Baker extraordinaire and proprietor of the Earthy Delights Bakery, Corinna Chapman is a firm proponent of eating well, so it's no surprise that she is perturbed, to say the least, by her two assistants' extreme herbal tea diet and the appearance of a strange cult that considers eating a sinful indulgence. Things become even more complicated when someone is found in the park almost dead from malnutrition and her hippie mother turns up in a panic, claiming that Corinna's father has disappeared. Narrator Louise Siversen's performance is as rich and satisfying as Corinna's cakes, and she gives the amateur sleuth a voice full of character and intelligence. Listeners will find themselves relishing the pleasures of this delicious mystery.
Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire and amateur sleuth, returns in another delicious mystery.
©2008 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
All is not well for Baker Corinna Chapman despite her successful business and the acquisitions of both a promising young apprentice and a handsome, sensual private eye/partner.
Jason, her young apprentice, had entered into a deal to produce "famine bread" for a group of monks who had established themselves in a property in Melbourne. Given that their only complaint had been that she had made the bread taste too good, it seems they were seriously into mortifying the flesh. And speaking of mortifying-- her unwashed, unpleasant and hysterical mother shows up at the bakery to demand Corinna's help in finding Corinna's father, who had taken off on a mid-life crisis to find "young flesh". Finally, it appears that her two young shop assistants hae fallen victim to a dangerous diet aid.
There's other mysteries that Corinna must solve which introduces the reader to some other venues (including one that is distinctly sad), as she searches for her father.
This one is also narrated by the inestimable Louise Siverson in her warm, kind tones.
I'm going to take a break in the series here, but I'm sure I will be back to finish the rest. The second book in the series was Heavenly Pleasures: A Corinna Chapman Mystery. The next is Trick or Treat: A Corinna Chapman Mystery.
I am a devoted fan of Phryne Fisher and recently started reading and enjoying the Corinna Chapman series. This was my first audio book for the Corinna Chapman series and I was very disappointed with the reading. The voices for the male characters (Daniel and Jason) were so low and husky it made them seem like unintelligent charicatures, which they are not. I couldn't even finish listening to the book.
Corinna, of course, because she is clever. Jason because he has overcome such odds and is a good kid that life has treated badly.
I adore Stephanie Daniel, who reads Phryne Fisher, though I realise her aristocratic voice might not be suited for Corinna.
Could be good.
I'll go back to reading these in paper format.
I have just listened to ALL of the Phryne Fisher mysteries and absolutely loved them, so they were a hard act to follow
I did get frustrated with the amount of detail given of preparing and consuming food. It seemed to be over the top, much more than was necessary to set the scene and distracts from the understanding of the story.
Not up to Phryne Fisher standard. I loved the Phryne Fisher books. I just listened to 18 of them while commuting to work. I wanted more Phryne Fisher and the Corinna Chapman series was a disappointment
Again it is hard to go past the narrator of the Phryne books, Stephanie Daniels is perfect.
I understand that this needs to be different as it is a very different character but the voice acting is not up to parr either.
This narrator has a good voice for the main character but most of her other character voices are annoying. As first person Corrina she sound strong and capable with a fairly deep female voice so when she does the male voice she can't go lower so she makes it breathy, so they sound like stoners. And I am annoyed enough by vapid female voices but these ones even have lisps, which is too much.
I still enjoyed the book, it was still an interesting story and it was a hard act to follow
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This book is awful. I wasted a credit! The reader has a great Austrailian accent, but the idioms are hard to understand, except in context. The story is a confusing mess. I had to stop listening. With over 700 books in my library, there are many I would listen to again before this torture.
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