When Daniel starts making excuses, Corinna begins to worry about his absences and also the strange outbreak of madness which seems to be centred on Lonsdale Street. Will Corinna win through a maze of health regulations, missing boyfriends, sinister strangers, fraudulent companies, and back alley ambushes? Or will this be the end for the Earthly Delights Bakery?
©2007 Kerry Greenwood; (P)2007 Bolinda Audio
I can't seem to get enough of Kerry Greenwood. In the fourth Corinna Chapman book Halloween is in the air and the witches are gathering. Meroe is as nervous as a very cool cat in a room full of rocking chairs. She is a solitary Wicca by preference (and because she doesn't really like other witches). Now there are hundreds of witches flooding into Melbourne for the Samhaine rites. And one of the more eclectic covens is on a purely material treasure hunt that threatens the sanctity of the rites. In the spirit of the season there is also a sudden increase in the number of people going mad in town. Corinna encounters one well dressed man in her alley who thinks that his hands have fallen off. Much as she is shaken by this it is nothing to how she feels when a man jumps to his death from the building next door thinking he can fly. Corinna has other causes for anxiety as Daniel has a friend named George staying with him. He may have forgotten to mention that George is tall, blonde, long legged, and imminently female. And George really doesn’t like Corinna. There is also a new franchise bread shop right down the street from Earthly Delights with unbeatable prices, but no taste (on more levels than one). It’s going to be a difficult spring for or intrepid heroine, but there is bread to bake so Corinna can’t just lie abed and worry.
I loved the Freegans! Such a good concept for the book.
I loved this book as much as the previous in the series. The characters continue to develop (including the cats!) and I love that Corinna hates Christmas....or does she?
No. This is the worst of the recordings. (In a very relative way - it's still very very good.) Samhain is pronounced "SOW wen". And the narrator smacks and lisps excessively in this recording.
I'm awfully fond of Uncle Solly, even if he does smack when he talks.
The narrator has too many of the characters "smacking" before they start talking. And the pronunciations of wiccan ceremonies are massively incorrect and irritating. She was trying too hard making "voices" for many characters. (smack smack smack. Sigh.)
I enjoyed the hostage standoff. Very unlikely but wouldn't it be nice if things turned out this way?
"Enjoyable, but narration could have been better."
I really like this series and this was no exception. The story is fun and the characters are well written. The narration is okay, Louise Siversen has a pleasant enough voice, however there are annoying little habits that distract at times. For example there are often strange little pauses and loud gulps/swallowing sounds while she's reading. I also have to say that her foreign accents aren't always the best. Still, the book was thoroughly enjoyable and I will get the next in the series.
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