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Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Mystery #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  5,294 Ratings  ·  699 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.

In the Honeybee Bakery—named after Lucy’s cat—Katie notices that her aunt is adding mysterious herbs to her recipes. Turns out these herbal enh
ebook, 336 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by NAL
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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
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Darth J
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Jackie Lane
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zomick's  Bakery
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
What kind of chef "doesn't like knives"? Not the greatest character flaw.
BJ Rose
More like 3.5*, but the author enticed me to get the next book, so we'll call it 4*
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
Not the best cozy mystery that I've read, but baking and witches is fun.
Elliot A
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
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
Angela Holland
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book bored me. The mystery wasn't all that interesting. Also most mystery books I read had witty characters I enjoyed, but sadly this did not. Also the characters in those books are mostly consultants or PI's, not just somebody that has no legal authority whatsoever. That annoys me. At least in this book she had a solid reason to want to find the killer, but what will be her excuse for the rest of the books? Also there's love triangle, yuck! I wish I would've known that before I read it, so ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
:: 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
Katie Lightfoot has relocated to Savannah, GA. to open a bakery with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben. After 3 years working as an assistant in a bakery, she is dying to be in her own place so she can express her creativity. Her Aunt Lucy is also adding her own touches that Katie will soon find are more magical than culinary. When a chance to host a luncheon for the Downtown Business Association comes up she and her family are both excited and hesitant. Excited because of the exposure the meeting wil ...more
Nov 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I absolutely adored this book. Brownies and Broomsticks is a cute and fun cozy mystery with a bit of witchery thrown in for a nice twist.

The story centers around Katie Lightfoot who moves from Akron, Ohio to Savannah, Georgia to start her own bakery with her aunt and uncle, after her fiancé breaks off their engagement. Shortly thereafter, right before Katie's grand opening of her Honeybee Bakery, the town meanie, Mrs. Templeton is found murdered in front of the bakery and Katie's Uncle Ben is
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book!

When Katie moves to Savannah to help her aunt and uncle open Honeybee Bakery, she begins to get settled in her new home. Katie has always enjoyed baking and tending to her Garden, and she is looking forward to trying out her recipes at Honeybee Bakery. As she gets to know Aunt Lucy’s friends, she realizes that they are part of a “Spellbook Club”. The ladies teach Katie some things about witchcraft and spells as they all prepare to open the new Bakery. One day a little dog sho
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I enjoyed reading about main character, Katie Lightfoot, a twenty-eight year old assistant manager of a bakery from Akron, Ohio who, after her fiancée calls off their wedding, moves to Savannah, Georgia to help her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben open up their new business venture, a bakery called the Honeybee Bakery.
The women of Aunt Lucy's "book club", are actually all members of a coven of witches, of which Lucy is a member. Unbeknownst to Katie, she is also a fledgling witch and the ladies all want
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I don't have time for that!" — the Katie Lightfoot story.

Fun, fluffy, well-paced, well plotted. I'm a fan.
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
What I've Read This Week Part II . .

Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates -- Cozy Mystery

Katie Lightfoot is starting over in Savannah. Her fiance unceremoniously dumped her and broke her heart and she needed to get away from her small town. The timing was right since her Uncle Ben has retired and Aunt Lucy is opening a bakery. With a degree in pastry art and three years at a dead-end management job she's a natural choice for head baker. Katie loves Savannah and her
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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 t
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for something light and easy to read then you've found the right book with Brownies and Broomsticks: A Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates. I wasn't much for stretching outside of my comfort zone, but I found that these fun paranormal stories are just the ticket. Mix in a little mystery and I will keep turning the page.

Katie moves South to help her aunt and uncle with their bakery. Fresh from a broken engagement, this is her chance to start over. As a baker, this is the perf
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