Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Spirits and Sourdough by Bailey Cates

 Spirits and Sourdough

Book Summary

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.
My Thoughts

Katie Lightfoot is on a ghost tour with some of her fellow spellbook members when their tour guide, Teddy LaRue suddenly stops talking and turns white.  She then takes Katie aside to let her know a recently deceased woman wants Katie to find her killer.  It turns out that Teddy can see and talk to spirits which is why her ghost tours are so popular.  From Teddy’s description of the woman, she was in the Honeybee Bakery earlier that day for a book club meeting.  Katie works with the members of the spellbook club to search for the killer.  With Samhain approaching, Katie knows the veil between this world and the next will be at its thinnest.  She knows that this special night is the best opportunity to retrieve Declan’s Irish guardian spirit.  Katie is worried what will happen to Declan if he does not have Connell inside him.  The only problem is that Katie needs a tether to pull off the dangerous spell.  Can Katie find a killer so the murdered women’s spirit can move on and retrieve a guardian spirit before the end of Samhain?  

Spirits and Sourdough by Bailey Cates is the tenth A Magical Bakery Mystery.  It can be read as a standalone because the author provides the necessary background information.  However, I recommend reading this enchanting series in order as it will allow you to get to know the characters and their backstories.  I always look forward to picking up the latest A Magical Bakery novel.  This series contains delightful characters who live in the charming town of Savannah, Georgia.  It is nice to catch up with Katie, Lucy, Ben, Declan, Mungo, and the members of the spellbook club.  Spirits and Sourdough is well written with developed characters.  The plot is well thought-out.  The magic is believable and well done.  The author explains the magic in easy-to-understand terms (magic of a hedge witch or kitchen witch).  I like how this group of witches use their powers for good.  They help other people especially at the Honeybee Bakery.  The mystery was interesting.  There are subtle clues (if you pay close attention) as well as key pieces of information that will help readers solve the crime.  I like that there was only a handful of suspects (just the right amount).  I had a good time following the clues and solving the whodunit.  I liked the reveal that nicely wrapped up the crime.  My favorite part of the story is Katie trying to retrieve Connell.   Connell is amusing and I love his accent.  Bailey Cates did a great job at mixing mystery, romance, and the paranormal into one magical tale.  Spirits and Sourdough is a spirited story with a dragonfly bodement, a lost leprechaun, a bevy of baked goods, a departed patron, trick or treating, a Samhain spell, and Katie works to catch a killer. 

Spirits and Sourdough is available from Amazon*.  You can find the other nine A Magical Bakery Mysteries here.  Follow Bailey Cates on Amazon to receive updates on her latest releases.  Thank you for visiting today.  Tomorrow I am featuring A Secret at Tansy Falls by Cate Woods.  It is the second book in the Tansy Falls series.  I hope that you have a spirited day.  I am off to do some work around the house.  I have several projects that need to be taken care of inside and out.  I tend towards procrastination, but I have to get them done sometime.  Do you procrastinate or just tackle the job right away?  I look forward to hearing from you.  Take care, stay safe, and Happy Reading!


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