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Witches and Wedding Cake: 07/04/21

Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates

Witches and Wedding Cake by Bailey Cates is the ninth book in the Magical Bakery mystery series. It's less than a week until Katie and Declan's wedding. She should be figuring out the last details and spending time with her future family. Instead, she's in the middle of another murder — that of her future sister-in-law's ex-husband.

I don't seek out wedding themed books since I've attended more weddings than I can count as wedding coordinator's assistant. This one evolved naturally over the course of the series and isn't promising a happily ever after. Katie and Declan are too practical to expect a magical ending (even though she's a witch).

The mystery itself kept me guessing. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out who committed the crime and why. I had the why this time but not the who. The revelation took me by surprise.

The one side plot that I'm just not that interested in is the disappearance of Declan's leprechaun spirit. He's always been annoying and he serves too often as a narrative crutch, even more so than Katie's nona. That said, his continued absence provides the hook for a tenth book.

Book ten is Spirits and Sourdough and is scheduled for release on July 27th.

Four stars

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