Devil's Food (Corinna Chapman Series #3)

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Overview

Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire and amateur sleuth, returns in another delicious mystery.

Praise for the Corinna Chapman series:
"This new series has some of the hallmarks of author Kerry Greenwood’s other long running series—the Phryne Fisher mysteries: mystery (of course), good food, gorgeous young men and a sassy central female character...a delicious offering." – aussiereviews.com

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Overview

Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire and amateur sleuth, returns in another delicious mystery.

Praise for the Corinna Chapman series:
"This new series has some of the hallmarks of author Kerry Greenwood’s other long running series—the Phryne Fisher mysteries: mystery (of course), good food, gorgeous young men and a sassy central female character...a delicious offering." – aussiereviews.com

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A missing parent, a lethal herbal tea and a sinister cult are a few of the mysterious ingredients in Greenwood's lively third cozy to feature cheerfully fat baker Corinna Chapman (after 2008's Heavenly Pleasures). Chapman's estranged hippie mother, who organizes her time by the phases of the moon, arrives on the doorstep of Melbourne's Earthly Delights Bakery to announce her spouse's disappearance during an apparent midlife crisis. Further complications for Chapman include a toxic tea imbibed by two of her employees and a strange group of monks. To assist in finding the tea's supplier, locating her wandering father and determining the monks' activities, Chapman has a devoted, if eccentric, cohort-a sexy PI lover, a weaver, a follower of Wicca, a grand dame, a dominatrix, a retired classics professor and a nun or two. While a glossary of Australian terms would've helped the American reader, this doesn't detract from the warmhearted message that it takes a village to solve a mystery. (May)

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Kirkus Reviews
A missing father, a bizarre cult and two poisoned shop assistants keep a Melbourne baker on her toes in the latest from Greenwood (Heavenly Pleasures, 2008, etc.). Whenever pleasantly plump Corinna Chapman and her beautiful Israeli investigator lover, Daniel, find a new puzzle to solve, her eccentric, mostly cat-loving neighbors at Insula, her Romanesque apartment building, are ready to pitch in. As Corinna blissfully bakes bread along with her assistant Jason, a reformed drug addict who's become a magician of muffins, her peace is shattered when her estranged hippie mother, Starshine, turns up minus her husband Sunlight, whose midlife crisis has propelled him from their commune in search of a younger woman. Luckily, one of the Insula residents, an old school friend of Star, is willing to take her in while Corinna searches for her errant dad. When her two bone-thin assistants start acting strangely, her neighborhood shopkeeper, Meroe the witch, discovers that the girls have been poisoned by an herbal diet tea they've been knocking back. Meantime, Insula neighbors Jon and Kepler find herbs hidden inside their imports from India. All paths seem to lead to members of a fat-despising cult who've been special ordering one of Corinna's most unusual breads. Corinna and Daniel are in for some surprises as they work to solve the overlapping mysteries while a murderer lurks. Not in any sense a classic mystery. But like-minded readers will find themselves charmed by the oddball characters and obligatory recipes.
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"Corinna shows every indication of sticking around for a good long time."  —Booklist
 
"Not in any sense a classic mystery. But like-minded readers will find themselves charmed by the oddball characters and obligatory recipes."  —Kirkus Reviews

"While a glossary of Australian terms would've helped the American reader, this doesn't detract from the warmhearted message that it takes a village to solve a mystery."  -Publisher's Weekly
 

Publishers Weekly
A missing parent, a lethal herbal tea and a sinister cult are a few of the mysterious ingredients in Greenwood's lively third cozy to feature cheerfully fat baker Corinna Chapman… While a glossary of Australian terms would’ve helped the American reader, this doesn’t detract from the warmhearted message that it takes a village to solve a mystery.
Mary Vernon
A new Kerry Greenwood is a treat—like the bread made by her heroine Corinna Chapman, her books are tasty and satisfying… In a word: Delicious.
Kirkus Reviews
A missing father, a bizarre cult and two poisoned shop assistants keep a Melbourne baker on her toes in the latest from Greenwood… like-minded readers will find themselves charmed by the oddball characters and obligatory recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781743109694
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio
  • Publication date: 4/2/2012
  • Series: Corinna Chapman Series , #3
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray where she now lives and writes. She has degrees in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession in 1982. Kerry has written more than twenty novels, a number of plays, is an award-winning children's writer, has edited and contributed to several anthologies, and is the creator of the Phryne Fisher series. In 2003, Kerry won the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Crime Writer's Association of Australia. Her newest series features the irrepressible baker-cum-sleuth Corinna Chapman.

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  • Posted March 13, 2009

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    a wonderful Australian adventure starring an interesting heroine who is the total opposite of Kerry Greenwood's superstar Phryne Fisher

    In Melbourne, Earthly Delights Bakery owner Corinna Chapman is happy about her life especially with her lover Israeli investigator Daniel until her estranged mother Starshine, a throwback to the 1960s hippies arrives hysterical. Her equally hippie spouse (and Corinna's father) Sunlight has vanished. Apparently the faithful Sunlight must have a supernova with a midlife crisis that has him on a quest to find a younger woman.

    However besides coping with a weeping mom, two bakery employees and some weird monks become ill after drinking poisoned tea. Corinna and Daniel with the help of a diverse eccentric crew search for her runaway dad while also tracing the source of the toxic tea, which leads to an anti-obese cult.

    The third Chapman cozy (see EARTHLY DELIGHTS and HEAVENLY PLEASURES) is a wonderful Australian adventure starring an interesting heroine who is the total opposite of Kerry Greenwood's superstar Phryne Fisher. The story line is lighthearted fun as Corinna goes from enjoying life to a near breakdown in a heartbeat when Starshine arrives. However, she has learned somewhat to cope with her star-sun shiny communal hippie parents so searching for dear old dad while struggling with poisoned tea and an anti fat cult targeting the pleasantly plump Corinna has added unneeded stress to her life. Still she, her boyfriend and their horde turn Melbourne into a personal playground in this fun lighthearted farce.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    A great series

    This is part of a charming series that takes place in Australia. It is part mystery, part romance, and has interesting story lines. Too bad it is not well known in America. If you like Janet Evanovich, you'd probably like this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    Corinna Chapman will pull you into her more than interesting life.

    Corinna Chapman will pull you into her more than interesting life, her eccentric lifestyle, surroundings and the flat mates in her apartment house "Insula", will keep you intrigued. I was hooked after reading the first of the series: "Earthly Delights", and plan to finish this mystery series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    favorite series would love to see it on pbscasting cats would be difficult

    enjoy the balance especially of the supporting cast like a long running tv series where the city becomes part of the cast too like the big easy or a western too

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series...I

    I thoroughly enjoyed Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series...I love period cozies! I wasn't sure I would like this series ste in contemporary Melbourne. But I am pleased to say it's as good as Phryne Fisher. The quirky characters, the clever plots and Corinna's recipes make this a delightful series.

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