Monday, August 17, 2020

Witches and Wedding Cake - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Witches and Wedding Cake (Magical Bakery Mystery #9) by Bailey Cates

Rating: Liked It!
Source: Publisher

Description: Katie will be marrying firefighter Declan McCarthy in less than a week, and she's still finding time to run the Honeybee Bakery, where she infuses sweets and treats with special spells and cheerful charms. But her hope of getting hitched without a hitch is short-lived. When Declan's family shows up early to enjoy a few extra days in Savannah, his youngest sister finds an unsavory surprise: her ex-husband, dead in a hotel room hours after they argued.

The ex was scam artist with a lot of enemies, but the argument puts Declan's sister under suspicion. Between dress fittings and dough-kneading, Katie--along with her witchy friends in the spellbook club--will really have to work some magic to figure out who killed the con man...or there may not be a wedding.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy, Paranormal

Why I Picked This Book:  I've read a book by this author in another series and enjoyed it and I thought the cover was just gorgeous.

My Impression:  I've been enjoying paranormal cozies lately so when this one came up I couldn't resist - and I'm so glad I gave this one a try.  It's such a fun read and one that I flew through.  The pacing was excellent and the back stories are enough to fill out the world of the book without taking over or pushing the mystery to the back burner.

This is a touch more paranormal then I normally read with all kinds of witchy action.  There are spells and glamours and enchanted sachets.  And can I just say I would pay serious money for a comfort infused vanilla scone.  Where can I get that here?  I did love the bakery aspect and do wish more time was spent there but it would be pretty hard to get any investigating done so I'm willing to cut Katie some slack.  I did like that she was concerned about how much time she was spending away from it though.  So often the main character spends just about zero time at their job and no one comments or thinks about it.  It's a mild pet peeve of mine.  I did find the main characters a bit bland but I'd prefer bland to annoying.

 I love Savannah, Georgia and throw in lots of witchy intrigue and it makes for a thoroughly entertaining read.  I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I enjoyed this one and I've enjoyed her other series under the name Bailey Cattrell  so I'm looking forward to catching up on all of her series.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy paranormal cozies then I think you would like this series.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Oh man, I just read a spoiler ^__^ LOL. I want to continue this series. My library only had so many of the series and I would listen to the audio versions.

  2. Sounds really sounds fun and I love the title as well as the cover. Paranormal and those scones all sound absolutely wonderful.

  3. Sounds fun! I agree, it bugs me when main characters get to have these lives where they never seem to go to work - I think it's even more problematic in TV shows. I love a good paranormal cozy!