Nov 062017
 

Potions and Pastries (A Magical Bakery Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th Book in Series
Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 7, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399586996
Kindle ASIN: B06X17WWYK

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….

About The Author

Bailey Cates believes magic is all around us if we only look for it. She studied philosophy, English and history and has held a variety of positions ranging from driver’s license examiner to soap maker. She traveled the world as a localization program manager for Microsoft, but now sticks close to home where she writes two mystery series, tends to a dozen garden beds, bakes up a storm and plays the occasional round of golf.

Having apprenticed with a master herbalist for a year, she’s prone to concocting teas and tinctures for family and friends from the stash of herbs stored in the corner cabinet in her office. She owns a working spinning wheel and is on a first name basis with several alpacas and two sheep with questionable dispositions.

Find out more about Bailey and her books on her webpage here. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Written as Bailey Cattrell


Written as Cricket McRae


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I am super excited to welcome Bailey Cates to Escapes With Dollycas today!
Her new Magical Bakery Mystery, Spells and Scones, was just released this week!

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Spells and Scones is the sixth in the Magical Bakery Mystery Series featuring Katie Lightfoot. Along with her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben, she owns the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, Georgia, which has been welcomed into the community with rave reviews from locals and tourists alike.

Soon after Katie moved to Savannah, Lucy delivered the bombshell that hedgewitchery ran in their family. The term comes from the women who used to cross the literal hedges that surrounded many villages. They would go out into the surrounding fields and forests to collect plants and herbs, which they then used to heal others. The women in Katie’s family also had access to another “hedge,” the veil between this plane and the next, which gives them unusual intuition, especially in relation to their skills with herbs.

spells and sconesOnce Katie accepted this information, Lucy began to train her in kitchen and garden magic. Their new apprentice, Iris Grant, is also learning the Craft, and now almost everything baked at the Honeybee features sprinkles of positive, supernatural intention mixed in with the sweet and savory flavors of their rotating selection of pastries. At the same time, the members of the spellbook club – Katie and Lucy’s informal coven – continue to train Katie in their own magical specialties.

In Spells and Scones, Savannah’s own celebrity psychologist is going to be signing her new book at the Fox and Hound Bookshop next door to the Honeybee. Katie and her aunt and uncle have gladly agreed to cater the event for the bookstore’s owner, Croft Barrow. Katie doesn’t know much about Dr. Dana Dobbs, but her next door neighbor, Margie Coopersmith, is over the moon about getting to meet her idol.

Not everyone cares for the brand of advice Dr. Dana offers. In her most recent book, How to Do Marriage Right, the relationship guru touts the concept of Radical Trust – which turns out to be the exact opposite of what it sounds like. She advises everything from tracking your loved one’s whereabouts via GPS to reading their email. Katie and her boyfriend, Declan McCarthy, have been together for a year now, and they’re horrified at Dr. Dana’s ideas.

At the author event, a couple of people in the audience challenge Dr. Dana, and Katie senses an uncomfortable undercurrent in the air. Still, it’s a shock when Dr. Dana is found poisoned in the back of the bookstore at the end of the evening. The woman who is Detective Peter Quinn’s prime suspect had a history of conflict with the psychologist, and, as she gets more information, Katie develops personal reasons for not wanting to get involved. But when Katie’s adorable familiar, a black Cairn terrier named Mungo the Magnificent, makes it clear that he wants her to investigate the crime, Katie agrees to do her best.

magic and macaroonsAs she sifts through the array of suspects and their motives, Katie is juggling her own relationship with Declan. It doesn’t help that Steve Dawes has returned to town after what happened in Magic and Macaroons. And then there’s her relationship with Mungo, which turns out to be more complicated than she ever expected.

brownies and broomsticksAuthors are inevitably avid readers, so it’s not uncommon for us to want to write about other writers, books, and bookstores. From the beginning, books have always played a significant role in the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Even before the grand opening of the Honeybee Bakery in Brownies and Broomsticks, Katie met Lucy’s book club. It turned out to be a spellbook club which was also a coven, but the members do meet to talk about books. The bakery also boasts a comfy reading area, and those witchy ladies select and supply the library with a strange and eclectic mix of volumes that frequently end up being exactly what a customer needs. Katie herself has benefited more than once from titles she discovered on those shelves.

The owner of the Fox and Hound, Croft Barrow has appeared briefly throughout the series, but this time I was happy to showcase him and his bookstore. Plus, I got to kill an author! (I don’t know why this is delightful to me – I adore other authors, and I certainly wouldn’t want to be poisoned after a reading. Perhaps it’s the irony of the idea that appeals to me.)

One of the recipes in the back of Spells and Scones is for scones – of course! Savory Greek scones with feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, Kalamata olives and rosemary. The second recipe is for pumpkin spice softies. Mmm.

~Bailey

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Spells and Scones (A Magical Bakery Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
An Obsidian Mystery (July 26, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451467430
E-Book ASIN: B016JPTJYC
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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!

About The Author

Bailey Cates believes magic is all around us if we only look for it. She studied philosophy, English and history and has held a variety of positions ranging from driver’s license examiner to soap maker. She traveled the world as a localization program manager for Microsoft, but now sticks close to home where she writes two mystery series, tends to a dozen garden beds, bakes up a storm and plays the occasional round of golf.

Having apprenticed with a master herbalist for a year, she’s prone to concocting teas and tinctures for family and friends from the stash of herbs stored in the corner cabinet in her office. She owns a working spinning wheel and is on a first name basis with several alpacas and two sheep with questionable dispositions.

Find out more about Bailey and her books on her webpage here. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Written as Bailey Cattrell

Written as Cricket McRae

GIVEAWAY
Thanks to the publisher I have 1 copy to give away!
Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

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something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

This year I am trying to build my Twitter following so for this giveaway 4 Bonus Entries will be awarded by following me on Twitter. @dollycas

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May 232012
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I had read other stories by this author and absolutely loved them! As soon as I saw the cover of this book I knew I was going to enjoy the Magical Bakery Mysteries!! I was so right. We are introduced to wonderful characters in a perfect setting. 

I am so thrilled to have Bailey stop by and visit today. I have mixed up one of the recipes from the book so grab yourself a Cheddar Sage Scone and help me welcome Bailey Cates!!

Hi Bailey!!

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for inviting me to guest here at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book!

My Magical Bakery Mysteries features Katie Lightfoot. An experienced baker, she’s recently relocated to Savannah, Georgia to escape an engagement gone bad and open the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben. Little does she suspect that she’s about to get involved in a murder investigation to clear Ben’s name – and there’s another surprise in store. Aunt Lucy belongs to a spell book club, a group of gentle witches who more or less operate out of the Honeybee.

A coven with an oven, if you will. I’d like to introduce them to you.

At seventy-eight, Mimsey Carmichael is the oldest member of the group. The first time Katie meets her she thinks she’s in her early sixties, though. Aunt Lucy swears that her dear friend and mentor appears so young simply because of good humor and clean living. Sporting a pure white pageboy, Mimsey describes herself as comfortably round. She’s a Savannah native and owns a flower shop in the historic district. She’s married, has one daughter, and practices flower and color magic as well as being the best in the spell book club at divination. Oh, and her familiar happens to be a parrot named Heckle.

Lucy Eagel is next in age. She’s the younger sister of Katie’s mother, but they are unfortunately estranged due to a disagreement about their hereditary gift of hedgewitchery. It’s the family “specialty” when it comes to magic and involves kitchen and garden magic as well as a deep understanding of herbal craft. Lucy and Ben have been married for ten years, though like Katie, Lucy is originally from Ohio. She’s short and slim with a mane of graying blond hair and a penchant for batik and patchouli. Her familiar is Honeybee, the orange tabby who inspired the name of the bakery.

Then comes Bianca Devereaux, a single mother of a five-year-old girl whose husband left her when she became a practicing Wiccan. Tall and willowy, with long dark hair and pale skin, Bianca is the witchiest-looking of them all. She owns a wine shop on Factor’s Walk called Moon Grapes, and her favorite magic involves moon spells. Most of her money comes from her ability to capitalize on trends in the stock market. Bianca doesn’t have a familiar.

Jaida French is an African American lawyer whose specialty is tarot magic – meaning she incorporates tarot cards and their meanings into her spell work – and a bit of divination. She has a flair for fashion, a love of fine food, and to Katie she always smells of cinnamon. She lives with another witch – and lawyer – named Gregory and her familiar, a Great Dane named Anubis.

And finally, there’s Cookie Rios. She’s twenty-four, coltish and has a slight Haitian accent from spending her first nine years there. Her father was a voodoo priest and died mysteriously, but Cookie has chosen to practice the kind of magic the rest of the spell book club does – most of the time. She’s not afraid to break the rules, changes jobs – and boyfriends – every three or four months, and doesn’t have a familiar.

And Lucy’s husband, Uncle Ben? Well, he’s not in the spell book club, but he’s very patient – and very lucky to have Katie and the other ladies on his side!

~Bailey

Thank you so much Bailey for introducing us to your fictional friends. I hope you will come back soon and often!!

 

About This Author

Bailey Cates writes the Magical Bakery Mysteries. They feature new witch and baker Katie Lightfoot and are set in Savannah, Georgia. The first in the series, Brownies and Broomsticks, released this month in paperback and ebook formats from NAL/Penguin. She also writes the Home Crafting Mystery Series as Cricket McRae. The sixth in the series, Deadly Row to Hoe, will release this November from Midnight Ink/Llewellyn.

 

For more information, please visit her website www.cricketmcrae.com or check out her blogs at www.hearthcricket.com and www.baileycates.com. You can also find her on Twitter: @cricketmcrae and @writerbailey and on Facebook as Cricket McRae and as Author Bailey Cates.

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Brownies and Broomsticks:

A Magical Bakery Mystery
A Brand New Series
An Obsidian Mystery
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group

Katie Lightfoot leaves behind an assistant baker job in Ohio to come to Savannah to work with her Aunt Lucy and  Uncle Ben as they open up the Honeybee Bakery. (The bakery is named after Lucy’s cat.)

While whipping up delectable treats to sell Katie notices Lucy adding mysteries herbs to the recipes. Katie gets quite the surprise when she learns that Aunt Lucy is a witch and these herbal additions are for much more than flavor. The recipes are in fact spells!

After the bakery opens early to cater to the local business group the treasurer tries to stiff them for most of the bill. Ben tells her to fork over the full amount or he will go over her head to the president. After she threatens Ben with running the bakery out of business she storms out.

Within minutes the treasurer is found dead in her car and Uncle Ben is the prime suspect. Lucy and Katie team up with a few of their friends and mix up some spells to prove Ben is innocent and sweep the real killer all the way to jail.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Could there be more perfect witches than those who bake up tasty treats? Plus the book even shares some of their recipes!!

Cates has created an ideal protagonist in Katie Lightfoot and surrounded her with some whimsical characters, including a hunky firefighter and some very special pets. (My hubby was a firefighter way back when, just saying.) She wrapped around them an intriguing mystery in a yummy setting that makes this story a joy to read.

The women in this story are so different from each other and would it not be for the shared trait of witchcraft they probably would not even know each other, let alone become friends. They realize they each have faults and accept each other for who they are. 

The men on the other hand don’t get along as well. Declan, the firefighter, can barely stand to be in the same room as Steve, the reporter. They have a past the fuels their fury but they both care about Katie. 

Lucy and Ben have a strong relationship but both Lucy and Katie have to deal with Katie’s mom’s denial of the “family specialty”.  

Bailey Cates blends this all together masterfully giving us a charming cozy to devour. The bewitching book group and bakery foundations have been set in this first installment and has given us a taste of what’s in store. I can’t wait to see what the author conjures up for us next.

Dollycas

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Thanks to the people at Penguin
I have 2 copies to giveaway!!

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You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
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Leave a comment for Bailey for 5 Bonus Entries !

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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