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.
Format: Audible Download/Kindle Whispersync for Voice
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.
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.
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