Synopsis according to GoodReads:
"Between brewing magically spiced treats at Honeybee Bakery and volunteering with a local conservation group, Katie Lightfoot barely has time to see her firefighter boyfriend, Declan McCarthy, much less delve further into her destiny as a witch. But avoiding her fate won't be as easy as whipping up a new recipe-especially when Katie finds herself once again mixed up in murder.When a fellow volunteer for the conservation group is found dead, Katie's mystical senses tell her that there's more to the death than meets the eye. Her suspicions are confirmed when members of her coven are targeted next. Katie will have to embrace her powers quickly... or she may find herself chewed up and spit out by some serious black magic."
Charms and Chocolate Chips is an armchair mystery, light and fluffy. It's cute. It's 99% about Katie, with some excellently-researched Wiccan elements. The recipes alluded to sound delicious, as well as inventive. The entire community described in the book, actually, is charming.
I'm not used to reading fluffy mysteries, so I had no pre-set for expectation. I was disappointed, unfortunately, with the mystery itself. It was set up, even with some red herrings, but solved in less than 1 page, without effort by anyone in the story. Which was unlikely at best, and an author cop-out at worst.
I was also bummed that the best recipes mentioned in the books weren't included in the recipe section in the back (which was only 2 recipes). I've been spoiled by Cleo Coyle's recipes, honestly.
I recommend this for fans of fluffy armchair mystery series, female-community tales, and inventive fictional bakeries.
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