Monday, January 17, 2022

Spirits and Sourdough - Cozy Review

Goodreads: Spirits and Sourdough (Magical Bakery Mystery #10) by Bailey Cates

Rating: Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Baker Katie Lightfoot needs a sprinkle of magic to solve a haunting mystery in the newest book in this New York Times bestselling series.

Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot works at the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, and she's always up for investigating her adopted home's rich supernatural history. That's why she's taking a ghost tour for the very first time. But when the psychic tour guide tells Katie that she's being followed by the ghost of a recently murdered woman, Katie realizes she met the victim earlier that day, just before she died. She knows she must bring the killer to justice.

And this murder isn't the only mystery Katie needs to solve. Her new husband, Declan McCarthy, is missing the guardian spirit who always watched over him, and she's concerned that Deck's life could be at risk if they can't find him. Under pressure from the living and the dead, Katie will have to use all of her magical skills to start an investigation from scratch and avoid half-baked alibis, because this baker kneads to find a killer.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I enjoyed the previous book in this series so had to pick up this one.

My Impression: This is such a cute series with lots of yummy food mentions and likable characters I like the mix of mystery and supernatural  and that the supernatural part isn't involved in helping Katie investigate.  

The mystery did keep me guessing until just before the reveal with lots of possible suspects and motives.  I liked the hook of the ghost tour and the tour guide who can see the dead.  It did surprise me a little that Katie was pretty much on her own with the investigation other then the occasional phone call with the police detective.  Most of the spell book club is busy with the side plot of Declan's guardian spirit.  

I would like to go back and read more about the side plot and the spend more time with the characters in general but I do feel like you could jump in with this book without too much issue.  There's enough information about who is who and even the guardian spirit subplot that I think even new to the series readers would have no issue.  This isn't a book that will really stay with me long after I'm done but it is one I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end which is sometimes just what I want.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I'd really like to go back and read the earlier books in this series and will be keeping an eye out for new books.  

Would I Recommend this Book? If you like a supernatural edge with your cozies and are looking for a fun read I think you'd enjoy this series.

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


  1. I listened to the audio version of an earlier book years ago and enjoyed it. I always meant to pick up more in the series, but never managed to. I am glad to hear this one is good.

  2. If you were into it all the way through I'd think that's a win. Also if you solved the crime just before the reveal, another big win.

  3. I think that this sounds like a very good series. Good to know that you don't absolutely have to read this in order.