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There's a body in the bookshop in this latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries...   When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity's new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious abo There's a body in the bookshop in this latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries...   When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity's new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious about the book (and maybe to sample some goodies), but the final chapter comes too soon for the author when she is found dead at the event.   The prime suspect is Angie Kissel, a former witch whose familiar was once Katie’s own terrier, Mungo. Katie is at first hesitant to help, afraid of losing the little dog who has become so important to her. But after a little nudge from Mungo himself, Katie decides to try to conjure up the real killer—before Angie gets served...   RECIPES INCLUDED!


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There's a body in the bookshop in this latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries...   When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity's new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious abo There's a body in the bookshop in this latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries...   When the bookshop next to the Honeybee Bakery hosts a signing for a Savannah radio celebrity's new self-help book, magical baker Katie Lightfoot is happy to provide some delectable desserts. A big crowd has turned out for the event, curious about the book (and maybe to sample some goodies), but the final chapter comes too soon for the author when she is found dead at the event.   The prime suspect is Angie Kissel, a former witch whose familiar was once Katie’s own terrier, Mungo. Katie is at first hesitant to help, afraid of losing the little dog who has become so important to her. But after a little nudge from Mungo himself, Katie decides to try to conjure up the real killer—before Angie gets served...   RECIPES INCLUDED!

30 review for Spells and Scones

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and it is the 6st book in A magical Bakery Mystery series. I enjoyed this book, but I did not like it as much as the other books in this series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy "the book-bat"

    Another interesting case in Savannah. I'm a wee bit disappointed that the recipes at the end didn't include the eggnog pecan bundt cake that was mentioned in the story... it sounds so good!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Moondance

    "I can't believe I actually get to see her!" The bookstore next door to the Honeybee Bakery is having a book signing by a popular radio psychologist. Several patrons are unhappy with her advice and become vocal during her presentation. Katie puts on her sleuthing cap when the woman is discovered dead in the back room of the bookstore after the event. This is the sixth book in the Magical Bakery series. They get better with each book. I always enjoy visiting with Katie and the crew in the fabulous "I can't believe I actually get to see her!" The bookstore next door to the Honeybee Bakery is having a book signing by a popular radio psychologist. Several patrons are unhappy with her advice and become vocal during her presentation. Katie puts on her sleuthing cap when the woman is discovered dead in the back room of the bookstore after the event. This is the sixth book in the Magical Bakery series. They get better with each book. I always enjoy visiting with Katie and the crew in the fabulous Savannah, Georgia. I really like that Katie has come to terms with her inherited powers and uses them to help right wrongs. I was concerned when the main suspect was a "former" witch who also happened to be Mungo's previous owner. Katie's calm, reasonable manner put everything at ease. I'm pleased with the progression of the relationship between Katie and Declan. Steve was like a thorn in the side when he showed up again. I have been firmly on Team Declan since he was introduced. The mystery had a few twists and turns but I had pretty much figured out who the murderer was early on in the book. It's always nice to get validation. I love the circle of strong women that support each other. Mimsy is one of my favorites! The recipes are always a delight. Only two this time: one savory and one sweet. I may have to try them both. I really enjoy this series and recommend it highly. I look forward to reading the next book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This was a pretty good mystery, (view spoiler)[I'd thought that the murderer was the husband, not the sister even though I'd had the motive correct. But now that Katie has accepted the proposal does that mean Steve is out of the series or is he going to be in serious bad guy mode. My best guess is that he'll turn this books problem around and stop the marriage before it gets that far. (hide spoiler)] Have to wait until November 7th 2017, for the next book to see if any of my guesses are correct. This was a pretty good mystery, (view spoiler)[I'd thought that the murderer was the husband, not the sister even though I'd had the motive correct. But now that Katie has accepted the proposal does that mean Steve is out of the series or is he going to be in serious bad guy mode. My best guess is that he'll turn this books problem around and stop the marriage before it gets that far. (hide spoiler)] Have to wait until November 7th 2017, for the next book to see if any of my guesses are correct.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Dodge

    All the books for the "Magical Bakery" series are awesome. I love the setting of the book and that they are in tuned with the earth's elements. It is a different kind of series and I really enjoy it. I hope she comes out with another one because the first six have really been awesome. It's refreshing to get a book away from the intense "love/drama" type books and really just enjoy reading. That's how I feel about these books. I hope to read more of Bailey Cates books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    oshizu

    3.5 stars rounded down because my favorite warlock fares poorly in this book. Very poorly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I was so thrilled to get Bailey Cates most recent Magical Bakery Mysteries on my table and in my hands this week. I have read the entire series and love the titles of these books. I also am a fan of the cover art. The paranormal cozy series as a whole is quite good. In Spells and Scones, book 6 in the series, Katie finds herself involved in yet another mystery and murder. While I was pleased with myself for figuring out the murderer early on in the story I really did enjoy the secondary mystery I was so thrilled to get Bailey Cates most recent Magical Bakery Mysteries on my table and in my hands this week. I have read the entire series and love the titles of these books. I also am a fan of the cover art. The paranormal cozy series as a whole is quite good. In Spells and Scones, book 6 in the series, Katie finds herself involved in yet another mystery and murder. While I was pleased with myself for figuring out the murderer early on in the story I really did enjoy the secondary mystery and Katie's insecurity. Old friends and new friends in this story, along with good mystery happenings and truly mouth watering suggestions at the Honeybee Bakery! I also love the title of this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    4.5* I didn't understand her decision in the end, she said that not everyone would be happy about her decision, so I thought she would say no, but she aceppted ????? Why?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Catering, Book Signing and Murder Lucy, Ben and Katie are catering a book signing for a self-help guru, Dr. Dana, at their business neighbor's bookstore. As the author arrives, there are a few people who have shown up to contest that the guru is what she says she is. Her "Radical Trust" philosophy has proven detrimental to many relationships. Her sister and her husband help to usher her to the back of the store when it seems all that were present to get an autographed copy of her book have been Catering, Book Signing and Murder Lucy, Ben and Katie are catering a book signing for a self-help guru, Dr. Dana, at their business neighbor's bookstore. As the author arrives, there are a few people who have shown up to contest that the guru is what she says she is. Her "Radical Trust" philosophy has proven detrimental to many relationships. Her sister and her husband help to usher her to the back of the store when it seems all that were present to get an autographed copy of her book have been taken care of. She is found laying on the floor with a scent of almonds.    The woman accused of the murder turns out to be a witch and Mungo's former owner. She had stopped practicing magic and was divorced following the advice of Dr. Dana. Mungo convinces Katie to help her and prove that she couldn't have murdered Dr. Dana. As Katie delves into the mystery she finds many other suspects, including Dr. Dana's sister, husband, a bar owner and his wife.    Fun read. Declan and she are moving closer to being together and have been together for a year. Steve has returned to town and has broken ties with his father and the Dragohs. He is also wanting to be with Katie again.     

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    4 Stars

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    4.5/5...my favorite in the series so far!!! Loved it!!! ^_^

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kt8812

    The series has now become formulaic with little variation and characters are made to behave illogically, unlike their previous behavior just to add more suspects to confuse a very obvious plot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    Katie is getting pies ready for the Thanksgiving crush and wondering about her future with Declan when she takes a break to cater an author signing in the bookstore next door. The author is a radio personality famous for her weird no-secrets-at-all couples counseling. Some of the audience are angry that following her suggestions had negatively affected their marriage. Three of them are very angry. When the author drops dead from poison while signing the last few books, the police are certain tha Katie is getting pies ready for the Thanksgiving crush and wondering about her future with Declan when she takes a break to cater an author signing in the bookstore next door. The author is a radio personality famous for her weird no-secrets-at-all couples counseling. Some of the audience are angry that following her suggestions had negatively affected their marriage. Three of them are very angry. When the author drops dead from poison while signing the last few books, the police are certain that the one of the hecklers-a former witch- did it. Mungo, however, begs to differ and convinces Katie to help. Yes, Mungo is a dog. Well, he is Katie's familiar. Can Katie help prove her new friend's innocence before the turkey is served? And is that former boyfriend Steve driving down the street in a fancy car? This series is a little bit funny, a little bit weird, but I enjoy them.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    This series is getting better as it goes. I believe the hint of love triangle is finally gone - yay!!! The gang is at the bookstore next door for a book signing that doesn't end well. First there are a few hecklers to the marriage advice then there is the dead body. The main suspect has ties to the gang through Mungo, so they work to prove her innocence. I really like the characters and it was a good mystery although I did guess whodunit, but not too early. Glad to see Katie evolving both personal This series is getting better as it goes. I believe the hint of love triangle is finally gone - yay!!! The gang is at the bookstore next door for a book signing that doesn't end well. First there are a few hecklers to the marriage advice then there is the dead body. The main suspect has ties to the gang through Mungo, so they work to prove her innocence. I really like the characters and it was a good mystery although I did guess whodunit, but not too early. Glad to see Katie evolving both personally and with her witchcraft. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Entertaining and easy reading, which is exactly what I expected from it. Another solid entry in a really fun series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    Things are going quite well for Katie and the Honeybee. She and Declan are coming up on their one year anniversary and the bakery is so busy they need to hire part-time help. When the Honeybee was asked to cater a book signing at the bookstore next door, they are only too happy to help. Katie's neighbor, Margie, is eager to meet the popular radio talk show host and author dr. Dana. However, some people in the audience are not so excited. They claim the psychologist is a fake who gives terrible, Things are going quite well for Katie and the Honeybee. She and Declan are coming up on their one year anniversary and the bakery is so busy they need to hire part-time help. When the Honeybee was asked to cater a book signing at the bookstore next door, they are only too happy to help. Katie's neighbor, Margie, is eager to meet the popular radio talk show host and author dr. Dana. However, some people in the audience are not so excited. They claim the psychologist is a fake who gives terrible, outdated advice that will ruin any relationship. When Margie discovers Dr. Dana lying dead in the back room, one of the hecklers, Angie Kissel, standing over the dead body, Katie is drawn into yet another murder investigation. Detective Quinn thinks this case is cut and dry-Angie did it- he just has to prove how. Angie proclaims her innocence and begs Katie to help her. Katie wonders why the other woman has chosen her, until Angie reveals she is also a (former) witch and Mungo used to be her familiar! Katie feels torn between doing the right thing and preventing the other woman from taking her beloved familiar back. Katie knows what she has to do, but it won't be easy. Her relationship with Declan is also at a crossroads and Katie needs to make a decision about their future. While the mystery is lacking in this book, the relationship aspect takes up a larger part of the story and brings the series to a conclusion (possibly?). I figured out who and why and how right away. It was SO obvious and even more so once the big clue was dropped. Katie should have known. There's a pattern to all the previous murders she's investigated. She does ask some stupid questions and slightly abuse her power but she recognizes what she's doing. Her relationship drama is rushed through at the end. I didn't really get a sense of how she made her decision and that she was confident in her choice. She's grown as a character throughout the series and lets the reader know that. Any reader who has read the whole series should be able to see that and doesn't need to be told. The only major secondary character is Angie. At first when Katie isn't sure what to make of her, the reader isn't either. Then she becomes a big part of the story and I think she will be a good friend for Katie. If the series continues, I hope to get to know her better. The surprise at the end was great. Dr. Dana doesn't sound like she was a nice person. Her advice didn't work for her so she had no business preaching it to anyone else. I don't even know why anyone would listen to her! Radical trust is creepy. She makes her sister into a flunky assistant, doing everything to please the prima dona. I don't understand why Phoebe put up with Dana. Then there's Dana's husband, who is kind of difficult to know. He isn't in the story much, but he can't have been happy married to Dr. Dana. This is a nice, light entry into the series. There's not a lot of wiccan activity going on or any more light shed on Katie's special powers so if that's your main interest, you may not enjoy this one as much. I was happy Mungo plays a big role in directing Katie's actions in this one. He is just so cute!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I really liked this book! I thought Katie had a huge amount of growth and actually stood up for herself, her beliefs, and her relationship with Declan. I am so glad she knows what and who she wants. I thought this book was well-written and I really liked reading about Katie doing some bigger events and some catering. The mystery itself was really interesting and I liked meeting some more characters and learning about Mungo's past. Further, I hope that we see more of the ch Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I really liked this book! I thought Katie had a huge amount of growth and actually stood up for herself, her beliefs, and her relationship with Declan. I am so glad she knows what and who she wants. I thought this book was well-written and I really liked reading about Katie doing some bigger events and some catering. The mystery itself was really interesting and I liked meeting some more characters and learning about Mungo's past. Further, I hope that we see more of the characters in future books, because as I've said before, I feel they are often sidelined. Overall, I thought this was a great book in the series and I really liked the growth I saw in Katie as a character.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Spells and Scones is the sixth book in the A Magical Bakery Mystery series. The bookstore down the street from the Honeybee Bakery is having Dr. Dana Dobbs to sign her new book. One attendee starts telling every that her advice almost ruined his relationship with his current wife and a lady, Angie Kissel who has been accused of stalking Dr. Dana. At the end of the signing, Dr. Dana goes to stockroom in the back to sign the remaining stock of her books. She is soon found dead and Katie’s aunt Luci Spells and Scones is the sixth book in the A Magical Bakery Mystery series. The bookstore down the street from the Honeybee Bakery is having Dr. Dana Dobbs to sign her new book. One attendee starts telling every that her advice almost ruined his relationship with his current wife and a lady, Angie Kissel who has been accused of stalking Dr. Dana. At the end of the signing, Dr. Dana goes to stockroom in the back to sign the remaining stock of her books. She is soon found dead and Katie’s aunt Lucie is sure that she has been poisoned. Katie soon finds out the Angie is a former practicing witch and that Mungo, Katie’s familiar was once Angie’s. With a pleading look, Mungo is able to convince Katie that Angie is innocent and Katie starts to look for the real killer. With the help of the members of her spellbook club, she hopes to learn who the killer is before she becomes the next victim. Delectable recipes are also included in the book. Looking forward to another book in this series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    You know, I don't care what anyone says, I love these books. The murders are always new and are almost always seemingly unpredictable. Bailey Cates sets it up in a war that there's a few suspects you could think are the murderer and it's usually the last one you'd think of. And after six books, I love all the characters so much. Each one in their own way. And there's also serious evidence that Bailey Cates takes the time and really develops her characters. They each have little quirks that are s You know, I don't care what anyone says, I love these books. The murders are always new and are almost always seemingly unpredictable. Bailey Cates sets it up in a war that there's a few suspects you could think are the murderer and it's usually the last one you'd think of. And after six books, I love all the characters so much. Each one in their own way. And there's also serious evidence that Bailey Cates takes the time and really develops her characters. They each have little quirks that are special to the character and they follow them throughout the books. And- the romance. The romance is my absolute favorite and after the ending of this book- which, OHMYGOSH- I can't wait for the romance in the next one- there better be a next one. So no matter what anyone says about the fact that they're 'Magical Baking Mysteries' I still love them and will keep reading them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Another amazing addition A year after the last book was released and it took all I had to wait till after work to dive into the next in this series. I'm a little disappointed a major plot line wasn't furthered, but in all I honestly read this in two sittings. Something about this series consumes me and causes me to completely tune out the rest of the world. I know my fiancé took one look at me with my Kindle and knew not to even bother interacting with me this evening haha I would pre-pay for any Another amazing addition A year after the last book was released and it took all I had to wait till after work to dive into the next in this series. I'm a little disappointed a major plot line wasn't furthered, but in all I honestly read this in two sittings. Something about this series consumes me and causes me to completely tune out the rest of the world. I know my fiancé took one look at me with my Kindle and knew not to even bother interacting with me this evening haha I would pre-pay for any future books in this series if that was possible, and will be waiting on the edge of my seat for the day when I can pre-order the next book. Katie's relationship with the spellbook club and her familiar Mungo make me jealous at times. They are such a varied and perfect group of friends. I really hope one of the relationships in this book is furthered in the books to come!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    Mix enchanted baked goods with good witches who battle evil in all forms and you have this enchanting series that just gets better with each new book. Katie Lightfoot with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben own the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, Georgia. Katie and Lucy infuse a little happiness magic into everything they make. Their close friends make up their book club and coven and are there when evil or murder intrudes into their lives. This really is a must read for any cozy fan even if you don't usu Mix enchanted baked goods with good witches who battle evil in all forms and you have this enchanting series that just gets better with each new book. Katie Lightfoot with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben own the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, Georgia. Katie and Lucy infuse a little happiness magic into everything they make. Their close friends make up their book club and coven and are there when evil or murder intrudes into their lives. This really is a must read for any cozy fan even if you don't usually enjoy a little magic and paranormal in your books. The characters are like friends and family and their pet familiars are fun and unique. The Savannah setting and bakery background add to the overall enjoyment of the story. A Must Read Series for a fantastic adventure from your armchair.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adrianna Scibor

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I did quite like this installment of the series but I don't know...I feel like I am just not into the series as I used to be. Katie really quite annoyed me. As did Margie. I'm not sure I quite understood Angie's purpose either. The mystery part was great, I at first thought it was Nate but it ended up being Phoebe because she was in love with Nate. Awkward turtle. The food did make me hungry; especially those Greek scones. I wish we could have had more magic and more appearances of the coven. I I did quite like this installment of the series but I don't know...I feel like I am just not into the series as I used to be. Katie really quite annoyed me. As did Margie. I'm not sure I quite understood Angie's purpose either. The mystery part was great, I at first thought it was Nate but it ended up being Phoebe because she was in love with Nate. Awkward turtle. The food did make me hungry; especially those Greek scones. I wish we could have had more magic and more appearances of the coven. I really hope Ms. Cates writes another installment as well.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Daniele

    I liked this sixth Magical Bakery Mystery, but it is probably not my favorite of the series. I really disliked the victim, and Katie's neighbor's strange devotion to her memory was annoying. The mystery is rather predictable yet still entertaining. I like Katie, her aunt and uncle, and, of course, doggie familiar Mungo. The baked goodies mentioned in the story and the recipes included in the back of the book are always enticing. **I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for I liked this sixth Magical Bakery Mystery, but it is probably not my favorite of the series. I really disliked the victim, and Katie's neighbor's strange devotion to her memory was annoying. The mystery is rather predictable yet still entertaining. I like Katie, her aunt and uncle, and, of course, doggie familiar Mungo. The baked goodies mentioned in the story and the recipes included in the back of the book are always enticing. **I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions here are my own and not influenced.**

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Bryson

    A fun installment in Katie Lightfoot's magical and murderous adventures. Her reluctance to take on the task of uncovering who killed an unpopular author is only a token protest. She's much more disconcerted by the discovery that her familiar once belonged to the accused - even more disturbing than realizing she forgot her 1st year anniversary! The clues unfolded to the predictable trap set, accompanied by friends and family, then takes a new, but not implausible twist. Very entertaining!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lambert

    Yep, I read this in one sitting! I love this series because it's fun, light-hearted and the characters are likable. The setting in Savannah is perfect as the backdrop for a magical mystery, and I would love if the Honeybee Bakery and the "Book Club" really existed!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan Henn

    Very much enjoyed this. Showed good character development and progression. Katie has changed, I enjoyed the new character and there was less filler than previous books. Interested to see what happens next.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I found myself a little annoyed with how much she felt the need to summarize. It's made worse by the fact that I haven't even read the previous five books, so I can only imagine how people who have actually read the others feel.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Good to see this series moving the characters forward a little more. Love sitting down for an afternoon and getting lost in a cozy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Parks

    3.5 stars. Quick easy read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Good read I am a big fan of this series and this one did not disappoint. Katie is a great protagonist that is constantly evolving. Can't wait for the next one!

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