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Magic and Macaroons

(Magical Bakery Mystery #5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,372 ratings  ·  189 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Some Enchanted Éclair comes a tale of delicious desserts and supernatural sleuthing…

For magical baker Katie Lightfoot, the only way to beat the Savannah summer heat is to whip up some cool treats for the Honeybee Bakery’s patrons. But when a meeting of the spellbook club is interrupted by a stranger collapsing on the floor of
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by NAL
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Deirdre S. I likeMungo, but the series is interesting in general. He's a welcome bonus.

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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

The best one of the group, by far. Although still a bit weighed down by cozy cliches in dialogue (such a profanity euphanisms that come across a bit silly at times), the story is juicy since it ties into voodoo, curses, hidden voodoo queens of the city, a certain detectives secretive past, and Katie finding out more about her personal power.

All regular characters have returned with enough page time to make me happy - we get Steve again (still have a hang-up for him even though Declan is
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Step into Honeybee Bakery, where every delicious treat is magical and once eaten will give you a added pep in your step. Katie is a hedgewich that specializes in garden and kitchen magic and Honeybee Bakery is known for adding just a little extra to the baked goods depending on what you may need in your life. Katie runs the bakery along with her aunt who is also a witch, Lucy and uncle Ben.

The exciting part of this bakery is the coven of witches and friends that are known as "The Spellbook Club"
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of the darker entries in the series, voodoo and snakes and (view spoiler)

One last book before having to wait for more to be published.
Jul 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, audio, 2019
3.5 Stars

Another enjoyable installment in this series.

What I like about these books (and others may not) is how even though it contains all the hallmarks of a cozy mystery (no adult situations, no swearing, no graphic violence) these stories tend to run a little 'darker' than your average cozy mystery.

What I mean by that is, the murder and investigation round it in this book is about voodoo and possible human sacrifice and the like. Not exactly your Grandmother's cozy mysteries

I really love the
Amy "the book-bat"
I wish this bakery was real. I would have loved to have worked there when I was a student at SCAD.

The look at voodoo in this book was interesting since I don't know much about it. The snakes were creepy to me, but then I have never been too keen on them. Some are pretty though. The case was interesting and kept me involved. I hope this series continues after the next book!
Sharon Mariampillai
Actual Rating: 3.5

This was an enjoyable read. I thought that this book was not as good as the last four books. I think there were some bits that annoyed me in this story. I did not like the fact that the love triangle was reintroduced. I wish that the author will continue to keep Katie with Declan. It is just irritating to see how she gets around Steve, while she is with Declan. It does not seem fair. I wish there was more Uncle Ben in the story as well. However, despite that I did enjoy
As much as I enjoyed some of the books in this series, Magic and Macaroons just did not enthrall me. I am not liking the direction that this series is taking. I will probably not be reading any more in this series. There are much better cozies with animals in them. 2 stars

The Spell book Club is having a meeting in the Honeybee Bakery when a young woman bangs on the glass looking for Katie. As she collapses, she begs Katie to find the "gris-gris". Katie learns that the woman is the niece of her friend Taite and the mystery begins.

This installment of the Magical Bakery series is a little darker than previous books. The subject of voodoo has everyone on edge. Cookie is reluctant to get involved because of her family's past with voodoo, but
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks

Least favorite so far...
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Round up to 4.5 stars. I could read 20 more of these.
DNF - need to take a break from this & will maybe pick it back up one day
When a strange woman shows up at the Honeybee after hours looking for Katie claiming her uncle sent her and then collapses, Katie is perplexed. When she discovers the woman is the niece of Franklin Tate, Katie feels it's up to her to help. She goes searching for answers as to what happened to Taite, what exactly is a lightwitch and what is wrong with Ms. Taite. She discovers a dangerous voodoo practitioner has it out for the Taites and for Katie. It's going to take the whole spellbook club to ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magic and Macaroons is the fifth book in the A Magical Bakery Mystery series.

I enjoy visiting Savannah, GA and stopping by to see Katie Lightfoot and her Aunt Lucy at the Honeybee Bakery where put a little “magic” into their baked goods.

Honeybee's has closed for the day, but Katie and Aunt Lucy are still there as they are having one of their frequent spellbook club meetings. Then there is a desperate knocking on the door. The young lady knocking says she needs to talk to Katie. After learning
I am not liking this book, and have no plans to finish it. I checked it out of the library because it had a cute cover and it sounded like a cute fairy-tale-like story with ghosts and magic wands. You know -- fun! This story is not like that, and from the reviews of people who started the series on Book 1 (I didn't know it was a series until I'd started reading it), this is the least favorite so far.

This is a story that takes place in the South amongst a community of wiccans and voodoo (or
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
The cozy genre is seeing more and more paracozies on the market these days, and out of all those series on the list the Magical Bakery Mystery series is one of the most recognized.

I’ll be honest, books with witches and magic aren’t my go to reads. I was sent this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I’m happy it was because I found author Bailey Cates to be a gifted writer and her words flowed smart and smooth.

I love the description of the Honeybee Bakery. I mean really, a
During a meeting of the spellbook club, Katie Lightfoot and her friends are interrupted by a woman frantically knocking on the Honeybee's window. When Katie goes to check it out, the woman collapses to the ground, but before she falls unconscious, she manages to say that she is seeking Katie Lightfoot for help and that her uncle sent her. Her last coherent words to Katie are to find the missing gris-gris and seek out Savannah's voodoo queen. This sets Katie on a quest unlike any other as she ...more
Mary Ann
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
"“Those are macarons,” I said, then spelled the word. “Though sometimes it’s spelled the same as the coconut-based cookies we have here. Macarons don’t typically have any coconut at all."

As the ladies of the Spell Book Club are having their meeting, a woman comes and starts banging on the door and saying that she was sent by her uncle to find Katie Lightfoot. Then she collapses and goes into a coma. Katie feels that she needs to find out who this woman is, who her uncle is and then what really
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-ratings
Every book in this series so far has not disappointed and this one was no exception.

I mean, holy cow, it was quite amazing. Every book in the series so far has had a completely different murder, with a completely different mystery to solve. I think this one was the most diverse so far. I really loved it.

I was laughing at the snarkiness, gasping at the revelations, and smiling at the romance.

I realized about halfway through, that not only did I continue this series for the amazing mysteries,
Diane ~Firefly~
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A girl comes to Katie for help and then falls into a coma. That leads her into checking out the local voodoo queens for clues which leads her to a mentor. We learn more about Cookie and her past.

Good mystery and I really like the characters. My only concern is while the love triangle seems broken, it still rears its ugly head every now and then. (view spoiler)
Laura Resau
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love every book in this series, and this one is no exception. The voodoo elements give the mystery a really unique and creepy flavor... yet there's still so much love in the book-- Katie's deepening relationship with Declan, the warmth of the community of witches at Honeybee, and of course, our beloved Mungo the dog. Reading this was a delicious and sensual treat, and I'm already eager for the next one... Highly recommended!
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great mystery book. I can't wait for the next one.

Katie once again learns more about her powers when she gets thrown into another mystery while working at the Honeybee Bakery.

Can you say VOOOODOOO?? Cookie decides that she needs to help Katie with this mystery because she has a strong background in voodoo.

Great author and wonderful writing. Again she kept me guessing until the end.
I'm going through this series like popcorn.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid entry in a very enjoyable series. I like most everything about this series, I like the setting, the characters, and the mysteries are good as well. No complaints!
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mysteries in these novels keep getting more complex and intertwined. I am actually really enjoying them.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not terribly well-versed in voodoo, although I've done some very basic reading on the subject, enough to know that Ms. Cates did her homework on this wildly varied religious practice. By the way, did you know that voodoo dolls (poppets) are far more often used to heal than to harm? As she points out through her characters, intent is everything. This story was compelling...not just tracking a killer, but righting some great wrongs, as well.

My ONLY issue with this
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie's back, and things are getting weirder. Maybe Detective Taite wasn't dead when he spoke to her through a medium 3 months ago - because the police just found his fresh corpse. And his niece collapses at the Honey Bee right in front of Katie. She knows she has to find out what's going on and fulfill the niece's last (last?) request to find the missing voodoo grisgris and maybe Detective Taite's killer.

Katie turns to Cookie first, who wants absolutely nothing to do with the voodoo of her
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: culinary
I absolutely love this series, and this installment didn't let me down. Each book brings a little more humanity to the characters, with this one giving a deeper view of Cookie and her wacky world (not sure this new husband doesn't need to disappear). The "new" characters were likable, except of course for the ones you were suppose to hate. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Iris as she seems to be assimilating into the coven. The things that have always drawn me into this series still do, ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series

Katie Lightfoot and the other members of her spellbook club are always in the middle of some paranormal happening. Its nice to read how this untraditional family takes care of each other. The backdrop of Savannah is delivered in detail and makes you feel you are there and in their wonderful gardens and history. I want Katie's gazebo and backyard garden paradise. I love the combination of baking, witchcraft, friendship, and family. In this book Katie assists to find the killer
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun series. I find that I often don't like the way authors combine the cozy mystery genre with the supernatural genre, but this one does it just right. Usually I'm fine with tiny bit of magical realism, but when it gets too much into the woowoo, it turns me off. This one is definitely not light on the supernatural, but I'm still very much enjoying it. I love the way the magic is woven into the cooking at the bakery. Though I still get annoyed when people bring their pets to hang around ...more
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysterious, 2019, magickal
Basic Plot: Katie is on the trail of a missing voodoo gris gris and the murderer of Franklin Taite

I definitely need a break from the series for a bit. I had to force myself through a good portion of the book, mostly because I was getting in my own way with overthinking various book elements, but it was still a problem. The end of the book picked up pace and made it difficult to put down, which was a definite positive. Books like these are meant to be page turners and not necessarily force the
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