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Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman #1 Kindle Edition

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While Australian Greenwood's historical series starring iconoclastic feminist sleuth Phryne Fisher (Cocaine Blues, etc.) has spawned a devoted following for its blend of detection and Wodehousian humor, her contemporary series, which makes its U.S. debut with this book, is unlikely to have the same impact. Corinna Chapman, a former accountant who operates a Melbourne bakery, cuts an even unlikelier figure than Phryne Fisher, as Greenwood's new heroine finds herself involved in probing a series of deaths of junkies. The broadly drawn supporting characters, including a stereotypical handsome stranger with whom Chapman is smitten, are beyond eccentric. Fisher fans shouldn't set their expectations too high. (June)
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Australian author Greenwood, best known for the 1920s-era Phryne Fisher mysteries, lunges into the present with this series starring former accountant Corinna Chapman, who has opted for the more sedate life of a baker. But with an assortment of offbeat neighbors, a drug addict dead on her doorstep, a secret admirer, and a threatening-letter writer, her new life is hardly sedate. As with the Fisher series, the fun here is simply watching a charming amateur sleuth solve a couple of mysteries and manage her hectic life. Greenwood's light touch is perfect, and fans of the Fisher novels will eat this one up. David Pitt
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  • File Size: 1508 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1.1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007H9JU3K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,002 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I found Earthly Delights at a local book store and read it on a rainy summer Sunday. It was wonderful. The mystery was solid, the writing was good and the characters are captivating. Actually the characters are the best thing about the book. You really like Corinna and her neighbors. (I would love to live in that building.) I ordered the 2nd book (Heavenly Pleasures) that night and liked it so much I am currently waiting for the next 3 books to arrive. If you love a good mystery, great characters and bread (did I mention Corinna is a baker) you will love this book!
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I am a great fan of Australian mystery author Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series, which is set in a 1920s Melbourne. What a delight to read every book that features the unbelievably chic, unconventional and generous Phryne! So I was really looking forward to Greenwood's other series, which features the zaftig baker Corinna Chapman in present-day Melbourne.

To begin with, "Earthly Delights" contains common Britishisms (e.g., "trainers" for running shoes or sneakers, "lift" for elevator) and the occasional spot of inscrutable Australian expressions and slang (e.g., "gum" for incense, "doona" for duvet or comforter, "rave" for rant, "stuffed up" for "screwed up", "arvo" -- whatever that is). Yet, there aren't many, and most can be deciphered from the context. Don't let that put you off.

What might put you off is that Corinna is no Phryne. Perhaps it was unfair to expect "Earthly Delights" to measure up to the standard set by the Phryne novels, but the Chapman series debut, while enjoyable, just isn't as good -- even though it was a finalist for Australia's Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel in 2004. The divorced Corinna runs her own bakery, the eponymous Earthly Delights, and stumbles onto three mysteries: the abrupt increase in deaths among heroin addicts -- including a nearly fatal incident on her very doorstep, a profane vandalism spree aimed at female tenants in her building, and the missing teenage daughter of one of her neighbors. As with any good cozy, "Earthly Delights" tidies up all the loose threads and introduces a love interest for Corinna; however, Corinna lacks Phryne's sparkle. We just don't care as much about her as we do for Phryne and her oddball household.
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By A Customer on June 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In Flinders Lane in Melbourne Australia, there is an architecturally, interesting building based on the roman design named Insular. It is home to Corinna Chapman, a Junoesque woman who owns a bakery Earthly Delights on the ground level. Each apartment has a roman name and their inhabitants are an eclectic quirky bunch that includes techno geeks, a dominatrix and a female witch. It is a peaceful place until the flyers start coming to the tenants claiming it is home to a temptress, whore or witch. The person goes from sending flyers to painting graffiti to attempted arson.

While Corinna is very concerned about this, she is dealing with other troubles. She saved the life of a heroin addict who almost died near her door. She meets Daniel, a man of mystery, who is concerned that people are dying from heroin because they are given it in its purest form. She meets Jason, a recovering addict who attaches herself to her, helps her with her baking and is the key to finding the clue that will let them discover who is behind the junkie's deaths. Corinna also is thrilled to realize that the handsome Daniel is in love with her even though she is not a size five.

The Corinna Chapman mysteries are nothing like the Phryne Fisher tales because the women are different as the latter is comfortable in all settings while the former struggles when somewhat outside her norm. The heroine of EARTHLY DELIGHTS is a determined woman who chooses her own path and takes risks on people that most individuals will avoid. Although there is very little action, this tale is a pleasurable interesting reading experience with mysteries great and small.

Harriet Klausner
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The product description captures the story dead on. My initial response to reading the description was that there couldn't posibly be a reasonable storyline with such an assortment of characters; but I have such fond memories of the months I spent in Melbourne that I simply couldn't pass on the opportunity to trigger old memories with familiar references.

In short, I underestimated the author! I am not only pleasantly surprised, but downright delighted at how the author weaves such a solid, believable story from such a diverse cast of characters. Corinna is inspirational on so many levels. The friendship that develops between Jason and Corinna is most inspiring.

Thoroughly enjoyable read!
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Format: Paperback
An enjoyable first book in a cosy detective series. Too many mystery/crime novels set in modern Australia are hard core/violent/just plain realistic. This series has a charmingly eccentric setting, a likeable main character, and many cats.

Set in an idealised but recognisable Melbourne, and looking at the benefits and problems involved, our heroine lives in an amusing apartment building with suitably eccentric residents. While looking at crime and poverty in a modern city, there is still proper attention paid to the important things such as baking, cooking, eating, and spending time with friends and cats.

The covers of the American editions are awful. Why did the publishers feel the need to change them? The original Australian covers are in bold colours with simple pictures, these ones look like they're set in some northern English inner city terrace, there is no sun or light or anything. Some of the Australian covers are available on amazon uk, so get them instead.
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