Cooking the Books (Corinna Chapman #6)
Corinna Chapman, talented baker and reluctant investigator, is trying very hard to do nothing at all on her holidays. Her gorgeous Daniel is only intermittently at her side (he's roaming the streets tracking down a multi-thousand dollar corporate theft). Jason, her baking offsider, has gone off to learn how to surf. And Kylie and Goss are fulfilling their lives' ambition a...more
Corinna is supposedly on vacation but is bored so she allows herself to be blackmailed into helping an old school chum who is catering for the cast & crew of a TV show pilot about a wedding planner. There are tensions in the kitchen and among the actors. Kylie and Goss, who help in Corinna's...more
So the stage is set for each of them to solve a number of...more
I really enjoyed this mystery novel of sleuth Corinna Chapman and her entourage. Corinna has put her bakery, Earthly Delights, on vacation to Corinna's discomfort. Corinna isn't really a vacation type of person. Her boyfriend, Private Investigator, Daniel, is busy on a new case trying to save a young accountants job as an intern at a somewhat shaky Accountancy firm.
Cooking the Books is number 6 in the Corinna Chapman series by Kerry Greenwood (who also writes the Phryne Fisher 'lady' detective stories set in 1920s Melbourne). Corinna Chapman is a contemporary baker of ample size who loves her bakery, her partner, her cats, and most of her neighbours. She gets herself involved in various sticky situations by virtue of her own baking and social activities, and those of her partner, Daniel, a private eye who hails from Israel.
This instalment involves Corinna...more
The main problem I had was that a homeless character is given very shallow treatment: a deranged ex-banker (thus qualifying himself for our approval by being "one of us" originally - not like those *other* homeless...more
Amidst the hot northern wind that the Aussie's have no name for but many others do, like mistral, khamsin, sirocco or Santa Ana's mischief and mayhem is bound to occur because tempers get hot, peop...more
Our sleuth, Corinna Chapman is a plus-sized, witty baker extraordinaire and former accountant . Her breads are famous throughout Melbourne. She is asked to provide the baked goods for a catering company who is catering a television soap opera production s...more
And of course, there's baking. And evil accountants. Australia! And a lady and a tiger, too.
Other points to like: Corinna is fat (size 20, we are info...more
I fell upon this book (received from Netgalley, thank you) with glad cries.
Well, no, I opened the book on my Kindle looking forward to a light mystery, and within minutes was uttering glad cries. It started with the prefatory note, which includes the line "This whole book is a work of fiction. As is the city of Melbourne itself." Score.
"He deserves to be remembered. He was Richard the Third's confectioner, a highly paid position. … He went with Richard to the ba...more
I would echo some of the other complaints reviewers had about this book. Too much obsession with being overweight and too much obsession with the Daniel character. The ending is a little too contrived and the characters too broad.
After all the Phryne Fisher books, with the...more
What a delight. I fell about laughing reading this book. It’s a light hearted, easy reading piece of fun especially for those of us who don’t enjoy contemporary chick-lit type humour and prefer a little dry wit instead. Kerry Greenwood has written a modern mystery series set in Melbourne starring a plump ex-accountant who bakes beautiful bread and loves good food. Greenwood shares some of the recipes at the end of the book which is an added attraction. This is the fourth or fifth in the series;...more
Criticisms I would have for this book would be that due to the extensive character development, I found myself lost because I read them out of order. This is...more
As befitting a book set in the world of a TV soap opera, "Cooking the Books" is somewhat soapish in its plots this time around.
Though the recurring theme of workplace bullying is extremely well handled in...more
I did enjoy the slight change of pace created by Corinna being on 'vacation' from her own bakery and filling in with a cat...more
Cooking the Books however, failed to deliver. Not only were the residents of 'Insula' almost entirely missing from the storyline, the plot was beyond belief - far far too much reliance on coincidence an...more
That being said, a lot of the things that bug me about this series were less pronounced in this book. I didn't overtly hate it, but I'm not sure I'd bother reading it again.
I did get a little twinge of sadness when Corinna goes to Reader's Feast for a book. But that's a Melbourne thing.
A sharp yet comfortable mystery story in which there are many happy and satisfactory revelations. The good guys are calm and civilised and the bad guys, on the shady side of normal. An excellent instalment.
Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy,...more