BEWITCHED, BOTHERED, AND BISCOTTI
In the second installment of the Magical Bakery Mysteries, Cates delivers a tale of magic and mayhem. Katie and her coven are quite an eclectic bunch of witches. The mystery plot will have readers guessing “whodunit” all the way to the very end. There is romance sprinkled in the storyline that could be explored more, but all in all, this is a great read.
Katie Lightfoot is struggling to come to terms with the fact that she is a witch. Running the Honeybee Bakery with her aunt and uncle is adding to the confusion in her life. And, to top it all off, two very handsome men, Declan and Steve, are interested in her romantically. While Katie is on a picnic lunch with Declan, they discover a dead body. Katie notices that there is a strange tattoo on the man’s arm. After being questioned by detectives, they are released from the scene. Back at the bakery, Katie’s spellbook book club, a diverse group of witches, wonder what this tattoo means. When one of the members recognizes the tattoo as a symbol of an ancient Druid clan, things really start to heat up. Knowing that Steve has a magical background, Katie goes to him for assistance with the tattoo. As luck would have it, Steve is a member of the Druid clan. Getting close to solving the mystery is getting dangerous for Katie. It becomes clear that she could be the next victim. Will the coven find the magical killer? (OBSIDIAN, Jan, 336 pp., $7.99)