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Brownies and Broomsticks

(Magical Bakery Mystery #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  7,945 ratings  ·  997 reviews

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 recip
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Signet
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“I've seen some pretty strange things in my life, and more of them make me think magic is possible than not.”

Brownies and Broomsticks was just what I was looking for - finally a paranormal themed cozy mystery that isn't all fault fluff and unrealistic rigidity.

The main character has returned to a small town to escape her current life and start a anew in a bakery business with her aunt and uncle. Once there she finds out that she is in a long line of "hedgewitchery" and that the local book clu
Darth J
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, witch-wizard
A cozy mystery about witches and baked goods with some recipes in the back?

And then add in a love triangle...

Sorry, while the rest is my jam, a love triangle definitely isn't. I seriously don't know what it is with writers who think people love to read about these sorts of things. Between that and the few spelling errors, those were the things I didn't like about this book.

For the most part, I liked this book though. The baked goods sounded tasty and there are even recipes in the back for Peanut
✨ Gramy ✨
This is a light cozy mystery that is clean and wholesome. You can breeze through it without a lot of concentration.


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.

There is a whole spectrum of characters disguised as one thing or another. So be prepared to skip down the yellow brick road and not
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Audiobook-narration excellent
Katie Lightfoot is a witch but even better than, she's a baker. New to her witch side she explores the possibilities while she bakes delights in her aunts new bakery. Everything was going well till an old mean woman came in and threatened the bakery, family and anything else she could think of while stealing money owed to the bakery. The old bat wasn't done there no she went and got her neck broken, complicating matters and leaving some serious accusations on her un
Penny Raspenny

It was enjoyable enough.

I liked the idea of the magical bakery and I could almost smell the goodies Katie baked! The mystery was well planned and nice paced through the book. The characters were interesting and well presented in the story.


My main reason for not giving it more than 3* is that I didn't feel the magic. I liked the concept the author adopted but I just didn't get that much excited and compelled by the magic-doing. Truthfully, there were not many scenes with characters practici
Aira Karina
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Katie Lightfoot left her life in Akron, Ohio and choose to be with her aunt and uncle in Savannah, Georgia. After her engagement called off , she prefer to get away and when she had a chance to help her aunt Lucy in her bakery, she jumps right on. She was starting to enjoy her life in Savannah while running the Honeybee Bakery when bad things happens.

It is all started with an agreement with Mavis Templeton, a bitter old lady who wants to hold a business meeting in Honeybee Bakery in a short not
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good start to what looks like a fun paranormal cozy mystery series...

I truly think if I had to pick a paranormal being to be I would definitely pick a witch.... this book made me feel even more strongly about this, Katie was just so likable... i'd love to spend time hanging out with her and the bookclub, Not to mention all those yummy baked goods.... The mystery in this book was good, it definitely kept me guessing until the very end... at first I wasn't thrilled that there might be a
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: iggppc
What kind of chef "doesn't like knives"? Not the greatest character flaw.
As my friend Suranjana knows only too well...cozy mysteries are not really my go-to genre. But her fondness for them coupled with my love for food (even when present in book titles or book covers) made me take the plunge.

Katie Lightfoot is a pastry chef who shifts to Savannah when her elderly aunt and uncle decide to open a bakery and offers her the position of the chef. However things go awry when right before the grand opening of their cute little bakery a woman gets murdered just after leavin
Jackie Lane
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a cute cozy mystery.

Katie Lightfoot's started out as an assistant manager of an Ohio bakery.

Her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben are opening a bakery, Honeybee Bakery, in Savannah's and she jumps ship and goes to work for them. She purchases a quaint little cottage house and gets set to start work.

From the start, there are some things that just don't add up to Katie. Her aunt has herbs that she adds to her baking. As they prepare for the grand opening, they are asked to host a DBA mee
I thought I would like this one better than I did, but it ended up being just ok for me.

I liked Katie and Lucy, loved how things started with them opened a bakery, loved how Katie learned of magic and that she was a witch. I even liked how Katie seemed to embrace this new side of herself.

What didn't work as well for me was the whole who killed the evil witch! By the time we learned who the bad guy was and how he changed his appearance I wanted to scream. How did no one else not be aware that hi
Zomick's  Bakery
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well I have a bake shop, Zomick's Bakery and working there isn't much like it's explained in this book. Well I'll have to live with it I guess... Fun thing aside, the book was interesting thing to read,and I was hooked to it from the first page. A variety of characters, both male and female who mix up in the bakery with all that flour and other baking ingredients :) Not kosher at all. - Zomick's Bakery ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Witches, Bakeries, Book clubs are three of my favorite things so this book scored on all three along with some great characters and a decent mystery.
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I'm already looking forward to reading the 2nd book in series
Chelsey Wolford
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As a Southern Belle myself, it was a pleasure to pick up this book and follow Katie Lightfoot as she travels from Ohio to a quaint little community in Savannah, Georgia. She is moving to help her Aunt and Uncle open up a bakery called the Honeybee Bakery. What made this book the most enjoyable for me is that Katie was unaware that she was a witch before coming to stay with her Aunt and Uncle. Watching Katie open up to the craft and fully accept it was awesome. As the reader I was starting to get ...more
Elle's Book Blog
:: 5 Pretty Little Stars ::

Delicious sweets, magic, and witches – SCORE! This book (or series rather) has been on my radar for quite a while now and has been sitting on my bookshelves waiting to be devoured. I am SO disappointed I didn’t pick it up earlier because I LOVED IT. I have always been a fan of magic and mayhem especially in terms of Wicca, and this book brings all of this to the surface. It’s honestly so much fun! I wished I had a magic bakery around. For those who haven’t read this
Elliot A
I was hoping to have found another cute and worthwhile mystery series that included witches with the Magical Bakery Mystery series. Unfortunately, I will not continue this series, since it could not keep my interest.

It was a slow moving story that contained a lot of unnecessary details, which oddly enough were not explained properly so that the actual purpose of those descriptions seemed out of place, awkward and confusing.

I felt that the main character was only the vessel or object of moving th
BJ Rose
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
More like 3.5*, but the author enticed me to get the next book, so we'll call it 4*
SheriC (PM)
I picked this up on a whim, thinking it might be a fun new cozy mystery series, but was dismayed to find that it's really more Romance than mystery, and not the good kind, either.

For example: The MC is busy trying to get her new business off the ground and dealing with her first big customers, but the moment she locks eyes with some random guy in the shop, she's thinking about long term relationships and admiring how straight and white his teeth are. Later, the MC has just seen the strangled bo
Angela Maria Hart
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book for the cozy mystery book club: ...more
Alice 🌙
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5/5 ⭐️
I loved the atmosphere of this as well as the characters and the little “book club” they have! I’m exited for the next one!
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Why a Five Star rating right from the beginning? Well, let me see if I can convince you to pick up a copy and rate it likewise.

Location is Savannah, Georgia. Many reputable persons consider Savannah to be one of the most, if not the most, haunted locations in Northern United States of America. This story is Titled "Brownies and Broomsticks." Also, Savannah is famous for its delicious and mind numbing foods and a valid Sweet Tea contender. So, That makes it a five star site. Oh, and the going bus
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I was wrong on who did it, but I loved the book. The characters are awesome and just felt right at home. I will be continuing with this series for sure. It will be a series that I keep reading and will be recommending it to everyone that I can.

Gave it an A+ or 5 stars.
Not the best cozy mystery that I've read, but baking and witches is fun.
This little book has been on my bookshelf for way to long. So I took it on a recent trip for light reading. Well, this one was so light it threatened to float away! A young woman finds herself in need of a change. What could be better than to move from Ohio to Savannah Georgia to help run a family bakery?
So begins a story replete with romance, murder and a coven of witches. This is Savannah after all! It's a light yummy read for the beach or a day spent hiding away from your adult responsibili
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brownies and Broomsticks is the first book in the A Magical Bakery Mystery series. And what an enjoyable story it is, too.

Katie Lightfoot heads for Savannah to put her culinary skills to work in her aunt and uncles' Honeybee Bakery. Katie, her Aunt Lucy and Uncle, and few close friends are busy putting the final touches in the Honeybee Bakery, with opening just a week away. Mavis Templeton of the Downtown Business Association stops in see if the Honeybee Bakery will be able to handle the groups
Angela Holland
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This was a new author and cozy mystery series for me. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was cute. Katie just moved to Savannah and is not learning she is a witch so she now has a lot to learn. I liked Katie's aunt Lucy and uncle Ben they seem like nice people and a cute couple. When Katie's uncle is accused of murder she knows he had nothing to do with it and is out to prove it no matter what anyone tells her. I thought is was nice how Quinn the detective started listening to her and usi ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I always think I am going to tire of foodie cozies...and then I read one like BROWNIES AND BROOMSTICKS and know that I am being silly. I love foodie cozies. I get hungry and I want to find the places where the books take place. I'd love to work at this particular bakery with Katie Lightfoot and her aunt.
The paranormal aspect is mellow with Katie discovering her abilities as a witch with her aunt's guidance.
I love that there are two intriguing men in Katie's life now. Three if you count Mungo t
Sharon Mariampillai
Thank you Berit for recommending this series to me. This was an enjoyable read. The story was really intriguing. This is my first paranormal mystery series and the first book did not disappoint. I was so surprised by the way the story turned, although there was a potential love triangle. If that is the case, I will choose Steve over Declan. I really loved Katie. She was very likable. I thought the club of witches were great. Also, I really liked the ending when they found the murderer of Mavis T ...more
Fun little cozy with a magical realism touch. I’ll be continuing on with this series. Beware- you’ll want some tasty baked goods on hand while reading this. I’m going to actually try the two recipes in the back of the book.
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
I participated in #CozWeek2020 hosted by one of my favorite booktubers - Courtagonist. I saw one of the other participants post about this series in our Cozy Mystery Facebook Group - and realized I had the first and second book on my shelves. I took my time reading this because I was really enjoying getting to know the characters.

Katie moves from my neck of the woods (Ohio) to Georgia to open the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt and uncle. She soon learns that magic runs in her family and explains
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