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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

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  • Sires
  • Chesapeake, OH, United States
  • 04-07-13

Second Outing for Corinna Chapman

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Relaxing listen

Easy listen! Good for listening when you don't want any gore or other disturbing imagery.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great 2nd Book

Where does Heavenly Pleasures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

among the highest

Who was your favorite character and why?

Corrina is my favourite character. She has a lot of personality and is a good, strong female character.

Which character – as performed by Louise Siverson – was your favorite?

Still Corrina, I think her voice appealed more than the others.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme, it was a nice mystery novel.

Any additional comments?

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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amazing

I seriously can not wait to get the next book these book continues to keep me on my toes I love it and I tell everyone about her books and to read them.

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Disappointing

Greenwood's Miss Fisher mysteries are smart, interesting and a bit naughty and always immensely enjoyable. This book, one of Greenwood's other series, is none of this; I've tried several times, but find the characters unappealing & uninteresting; the plot not worth my time. It's difficult to believe they were written by the same author.

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Not Phryne Fisher but very entertaining

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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Good story, uneven narration

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.

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A fun story limited by the reading

What did you like best about Heavenly Pleasures? What did you like least?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

The story

What didn’t you like about Louise Siverson’s performance?

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.

Do you think Heavenly Pleasures needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is already a series.

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Like the story; the narrator needs work

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.

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  • chyrl
  • mansfield, OH, United States
  • 03-02-11

Not for me

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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  • kitty67
  • 07-16-16

Another great story

I love they way Kerry brings the Australian people's attitude when people are in distress or trouble. Unite and find solution.

Yes, I would recommend this book and many other by Kerry Greenwood. The narrator never mis-pronounce words and has a voice that is very easy to listen too.

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  • Ian Smith
  • 08-10-14

Entertaining, gentle and engaging mystery

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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.