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Forbidden Fruit: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 5 | [Kerry Greenwood]

Forbidden Fruit: Corinna Chapman Mysteries, Book 5

Corinna Chapman, owner of Earthly Delights, detests Christmas. The shoppers are frantic and the heat oppressive. Neither of which, this perfect size 20 with a genius for baking breads finds congenial. She's dreaming of quiet, air-conditioned comfort but instead finds herself dealing with a rose-loving donkey named Serena, a maniacal mother with staring eyes, a distracted assistant searching for the perfect muffin recipe, her friend the fearless witch Meroe, and the luscious Daniel with whom she'd like to spend a lot more time.
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Corinna Chapman, owner of Earthly Delights, detests Christmas. The shoppers are frantic and the heat oppressive. Neither of which, this perfect size 20 with a genius for baking breads finds congenial. She's dreaming of quiet, air-conditioned comfort but instead finds herself dealing with a rose-loving donkey named Serena, a maniacal mother with staring eyes, a distracted assistant searching for the perfect muffin recipe, her friend - the fearless witch Meroe, and the luscious Daniel, with whom she'd like to spend a lot more time.

But Daniel is on the hunt to find two young runaways, Brigid and Manny. This simple Romeo and Juliet romance is not as straightforward as it seems and they will go a long way to ensure they're not found. When Corinna and Daniel find that Brigid is on the streets, heavily pregnant and in danger, the stakes rise. With the help of a troupe of free-spirited freegans, some very clever internet hackers and a bunch of vegans, Corinna and Daniel go head-to-head with a sinister religious cult on a mission and a band of Romany gypsies out for revenge in a wild and wonderful chase against the clock.

©2009 Copyright © Kerry Greenwood 2009. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Voracious Reader NY 03-21-15
    Voracious Reader NY 03-21-15 Member Since 2012

    Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.

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    "Back in the Bakery and Loving It!"
    What did you love best about Forbidden Fruit?

    I love Corinna and was worried I wouldn't like this book because I'd read some negative reviews. I shouldn't have worried. I've liked all the Kerry Greenwood books I've read. I started with Phrynne Fisher & thought I'd always like her best but I'm really getting hooked on Corinna. I liked the first Corinna Chapman book & found this even better. Corinna makes bread, so symbolic. She provides succor and support to those in her orbit, and they, in turn, support her. She is such a generous, earthy character. I just love her. I loved Jason's development. He's become such a talent. I loved his relationship with Bunny. So caring. Trying to do his best for the animal even prompted him to strive to overcome his reading difficulties, going so far as to BUY a book and try to read it to provide the best care for Bunny. Such a good person. I loved Meroe's coven of helpers. I loved the Freegans.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Corinna, Corinna, Corinna. Salt of the earth. That could be another title in the series!See above - pretty much same question!


    What does Louise Siversen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great voice for the various characters. Liked everything but her singing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought a Kerry Greenwood Phrynne Fisher because of a sale & loved it. Got another on sale - liked it. Got a Corinna Chapman on sale - liked it a lot. Now read one more of each series & they're rapidly becoming favorites! I'm SO glad I started both of these series!

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    Jean Boluk Brossard, Quebec Canada 02-18-15
    Jean Boluk Brossard, Quebec Canada 02-18-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wasted my credit"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Louise Siversen’s performances?

    No


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    Could not finish it it was so bad. The author fixated on muffins and cats with some semblance of a very thin story line. The narrator's attempts at a male voice were just too painful to listen to.

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    CatBookMom 11-22-13
    CatBookMom 11-22-13
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    "Nicely done; very enjoyable"

    Another very enjoyable story about Corinna and her wonderful bakery, the great friends she has, and the odd little mysteries that fall into her life. Nice Christmas theme twining through, without being sappy; and of course there’s no snow, since Christmas happens in Melbourne in the middle of summer. The narrator, Louise Siversen, isn’t quite as multi-voiced as Stephanie Daniel, who reads Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher books, but she’s very good. 4 stars means I like it a lot.

    Definitely recommended.

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    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 10-24-13
    Margaret Gainesville, VA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story with a strange holiday twist"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love that the book is set in Australia, so seasons are opposite. And the characters are just quirky enough to be fun, not totally off the wall.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is just lots of fun. Some social commentary, but the live and let live attitude carries through. Entertaining. The narrator has the right tone for the book.

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