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Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman's Murder Mysteries 1 Paperback – January 1, 2004
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About the Author
Kerry Greenwood has written thirteen novels in the Phryne Fisher series, the most recent being The Castlemaine Murders (2003). She is also the author of The Childstone Cycle, Cassandra, Recipes for Crime (with Jenny Pausacker) and has edited The Things She Loves, a collection of essays about women who kill. Kerry has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costumer-maker, cook and also works for Victoria Legal Aid as an advocate in the Magistrates' Courts. She is not married, has no children and lives with four cats and an accredited Wizard. In her spare time, she stares blankly out of the window. And she has no idea where she gets her ideas from.
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To say that his book is full of unique and quirky characters is an understatement. We're presented with a witch. Goths who aspire to be soap opera actresses, a cross dresser who sells sex toys and lingerie, asocial geeks, a professor of classical works, and more all living in a vintage building designed to mimic ancient Roman elegance.
The mystery could have been overwhelmed by the introduction of all of these characters and the neighborhood places of business, but the story and characters mesh together well. The sequence of events and character introductions are presented along with the mystery allowing the reader to piece the clues together along with Corinna and her new boyfriend, Daniel, who has an aura of mystery himself. There are several subplots going on dealing with a missing daughter, a homeless apprentice, and an unhappy marriage.
One warning about a section of the book that may disturb some readers and would be considered inappropriate for younger readers. Overall the book is mostly PG-rated, but there is a section that goes beyond that into R-rated territory while Corinna and Daniel are at a Goth night club inhabited by some extremely odd pretend vampires and their followers. It's unfortunate that this small part of the book crosses the line, making it off-limits to sensitive or younger readers.
Recommended, but not for younger audiences.
This is the modern-day series by the author of the Phryne Fisher books. And yes, I agree with all the folks who say that, at least in this volume, it isn’t nearly as good.
The characters are fun, if often stereotypes of a sort. The setting is interesting, and the dialogue and narration is snappy.
“I believe in absolutely nothing except yeast and the inevitability of politicians…”
The beginning of this book was exactly what I needed when I opened it up. I loved getting to know Corrina: her daily routine, her world, her attitude. Somewhere along the way it all started to seem a little too easy and ring a little false, though.
The main climax was… weak. Lets just say it was supposed to be both tense and erotic, and all I could think was: really? All the psuedo-realism earlier and no one’s going to mention how insanely unsafe of a sex act that just was? Not normally unsafe, crazy unsafe. This is not the 70’s. You could die doing stupid shit like that. The explanations about the plot were more than a little hand-wavy, too.
That said, I loved the beginning, and I did enjoy most of the other sub-plots, so I will try the next one to see if it finds its feet. Also, there are recipes in the back.
When the inhabitants of Corinna’s apartment block began experiencing nasty graffiti and particularly disturbing letters, she knew she had to do something about it. With the heroin addict problem plus the hatred directed toward the residents, something strange was definitely in the wind. Even her beloved cat Horatio had noticed something was amiss! But what, or better yet, who was the culprit or culprits? It seemed the police weren’t making any headway – could Corinna do any better?
This was an excellent mystery novel; the first in the Corinna Chapman series by Aussie author Kerry Greenwood. The characters are well fleshed out – varied and eclectic, they each play their parts well. The plot is full of intrigue and suspense, with some delightful twists to keep you guessing. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series, and have no hesitation in highly recommending Earthly Delights.