Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley....
Phryne Fisher becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties, and so sets her sights on detective work....
Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved....
Mackenzie Elizabeth Taylor finally catches a break when she inherits half of an apartment building in Boston from her uncle Al, along with his P.I. business....
This cozy mystery transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple stumbles across a corpse....
At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball....
Tampered medications, symptoms of poisoning, and suspicious accidents all add up to attempted murder, and it's up to Hazel and her Siamese cat, Dickens, to sniff out the clues....
CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana....
When Abi inherits her uncle's quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions....
The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family....
Evan Evans is a young police constable who has traded in the violence of city life for idyllic Llanfair, a Welsh village tucked far away from trouble....
Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt is peaceful and prosperous under the dual rule of the Pharaohs Amenhotep III and IV, until the younger Pharaoh begins to dream new and terrifying dreams....
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.
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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Fell in love with Phryne Fisher, watched every show I could get on Netflix and listened to every one in audiobook (the reader is phenomenal).
Now I find myself actually buying this audiobook and not waiting for my credits, I love them! I love that they are a mini vacation for the mind from the world we live in and I love that love story!
I also love the happy endings!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I have just listened to ALL of the Phryne Fisher mysteries and absolutely loved them, so they were a hard act to follow<br/>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.
Would you be willing to try another book from Kerry Greenwood? Why or why not?
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
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Again it is hard to go past the narrator of the Phryne books, Stephanie Daniels is perfect.<br/>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.<br/><br/>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.
Was Devil's Food worth the listening time?
I still enjoyed the book, it was still an interesting story and it was a hard act to follow
2 of 5 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Kerry Greenwood and/or Louise Siversen?
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.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Corinna, of course, because she is clever. Jason because he has overcome such odds and is a good kid that life has treated badly.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Louise Siversen?
I adore Stephanie Daniel, who reads Phryne Fisher, though I realise her aristocratic voice might not be suited for Corinna.
Could you see Devil's Food being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Could be good.
Any additional comments?
I'll go back to reading these in paper format.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 11 people found this review helpful
Love this series and the narrator does a good job. Some of her accents are a little strange but otherwise her reading is brilliant. My only issue with this book is the pointless musical interlude between chapters. It's horrible, annoying and adds nothing to the story at all. Hope they haven't done this with the rest of the books in this series.