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Earthly Delights (Corinna Chapman #1)

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  1,810 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Corinna Chapman dumped accounting and nasty husband for her own bakery "Earthly Delights" in Melbourne Australia. Her new residence has 16 apartments of eccentrics: retired classics professor Dionysius Monk, Dutch gardener Trudi, Mr & Mrs Pemberthy and disgusting doggie Traddles, thin would-be soap stars Goss and Kylie, and jobbing witch Meroe of The Sibyls Cave. Sudde ...more
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2004)
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3rd out of 108 books — 65 voters
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Brenda
Corinna Chapman’s bakery, Earthly Delights, had been a huge success since she had opened it after leaving her two-timing husband James – even though it was situated in the seedier part of Melbourne she had customers rushing in on their way to work; on their morning breaks - until her stock was negligible when she closed at 2pm. So the morning she opened the back door at 6am after filling the oven with delicious pastries; the morning she discovered the body of a young girl and immediately began C ...more
Dana Stabenow
The writer of the delightful Phryne Fisher series jumps nine decades into Melbourne's future, to bring us Corinna Chapman, baker. Corinna lives and bakes in Melbourne, Australia, in one of the truly great buildings of fiction, the Insula, eight stories covered in peacock blue tiles where each apartment is named for a Roman god or goddess and decorated accordingly. Someone is terrorizing the women in the building with poison pen letters, graffiti and vandalism, and someone else is killing junkies ...more
Stephanie
Earthly Delights is the first in contemporary series by Kerry Greenwood, author of the popular Phryne Fisher series. This one is set in modern Melbourne and our heroine is a chubby baker named Corinna Chapman. Corinna used to be a CPA but ditched her job (and her husband) to pursue her love of baking. She has moved into a wonderful building called the Insula in a not-so-wonderful part of Melbourne but the location is unique and her neighbors are interesting. All is going fairly well for Corinna ...more
Gail
I really liked this book though in a way, I can't quite figure out why. It's a mystery, but really solving the mystery was more like the truth unveiled itself. I do know I liked the characters and the evolution of relationships a whole lot.

Corinna Chapman owns a bakery in modern day Melbourne Australia. She's divorced, having kicked her career as an accountant to the curb, kicked off her sexy kitten heels and apron, eschewed the rigid starvation diet and ended her marriage. Now she's gone from s
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Claude
It has to be said: Kerry Greenwood creates characters that are so two dimensional that you wonder if a computer composed them. To me this book is a clear example of an author writing about characters that she has no understanding of. When she writes about Taz the computer geek character, it is so obvious that this is the viewpoint of someone who is so far removed from this type of person or culture, that she is just using bland, (make that very bland) stereotypes.
You could argue that the lead p
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Cathy Cole
Having already sampled and enjoyed Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series, I looked forward to this book with anticipation, but found Earthly Delights to be very uneven. I loved the setting in Corinna's bakery, the descriptions of bread making, and the creation of new recipes for muffins and the like. Corinna's eccentric neighbors in the very unusual Roman-style apartment complex known as Insula were also interesting and brought a lot to the story what few times they appeared. The only real exception ...more
Sue Bursztynski
I started off with this author's 1920s crime novels about Phryne Fisher, beautiful,slim, rich, smart and good at just about everything except those things she doesn't want to be good at, like playing music or cooking. I look forward to each new one. They're great fun and show a Melbourne that is(mostly)long gone.

When this book came out, i didn't know what to make of the idea. It's still set in Melbourne, but in the present day, in a Roman-themed building where I'd move tomorrow if it existed. Th
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Ivonne Rovira
I am a great fan of Australian mystery author Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series, which is set in a 1920s Melbourne. What a delight to read every book that features the unbelievably chic, unconventional and generous Phryne! So I was really looking forward to Greenwood's other series, which features the zaftig baker Corinna Chapman in present-day Melbourne.

To begin with, Earthly Delights contains common Britishisms (e.g., trainers for running shoes or sneakers, lift for elevator) and the occ
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Michelle
Jul 29, 2008 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: australian mystery, female sleuths,
Well, Corinna is a definite change from Phryne. I like the characters in this book a LOT. Very relatable, if somewhat slightly exaggerated. But that is great. And wouldn't we all want a Daniel in our lives, who appreciates us as we are, not preferring a stick-thin bubble head. I grew to like Phryne (her other series), but instantly liked Corinna.

I also have to say that it appears that Ms. Greenwood is a fan of American TV, like Monk, and probably CSI:Miami, amongst others, if you'll notice her
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Ellen (more books, please)
I still don't know what I think of this story.

I read it all, relatively quickly.
With each press on the Kindle, I wondered why I was still reading it, but read it I did.

I think it was a romance. Well, "I love yous" were exchanged.

I think there was a mystery, people died and people almost died and people were arrested.

There were some vampires. They were fake, but they thought they were real.

There was some baking done. And recipes dutifully appended to the end.

These are all elements I usually enj
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
What did I just read?

What is this thing?

As a fan of the Phyrne Fisher books, I ran across this one and picked it up. OK, yeah, yet another series behemoth, but same author, probably same sort of flavour....so not. The redoubtable Miss Fisher takes her lovin' where she can find it, but loves without loving, if you get me. This thing doesn't know whether it's chicklit or crime, romance or roughhouse. Well, no...one thing it definitely isn't, is rough. It's too superficial for that. Even with dying
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Shannon Brown
I loved the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, but mostly picked up this first book in Greenwood's series because it was bargain-priced on Kindle, and was pleasantly surprised.

Because this is the first book in a series, a lot of the story is given over to introducing various characters and moving them into place, but they're such delightful characters that it's no chore. I loved the no-nonsense voice of the protagonist, Corinna Chapman, and the setting -- a quirky Melbourne apartment building and it
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Michelle
I really like this series, I'm listening to them on audio book. In fact, I listen to them as I bike to work. None of this Lycra business, I wear my work clothes, including the kitten heels so despised by the book'sprotagonist. My bike ride is through a rural area, and I listen on my MP3 player with a speaker, so I can hear anything coming. Luckily it rained on Friday and I took the bus - listening to a sex scene on audiobook thru headphones is not as embarrassing as it would have been broadcasti ...more
Lorraine M. Thompson
I liked the first Corinna Chapman mystery that I read (and wouldn't you know it, it was the most recent one) so much I went and got all the previous ones (except for "Trick or Treat" because they were out of it) and sat down and read them one after the other--in the proper order of course. I was not disappointed. I still like Corinna Chapman and the cast of characters inhabiting the Insula building.

The name of Corinna's bakery "Earthly Delights" comes from the work by artist Hieronymus Bosch ti
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Cheryl A
Having read a number of author Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher period mysteries and being a fan of the cozy, baker type mysteries as well, I had initially thought this would be right up my alley. Then I read a description of the book and thought to myself "too much" - Goths, vamps, junkies, witches, a small unique apartment building full of eccentrics and a leading character that has ditched her money market job, her unpleasant husband and opened a bakery.

I was wrong.

Greenwood does an excellent
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pdarnold
I would rather give this 2.5 stars. I liked the characters well enough and most of the tale, but some of the subject matter went beyond my preferred choice of subject. It delved way into the creepy side... for me. There are 3 different mysteries going on, which bring lives together in ways they wouldn't normally meet. I wouldn't mind trying a book or two more to see if I want to continue this series.

Dearly quirky, fun and strange characters. A baker, Daniel, computer geeks, witch, dominatrix, n
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Rosemarie
Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman series about an accountant turned baker came as a welcome exception to this general dumbing down of the genre. Corinna owns and operates Earthly Delights, a small bakery in center city Melbourne, Australia. It is located on the first floor of the Insula, a quirky apartment building designed like an ancient Roman villa. Corinna used the buyout from her accounting job to purchase both the bakery and her apartment, named (not numbered) Hebe, directly above it with ...more
Deanne
Fun read which revolves around Corinna Chapman and her bakery, don't envy the 4am starts though the food descriptions make me hungry.
This first book introduces Corinna and the people that inhabit her life and work. Love the sound of her apartment block, and the characters who live their sound a mix of fun and mad.
There's also Daniel, who sounds delightful, picked this up because I've read all the Miss Fisher books, with a great heroine in the guise of Phryne Fisher.
Deena
Maybe a 2.5

This wasn't bad, but it was a really, really slow mover. Character development is all well and fine - it's even important. But there were way too many characters in this one (and many of them weren't developed beyond repetitive description), and I'm not sure that "development" is the right term. For example, Corrina does things that are theoretically beyond her experience and comfort zone, but how those things make her feel, or what those changes might say about her, is not explained,
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Harriet
I was delighted to have another series with a strong woman protagonist to read. Corinna Chapman and her bakery were a nice change of pace from Miss
Fisher. Not great literature but nicely written with a good plot and characters.
Linda Baker
3.5 stars. Very quirky characters and likable main character. I will be reading more of these!
Kathleen Hagen
Earthly Delights, by Kerry Greenwood, b-plus, Narrated by Louise Siversen, Produced by Bolinda Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Here is the first book in a new series by Kerry Greenwood, the Australian author already well known for her mysteries. This protagonist is a baker of bread. She owns her own bakery, begins work at 4:00 a.m. each morning to get her breads baked, and sells them all day. But one morning, her cat comes in from the alley with a syringe in his paw. When Corinna Chapman goes
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Ginny Lim
There's a new lady detective in town and she is not a ravishing blonde who scrapbooks/bakes muffins/middle class lady hobbying who just happens to fall over a murder. I actually read two or three of these types before I flung up my hands in despair and then decided to reread my favourite lady detectives who don't wallow in middle class American housewife ennui until someone they dislikes falls over dead and crushes their petunias. I cleared out Agatha Christie (yes, all of it), then started on P ...more
Lucy
First in the series about a baker in Melbourne, Australia, in which she acquires an Israeli provate detective as a lover, and an ex-junkie as an apprentice. Both are good acquisitions. The mystery is about who is sending threatening letters to the women in her apartment building and a separate mystery of who is killing young junkies.
I really like the characters in this novel, even though it sometimes reads like wish-fulfillment in that a fat woman (her description) finds an attractive man who th
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Bronwyn
Listened to the audible recording.

More like 3.5 stars, but erring towards 3. The whole way through I wasn't sure what to make of it. I liked Corrina, Meroe, and Prof. Monk, but not much else. Maybe over the rest of the books you'd get to know them more? I never warmed to Daniel. And Kylie and Goss just didn't seem real. Even the mysteries were a little flat. It wasn't bad, it was good fluff, but that's about it.
Michael A
If you have read any of the Ms. Fischer series you know that Ms. Greenwood writes about strong characters, believable plots, and weaves a good general story around her theme. This series is set in modern Melbourne and follows her pattern from her 1930 series. Our lead character is a baker who finally realized that accounting and her husband were not what she wanted or needed. Her days are simple and she appears comfortable. The supporting cast is drawn up full of life and by the stories end is f ...more
Paula
It's very very rare that I stay up until the wee hours of the morning to finish a book. I read this in one day and stayed up until 4:30am to finish it. I loved it! Barely any violence and although technically a "murder mystery", the murders were never witnessed and never described in detail unlike titles in that particular genre. I can hardly wait to read the next one in the series!!
Susan
This is a good debut novel for a new series. I enjoyed the depth of character given to the protagonist, Corrina Chapman, who has both strengths and vulnerabilities. I also really appreciated how Corrina is a quick-thinker, often able to get one step ahead of the bad guys, outsmarting them and stopping their bad deeds.
Highlyeccentric
This was a very *fun* book. It features Corinna, a fat divorced gourmet baker who finds a junkie close to dead on her doorstep one morning and from there becomes involved in a quest to figure out who exactly is feeding almost-pure heroin to the vulnerable of Melbourne. Meanwhile, someone is leaving death threats about HARLOTS to al the women in Corinna's building.Along the way she semi-adopts a recovering junkie, discovers the bdsm scene, and shags an attractive and mysterious soup kitchen secur ...more
Jennifer Nennifer
How often do you find a new author you ADORE? The Corinna Chapman series is excellent, and her other series is more lighthearted but also very good. The book 1 of both series was free on Kindle, and may still be, but I warn you, you will want to buy more of them!
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Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant.

Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy,
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