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Some Enchanted Elcair
Magical Bakery #4
Bailey Cates

July 1, 2014/ ISBN
Mystery /Cozy / Paranormal / Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Things are lively in Savannah as Hollywood comes to town to film a movie. Katie Lightfoot, magical baker extraordinaire, gets her hands into the mixture of drama, deceit, and yes, once again, murder.

Simon Knapp, the “fixer” for the movie, who literally fixes all sorts of situations on and off set, is found stabbed to death right by the catering table where the food from the Honeybee Bakery has been served. Katie and her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben own the magical bakery, and a touch of white magic is baked into most of their goods.

Who killed Simon and why? In this installment of the Magical Bakery series, police Detective Peter Quinn actually asks for Katie’s help. After all, her instincts have helped solve murders in the past, and he recognizes that this will be a difficult case to solve.
As in previous books, Cates has woven a tight mystery, packed with charming characters and drool worthy sounding baked goods. There are even some recipes at the back of the book, including one for gluten-free peanut butter cookies!

White the “enchanted éclairs” don’t relate directly to the murder, they provide a fun little sub-plot, and show the joys of magical baking. I adore Mungo, Katie’s familiar, a very opinionated little dog. Her friends from her coven, the Spellbook Club continue to make me wish I could join their group as they not only practice good magic, they provide good books for readers who come to the bakery.

Cates has set the scene for future books with the introduction of a new character to work at the bakery, the return of an old character to help out at the bakery, too, the possible expansion of the business and the ongoing education in all things paranormal of Katie’s boyfriend, Steve.

I give five bags of magic sugar and herbs for a scrumpdillyicious book and the promise of many more to come in this fantabulous series.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Brownies and Broomsticks #1
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti #2
Some Enchanted Elcair #4
Magic and Macaroons #5
Spells and Scones #6

Reviewer Note: Bailey Cates also writes as Cricket McRae
Reviewed 2014