Cookies and Clairvoyance is the eighth book in the Magical Bakery Mystery Series featuring Katie Lightfoot and the ladies of the spellbook club – another name for her informal coven of witches. Katie, her aunt Lucy, and uncle Ben own the Honeybee Bakery in Savannah, Georgia. Katie and Lucy are both hereditary hedgewitches, also known as green or natural witches, and add magically enhanced herbs and spices to their baked goods to benefit their customers.
Kensington Bosworth drops in to pick up a loaf of Katie’s sourdough bread in the afternoon. Hours later, Katie receives a call from Detective Peter Quinn. Kensington has been murdered in his home, surrounded by his bizarre collection of occult items. Quinn now knows Katie is a witch and hopes she can help with the possible magical connection in this homicide. However, his suspicions quickly narrow to firefighter Randy Post, who had recently argued with the victim.
Randy’s not only a co-worker of Katie’s fiancé, Declan McCarthy, but he’s in a serious relationship with spellbook-club member Bianca Devereaux. Katie’s sure he’s innocent, and her witchy instincts tell her there really is something magical behind Kensington’s murder. So, between juggling renovations of her carriage house, planning her wedding, and keeping up with her work at the bakery, Katie tracks down suspects and follows the clues to find the real killer.
I’m so happy to finally introduce Sky Lightfoot in this book. He’s made appearances in previous books in the series, but only on the other end of phone calls. I’ve been itching to bring him onto the page, but it didn’t feel organic to Katie’s story until now.
Sky, which was shortened from Skylark when he was a child, is a shaman. He has Shawnee blood, and is descended from a long line of shamans, but his father passed when he was only four years old. His father’s best friend trained him. “Uncle” Sosa was a Cree medicine man and shaman as well as an anthropologist who studied not only shamanic rituals of different Native American tribes but also those of indigenous peoples of Australia, South America, Mexico, and the Celtic traditions of Britain. All of these are a little different in practice but aim toward the same result.
Katie asks Sky about the difference between a medicine man (or woman) and a shaman. Medicine men and women are healers that use more traditional techniques like herbs and sweating. A shaman mediates between this world and the next. They are still healers, but on a different level. Finally, Katie is able to witness her father’s unique magical talents, to see how he journeys onto other planes to retrieve the things people have lost – including pieces of their souls. In the process, Katie goes on a shamanic journey of her own.
Of course, both the recipes in the back of Cookies and Clairvoyance are for…cookies! Namely, Magical Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and Honeybee Spice Cookies. You can find those and all the other recipes from the books, as well as information about the Magical Bakery Mysteries and the Enchanted Garden Mysteries I write as Bailey Cattrell, at http://www.baileycates.com.
ABOUT BAILEY CATES
Bailey Cates believes magic is all around us if we only look for it. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery Mysteries. Writing as Bailey Cattrell, she is also the author of the Enchanted Garden Mysteries.
Mass Market Paperback | $7.99
Published by Berkley
Aug 27, 2019 | 320 Pages | 4-3/16 x 6-3/4| ISBN 97803995