Thursday, July 30, 2020

Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates

Witches and Wedding Cake (A Magical Bakery Mystery #9)
Good Day! I want to share some upcoming book releases with you. The Mockingbird's Song by Wanda E. Brunstetter is out on August 1.  It is the second novel in Amish Greenhouse Mystery series.  A free preview is available from Amazon by clicking hereAdriana Licio has created a new cozy mystery series called The Homeswappers.  It begins with a prequel titled Castelmezzano:  The Witch is Dead which comes out July 30.  The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne by Elsa Hart publishes on August 4.  You can never have too many books!
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Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates has Katie Lightfoot completing the final details of her wedding which will take place within a week.  It has been a whirlwind three months since Declan proposed.  Declan’s mother and two of his sisters arrived in town early to revisit old haunts.  Unfortunately, Rori McCarthy’s ex-husband has tracked her down.  Katie gets a late-night call from Declan.  Rori visited her ex-hubby at his seedy motel and found him dead on the floor of his room.  Detective Peter Quinn has Rori at the top of his suspect list especially since she made a threat against him hours before his demise.  Rori asks Katie to investigate.  She wants closure as well as off the suspect list.  In between working at the bakery, moving into the newly renovated carriage house, and last-minute wedding details, Katie, with help from the ladies of the spellbook club, begins asking questions.  It turns out that Tucker Abbott, Rori’s ex-husband, was a con man who left unhappy people in his wake.  Katie will need to work quickly if she is going to solve this case before she walks down the aisle.  
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Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates is the 9th A Magical Bakery Mystery.  I have been reading this spirited series from the very first beginning.  Witches and Wedding Cake can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading this series in order.  It will allow you to follow Katie on her journey from discovering she is a kitchen witch, moving to Savannah, solving mysteries, and falling in love with Declan McCarthy.  Katie has had a busy two and half years.  I thought Witches and Wedding Cake was well-written with developed characters.  The author captures the beauty of Savannah, Georgia with her word imagery.  Katie Lightfoot is the perfect protagonist for this series.   She is friendly, smart, creative, and relatable.  There is a great cast of characters from Lucy, Ben, and Declan to the ladies of the spellbook club.  I just love Mungo, Katie’s familiar with his adorable “yip”.  The mystery was fun to solve.  There are multiple suspects that slowly get whittled down.  One little detail can provide the solution.  Katie has a full plate in this book, but she found time to help Declan.  Connor, the spirit who had attached himself to Declan, is missing.  Declan misses the Irish spirit.  I look forward to seeing how they find him. The special part of this book is Katie and Declan’s wedding.  Katie must deal with an interfering soon-to-be sister-in-law and a lack of an officiant.  I enjoyed reading Witches and Wedding Cake.  It is one of those books that puts a smile on your face.  Witches and Wedding Cake is an enchanting cozy mystery with a twitchy troglodyte, distinct dragonflies, a cupcake wedding cake, a mystifying music box, a stray spirit, and a magical marriage ceremony.
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Witches and Wedding Cake can be obtained from Amazon* along with the other eight books in A Magical Bakery Mystery series.  I hope you enjoy this enchanting cozy mystery.  I appreciate you reading my review today.  Tomorrow I am sharing The Orphan Twins by Lesley Eames. I hope that you have a magical day.  Take care of yourself, stay safe, and Happy Reading!

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