Nov 24 2017

Blog Tour & Review: Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Cozy Mystery, Review / Leave a Comment

It’s been exactly two years since Katie and her aunt and uncle opened the Honeybee Bakery, where they serve delicious—and bespelled—treats to the good people of Savannah. After a dinner celebrating the bakery’s anniversary, they all take a stroll along the waterfront and meet Aunt Lucy’s friend Orla, a colorful character who has been telling the fortunes of locals and tourists alike for years.

The next day, Orla meets with what seems like a terrible accident, but Katie’s witchy intuition tells her it was something more sinister. Together with her trustworthy coven and her firefighter boyfriend, she’ll race to find out what happened to the unfortunate fortune-teller before the piping hot trail goes cold….


About the Author

Bailey Cates believes magic is all around us if we only look for it. She studied philosophy, English and history and has held a variety of positions ranging from driver’s license examiner to soap maker. She traveled the world as a localization program manager for Microsoft, but now sticks close to home where she writes two mystery series, tends to a dozen garden beds, bakes up a storm and plays the occasional round of golf.

Having apprenticed with a master herbalist for a year, she’s prone to concocting teas and tinctures for family and friends from the stash of herbs stored in the corner cabinet in her office. She owns a working spinning wheel and is on a first name basis with several alpacas and two sheep with questionable dispositions.


Review of Potions and Pastries

Review (5 Stars):  I love culinary mysteries and this book has the right mix of suspense, humor and romance.  Katie can’t believe that it has been two years since moving to Savannah and opening the Honeybee Bakery in this wonderful community.  Things are going well with her boyfriend, Declan, and they are looking for a house together when all she wants to do is stay at her beautiful cottage.  Aunt Lucy’s friend, Orla, has been having some issues on the riverfront where she works as a fortune teller and when she turns up dead, Katie must find a killer before it is too late.

I love this series!!  Ms. Cates has a magical way of writing a mystery that makes you feel as though you are right there with Katie and her friends.  This is the seventh book in the Magical Bakery Mystery series and these books keep getting better and better.  Potions and Pastries was well-written and fun and I enjoyed seeing how Katie and Declan’s relationship was moving along.  This book is definitely a charmer!  Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

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