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Earthly Delights (Corinna Chapman #1)

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Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley.

But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying "The wages of sin is death" and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corin
Hardcover, 239 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2004)
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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
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
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
Having already wasted time reading this, I don’t want to waste too much more time writing a review. It started out quite well, but had greatly deteriorated by the end. There were elements I liked about this, but unfortunately they were far outweighed by things I didn’t like - there were too many vampires, goths and witches. In addition, the writing felt choppy and seemed to jump from one thing to the next without any explanation.

I won’t be continuing on with this series - I’ll stick to the Phryn
Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood is the first book in the Corinna Chapman mystery series. Melbourne baker, Corinna Chapman,helps to save a drug overdose victim and becomes involved in the investigation of several drug overdose deaths, as well as the investigation of who is targetting the women in her complex with vile letters and painted slogans. I enjoyed this entry into the series. I loved getting to know the various odd quirky characters in the complex. Corinna is a strong, sensible woman, ...more
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
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
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 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, thing it definitely isn't, is rough. It's too superficial for that. Even with dying
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
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
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
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
Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley.

But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying 'The wages of sin is death' and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will ne
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
Debbie Maskus
This is a second series by Kerry Greenwood, set in present Australia, and I thoroughly enjoy the characters and setting. This is the Corinna Chapman series about an ex-accountant turned owner/operator of a bakery. Corinna is physically the opposite of Phryne Fisher, in that Corinna is plump and does not wear designer clothes. This novel discusses young, teen-age drug users, Goth culture, and homeless. Greenwood is an astute observer of the ills of society and sandboxes these in her novels. Corin ...more
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!
A charming, light-weight feminist, flawed, sexy, fat-positive Australian mystery story.

Corinna Chapman is a former accountant who has found joy, post-divorce, in the community of her small Melbourne condo building and the bakery she owns and loves. Her serenity is interrupted when she finds a seemingly(view spoiler)
Kathleen Hagen
Earthly Delights, by Kerry Greenwood, b-plus, Narrated by Louise Siversen, Produced by Bolinda Audio, downloaded from

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
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
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
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Corinna Chapman (6 books)
  • Heavenly Pleasures (Corinna Chapman, #2)
  • Devil's Food (Corinna Chapman, #3)
  • Trick or Treat (Corinna Chapman, #4)
  • Forbidden Fruit (Corinna Chapman, #5)
  • Cooking the Books (Corinna Chapman, #6)
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