Potions and Pastries (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #7)
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 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....

Potions and Pastries (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #7) Details

TitlePotions and Pastries (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #7)
Author
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Witches

Potions and Pastries (A Magical Bakery Mystery, #7) Review

  • Stacie Amelotte
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    I've enjoyed this series from the very beginning and with each new book I find myself entertained all over again. This series is set in Savannah and is not only filled with southern charm but a bit of the paranormal as well. By now Katie is growing into her own, both with her powers and her personal life. I like that even with seven books in the series now, Bailey Cates writes these characters who continue to grow and evolve in various aspects of their lives. This is not only true of Katie and D I've enjoyed this series from the very beginning and with each new book I find myself entertained all over again. This series is set in Savannah and is not only filled with southern charm but a bit of the paranormal as well. By now Katie is growing into her own, both with her powers and her personal life. I like that even with seven books in the series now, Bailey Cates writes these characters who continue to grow and evolve in various aspects of their lives. This is not only true of Katie and Declan, but the cast of secondary characters as well. The book had a steady pace and I kept turning pages to see how Katie would solve this mystery. There was a nice twist in terms of how the murder was committed and even though there was a small pool of suspect, the author did a good job of keeping me guessing.All in all, I think this is a fun series, set in a great location, with good characters and mysteries. I enjoy the paranormal aspect of this series and find that its doesn't overpower the mystery or the characters. I will be back to what what Bailey Cates has in store for Katie, Declan and the rest of the characters.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • QNPoohBear
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsKatie Lightfoot is so happy she made the move to Savannah to open The Honeybee bakery with her Aunt Lucy. She has a lot to celebrate. In 2 years she has opened a successful bakery, absolved her uncle of murder charges, learned she's a witch and is engaged to the greatest man (in her opinion) on the planet. As Lucy, Ben, Katie and Declan celebrate the 2-year anniversary of The Honeybee, they stroll along the riverfront of downtown Savannah, watching the street performers. Aunt Lucy recog 3.5 starsKatie Lightfoot is so happy she made the move to Savannah to open The Honeybee bakery with her Aunt Lucy. She has a lot to celebrate. In 2 years she has opened a successful bakery, absolved her uncle of murder charges, learned she's a witch and is engaged to the greatest man (in her opinion) on the planet. As Lucy, Ben, Katie and Declan celebrate the 2-year anniversary of The Honeybee, they stroll along the riverfront of downtown Savannah, watching the street performers. Aunt Lucy recognizes one of their regular customers, Orla Black, telling fortunes. Someone is NOT happy with their fortune but Katie is so happy, she figures why not? Her fortune is mysterious and she makes an appointment with Orla to learn more, but before that can happen, there's a tragic accident and Orla is killed. Katie is very shaken up by the accident that happened in front of her. She heard Mungo and Nonna trying to get her attention but the accident happened too fast to save Orla. Was it an accident? The police think it was but Katie isn't so sure. She decides to befriend the close-knit Black family to find out more. I really liked the background of the story about the Irish travelers. I don't know anything about them so it added to my pleasure of reading this book. The mystery seemed fairly obvious but still managed to surprise me. The romantic subplot is advancing with Katie and Declan getting ready to move in together and get married. I could relate to their house hunting woes but felt Katie wasn't open to compromise. The ending made a nice conclusion to the series even if there are more. I add some bonus points because of a reference to some of my favorite books and characters. I do have to nit-pick a bit again with Mungo.THIS is a Cairn Terrier By Wotapalaver (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...)], via Wikimedia CommonsNOT this By Ingunn Axelsen (Kennel Imrun) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b...)], via Wikimedia CommonsTheir ears can not flop in the breeze unless they have a medical condition that caused their ears to crumple or not stand up. The cover artist gets it right but the author again shows her ignorance. The new characters are the Black family. They are a close-knit family of Irish Travelers (or Gypsies). John Black, the head of the family is scary in a Godfather way. Katie didn't like him and neither will the reader. He's rude and mean and his business practices leave a lot to be desired. Orla's daughter Fern seems kind and sweet. Why she married a whiner and a bully like Taber, I don't know, but she seems to love him. I don't think Orla liked him much. Their daughter Nuala is sweet like her mother and a little shy because her family is wary of outsiders. I feel bad for the little girl growing up in that environment. Her grandmother loved her very much as does her aunt Ginnie. Ginnie seems like a fun teacher. She could be a friend for Katie. Since she married into the clan, she is not as secretive, or is she? It was truly a tragedy that Orla died. Her death was shocking. She was a kind and loving mother/grandmother and used her gift to try to help others. I'm sure she had a lot of irate people misinterpreting her readings but she seemed cheerful enough. Another new character is Vera Smythe. She is the irate customer who didn't like Orla's fortune. I found her to be the stereotypical mean lady at first but the author manages to make her three-dimensional. Could she have killed Orla? Randy Post is a young man from the firehouse. He seems very immature and almost everything we know about him is second hand information. I think I would be obligated to go out with him though. I loved Colette. She's so precocious and ten at the same time. The author knows her 10-year-old girls and has them down pat. The ladies of the Coven don't have much to do here. Cookie has turned her attention to real estate and her marriage. She acts only in a professional civilian capacity here and not as a witch. I feel she has lost some of her vibrant personality. Jaida adds some law advice and Bianca gets a subplot. As always Aunt Lucy lends her love and support.This is a fun series but I'm not super crazy about the whole witch thing. I think I'm done reading this series, especially as Mungo does not appear to be a Cairn Terrier. Content:engaged couple "practically" living togetherHis hand starts to creep up under her shirtMild violence
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  • Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 magical stars. Such a pleasant, solid series...I truly enjoy it!
  • Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Sue Ross
    January 1, 1970
    Another great readBailey 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.
  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    I always look forward to the next installment of this cozy series and I have never been disappointed. Visit the Honeybee Cafe in Savannah where the pastries are not just delicious, they often have just what you need. The cast of regulars is back, plus a family of Irish Travelers to liven it all up.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • OpenBookSociety.com
    January 1, 1970
    http://openbooksociety.com/article/po...Potions and PastriesMagical Bakery Series, Book #7By Bailey CatesISBN#9780399586996Author Website: Baileycates(.)comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis: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 http://openbooksociety.com/article/po...Potions and PastriesMagical Bakery Series, Book #7By Bailey CatesISBN#9780399586996Author Website: Baileycates(.)comBrought to you by OBS Reviewer DanieleSynopsis: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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  • Gaele
    January 1, 1970
    The seventh book in this series opens after dinner in downtown Savannah, where Katie and Declan have just been out for a meal with Ben and Lucy to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Honeybee Bakery. Continuing the evening before Lucy and Katie return to the bakery to get their familiars, they walk along the waterfront where various street shows, merchants and entertainers are making the most of the setting and weather. Witnessing an odd conversation and scene at the Fortune Teller’s stall, Kat The seventh book in this series opens after dinner in downtown Savannah, where Katie and Declan have just been out for a meal with Ben and Lucy to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Honeybee Bakery. Continuing the evening before Lucy and Katie return to the bakery to get their familiars, they walk along the waterfront where various street shows, merchants and entertainers are making the most of the setting and weather. Witnessing an odd conversation and scene at the Fortune Teller’s stall, Katie recognizes Orla, a friend of her Aunt Lucy and a customer. But, Orla is so much more – she has a prediction for Katie and a family that is nothing if not secretive and insular. The very next day, Orla walks in front of a car and is killed, shortly after a conversation with Katie and Lucy. Of course, nothing about Orla’s death feels right, and with a touch of interference from her grandmother’s gardenia scent, her familiar Mungo’s frantic barking and Declans long past (and thought to be banished) Leprechaun ancestor all pointing to murder, Katie’s curiosity is piqued. Not having read the earlier titles in this series (and a situation I intend to remedy immediately) Cates does manage to introduce the many characters with enough information about their background and history of interactions, including Katie’s draw and need to investigate the deaths that have a connection to magic. It’s been, by her own estimation, a very busy couple of years with plenty of revelations: her understanding of her own hedgewitch heritage, learning about magic and understanding her own task to help the magical in need, finding a fiancé in Declan, and now her search for a new house for the two of them as the carriage house that she has customized and crafted into her home. She’s got plenty going on – and the questions about Orla, the Black family and their unfamiliar customs born of their Irish Traveler history all come into play in this story. While the mystery grows as the Black family curls in upon itself against outsiders, and the dangers from hypnotic suggestions, fire and her own uncertain thoughts about her future, her choices and her options all unveil themselves, the story is both easy to read and engaging - keeping me intrigued with every page. A quiet community existing in the midst of tourist-rich Savannah – support, friendship and plenty of gossipy history is all there for the asking – and will have you wanting to find your own bakery with more. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    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
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    You know what, I love these books. The mysteries are intriguing, the characters are like an old group of friends you jump right back into, and the romance is heart warming.Each mystery has been new and I believe this one included the most magic and the most show of Katie performing the magic which was interesting.The romance has been a draw with these because I’ve always loved the two of them together and it just keeps getting better.I’m going to keep reading them and no one can stop me from my You know what, I love these books. The mysteries are intriguing, the characters are like an old group of friends you jump right back into, and the romance is heart warming.Each mystery has been new and I believe this one included the most magic and the most show of Katie performing the magic which was interesting.The romance has been a draw with these because I’ve always loved the two of them together and it just keeps getting better.I’m going to keep reading them and no one can stop me from my magical baking mysteries.
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  • Tracy Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this book.
  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    11/3/17 Full review tk.
  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    This series is just light fun to me. I enjoy reading them all. In this one, I did find the solution to the house problem to be painfully obvious from the beginning, but other than that, this one was good. :)
  • Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
    January 1, 1970
    ***NetGalley Review***Katie is out on the town with her her boyfriend, Declan and her Aunt and Uncle when they run into Orla on the boardwalk. Orla is a fortune teller from an Irish Traveler family. Irish Travelers are similar to the Romani (Gypsies). Orla happens to be a customer at their bakery where they sell baked good with a touch of magic added to them. When Katie and her Aunt run into Orla the next day, something bad happens. Orla is struck by a car and killed. What made Orla step in fron ***NetGalley Review***Katie is out on the town with her her boyfriend, Declan and her Aunt and Uncle when they run into Orla on the boardwalk. Orla is a fortune teller from an Irish Traveler family. Irish Travelers are similar to the Romani (Gypsies). Orla happens to be a customer at their bakery where they sell baked good with a touch of magic added to them. When Katie and her Aunt run into Orla the next day, something bad happens. Orla is struck by a car and killed. What made Orla step in front of it? Katie, Declan, her Aunt and Uncle, and the rest of the witchy coven help her figure out if she was under a spell or was it something else that compelled her.During all this one of the coven members is a real estate agent trying to show Katie and Declan a house for them to move into but Katie doesn't want to leave the home she is in now. There isn't room for them both. Orla had told her she was going to have to sacrifice something did she mean the house or Declan?This series is a light fun magical mystery. I enjoy the characters and the paranormal element. I hope Katie and Declan continue to move forward in their relationship and maybe they'll be married with children in future books.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    When I first started reading the series, I thought the stories were entertaining, but none of them seemed like anything to really "write home about". But I kept reading the series because I liked the characters. These latest two books though have really been great and I've really enjoyed them.In this particular book, Katie and her friends are trying to solve the mystery of Orla, Aunt Lucy's friend's death. It seems like a tragic accident, but Katie knows that something just isn't right about it. When I first started reading the series, I thought the stories were entertaining, but none of them seemed like anything to really "write home about". But I kept reading the series because I liked the characters. These latest two books though have really been great and I've really enjoyed them.In this particular book, Katie and her friends are trying to solve the mystery of Orla, Aunt Lucy's friend's death. It seems like a tragic accident, but Katie knows that something just isn't right about it. But delving into this mystery almost makes Katie a victim!The plot was well-written and well thought out. I wasn't positive about the villain until it was revealed. I knew it was one of about 3-4 people but I just couldn't settle on a particular person before it was revealed. This book definitely kept me on my toes with guessing!The characters in this series are wonderful. They're well-rounded, complex, developed characters who have their own sense of weirdness and fun. I find it very entertaining to read about them! I recommend this series to any paranormal cozy mystery fan! Make sure you start at the beginning of the series with Brownies and Broomsticks in order to understand all the dynamics between the characters!
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    It’s been two years since Katie, and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery. They create delicious treats with a special magical twist to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront. They meet Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.The next day, Orla meets with a tragic accident, but Katie’s intuition tells her it is something more sinister. Alongs It’s been two years since Katie, and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery. They create delicious treats with a special magical twist to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront. They meet Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.The next day, Orla meets with a tragic accident, but Katie’s intuition tells her it is something more sinister. Alongside her trustworthy coven, her aunt and uncle, and her firefighter boyfriend, they work to figure out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller before the killer does it again.--Series: A Magical Bakery Mysteries - Book 7Author: Bailey Cates Genre: Witch/Paranormal CozyPublisher: Berkley Publishing Group Bailey Cates is a brilliant writer who is imaginative and original. Potions and Pastries is the 7th book in the Magical Bakery Mysteries Series. It is a tremendously well-written story that compliments the series and creates a desire in the reader for more.Katie is learning what she is capable of and to trust her instincts. When Aunt Lucy’s friend, Orla is run down in front of her, she senses that it was no accident. It doesn’t take her long to convince her coven, Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben, and boyfriend, Declan that she is right and enlist their help in finding the crafty culprit.The characters in this story, as well as the entire series, 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.Declan is an interesting romantic lead as well as a genuinely nice person. Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben are adorable, entertaining and the type of relatives it would be great to have. The other characters are equally interesting and pleasurable.Savannah is a gorgeous setting for this series. With the historical homes and businesses, Spanish moss and green spaces at every turn, it is romantic and easily lends itself to magical ideas. The riverfront is filled with hustle and bustle, with street vendors hawking their wares, yet retains a semblance of a time long ago.The use of dragonflies as spiritual guides is a charming addition that is steeped in historical mythology. The reader can imagine them buzzing around leading Katie to her next adventure or clue. Myth has it that dragonflies, signify change, mainly of self-realization; the type of change that gives a person a profound understanding of the meaning of life. Traditionally the Dragonfly’s harried flight while skimming across water represents going beyond what’s on the surface. This is very aptly used in Ms. Cates series.Readers will find themselves on pins and needles waiting to turn the page and finding all the clues to the identity of the killer. The reveal of the murderer will come as a surprise to many readers. Overall Potions and Pastries is a delightful addition to this series. It is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys authors such as Heather Graham or Ellery Adams
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  • Marie McNary
    January 1, 1970
    Potions & Pastries Is Pure MagicI have wanted to read Bailey Cates’ Magical Bakery Mystery Series for such a long time. I’m a fan of her Enchanted Garden Mystery Series and I just knew this one would be amazing as well. And I was not disappointed. Potions and Pastries is the seventh book in the series that follows the adventures of Katie Lightfoot, her aunt and uncle, and the Honeybee Bakery. Sit down, relax, and prepare to stay awhile because once you pick up Potions and Pastries, you won’t Potions & Pastries Is Pure MagicI have wanted to read Bailey Cates’ Magical Bakery Mystery Series for such a long time. I’m a fan of her Enchanted Garden Mystery Series and I just knew this one would be amazing as well. And I was not disappointed. Potions and Pastries is the seventh book in the series that follows the adventures of Katie Lightfoot, her aunt and uncle, and the Honeybee Bakery. Sit down, relax, and prepare to stay awhile because once you pick up Potions and Pastries, you won’t want to put it down!Here are my top reasons to read this book.You’ll Wish the Honeybee Bakery Was a Real PlaceI found myself wishing I could hop in the car and make a run to the Honeybee for some coffee and yummy treats. I love that the bakery has bookshelves stacked with books that patrons are free to take and read. What a great idea for a bakery / coffeehouse!The MagicThe magical elements in this book are downright entertaining. They are a lot more essential to the storyline than they are in the author’s Enchanted Garden Mystery Series. They added a fun and humorous element to the story and also to the dimension of each of the characters.Characters You’ll Want to Come Back ForI always think it’s an excellent testament to a book and series when I finish a book and I’m already craving the next installment. By the final pages the residents of Savannah’s magical community had me hooked. I can’t wait to go back and visit them again soon.Potions and Pastries is sure to leave you under a spell!If you are a fan of Heather Blake’s Wishcraft Mystery Series, you’ll love Bailey Cates’ Magical Bakery. Give it a try and let me know what you think!Originally published at:https://cozyexperience.com/potions-pa...
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  • Mary Ann
    January 1, 1970
    This is a series of Cozy Mysteries involving Katie Lightfoot, Declan McCarthy, Lucy and Ben (her aunt and uncle) and the members of the Spellbook Club. It is set in Savannah, GA and Katie with her aunt and uncle own a bakery that is very popular. Katie, Lucy, Ben and Declan have gone out to celebrate the 2nd year of business and as they are coming back from their meal they see Orla, a woman they know, telling tarot fortunes to the people on the walk. They are interested in the family dynamic in This is a series of Cozy Mysteries involving Katie Lightfoot, Declan McCarthy, Lucy and Ben (her aunt and uncle) and the members of the Spellbook Club. It is set in Savannah, GA and Katie with her aunt and uncle own a bakery that is very popular. Katie, Lucy, Ben and Declan have gone out to celebrate the 2nd year of business and as they are coming back from their meal they see Orla, a woman they know, telling tarot fortunes to the people on the walk. They are interested in the family dynamic in the Black Family. The next day, Katie and Lucy see Orla outside their shop and go out to talk with her. She says she doesn't have much time to talk, but she would meet with Katie that night, but instead, she walks in front of a car and is instantly killed. Katie and Lucy both feel that it wasn't an accident and they begin their own investigation. Even Declan says he doesn't believe it was an accident. As they go along many other things begin to happen and Katie also deals with her and Declan's engagement and search for a new house. I did enjoy this book and tried to read it every chance that I encountered. This is one series that I feel is best to read all the books in order, though.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
           Welcome to the Honeybee Bakery where you can get a sweet treat and a little extra in Savannah .  One night after celebrating the anniversary of the shop , Katie her boyfriend and her aunt Lucy and her man . They meet Orla the local fortune teller. After Orla had a horrible accident Katie thinks it is a little more sinister is at work . Will Katie and Declan figure out who hurt Orla before it is too late .      This is the seventh book in the series and this is actually the first book I ha        Welcome to the Honeybee Bakery where you can get a sweet treat and a little extra in Savannah .  One night after celebrating the anniversary of the shop , Katie her boyfriend and her aunt Lucy and her man . They meet Orla the local fortune teller. After Orla had a horrible accident Katie thinks it is a little more sinister is at work . Will Katie and Declan figure out who hurt Orla before it is too late .      This is the seventh book in the series and this is actually the first book I have read . The characters are well written and there are some really good twists and turns that will make you wth . Katie took a little getting use to , sometimes she came of as a little bit pushy to me . Orla is an awesome character she is a fortune teller and a gypsy traveler. We actually learn a lot about gypsy travelers in this book. Which I enjoyed immensely.  Over all the characters all of them were well written and well developed .    Over all the story was well written and you will get sucked into the story line . There are some great misdirections and red herrings that will keep you guessing all the way through  I am going to go back and read the rest of the series . So if you like cozy mysteries this is a good series to read so check it out . 
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Potions and Pastries is the seventh book in the Magical Bakery Series. I enjoy these cozy mysteries. The characters are engaging, and the magic isn’t too intense. In this book Katie works to solve the mysterious death of Orla, a fortune teller who is also a friend. Orla gets killed by a car but Katie feels something is off about the whole thing. Orla seemed to almost be in a trance as she walked out into traffic. The dragonflies (her totem) lead her to believe that she needs to investigate. She Potions and Pastries is the seventh book in the Magical Bakery Series. I enjoy these cozy mysteries. The characters are engaging, and the magic isn’t too intense. In this book Katie works to solve the mysterious death of Orla, a fortune teller who is also a friend. Orla gets killed by a car but Katie feels something is off about the whole thing. Orla seemed to almost be in a trance as she walked out into traffic. The dragonflies (her totem) lead her to believe that she needs to investigate. She gets involved in the case and believes something suspicious is going on with Orla’s family. The Blacks are a tight knit secretive group and when she goes to visit them something goes horribly wrong and she realizes there is bad magic involved with this family and Orla’s death was not accident.As usual Katie is aided by the coven and Declan. There is also a nice side story about Declan and Katie looking for a home to settle in together. I recommend this series for anyone that enjoys a cozy mystery with magic involved but doesn’t want an intense supernatural element. I was given an advanced copy of this book for my honest review.
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  • Paul Lunger
    January 1, 1970
    The 7th book in Bailey Cates' "Magical Bakery" series, "Potions & Pastries" is about as standard a fare for this series as you can get, but does also still find a way to surprise we the reader as well. The book starts off relatively routinely as Katie & Declan are house hunting. Katie also meets with a friend Orla who eventually ends up dead after being hit by a car something the police think was simply an accident & Katie along with the spellbook club members disagree. From there it The 7th book in Bailey Cates' "Magical Bakery" series, "Potions & Pastries" is about as standard a fare for this series as you can get, but does also still find a way to surprise we the reader as well. The book starts off relatively routinely as Katie & Declan are house hunting. Katie also meets with a friend Orla who eventually ends up dead after being hit by a car something the police think was simply an accident & Katie along with the spellbook club members disagree. From there it's a case of learning more about Orla Black's family as well as trying to determine what exactly caused her death & if in fact the belief it was foul play is true. Cates does her usual above average job w/ the characters in this series & continues to prove how enjoyable a series this is through a stunning pair of events in this book (one of which contributes to the resolution of the mystery & the other of which contributes to the future of this series). Overall, while being pretty much routine for this series, the book does keep up with the plot twists & turns as well as emotional involvement with the characters to have this reader awaiting the next return to Savannah in this ongoing series.
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  • Lynne
    January 1, 1970
    This is still a good series, with no continuity glitches, or the carelessness of authors who are writing too many series concurrently. Katie Lightfoot, a lightwitch, is enjoying her life as the co-owner of the Honeybee Bakery, as well as the serious love interest of firefighter Declan McCarthy. However, as happens, a crime is committed right in front of her. The only problem is that she realizes it was a crime and no one else can see that. Well, except for her aunt Lucie and the other members of This is still a good series, with no continuity glitches, or the carelessness of authors who are writing too many series concurrently. Katie Lightfoot, a lightwitch, is enjoying her life as the co-owner of the Honeybee Bakery, as well as the serious love interest of firefighter Declan McCarthy. However, as happens, a crime is committed right in front of her. The only problem is that she realizes it was a crime and no one else can see that. Well, except for her aunt Lucie and the other members of her spellbook club. Using the conceit of a group of Irish travelers who remain a closely knit family, the story involves a smidgen of dark arts and the notion of hypnotism as a tool of deception. Katie is in the midst of changes in her life, and before her untimely death, the fortune teller cautions her that she must be aware of sacrifice. A near accident, a misunderstanding, the devotion of her friends and family, and the quick action of her familiar all help her avert disaster and bring about positive changes and a happy ending. A quick read, and good escapism on a snowy winter day.
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  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    January 1, 1970
    Upon the two year celebration of Katie Lightfoot joining her Aunt Lucy in the family Bakery, in Savannah, Georgia, we find the foursome of Katie and her Fiancé, Declan and Lucy with beloved husband, Ben strolling through a fair-like scenario. Fortune tellers, magic, ventriloquists, and many other attractions. What catches the foursome's eyes is Orla Black, the fortune teller. She gives Katie an unsettling reading and when Katie sees her next day outside the Bakery, she rushes to have further cla Upon the two year celebration of Katie Lightfoot joining her Aunt Lucy in the family Bakery, in Savannah, Georgia, we find the foursome of Katie and her Fiancé, Declan and Lucy with beloved husband, Ben strolling through a fair-like scenario. Fortune tellers, magic, ventriloquists, and many other attractions. What catches the foursome's eyes is Orla Black, the fortune teller. She gives Katie an unsettling reading and when Katie sees her next day outside the Bakery, she rushes to have further clarification. This is not to be as suddenly Orla gets a dazed look in her eyes and steps right in front of an oncoming vehicle. The police call it an 'accident.' Katie and Aunt Lucy call it 'murder.'This book has many twists and turns. We learn of the lives of Irish Travelers who have decided to stay in one location. Family control and more adds to this mystery. What is going on? Meanwhile, Katie also is in search of a 'joint' home for Declan and herself. The two events overlap and we are treated to an harrowing action scene.I adore this series, and was well pleased with this novel #7. Keep writing Ms. Cates, we love reading your work. Enjoy!
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  • Juanita
    January 1, 1970
    Katie and the Honeybee Bakery gang are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the bakery opening when their fortune-telling friend Orla steps out in front of a car right in front of Katie and her Aunt Lucy. Aunt Lucy was talking to Orla when it happens, and she says her eyes went blank and thinks there's a magical element to it, so naturally Katie investigates. It turns out Orla comes from a very close-knit family of Travelers originally from Ireland, sort of like gypsies, and (view spoiler)[Or Katie and the Honeybee Bakery gang are celebrating the two-year anniversary of the bakery opening when their fortune-telling friend Orla steps out in front of a car right in front of Katie and her Aunt Lucy. Aunt Lucy was talking to Orla when it happens, and she says her eyes went blank and thinks there's a magical element to it, so naturally Katie investigates. It turns out Orla comes from a very close-knit family of Travelers originally from Ireland, sort of like gypsies, and (view spoiler)[Orla had been looking into moving to California, taking some of her family with her. One of her son-in-laws was a bad egg, and she wanted to get away from him. He's a ventriloquist and can use his dummy to strongly hypnotize people, and that's what he'd done to Orla, causing her to step out in front of oncoming traffic. Katie's help wasn't necessarily needed though, as Orla's brother-in-law John was on the case too (hide spoiler)]. Things with Declan are well though, and the biggest stress in their relationship is coming from the fact they need a new place to live, as Katie's beloved carriage house is too small for the two of them. While Katie's investigating though, the guilty party sets her house on fire. That means it's going to need work, so Declan proposes going ahead and just remodeling it, making it big enough for them, which Katie's over the moon about. ALSO, Katie's friend Bianca meets one of Declan's firefighting buddies who falls head over heels for her, so things are going well for Bianca too. Seems like all of the spell book club is paired off now (does Mimsey have a husband?), and Cookie reveals that she's pregnant. This could be a good ending to the series, as all the characters are happy, but that's what I'd thought after Spells and Scones.
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  • Joni
    January 1, 1970
    Worth the wait! Katie Lightfoot once again finds herself in the middle of a mysterious death when a fortune teller walks into the path of an oncoming car. Did the woman commit suicide or was there something unnatural in the mix? Katie and her fellow 'bakery book club' members are quick to begin investigating. However, the death inquiries are not the only thing drawing Katie's attention.Katie and fiance Declan are house-hunting. Will Katie tell Declan how she feels about leaving her beloved carri Worth the wait! Katie Lightfoot once again finds herself in the middle of a mysterious death when a fortune teller walks into the path of an oncoming car. Did the woman commit suicide or was there something unnatural in the mix? Katie and her fellow 'bakery book club' members are quick to begin investigating. However, the death inquiries are not the only thing drawing Katie's attention.Katie and fiance Declan are house-hunting. Will Katie tell Declan how she feels about leaving her beloved carriage house? Will they find their dream house? What about the deceased woman's Irish traveler family? What is their story and why are they so secretive? And the day before her death, the fortune teller gave Katie a cryptic message about 'sacrifice'; what does it mean?All the comfortable elements of the Magical Bakery series are there; the bakery, the friendship of the women, Mungo and Honeybee the familiars, and of course, the ever-vigilant Detective Peter Quinn. The seventh book of the series does not disappoint.
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