Genre: Paranormal cozy mystery
Synopsis: Imogen’s spent her twenties in Seattle, saving every penny and missing every party, to follow her dream of opening her own bakery.
When that dream goes up in flames, she accepts a spot in a mysterious baking contest—one she doesn’t remember entering. She travels to a bustling, medieval village off the coast of France and discovers an enchanting world of magic and mystery, and learns that she, too, possesses powers.
Unable to so much as cast a spell, Imogen struggles to keep up with the other witches and wizards who have come from all over the magical world to the Water Kingdom's big competition. She juggles relationships with a sweet new friend, a snarky baking fire, and a brooding, handsome baker. As Imogen falls for this bewitching world, she fears she won’t master her magic in time to win the job of Royal Head Baker and will be forced to return to the shambles of her non-magical life.
It only gets worse, when a competitor drops dead in the middle of the big white baking tent, and Imogen’s the prime suspect. Now, she’ll not only have to survive the vampire and psychic judges but also clear her name by finding the real murderer, before they strike again.
With a killer on the loose, a missing prince, and the Summer Solstice Festival fast approaching, Imogen will have to bake like her life depends on it- because it just might.
Review: This is the first book in a new paranormal cozy series. I love the entire premise--Imogen learns she has magic abilities when she gets entered into a magical baking contest, and finds herself in a place that is reminiscent of a medieval kingdom.
I enjoyed the characters, even the ones that were "evil." Iggy and his snarky remarks (he's a magical fire!) are a fun interlude in the mystery and suspense. The hints at romance are intriguing and promising. I can hardly wait to see all the relationships grow and to learn more about the characters.
I already have the second book in my lineup to read, and hope this series continues for a very long time.
Rating: Four stars
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