Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

Brownies and Broomsticks
Magical Bakery Mystery, book 1
by Bailey Cates

Katie Lightfoot came to Savannah to help her aunt Lucy and uncle Ben open a bakery. When Ben is suspected of murdering a customer, Katie and Lucy work their magic to find the real killer.

A cozy mystery, this book keeps the stakes relatively low. Katie settles into her new home and learns about the more magical side of Lucy’s life. The magic is much more realistic than the fantastical magic I’m more familiar with in fantasy stories. With two possibilities for romance, Katie keeps things more lighthearted while she works to find the true murderer and clear her uncle Ben’s name. For the fact that there is a real murder with someone unknown responsible and Ben the most likely to take the fall for the crime, this one’s not very intense at all. It really feels like Katie is just living her life and happens to solve a murder along the way.

Perhaps a bit too cozy for me personally, this is a great one to check out if you like cozy mysteries, food, magic, and romance. As the first book of a currently 10 book series, if this hits the mark for you, you’ll have plenty of similar stories to dive right into. A solid introduction to Katie and the new, interesting life she’s living, this book sets the stage for solving even more mysteries alongside our main character.