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A Bunt Instrument, the 4th Book in this charming and magical cozy series. Set in a English village, Poppy continues to search after clues that will unravel the mystery behind her birth parents. While she tries to stay in the baking competition that gives her the opportunity to do this sleuthing, an other mystery presents itself. Will Poppy find the time to bring everything to a good end and still be able to get any wiser about her mother and her newfound abilities? Or will everything soon come to a dead end? A must read series if you love to go on an magical adventure yourself! Nancy Warren is a master in taking her readers in a well and beautifully described story where you can totally imagine being there yourself. Her characters are full of dept and realistic, who will all take you on a journey to truth, friendship and sisterhood. I totally recommend Nancy Warren’s Great Witches Baking show series to everyone who, like me, enjoys a good book that helps you relax and that takes you into a magical setting full of yummy goodness and mystery!
A BUNDT INSTRUMENT is a standalone read with a happy ever after sort of. It is a cozy mystery so there is always a murder but it is not the kind that gives your nightmares. It has a lot of laughs, a ghost, a couple of witches and of course a murderer. This is the 4th book in this series and you can read the books as stand alone but more fun to start with #1. Poppy was discovered in front of a bakery in a box wrapped in a knitted shawl only a few days old.
She is now a young woman and her life seems to be full of adventure and discovery. She knows she is a water witch but she is discovering powers she had no idea she had and is not quite sure what to do with them. In this story she discovers she can move objects with her mind. However, she has not quite perfected the skill so there are times when things get a little out of hand.
Poppy is back at Broomewode Hall for the 4th week of competition in the Great British Baking Contest reality show. Now, I discovered something on Netflix. They have the actual Great British Baking Contest and it was fun to watch. It is set up exactly like the book, has some crazy judges and contestants. Watching it I got a better idea of the layout for our book. But, Poppy is back still searching for her birth parents that she feels strongly are connected to Broomwode Hall. She is starting to wonder who her Dad was and if he is still alive and around her. She seems to be getting messages from her mother as well. She definitely feels she is getting close. She has managed to get in the Hall as she was asked to bake the wedding cake for the bride in an upcoming wedding. So she is on the inside, now she just needs to get information.
Things are going along pretty well until someone murders the groom. Not good for the wedding and the competition is starting the next day so Poppy has to get her mind on her baking. I think this is the best book so far. I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 8/16/2020
I’m not much for baking, but I got the books in this series because I loved books in Nancy Warren’s other series. I found that I really liked these books, and this book is the best one so far! I love the characters and the mystery, and I think all of Nancy Warren’s books will be read a long time. They are a great, cozy read.
I like how the story line keeps moving along at a nice clip. Poppy is still on the hunt for information about her birth mom and does gather a little bit more information. The baking show is getting more intense. More bakers are getting more attention. You just slowly get pulled in and it is a nice comfortable read.
"No man should come between friends, the bond was too precious"
With each week, Poppy Wilkinson is gaining confidence as she continues her run on "The Great British Baking Contest", as well as her amatuer sleuthing skills. Then she gets a call to make a wedding cake from a fan of the show, and since the wedding is scheduled at Broomewode Hall , a place not only the site for the show's taping, but one that might hold the key to her own mystery, she agrees to take on the extra challenge, only to have the wedding never happen!
Was it something she did? Will she get farther in the Contest? Will Poppy's "bakers street irregulars" help solve this case? And who will go home this week on the show? Along with a lovely recipe, author Nancy Warren brings us along on another installment of this delightful series, and includes Poppy's recipe in the back! Highly Recommended. 5/5
[disclaimer: I received this book from the author and voluntarily read and reviewed it]
This series almost makes me want to try baking, lol! This is book 4 in the Great Witches Baking Show series by Nancy Warren, the series is most fun if read from the beginning, watching Poppy and the other characters develop. Each book in the series contains its own cozy murder mystery (along with a great recipe for one of Poppy’s baking creations!) and there is an overarching mystery of who Poppy’s parents are and how they relate to Broomewode Hall. Each book sees Poppy developing her witchy powers a bit more.
A Bundt Instrument is a fun addition to the series, with old characters and new. The murder mystery revolves around a wedding at Broomewode for which Poppy has been hired to bake the wedding cake.
I highly recommend this series, along with the Vampire Knitting Club and Vampire Reading Club series also written by Nancy, all are well written, fun and enjoyable!
This series has kept me wanting more and more of the story as one by one, the contestants stand or fall by their bakes. And I can't even cook, let alone bake! Nancy Warren does a sterling job of building mystery into an already dramatic theme of a baking show with murder as the icing on the cake. We care about the characters and what happens to them. Poppy has made it to the next round of competition on The Great British Baking Contest but just barely. After involvement in a murder and just scraping by the last round, she really needs to buckle down and pull out a win. The European Bakes round sees Poppy deciding on a German Bundt cake. However, a call from the pushy Maid of Honour of a Broomwode girl, Lauren, hooks Poppy into her first commercial order, a lavender and lemon wedding cake. The money is just too good to be true. Once back in Broomwode, everything seems to be just about perfect at The Orangery venue. Except it isn't. With a murder by a Cupid statue the day of the wedding & the baking competition set to start the following day, Poppy wonders if a new-found witch power she has may have contributed to the groom's demise. Between needing a good bake showing and easing her conscience, will Poppy move forward on the show or into a jail cell? Can she add to her knowledge of the enigmatic Valerie, her possible mum? With her competitor friends helping suss out clues, it's all or nothing for Poppy
Poppy is growing as a baker and a sleuth in A Bundt Instrument (Great Witches Baking Show #4) by Nancy Warren. Though she would like to make more headway into the background of her family origins that is going much slower. Also I could feel her anxieties over the weekend -bake-offs hitting her in full force. It is such pressure being part of this bake-off. I’m sure that this is how the contestants feel in reality. Also for Poppy staying in the competition is tied to her being able to search for the family information. So in a way the mysteries are a helpful distraction for Poppy. Plus she is getting rather good at solving them with her new acquaintances.
The above sounds more like a pep talk for Poppy then a review. Perhaps it is because I just love this young woman who loves to bake while also needing to find the missing part of her identity. The characters feel completely real with me wanting to help Poppy along. Then the Broomewode Hall setting is so vivid written. In this wonderful addition to the series there are others who face disappointment far bigger then losing the baking competition. All of this is told with a bit of grace, a bit of mystery and a strong plot.
4.5 Stars The publisher/author gave me a complimentary ARC of the book which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Ms. Warren’s series continues with the 4th installment of The Great Witches Baking Show. She continues to entertain us with wonderful concoctions of baked goodies (recipe in the back of the book) and keeps you guessing with yet another murder to solve.
Poppy has made it to yet another week of baking and learning to embrace her ‘gut’ instincts when it comes to ideas/feelings on things. She takes on a baking commission at the last minute to make a wedding cake for a wedding to be held at the very hall she wants to get more access to, Broomewode Hall. Little does she know a belly rub on a cupid statue could cause so much concern.
A wedding party member ends up bludgeoned the early morning hours of the actual wedding day. Poppy tries to keep her head in the baking show game but also reins in her fellow bakers to solve yet another murder. Who know Bundt Cakes and Murders went hand in hand?
This is a great series to read, good clean (mostly with the exception of flour and some blood) entertainment with twists and turns to keep you guessing. Can’t wait for the next installment of this series.