The second installment in the delicious Corinna Chapman series by best-selling cozy crime writer Kerry Greenwood.
Corinna Chapman likes the quiet life: good food, good company, and her daily work as a baker. She doesn't really want mystery and intrigue in her life. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't have much choice. Corinna's apartment building seems to be a magnet for mystery and mayhem and, with her new lover, Daniel, a private investigator, Corinna seems destined to be involved in solving these mysteries.
This second book in the series sees a prankster spiking the chocolates at the nearby Heavenly Pleasures chocolate store (is it an elaborate and horrible joke, or a warning of worse to come?), an attempt to blow up the apartment block, and strange new residents moving in.
©2010 Kerry Greenwood (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
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Heavenly Pleasures is the name of a Chocolate Shop run by a pair of sisters of Belgium extraction. They are located near Corinna Chapman's bakery and do very good business. Then Corinna finds out that they have been the focus of a series of unpleasant incidents involving their chocolates. Nothing dangerous, so far, so it is unlikely that they would be of interest to the police, and if the story becomes public knowledge then it might ruin their trade. They hire Corinna's partner (ex-Israeli soldier, current private eye) to try to find out who is trying to put then out of business.
This isn't the only mystery though around Insula, the Roman style building where Corinna has her bakery and apartment.
Corinna is intensely likeable with her whole-hearted enjoyment of the good things in life including bread, sex, chocolate and good company. The mystery is interesting enough; however, I really enjoy the cast of eccentrics who populate Corinna's world.
The narrator, Louise Siverson does an absolutely bang up job of reading this book. I couldn't imagine another voice as that of Corinna now.
I try not to read too many books in the same series in a row because I start to notice the authors little tics and twits. However, I got the first one (Earthly Delights) on a deal from Amazon/Audible and then had to buy the next two because I liked it so well. The following book (3rd) is Devil's Food.
It took me a couple of tries to get into Corinna after listening to the whole Phryne Fisher series. Perhaps because living in Phryne's world is just so much fun. I find the pacing of the books sometimes odd--sidetracks into unnecessary information that would be interesting if the forays were not so indulged. The reader is good, although I preferred the treatment of Moroe the witch in book 1. In book 2 Meroe had taken on a pronounced Hungarian accent, which with the deepness of the voice, overcomes the emotional range the reader had in book 1. Still Kerry Greenwood is a good storyteller and the stories an enjoyable listen. The characters feel rather stereotypical but I expect, as in Phryne, their humanness develops over the series.
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Corrina is my favourite character. She has a lot of personality and is a good, strong female character.
Still Corrina, I think her voice appealed more than the others.
Nothing extreme, it was a nice mystery novel.
I enjoy Corrina's comments on life as a plus-sized woman. She doesn't apologize for her size and gets on with her life.
A good follow-up to the opening book but why did the narrator decide to have Daniel, John and Mrs Dawson whispering all the time? Very disconcerting when others talked at normal levels. Almost shut it off several times but the story line kept me going. If she can't do men then she shouldn't be narrating. All the young boys sound the same too.
I've previously read the print version, so I like the story a lot. The narrator has a decent voice to my ears (don't know if it's a good Aussie accent, though) for the main character and the intervening comments.
But the other voices she's doing for the rest of the cast are not very good. The very-young girl voices are the most poorly done, and that for the young male assistant is mostly wooden. There's another main male voice and that's done quite flatly.
I've read this book previously to buying the audiobook and enjoyed it very much. Its a fun, somewhat romantic, Australian whodunnit with lovely baking recipes.
Louise had difficulty performing the male voices. Instead of simply dropping her voice (or reading without trying to make her voice masculine) she added a nasal quality that made them all sound slow-witted - including the dashing and heroic Daniel. It is also distracting at first to become used to the distinct Australian twang of Louise's voice. I'm Australian - its not that. Stephanie Daniel, who reads Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher stories, has a much gentler Australian voice which can then extend from the laconic Aussie males to posh women with equal facility. I really wish Stephanie Daniel had read this series.
There is already a series.
Very hard to follow.Just has nothing of content to hold a listener. I had to stop the book after a few chapters. A waste of my time.
Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.
..this book offended me. In this day and age that is a real trick. And it isn't any of the things you would expect. It isn't the gay couple or the lesbian couple, the witch, the rich people, the heroin addicts or the nun, the alcoholics or the fat woman with the sexy boyfriend, I almost for got the murders and the thieves. Alternate lifestyles aren't so alternate anymore and the time is over when they can be used to raise an eyebrow or titillate in a story. It is called "Mainstream" and "Normal" and even in some cases, overkill.
The thing that offended me is that the author, an Australian, chose to be disrespectful to my President- twice. It is offensive to me when Americans are disrespectful to the person in the Office, but even more so when non-Americans are. Why non-Americans feel entitled to be this way about something that they hear about in the media-as opposed to actually living- is beyond me. It is like going into a stranger's home and telling them that their furniture is crappy: it's easy to take pot-shots at low hanging fruit. You don't have to agree with everything the man stands for, but he is standing. The little pseudo-political rant was rude, didn't add anything to the story and left a sour taste in my mouth.
Do you hear me Kerry? Remember the Dixie Chicks.
"Entertaining, gentle and engaging mystery"
Entertaining continuation of the first novel in the series, with the same gentle build-up and many of the same engaging characters. Some similarities in the overall storyline, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment. And I learned a bit about chocolate. The bad guy was a little too obvious for me, but it's only a story! Good performance too.
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