Cookies and Clairvoyance: 06/26/21
Cookies and Clairvoyance by Bailey Cates is the eighth book in the Magical Bakery mystery series. Katie Lightfoot and her fiancé are struggling to balance wedding planning and renovations to their carriage house. Unfortunately mistakes and delays are threatening the timeline of completing the house in time for the wedding.
Then a firefighter friend is accused of murdering a collector of rarities and Katie is pulled in to investigate. She's called in because most of the items are magical in nature. As part of the investigation, she loses her powers.
Book eight marks a turning point in the series where the authorities know she's a witch and acknowledge that magic is real. This change gives Katie more direct agency and access for her sleuthing, but it increases the stakes. For much of the book, Katie is without her magic as the first example of how things have become more dangerous for her now that even the police know of her abilities.
The combination of problems with the building site, the personal attack on Katie, and the overarching murder investigation, gives Cookies and Clairvoyance a similar feel to Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly (2011).
The ninth book in the series is Witches and Wedding Cake (2020).