My First Cozy Mystery After a While | Brownies and Broomsticks

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Title: Brownies and Broomsticks

Author: Bailey Cates

Year / Genre / Language: 2012 / Cozy Mystery  / English

Synopsis:

Katie Lightfoot’s tired of loafing around as the assistant manager of an Ohio bakery. So when her Aunt Lucy and Uncle Ben open a bakery in Savannah’s quaint downtown district and ask Katie to join them, she enthusiastically agrees.

But when a curmudgeonly customer is murdered outside their bakery, Uncle Ben becomes the prime suspect. With the help of journalist Steve Dawes, firefighter Declan McCarthy, and a few spells, Katie and Aunt Lucy will stir up some toil and trouble to clear Ben’s name and find the real killer… (Source: Goodreads)

My take on this novel:

I was a fan of mystery/crime novels and it's been a while since I took break from reading something of that kind, so this is the first novel I read after that long break. I can recall reading Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and a bit of Sherlock Holmes back during the days. I don't even knew what cozy mystery was (at least a few days before picking this book), and I'm unaware that all those novels I mentioned earlier belonged to this genre. There's a video on here explaining what cozy mystery is.

Anyway, let's get to the real point.

I love the blend of mystery and a bit of fantasy here and there. It started when the main character found out she was actually inherited a magical ability without even being aware of it. Cliche, but simple enough. I like it. She was starting over a new life in a small town with the help of her aunt and uncle, before something unexpected happened — his uncle was accused of murder. This novel tells a story of how she deal with that, how far she was willing to go to defend her uncle.

However, where there is the upside, there comes the downside.

I can't find myself liking the main character. She is fine, but not someone I can relate to in any way. Sometimes I can find myself muttering "Oh Katie, you're so stupid," because of how she keep denying things so obvious, like her unusual inheritage a.k.a magic ability. I would be hurt if I were her aunt. I would be hurt if someone I can obviously see the potential in them but being oblivious instead by resisting things so painfully tangible to me.

I admire her bravery though, taking risky moves for the sake of other people, but I can say that's the only thing I like about her. Another thing is, meh.

Maybe it was all resulting from her previous heartbreak. That, I can't blame her entirely, though.

And I discovered the suspect way before the main character herself, as well.

The main character seems to overlook something that comes across her, out of the blue. One thing we should take note is, no matter how random a conversation with a (somewhat random) person is, don't underestimate the content of the conversation. Who knows if that's the ultimate clue to everything?

Anyway I'm satisfied with the ending. I guess that's a plus from reading cozies. The ending always satisfactory.

Another thing I like is the Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies' recipe provided at the end of this novel. Might try it if I have a kitchen of my own one day.

I'll rate it 3.2 out of 5.


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