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Forbidden Fruit: A Corinna Chapman Mystery (The Corinna Chapman Mysteries) Paperback – June 1, 2010


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  • Series: The Corinna Chapman Mysteries (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590587405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590587409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Those who care more for food than crime-solving will best appreciate Australian author Greenwood's fifth comic mystery featuring Melbourne baker Corinna Chapman (after 2009's Trick or Treat). Corinna remains ecstatically involved with her lover, PI Daniel Cohen, who winds up on the trail of two 16-year-old runaways, Brigid O'Ryan and Manny Lake, though Brigid and Manny's respective parents disagree whether the pair went off together. Greenwood throws some militant vegans and freegans as well as a donkey with a taste for rosewater-infused muffins into the plot, but the pieces fail to coalesce as they do in her superior Phryne Fisher series (Cocaine Blues, etc.), in which she deftly balances humor and suspense. In this series, setups are more farcical than funny, and some may grow weary of Corinna's frequent editorializing about one food item or another she's just eaten. (June)
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Midsummer in Melbourne finds baker and amateur sleuth Corinna Chapman battling the heat and the Christmas crowds as she and PI boyfriend Daniel hunt for two missing teenagers, one heavily pregnant. Meanwhile, a sweet donkey with a taste for rosewater keeps knocking on the back door, which makes a nice contrast to the militant vegans who have taken to practicing Christmas carols in Corinna’s friend Insulata’s rooftop garden and who disapprove of companion animals. This light and cozy series continues its focus on food, friends, and animals. Yet the dark side of modern society is never absent as Corinna and Daniel volunteer to work on the Soup Run for the homeless of Melbourne. Among the many food-focused cozies, this one continues to rank near the top. Recommend it, especially, to fans of Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Bear Catering series; Corinna is less hysterical than Goldy but equally caffeine obsessed. --Jessica Moyer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The various sub plots are also complex enough to keep most readers guessing.
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Absolutely adore the Phryne Fisher mysteries, so I decided to check out her Corinna Chapman books.
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Immediately fell in love with Corinna and the whole cast of characters in Insula.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sheila L. Beaumont VINE VOICE on August 1, 2010
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"Forbidden Fruit" is my favorite so far in this very entertaining series starring Melbourne baker Corinna Chapman. This one, the fifth, takes place during Christmas season, which in Australia is in the summer. It's a well-plotted mystery involving a rose-loving donkey named Serena, singing freegans, some fanatical animal-rights activists, a weirdly un-Christian cult of "Christians," a Romeo-and-Juliet couple on the run, and a band of vengeful Gypsies.

In addition to the story itself, I loved the cultural references and allusions to, among others, Tom Lehrer, G.K. Chesterton, Terry Pratchett, "The Wind in the Willows," "A Christmas Carol," The Chronicles of Narnia, Miles Vorkosigan, Agatha Raisin, and even Phryne Fisher. And of course there are the references to all that delicious food on nearly every page! And recipes at the end. Great fun for mystery fans, cat lovers, and anyone who enjoys good food!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kitty on May 13, 2013
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I absolutely love this series. Admittedly the books are a little hard on somebody who's dieting....but I love them anyhow. The language is soaked in sensuality, that is, tastes, sounds, atmosphere,feelings. It's funny, and the characters are very endearing. The plot may be a little improbable, but I do not care. The language is precise as well as poetic. This person is just a terrific writer and I am going to be sad when I finish the last of the series shortly. Then I guess I will go back to Phryne Fisher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sallie on April 9, 2013
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I love this book. Surprises and fun. I highly recommend this - and her other novels. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Molly Roper Jenkins on February 17, 2013
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This Greenwood series is every bit as enjoyable as are told in Phryne's adventures..
Her characters are such likable folks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By READER on February 6, 2013
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Kerry Greenwood has created an intelligent,engaging collection of characters with this series. Intriguing plots, unusual settings, unexpected solutions- good stuff
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni on January 27, 2013
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Each Corinna Chapman mystery has been delectable. I have longed to make slices of pasta doura toast with cherry jam to eat while sipping cups of strong tea (sorry, Corinna, I'm not a coffee drinker).

I have fallen for Daniel, longed for the cozy family-like neighborhood of Insula, wished that Kylie and Goss would grow up a bit, and have loved Jason.

I want more and wish Ms Greenwood would write quickly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Harrison on January 13, 2013
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This mystery series set in Australia is excellent! Baker Corinna Chapman and her motley crew solve intriguing mysteries. The characters are unusual and well-drawn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 23, 2012
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Love the characters, story line and the language, which is quite different from 'American English". I'm learning a lot. Love the recipes too.
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