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A baker with secrets.

Witches in trouble.

The cameras are rolling.

On your marks, get set, die. 

Poppy Wilkinson is thrilled to be chosen as a contestant on The Great British Baking Contest. As an American with English roots, winning the crown as Britain’s Best Baker would open doors she’s dreamed of. In more ways than one. Appearing on the reality show is her chance to get into Broomewode Hall and uncover the secrets of her past.

But strange things are happening on the show’s set: Accusations of sabotage, a black cat that shadows Poppy, suspiciously unsociable residents at Broomewode Hall - and the judges can be real witches. 

There are murmurs that Broomewode is an energy vortex. It certainly makes Poppy see and do things that aren’t exactly normal, and seems to draw interesting characters to the neighborhood. 

When a fellow contestant dies in mysterious circumstances, Poppy has more to worry about than burned pies and cakes that won’t rise. There’s a murderer on the loose and it’s up to Poppy and her new friends to solve the crime before it becomes a real show-stopper. 

From USA Today best-selling author Nancy Warren, this delicious series of cozy paranormal mysteries will have you guessing until the end. Includes recipes.

©2020 Nancy Warren (P)2020 Nancy Warren

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  • Micky Cox
  • 15-02-2020

Baking Show+Murder=Perfectly Baked Plot

If you are fan of The Great British Baking Show then this cozy mystery is the perfect choice for you! The narrator even sounds like the same one from the tv series! This version of the baking show sprinkles a bit of witchcraft, a lot of mystery and of course a murder to make the perfectly baked plot to entertain you for hours! The main character is a 25 year old who is on a quest to find the birth mother who left her on the bakery steps and joins the baking show cast to get closer to the answers. What she doesn’t bargain for is finding out more about herself and of course finding a dead body wasn’t on her list either! Well plotted, excellent characters and the narrator really brings the story, particularly the baking show part to life. It did take a bit to get into the narrator as a 25 year old as the voice is a mature and sophisticated one as you would expect if you have ever watched the Great British Baking Show, but once you get going I promise you will love it! Ironically I’ve been watching the latest Great British Bake on Netflix and this book just appeared at the perfect time to enhance both the book & the show for me!

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  • Diana in SC @AudiobookObsession
  • 03-05-2020

A true joy to my ears!

I heartily recommend this audiobook for every reader of paranormal cozy mysteries and to every fan of PBS's “The Great British Baking Show”. This is now in my top 3 favorite mystery series, and I am going to listen to Book #2 very soon.

The author’s crisp descriptions of the baking competition setting made me feel like I was a contestant on my favorite baking competition TV show but with added witches and a murder! With the author’s talent for imagery, I could almost smell the fresh sponge cakes and feel the heat from the ovens. Together with recreating the coziest cooking show ever, this wonderful audiobook gives us a truly likable heroine and a really good, mind-teasing mystery plot. In addition, the solo female narrator Hollis McCarthy was a joy to my ears. She did a masterful performance with multiple perfect accents, both American and British. Her voice is so lovely and melodic. Her pacing and emotiveness are everything I could have wished for. Hollis McCarthy’s performance really impressed me, and I will definitely look for more of her work.

The heroine Poppy Wilkinson is a nice young woman in her 20s who can see ghosts. She was abandoned as a newborn and had a happy childhood in America with her adopted parents. However, the mystery of her birth mother’s identity occupies her mind. Her only clue points to Broomwode Hall, the location of the famous British baking competition. Getting on the show as a contestant leads to more than she bargained for: a murder on the set and a bit of magic.

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  • Debbie Lacey
  • 06-03-2020

GREAT NEW SERIES

I ENJOYED MEETING THE CHARACTERS IN THIS NEW SERIES AND LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW THEM BETTER IN THE NEXT BOOK.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-02-2021

Wonderful

wonderful story and well written. and I can not wait to see what happens in the next book. This is the first time I have actually enjoyed Hollis Mccarthy as a narrator.

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  • Madeleine Booth-Smits
  • 04-02-2021

wonderful cozie!!

loved this book. I'm a huge Nancy Warren fan and she always delivers!!! On to book 2 now!!

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  • K. Caldwell
  • 30-01-2021

Ready, Set, Bake!

I came to this series as a fan of the "Great British Baking Show" and fantasy stories. These books do not disappoint. They combine everything: Magic, Witches, Lost Family, Murder, Ghosts, Mischief, Mayhem, and reality tv!

Poppy, our contestant is cast as the "girl next door" in the Great British Bake Show. She was found as a baby on a doorstep wrapped in a special blanket. Although adopted and well cared for, has always wanted to know about her first family. As she grew older, Poppy also discovered she had an interesting talent. She could see and speak with ghosts. While flipping through channels, Poppy comes across a history of the estate where the Great British BakingShow is filmed and her eye catches on a shawl that has the same pattern as her baby blanket. Poppy comes to believe that the answers to her lost family must be connected to the estate.

Although Poppy enjoys baking and has a certain talent for it, her participation in the show is merely a ruse to investigate the estate where the show is filmed in order to find clues to her long lost family. If that weren't enough, during her first episode one of the contestants unexpectedly is murdered...and begins to haunt the tent (and pub) where the contestants are staying. Polly also discovers that she is a witch, and her ability to communicate with spirits is one of her powers.

Soon, Polly also learns that the two hosts of the show are also witches, as well as several of the locals. Using her intuition and skills of observation, Polly finds herself elbow-deep in batter, murder, magic, and mayhem. Will she sort it out and remain on the show so she can find her family, too, or will everything go up in smoke?

The Great Witches Baking Show is the first of (now 5) installments of this series. Mixing a potent recipe of murder, magic, and mystery, Nancy Warren's new cozy mystery series is sure to delight even the toughest of critics. A light read, the book will keep you going until the final timer and presentation. Who will be crowned "star baker" and who won't make the final cut?

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  • jean
  • 26-01-2021

great start to new series

It is a bit quirky but fun. An interesting way to investigate a mystery surrounding poppy's birth and her parents.. Getting to know the characters is fun and quite a mix of bakers. I have to admit it was an eye opener about what all the bakers have to deal with doing that show. It has murder, a ghost, a familiar and newbie witch. looking forward to next book in this series

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  • Audra L. Williams
  • 19-01-2021

Don’t pass this one up!

You won’t be disappointed with this book. I loved the detail the author begins with. I enjoyed the characters, and leaves you wanting more! Cant wait for the next!

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  • Neesie315
  • 11-01-2021

Murder, Baking and Witches

Poppy Wilkinson has landed a spot on the hugely popular British Baking Show. But, her real reason for wanting to be on the show isn't to win the best baker prize. Instead, she is on a quest to find out about her birth mother. Broomewold Hall, the site of the show, seems to hold the key to learning something about her past.

While she is participating in the show, she stumbles (literally) upon a dead body and soon Poppy is drawn into a murder mystery. On top of the stress of the show, the murder, and her quest for answers, she also finds out that she is a witch! All of these factors rolled together make for a highly entertaining book. Fans of TV baking shows will love it as the reader is pulled into the backstage workings of this type of show. Cozy mystery fans will enjoy Poppy's urge to find the murderer. The magical element to the book just makes it that much more fun!

The narrator does a great job and the different voices she uses for the characters make this a very enjoyable listen. If you are looking for a fun, quick and entertaining book to listen to as you go about your daily life, I highly recommend this one. I was given the chance to listen to the audiobook version of this book by the author and chose to review it.

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  • Dawn
  • 09-01-2021

Definitely did not disappoint!

I am a huge paranormal cozy mystery Sam and I love Hollis McCarthy. The Great Witches Baking Show didn’t disappoint though I’ve never watched the tv show I’m sure I didn’t miss anything. Poppy is such a likable Heroine and Hollis McCarthy just captures all the characters with all the variety of accent to make it even more enjoyable. I definitely think it had all the elements you want in a paranormal cozy mystery. It had fun, never had suspense, it had likable characters a definite must read!

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  • Tracy Scott
  • 07-05-2020

Love It!

Love the Vampire Knitting Club books and I think this new series is going to be great too! I love the story, characters and detail and the way it’s set up for another whole series, leaving you wanting to find out more about Poppy’s past. I can’t wait to get started on the next book. My only criticism is with the narrator’s British accents, you get used to them after a while, but they can be a little cringeworthy at times. It’s a shame because the narrator on the Vampire Knitting Club books does very good British accents. Overall it won’t stop me listening to the series though.

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  • AZ
  • 21-04-2020

Comfortable Crime

This is a paranormal mystery for those who love The Great British Bake-off and the Antiques Roadshow. It's entertaining, easy and ultimately feel-good listen with a murder or two on the menu. However, if you like all loose ends tidied up by the end of a book this might not be for you. We find out some answers but deeper questions remain unanswered inviting us to continue listening to the series.

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There's a cute cat, the main character has an interesting back story, the setting is beautifully described and anyone who dies comes back as a ghost. The recipes and baking inspiration are also a nice touch.

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I struggled with the narration. The English accents are not good and this made parts of the text hard to follow. It distanced me from some characters and could be frustrating at times.

Having said all that, I will be reading or listening to A Baker's Coven which continues this slowly woven tale.

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  • Lola
  • 04-03-2020

The Great Witches Baking Show

I received a free code for the audiobook version of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

I've been enjoying this author's other series The Vampire Knitting Club and I was excited when she released this first book in a new series. I like paranormal cozy mystery books and add in the baking theme as well as a baking competition seemed so much fun. I was so happy to get my hands on the audiobook for this one and started listening as soon as I finished my current book.

The Great Witches Baking Show follows the story of Poppy. Poppy is one of the contestants, but she's not here for the competition, her main goal is to find out more about her past and she thinks it might be connected to Broomewode Hall where the show is being held. She's a great baker as well and has trained hard to be on this show. I thought it was interesting how she had an extra goal for being there. There are also some fun baking related scenes.

The story started off a bit slow for me, there is a lot of information to get first. From how the show works to Poppy's past and background to why she's here. Then there is the first episode of baking and only after that the mystery really starts, although I didn't mind this set-up and had expected the mystery to start later in the book as that's what happens in this author's other series as well. And while I liked the baking part, I only got really into it once the mystery started as it felt that only then the story really took off. And the other side plot lines start progressing around then as well.

I liked the mystery, even though it takes some time to really start there area bunch of clues and set-ups in the first part before the murder occurs, which was great. I also liked that even though it gets solved relatively fast it was still an interesting mystery and there are some well done red herrings and a nice twist when the real murderer and motive is revealed. I liked how things got wrapped up at the end and we got a few more scenes before the book ended.

Besides the mystery there also is the paranormal storyline. Poppy finds out she's a witch in this book and she has to figure out what that means and how to handle it. I liked how there is some information about the whole witches thing, but it's spaced throughout the book and not everything is revealed at once, which made it easier to absorb the information we got. I liked the paranormal aspect so far and how there are different type of witches and I look forward to finding out more. The paranormal theme was nicely woven throughout the book.

I liked Poppy as a main character. She did seem a bit too focused on finding out where she came for, but it did give her a good motivation and extra interest in being here. I also liked how she wanted to solve the mystery. She was very determined to get the answers she is looking for. I liked how she dealt with finding out she's a witch, yes she accepts things quite quickly, but I liked that and through it fit the book. There is no long going back and forth and while she's a bit unsure about her powers it's clear quickly that she really is a witch and I liked she has a few instances where she used her powers already. The cat Gateau also was a fun addition. And I liked how she already made a witchy friend who could help her along.

There is a huge cast of characters, which took some gettign used to. Especially at first it was hard to remember who was who. It helped when partway through the book some characters played a lesser role so it was easier to get a feel for the characters that were more involved with this mystery. The different voices the narrator had for the different characters helped me along a bit to slowly start to remember who was who. By the end of the book I was doing decently with remember the more common side characters and luckily throughout the book there are enough hints and reminder so it's easy to get reminded of why a certain character is.

The mystery got resolved in this book, but the quest for answers about Poppy's family and the baking show contest will probably be ongoing plot lines that continue throughout the series. I liked how both of those plot lines made some progress here, but there is clearly still a lot to uncover too.

This was a new to me narrator and while I had to get used to her style a bit at first, I ended up liking her narration for this book. She did a great job with giving characters different voices and accents, which also helped me get a better feel for the characters. I thought she did a great job narrating this book and am hoping the rest of the series will be in audio as well.

To summarize: This was a fun first book in a new series by this author. I like the way the mystery, paranormal and other elements get blended in an interesting story. The story started off a bit slow, but I was interested from the start to see where things went. The mystery is a good one and I liked how there were some red herrings and interesting twists. The paranormal aspect is introduced as well when Poppy finds out she's a witch, I liked how that was handled and how the paranormal part was woven throughout the series. The baking show contest and Poppy's search for answers about her birth family seem like they will be continuing plot lines throughout the series, but both storylines made progress in this book already. I liked Poppy as main character and look forward to reading more about her. With the large group of side characters it was a bit hard to remember who was who at first, but it got easier as the story progressed. And the different voices and accents the narrator gave to them also helped. It took me a bit of time to get used to this new to me narrator, but I ended up liking her style for this book. I hope the rest of the series will be audio as well so I can listen to those as well.

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  • stephen jones
  • 19-01-2021

First time Audio Book listener

I love reading Nancy Warrens books but I thought I’d give this one a try by audio. I can tell you that the narrator really brings the story to life.
The story is about a young lady called Poppy who enters and is selected to participate in the Great British Baking Contest, a much loved television show. But Poppy also has another agenda and reluctantly ends up also becoming an amateur sleuth amongst other things.
I will stop there as I can’t give any spoilers away and you’ll have to listen for yourself. Give it a go.

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  • Helen
  • 11-01-2021

Fun murder mystery

I love the author and her mystery series. That combined with the familiar setting of a pseudo- GBBO makes you fall deep into the characters and you are kept guessing until the very end. Poppy is a contestant on a baking show and one of her fellow contestants meets a deadly end. Poppy, already doing some investigating of her own mysterious background, gets pulled into helping to solve the crime! I look forward to the next in the series.

The only issue (as I have seen other reviewers note) is that the narrator's British accents and rhythm of speech can be offputting at times. The story is engaging enough to make up for that though and you get over it. Looking at the reviews of the other Nancy Warren audiobooks it looks like the narration improves and I'm excited to keep going.

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  • Chrizza
  • 10-01-2021

Can I just

be in the show even though I bake like a toddler. No seriously the writing is so good you can’t stop reading when you start the book or should I say listening maybe. Can wait for the next one

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  • Dell
  • 07-01-2021

Fabulous!

After reading the Vampire Knitting Club series I decided to try the baking show series and I haven’t been disappointed! Great characters and a really good storyline. If you’re familiar with the Great British Bake Off then you’ll love this series! Looking forward to reading/listening to the rest of books! 5🌟

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