- Series: 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: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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A pregnant girl, a donkey and Christmas? You know somehow they're all going to come together at a birth, but the journey to the punch line is amusing as the characters go through their twists and turns. This one is a little darker than some of the others, but I enjoyed it nevertheless and hated to see it end. If you like your mysteries in a less than serious vein and characters you like, I think you'll enjoy this mystery. I like the fact that Corinna is not a twenty-something, svelt person that you want to throw something at but a delightful business woman who has found something she wants to do with her life and a family of friends that stand by each other. I hope there are many more of these to come.
If you like mysteries with strong characters, very ethical protagonists, these are the ones you should seek out. You'll have to look for them because they are hard to find in the US. They are worth looking for. I'm really sorry that PBS hasn't yet acquired the Phryne Fisher videos shot in Australia by the Australian Broadcasting Company..their store is in one of the malls in the lanes and alleys.
Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman is THE BEST new series I have read in several years. The writing is excellent, the cast of characters interesting people the reader will relish spending time with, and Corinna herself, a complex and worthy heroine. FORBIDDEN FRUIT is the fifth in the Corinna Chapman bread baker series. The cover states this is a "chick-lit thriller" but I would define this series as Cosy Mystery, with modern elements. These novels are like luxurious gourmet Chocolates for the mind in a field awash in Brach's candy.
The only horrible thing to say to about this book is the cover, which depicts a skull with what appears to be blood dripping out of the mouth. The print is a simple block type in lime green on a dark background. It looks cheap and tacky and is completely inappropriate to the story inside. It is really too bad as Kerry Greenwood is an author whose works are to be savored and collected, and this cover is truly awful. I hope it does not stop too many readers from discovering the treasure inside. Fortunately for me, I discovered this series with the third book, DEVIL'S FOOD (2006), which has a lovely cover. I think the publishers are trying to sabotage this series with this cover (and the previous book's TRICK OR TREAT (2007) cover) but I hope that enough readers will ignore the horrid cover and keep this series going for a long long time. More Corinna Chapman please!
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