Publication Order of Magical Bakery Mystery Books
|Brownies and Broomsticks||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Charms and Chocolate Chips||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Some Enchanted Eclair||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Magic and Macaroons||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Bailey Cates is an American author well-known for writing Magical Bakery Mysteries and Home Crafting Series. She was born and raised in the West. Bailey Cates attained a degree in English and philosophy from Colorado State University. She later moved to Pacific Northwest for two decades where she worked on Home Crafting Mysteries.
As a girl, Bailey Cates loved Nancy Drew and this is probably why she got interested in cozy mysteries where the main character is a soap maker with a nose for investigation.
She has worked on various kinds of jobs including newspaper ad manager, driver’s license examiner and a bookseller. She has also travelled around the world with Microsoft as a localization program manager.
Bailey Cates managed her own soap making industry for two years. Her company was interested in manufacturing, marketing and product design. Currently, she is in Colorado where she is working on Magical Bakery Mysteries and Enchanted Garden Mysteries.
When Cates is not writing, she loves cooking, gardening, reading, biking and hiking the terrain just outside her home.
Magical Bakery Mystery Series
Brownies and Broomsticks
This is the first book in the series. It revolves around Katie Lightfoot who is an assistant manager at Ohio bakery. Katie is sick and tired of baking every time and then in Ohio. She wants to move to a different vicinity. Lucky for Katie, her uncle Ben and his wife Lucy decide start a in quaint downtown of Savannah’sdistrict and she is asked to be a part of the team. She willingly agrees.
During her time in Honeybee Bakery, named after her aunt’s cat, Katie notices that Lucy is using strange herbs to spice up her receipes. These herbs are not just delicious, they are spells. It is now confirmed that Aunt Lucy is a witch.
A dead body of a customer is found lying outside Honeybee Bakery and guess who the prime suspect is…her Uncle Ben. Now, it is up to Aunt Lucy and Kate to clear Ben’s name by finding the real killer. They cannot do this alone hence they seek an extra hand from Declan McCarthy the firefighter, a journalist Steve Dawes and some spells.
Bewitched, Bothered and Biscotti
This time, Katie Lightfoot is not only a new witch but also the owner of Savannah’s most enchanting bakery. The new world brewing portions, casting portions and mastering magical powers is demanding a lot of her time and concentration. However, this doesn’t mean that Katie can’t free her tight schedule to go for a picnic with Declan McCarthy, the firefighter. Her picnic plans crumble once she comes across man’s corpse.
The corpse has a tattoo which links it with a secret society. That’s not all! An important object which was very vital to the group is missing from the dead man’s body. Sooner, Katie realizes that the killing was not only about taking the man’s life but something more. Both aunt Lucy and her niece decide leave the baked cakes and chase after the killer…
Charms and Chocolate Chips
Katie Lightfoot’s schedule is really squeezed due to her demanding day-to-day activities; brewing spell spiced goods in Honeybee bakery and a volunteer in a local environmental group. She has very little or no time at all for her boyfriend, Declan McCarthy. To top it all, her sealed fate of becoming a witch witch is calling for her…strongly.
Katie tries to avoid her fate but she finds out it is not as easy as mixing recipes and spells to brew delicious cakes. As she finds herself mixed in murder, she decides to channel her witch powers. Katie’s mystical instincts assure her that there is more than just murder when a colleague from the environmental group is killed. She believes that her instincts were right all along when members from her coven are next on the killer’s list. She had to channel her powers soon…otherwise, she might find herself brewed and chewed by a dark powerful magic.
Some Enchanted Éclair
Now that Hollywood has set foot on the historical lands of Savannah district with the aim of shooting a war movie, Katie Lightfoot, a magical baker, and her coven members decide to take a vacation from casting spells and magical calls.
A witch from her coven is asked to play a role in the movie while Katie’s boyfriend, Declan the firefighter, is in charge of security at the filming grounds. Aunt Lucy and Katie both make up their minds to away from the action but mystery seems to follow them everywhere. Once the movie’s fixer fires the caterer, Honeybee bakery becomes the savior in filling the crew’s stomachs with delicacies.
Now, someone kills the fixer to fix the problem permanently. A spooky psychic foretells that Katie will catch the killer. She and her fellow witches step in to smoke out the suspects before another victim winds up dead on the shooting room floor.
Magic and Macaroons
This is the last book in Magical Bakery Mystery. It brings to the readers a tale of delicious deserts and supernatural investigations…
According to Katie Lightfoot, a magical baker, the only way of surviving through summer in Savannah is cooking arctic flavored treats for Honeybee Baker’s patrons. A stranger collapses at the floor of her shop during a spell book club meeting. This interrupts everything as the stranger mumbles something about voodoo talisman. Katie sets everything aside to start the investigation.
In her quest for answers, she finds herself in a harmful blend of voodoo queens of Savannah, a deadly witch targeting the city’s magical powers and a strong charm which is missing. The case gets hotter as the clock ticks. This forces Katie to work faster in tracking down the killer and the talisman. Will she make it before the clock strikes twelve? Is she on the killer’s list?
If you are a lover of cozy mysteries, Bailey Cates’ Magical Bakery Mystery series will meet all your desires. Cates has also included recipes in her last book for bakery lovers. Her best-selling book in New York Times is Some Enchanted Éclair.
Other than working on magical Bakery Mysteries featuring her favorite witch, Katie Lightfoot, she has come up with Cricket McRae in Home Crafting Mystery series.Book Series In Order » Characters » Magical Bakery Mysteries