Earthly Delights

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Corinna Chapman was once a high profile accountant and banker. That is until she walked out on the money market and her dismissive and unpleasant husband James, threw aside her briefcase, and doffed her kitten heels forever. Now she is a baker working in her own business, Earthly Delights, in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia.
Corinna is living in an eccentric building on the Roman model called Insula, which has eight stories, sixteen apartments, and a lot of strange and ...

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Earthly Delights: A Corinna Chapman Mystery

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Corinna Chapman was once a high profile accountant and banker. That is until she walked out on the money market and her dismissive and unpleasant husband James, threw aside her briefcase, and doffed her kitten heels forever. Now she is a baker working in her own business, Earthly Delights, in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Australia.
Corinna is living in an eccentric building on the Roman model called Insula, which has eight stories, sixteen apartments, and a lot of strange and interesting people. These include a retired professor of classics, Dionysius Monk; a Dutch gardener named Trudi; Mr. and Mrs. Pemberthy and their rotten little doggie, Traddles; a pair of disgustingly thin, would-be soapie stars Goss and Kylie; and a jobbing witch, Meroe of The Sibylas Cave.
Corinna is quite content with her cat Horatio and her shop until a junkie falls half dead on her grate, a gorgeous sabra stalks along her alley and tells her that she is beautiful, and she starts receiving threatening letters accusing her of being a scarlet woman.
Then it is Goths, lost girls, fraud, late nights, nerds, and beautiful slaves. Life for Corinna has suddenly become interesting. And she still needs to get her bread out in time for the morning rush....
Includes recipes. Earthly Delights is the first book in this delicious new series by the award-winning author who brought us the Phryne Fisher series.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While Australian Greenwood's historical series starring iconoclastic feminist sleuth Phryne Fisher (Cocaine Blues, etc.) has spawned a devoted following for its blend of detection and Wodehousian humor, her contemporary series, which makes its U.S. debut with this book, is unlikely to have the same impact. Corinna Chapman, a former accountant who operates a Melbourne bakery, cuts an even unlikelier figure than Phryne Fisher, as Greenwood's new heroine finds herself involved in probing a series of deaths of junkies. The broadly drawn supporting characters, including a stereotypical handsome stranger with whom Chapman is smitten, are beyond eccentric. Fisher fans shouldn't set their expectations too high. (June)

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Kirkus Reviews
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781743155455
  • Publisher: Bolinda audio
  • Publication date: 7/15/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 8
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Kerry Greenwood is the author of twenty-seven novels and the editor of two collections. Novels in the Phryne Fisher series include Cocaine Blues, Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, Death at Victoria Dock, The Green Mill Murder, Blood and Circuses, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders, Ruddy Gore, Heavenly Pleasures, Devil’s Food, Flying Too High, A Question of Death and Trick or Treat.
She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates’ Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting

    In Flinders Lane in Melbourne Australia, there is an architecturally, interesting building based on the roman design named Insular. It is home to Corinna Chapman, a Junoesque woman who owns a bakery Earthly Delights on the ground level. Each apartment has a roman name and their inhabitants are an eclectic quirky bunch that includes techno geeks, a dominatrix and a female witch. It is a peaceful place until the flyers start coming to the tenants claiming it is home to a temptress, whore or witch. The person goes from sending flyers to painting graffiti to attempted arson.---------------------- While Corinna is very concerned about this, she is dealing with other troubles. She saved the life of a heroin addict who almost died near her door. She meets Daniel, a man of mystery, who is concerned that people are dying from heroin because they are given it in its purest form. She meets Jason, a recovering addict who attaches herself to her, helps her with her baking and is the key to finding the clue that will let them discover who is behind the junkie¿s deaths. Corinna also is thrilled to realize that the handsome Daniel is in love with her even though she is not a size five----------------------------- The Corinna Chapman mysteries are nothing like the Phryne Fisher tales because the women are different as the latter is comfortable in all settings while the former struggles when somewhat outside her norm. The heroine of EARTHLY DELIGHTS is a determined woman who chooses her own path and takes risks on people that most individuals will avoid. Although there is very little action, this tale is a pleasurable interesting reading experience with mysteries great and small----------------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2014

    Not as good as Miss Fisher

    Without spoilers I can't clarify the poor rating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    enjoyed a change of pace from swedan iceland and norse

    To aussie land and not outback but a city with good bread and an apartment building worthy of rear window only fancier the supporting cast provides humor and all the cats have a history and a place in the plot plus a terrible little mop head dog i have read all and now i am buying them on nook one by one and have four took almonds and raisins by title mistake mom

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    On Kerry Greenwood

    I have now read ALL of Ms Greenwood's books, both the Corrinna Chapman series and my personal favorites The Phryne Fisher series. I have seldom enjoyed an authors style as much as this one. All the mysteries are based in Australia, for those fussy readers who think the grammar is American English. Simply pleasurable reading!

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    Posted October 8, 2012

    Welcome!

    To Elements academy! You can join at result two. Please leave age description and element u control. Please don't post here. Result three is where u can train and chat. Result four is the mess hall. The elements you can control are ice, wind, storm, spirit, fire, earth, water, and light. Your dorms for elements are in the same order as the elements above starting at result five. Btw im not the headermaster. Thank u!- Raven weilder of earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Loved it!

    My first book by this author. I loved the heroine and the mystery. Great quick read. I plan to buy more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Good beach Read!

    If you like baking especially in Italian style, this book is for you. A quick read, but was disappointed in all of the grammatical errors.
    Over all a good one!

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