreads DescriptionIn 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 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….

My Review


Guys, I was so excited for this book. There’s a small handful of cozy series that I keep up with, and this is one of them. I’ve had it on my watch list for months, and actually squealed when I saw it on Netgalley.

The Magical Bakery Mystery series is one of my favorites because it’s got a bakery, witchy-powers, and an adorable familiar named Mungo. I love the characters, and I love the setting. I’ve come to expect a good, solid mystery with a fair amount of character drama, and Potions and Pastries didn’t disappoint.

Katie is still one of my favorite sleuths, because she’s pretty even keel. She doesn’t wildly jump to conclusions, she doesn’t really accuse people, and she follows every lead. Her relationship with Declan continues to grow and mature, and I’m really excited to see what happens in the next book. As for the rest of the cast of characters, I love the spellbook club, and was a little saddened they weren’t bigger players in this one!

As always, the book came with several scrumptious recipes – maybe one of these days I’ll give one a try!


Big thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for the ARC!

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Review: A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake

About A Potion to Die Forapotiontodiefor

Series: Magic Potion Mysteries (#1)
 313 pages
Published: November 2013 by NAL
Source: Purchased

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Goodreads DescriptionTROUBLE IS BREWING…

As the owner of Little Shop of Potions, a magic potion shop specializing in love potions, Carly Bell Hartwell finds her product more in demand than ever. A local soothsayer has predicted that a couple in town will soon divorce—and now it seems every married person in Hitching Post, Alabama, wants a little extra matrimonial magic to make sure they stay hitched.

But when Carly finds a dead man in her shop, clutching one of her potion bottles, she goes from most popular potion person to public enemy number one. In no time the murder investigation becomes a witch hunt—literally! Now Carly is going to need to brew up some serious sleuthing skills to clear her name and find the real killer—before the whole town becomes convinced her potions really are to die for!

My Review

I’m a huge fan of Heather Blake’s Wishcraft Mysteries, and I’ve had a copy of A Potion to Die For on my shelves for well over two years. For some reason I just never got around to reading it! I’d always see the cover, swoon, and think, “I really need to read that.” FINALLY, I just grabbed it and started. Took me long enough.

A Potion to Die For is the first book in the Magic Potion Mysteries. Carly owns a potion shop, but very few people know the truth – she’s actually a witch, and the potions contain a secret ingredient that makes them real. Despite the secret, Carly’s shop has a strong customer base. At least, that is, until someone is found murdered in her shop, holding one of her potion bottles. Time for Carly to save her reputation and her shop!

Like I said, huge fan of the Wishcraft Mysteries, so I had high hopes. Plus, that cover. Unfortunately, I felt a little let down. I didn’t connect with Carly much as a character. In fact, I was more interested in her cousin Delia. I also thought the town was a little silly, though that could be because it reminded me of Pigeon Forge, the heart-shaped-hot tub capital of the world.

As with most cozies, I guessed the killer pretty early – but don’t let that sway you. I read a lot of cozies.

I’m sure I’ll continue the series at some point, but for now, I have more than enough cozies to keep me going. My two cents? If you’re looking for a supernatural cozy, check out the Wishcraft Mysteries instead.



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