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Earthly Delights: Corinna Chapman's Murder Mysteries 1 [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Greenwood
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Book Description

Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley.
But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying 'The wages of sin is death' and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will never get those muffins cooked in time.
With flair, chutzpah and a talent for kneading, Corinna Chapman will find out who exactly is threatening her life and bake some beautiful bread.
'Greenwood provides us with lavish helpings of the ingredients essential to good popular fiction: food, frocks, furnishings and some essential frolicks beneath the sheets' - Sydney Morning Herald on Murder in Montparnasse

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"A buxom baker and a handsome man of mystery solve a series of crimes. Corinna Chapman has left her driven husband and high-pressure job to open Earthly Delights, a bakery in Melbourne. A unique Roman-style apartment house provides lodgings for her, her cat Horatio and a diverse bunch of neighbors that includes Meroe the Witch, retired professor Dionysius Monk, the Pemberthys and their spoiled dog, a Dutch lady gardener, some computer nerds and sylph-like aspiring actresses Goss and Kylie, who help in the bakery. A series of threatening letters addressed to Corinna and the other ladies in the building soon escalate to spray-painted death threats, the first on the wall of a nearby shop owned by androgynous dominatrix Mistress Dread. Corinna's life changes dramatically when she meets Daniel Cohen, an attractive man who works nights on the Soup Run delivering food to the city's homeless, and hires the homeless junkie Jason, who has an amazingly light hand with muffins, to help clean the bakery. She wonders if her ex, who's hatched a scheme to buy her apartment house and tear it down, could be the poison pen. At length, she and Daniel get to the bottom of the threats, discover who's killing off junkies with hot-shots and have a sexy adventure at the local Goth club with a vampire named Lestat. Poles apart from Greenwood's popular heroine Phryne Fisher ("The Green Mill Murder," 2007, etc.), but equally delightful."--"KirkusReviews"

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From the author of the Phryne Fisher mysteries comes a saucy new sleuth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 445 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1590583930
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (3 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KK5RIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and tasty as a fresh loaf of bread 11 July 2012
Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman series about an accountant turned baker came as a welcome exception to the recent general dumbing down of the 3C (coffee, crafting, cooking) mysteries. Corinna owns and operates Earthly Delights, a small bakery in center city Melbourne, Australia. It is located on the first floor of the Insula, a quirky apartment building designed like an ancient Roman villa. Corinna used the buyout from her accounting job to purchase both the bakery and her apartment, named (not numbered) Hebe, directly above it with her house cat Horatio. A pair of stray cats perform rodent patrol in the bakery at night.

Corinna operates her bakery with only some part time counter help, so her days are long. In Earthly Delights she opens her bakery door early one morning to let her rodent police, Heckle and Jekyll, out and finds a young girl dying in the street, apparently of a drug overdose. While Corinna's quick response saves the girl, a series of similar drug-related deaths begin to occur around the city. Meanwhile, Corinna and her neighbors in the Insula are being harassed by an anonymous religious fanatic who leaves threatening letters and defaces and damages the shops. While this series has a wonderful cozy feel to it, there is some rough language - it is the inner city, after all - and some sweet not too explicit sex. Corinna and her community remind me of Armistead Maupin's characters in Tales of the City; bittersweet and charmingly funny. I was so enchanted by the setting, characters, and irreverent Australian humor in Earthly Delights that I have ordered the rest of the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earthly Delights. 20 Oct. 2012
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Corinna Chapman runs a bakery called Earthly Delights. One morning she finds what appears to be a dead body outside her shop. The body turns out not to be dead but through the discovery Corinna meets Daniel - a devastatingly handsome man who is involved in feeding the homeless in the city of Melbourne. The residents of Corinna's apartment block are receiving threatening anonymous letters which are making them all feel very unsafe and graffiti is appearing on the walls overnight.

In between trying to find why drug addicts are ending up dead on an almost daily basis and who is behind the anonymous letters and the graffiti Corinna must get the bread and muffins baked on time which involves getting up at four in morning. Fortunately she has some willing helpers and some fascinating neighbours. There is a witch, a retired professor, a gardener, some computer geeks and a dominatrix who frequents the local Goth club - Blood Lines. There are also the three cats - Horatio and the Mouse Police - Heckle and Jekyll.

I enjoyed this intriguing mystery with its many strands and fantastic characters. The scenes in the Goth club are absolute classics. The book is narrated by Corinna herself who is a no nonsense feisty lady in her thirties who doesn't believe in doing what is expected of her. If you enjoy books populated with eccentric characters then you will enjoy this first book in the Corinna Chapman series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars nothing like her miss fisher books 20 Oct. 2013
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not one that i would save was read able but thats all i can say would not go out of my way to look for other maybe i have been spoiled by miss fisher novels
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay read but prefer pharyne fisher 7 Sept. 2013
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It was okay but I felt that it was a bit disjointed, and the characters seemed to appear out of nowhere, and although there was supposed to be a mystery with the main male character it just annoyed me. The ending was fine, if a little predictable, I hope that as the series goes on it will improve
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I really enjoyed the Phryn Fisher books and thought I would try a Corinna Chapman Mystery. I did enjoy it, the style of writing was good and the characters off-beat but it did take me a bit longer to take to the characters and care what happened to them. I would read more of these stories as by the end of this book the characters, especially the main character Corinna had grown on me.
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