Cooking the Books: A Corinna Chapman Mystery [NOOK Book]

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Corinna Chapman, talented baker and reluctant investigator, has closed her shop until the New Year and is trying very hard to do nothing at all on her holidays. Her private eye boyfriend, Daniel, is busy investigating a corporate theft. Her apprentice, Jason, is off learning to surf. And her two shop assistants, Kylie and Goss, have found roles in a soap opera. It should be a time of quiet reflection, but quiet doesn’t suit Corinna—she’s bored....
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Cooking the Books: A Corinna Chapman Mystery

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Overview

Corinna Chapman, talented baker and reluctant investigator, has closed her shop until the New Year and is trying very hard to do nothing at all on her holidays. Her private eye boyfriend, Daniel, is busy investigating a corporate theft. Her apprentice, Jason, is off learning to surf. And her two shop assistants, Kylie and Goss, have found roles in a soap opera. It should be a time of quiet reflection, but quiet doesn’t suit Corinna—she’s bored.

Scenting a whiff of danger, she accepts a caterer friend’s offer to do the baking for the soap in which Kylie and Goss have parts, and discovers that all is not sunshine and light on the set. Twists and turns and complications ensue, involving—bizarrely—nursery rhymes and a tiger called Tabitha. On the other side of town, a young woman is being unmercifully bullied by her corporate employers, who spend a lot of time cooking the books.

Cooking the Books is sixth in Kerry Greenwood's quirky, cozy Corinna Chapman series.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - David Pitt
Another winning entry in this consistently satisfying series.
Kirkus Reviews
To the usual delightfully quirky characters, lovingly detailed descriptions of food and surprising mystery, Greenwood adds several appended medieval recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615953776
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: Corinna Chapman Mysteries , #6
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 86,986
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of more than 40 novels and six non-fiction books. Among her many honors, Ms. Greenwood has received the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Australia. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Courts for the Legal Aid Commission. She is unmarried and has no children, but is known to live with a registered Wizard.
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  • Posted March 10, 2012

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    A great mystery from Down Under!

    Corinna Chapman is on holiday and looking forward to spending time with her lover, Daniel. Her assistant Jason is off surfing and her sometimes helpers have gotten bit parts in a film/soap opera called Kiss the Bride. Corinna’s holiday is interrupted when she gets guilted into helping an old school mate do catering for the film production and Daniel gets offered a case to work on. Lena, an overweight accountant, has lost bearer bonds that her company wanted her to register and they are threatening her job if the bonds aren’t found. Daniel agrees to take the case and tracks down one bond to a homeless man named Pockets. In the meantime, Corinna is dealing with an interesting cast of characters (pardon the pun) on the movie set. The film’s star is a major diva and there have been a rash of pranks directed at her. There is a serial womanizer who is making up to the baker who is working with Corinna, a handsome but vain leading man, a harassed assistant to the star, and other assorted people who could be the culprits. Soon Corinna finds herself in the middle of the drama and pulls Daniel in. He gets asked by the diva to find her long lost son who she put up for adoption.
    Corinna and Daniel are getting nowhere with Pockets and he starts them on a merry chase looking for clues that he leaves all over the city. The clues are based on popular nursery rhymes and Daniel has little to no experience with them so Corinna finds herself involved in his case. Added to the stress is the fact that her empty headed helpers have told Jason she has replaced him and Corinna is worried he will go back to drugs. A restful holiday it is not!
    I really love this series (and the Phrynne Fisher series) written by Ms. Greenwood. Corinna is an interesting character, an overweight ex- accountant who became a successful baker. She and Daniel have a wonderful relationship and they work together well. The secondary characters always fit just right into the story and we learn a little more about them in each book. This mystery is totally believable and even the missing baby story has a very plausible resolution with an added twist. I enjoy the little tidbits about the culture of Australia in the books. This book is a great addition to the series!

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Wonderful

    Another great read from Kerry Greenwood. Love the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Bought the series so you know its a reread winner

    Prefer it over her tv series and borrowed those books including the complete dvd s. Who to cast as a tradionsl figured woman? Wonderful charactet parts make each book a really good read. These are not in Aussie outback. Receipes have english measures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Tiger tiger!

    A real pussey cat of a read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    This is a tasty combo to read mystery/regional/city/amateur/receipesfood a full menu

    This is a fsvorite series and i bought everyone a strong supporting cast spices every thing up the setting of building with stores and condos adds layers to the tales there are character cats an awful little fuzz mop dog we have all known and a good dog introduced later there are widows and widower transgender gay couple recovering aa and sa weavers and gardeners ethnic and religious mix happy family and sime not so nice o k love this series to pay over three dollars Page counter's mom

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

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    Rhyme and Reason

    Corinna Chapman, the less-than-svelte baker of bread, in this latest chapter in a long-running series, is supposedly on vacation (with Heavenly Delights closed as her apprentice is away learning how to surf) when she is “blackmailed” into helping out a school chum cater the film set of a TV pilot. Meanwhile, Daniel, her Israeli private detective lover, is preoccupied on a case involving a young girl who has lost $1 million of bearer bonds.

    So the stage is set for each of them to solve a number of mysteries, including who is tampering with the star’s food creating turmoil on the set. Since the title of the pilot is “Kiss the Bride,” it is fitting that much of the novel reflects the soap opera-ish aspect of the simultaneous stories, especially the use of nursery rhymes as clues to the discovery of the location of the missing bonds.

    Ms Chapman is a delightful character and has fulfilled the role many times. The plot presents the reader with enough alternatives to maintain interest, and the writing, as usual, is excellent. Whether the denouement is acceptable is the only question in this reader’s mind, since it unfolds quickly and seems contrived to bring the episode to an end. But in total, it is an enjoyable read, and is recommended.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    A Tasty Reading Treat

    This is a tasty read, the latest in Greenwood's Corinna Chapman series. This book finds Corinna at loose ends, in the midst of a break, or "stay-cation" from her baking duties. Jason, her Assistant Baker, is off on a real vacation, sending Corinna occasional text or e-mail messages which Corinna deciphers as being akin to Chaucer-ian Middle English. Her two Shop Girls, Kylie and Goss, have landed bona-fide acting roles on a soap-opera-ish production, and Daniel, her live-in love, is trying to untangle the lines of a problem involving valuable bonds. Some of the bonds have been mysteriously cashed, and seem to lead to a homeless man who was a former accountant at the company. The young woman who had been given the bonds to deliver, has been fired and later goes missing. Corinna, with extra time on her hands, assists Daniel in trying to track down the whereabouts of the roving homeless man and the missing girl.
    Corinna, still bored with all the extra time on her hands, succumbs to the pleas of a former school mate, and finds herself the replacement baker on the set of the aforementioned film production, and also being drawn into the on-set mystery of who is trying to sabotage the production through a series of pranks played on the star, a Diva who is unlikeable but a real talent whose loss would mean disaster for the producers. Corinna is also requested by the Diva-actress to find her missing child, whom she gave up for adoption years earlier. There's some evidence that points to the child being one of the actors or crew on set, bent on getting revenge on mother for her desertion, so Corinna finds herself baking AND sleuthing again. A further complication arises with the ditsy girls sending Jason a communique telling him that Corinna has replaced him, and Corinna fears that Jason, a former heroin addict, will respond badly through a disastrous relapse. Will Corinna and Daniel be able to bring their cases to a satisfactory ending?
    Readers will no doubt enjoy munching their way through this delicious mystery to find the dessert at the end. There's a delightful, scrumptious denoument too, with a tiger, Tabitha, or "Tabby" on the film set who goes "walkies" after one film take too many, and the resulting chaos and panic reveals a most clever Corinna, who tempts Tabitha with a treat of anchovies.
    The only quibble I have with the book is Greenwood's overuse of fragmented sentences. I found so many of them, at first I thought perhaps a different author had been brought in on the book, but after I re-read one of the earlier Chapman mysteries, I found that this is part of Greenwood's style. There are many more of these unattached dependent clauses in this book, though, and I must note I found it irritating enough to temporarily distract me from the plot line, which is why I am giving this book a four instead of five star rating. Grammar purists, be warned. Other readers of mysteries who are not so fussy about sentence structure will find this book an unalloyed pleasure.

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    Posted July 6, 2012

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