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on 30 September 2012
Katie Lightfoot has just left a less than satisfying life in Ohio and moved down to Savannah to open the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben. As she and Lucy begin working on recipes for the bakery, Katie notices her aunt's habit of adding herbs to the mixtures and muttering and soon discovers these additions aren't just tasty...they're magical! But when a rude customer is found murdered out front and Ben becomes the prime suspect, Katie will draw on her magical heritage and, with the help of a handsome journalist and charming firefighter, try to solve the case herself!

This is the first book in the new Magical Bakery Mysteries and one that I shamelessly picked up based on the gorgeous cover. I ended up really enjoying the story and it has been a long time since I've read a cozy mystery with this many twists and turns. I couldn't figure out the murderer's identity but when it was revealed it all made perfect sense which is the best kind of cozy, at least in my opinion.

The book is set in Savannah and there are a few descriptions of the town through the eyes of it's newest resident Katie. The pacing is great, balancing revelations and world building with dramatic twists. The writing is gorgeous and this is packed with mouthwatering descriptions of food and various bakery treats. This is a world I'd be happy to live in! I loved how realistic the witchcraft was, as well as the delicate way it was introduced to the storyline. There's also a variety of practices described so it'll be interesting to see how these play out later in the series.

I really liked Katie. At first I thought she seemed a little stereotypical - starting a new business, just out of a messy long-term relationship, but she soon blossoms on the page. The only thing that bothered me about her was how little she slept, although I have the feeling this may be important in future installments. Katie works hard to build her business and to clear her Uncle's name, while somehow balancing two potential love interests in Steve and Declan. Steve really irritated me by constantly calling her "Katie-girl" and honestly they seem to have very little in common. It's almost as though he has been put there as the 'doesn't care you're a witch' option, although Declan is incredible. The romance doesn't detract from the storyline though - it just enhances it.

At the end recipes for Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies and Cheddar-Sage Scones (both featured in the book) are included. These sound really yummy and I can't wait to try them out!

All in all this was a great read and I'm looking forward to Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti.

Plot: 10/10
Characters: 8/10
Ending: 10/10
Enjoyment: 9/10
Cover: 10/10

Overall: 47/50
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on 25 November 2013
This incredibly cute story is a charming, cosy read ideal for those rainy days or to fill the hours of the dull daily commute. You only have to glimpse the gorgeous pink cover to know that you are in for a real tasty treat, filled with spine tingling spells and mesmerizing mystery. As a fan of fantasy, food and frivolities I was instantly drawn to this magnetic book that pleasantly lived up to expectations. This little gem of a story is a quick, light read that is fun and compelling from page one. I was captivated by the murder mystery that had an Agatha Christie Marple feel about it, and which left me sat in suspense guessing right up to the very end and the big reveal! Another element that makes this book a winner is how the author cleverly combines chick-lit, contemporary fiction with a supernatural sinister twist ~ that I know will appeal to readers of paranormal fiction. If you are looking for something a bit different and which cleverly combines a mixture of genre, then this is a story that I would suggest to take a look at.

Easy Bake Coven

Katie's story is set in Ohio and swiftly sweeps across to Savannah, where `the Honeybee bakery' (her Aunt and Uncle's) is. Lucy and Ben are fantastic relatives with bewitching secrets...such as Lucy also being a Witch! One day a customer is murdered outside the bakery and with Ben as prime suspect, Katie takes it upon herself to seek out the true killer and prove his innocence. Stirring up some toil and trouble duo Lucy and Katie embark on an enchanting adventure, filled with tasty treats and mouth-watering magical morsels!

Fabulously fun and highly readable this enjoyable novel is the first, {in what I predict to be} a spectacular series. Included in the back pages are some scrumptious recipes so that you can also have a go at baking, after reading this magical mystery. I would highly recommend this brilliant book as an ultimately fulfilling and satisfying read, with not too much detail or substance for something short.

3.5 Stars
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on 12 March 2013
A fun cozy with someone discovering that they can channel magic (as well as being a top notch baker!), looking forward to reading the next in the series
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on 29 November 2012
A real non-event. Nothing wrong with it - but it had thin characterisation and the broadest of predictable character types.
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on 8 September 2016
Witty book and nice to know there's more to read
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on 7 November 2015
Good story
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