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Cooking The Books (Corinna Chapman #6)

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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
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Published March 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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Joseph According to Kerry Greenwood's website,, "Kerry writes both the Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman novels,…moreAccording to Kerry Greenwood's website,, "Kerry writes both the Phryne Fisher and Corinna Chapman novels, usually in alternate years. But it's such a big workload that Kerry is having a very well-deserved holiday from her demanding schedule. The next novel will be a Corinna Chapman (title as yet unknown) but we can't tell you the publication date as yet so watch this space for an update." This was posted sometime after 2013.(less)
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Baker extraordinaire Corinna Chapman was enjoying her holidays to some extent – the bakery was closed; Daniel was off investigating and Jason, her young apprentice was away learning to surf while Earthly Delights was silent. But Corinna found herself bored – Daniel was busy with his PI business and in the middle of a case, so they couldn’t go away. When Tommy, a friend she had known from school approached her to be her pastry chef while Tommy’s company catered for the crew during the making of a ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Corinna and Daniel must follow a breadcrumb trail of nursery rhyme clues left by a crazy homeless former accountant who knows the location of some missing bearer bonds left by a bullied intern in a phone booth. The fact that none of the clues and been thrown or blown away after being tucked, sometimes days before, in public places was more unbelievable to me than the conceit that some one would actually leave them in the first place. One requires suspension of disbelief, the other suspension of ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star
Four and half stars

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.

Bigger score:

"He deserves to be remembered. He was Richard the Third's confectioner, a highly paid position. … He went with Richard to the ba
Dec 06, 2011 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, australian-lit
Kerry Greenwood's writing is always fun (and often comforting - very much an "all's right with the world" feel to it, and it's so refreshing to have such strong female characters in the lead). But the denouement to this one felt like a big let-down, not to mention silly and contrived.

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
Very disappointing way to end this series in which I have found the books to be somewhat inconsistent. The fifth book, Forbidden Fruit, was delightful, full of the characters we have come to know, and although the storyline was, as always, a little hard to believe, all was forgiven in the telling.

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
This was another excellent read in this series. I have really enjoyed the whole series about an Australian baker, Corinna, and her eccentric group of friends, most of which live and work in and around her apartment complex. In this last installment, Corinna is on a month's holiday but she doesn't know how to relax. So, when an old friend approaches her about baking for the cast and crew of a new TV show, she takes the job and gets involved in a mystery on set. In the meantime, her partner, Danie ...more
Sharon Michael
Oct 02, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series continues to be entertaining although I will admit this is not my favorite in the series. This is probably more a personal issue than otherwise. I am neither a TV watcher or movie fan and my interest level for those kinds of settings and characters is probably much lower than most readers. I liked the tiger and tiger handler better than any of the other characters.

I did enjoy the slight change of pace created by Corinna being on 'vacation' from her own bakery and filling in with a cat
Shannon Brown
Mar 08, 2015 Shannon Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This appears to be the last of the Corinna Chapman mysteries, and I'm definitely sad about that. I've loved spending time with Corinna and her handsome boyfriend and her scrappy apprentice Jason and the cast of characters that inhabit her quirky apartment building in Melbourne and the city itself.

As always, the mystery is almost beside the point, but I do like that Greenwood takes standard cozy-mystery tropes -- in this case, the backstabbing set of a T.V. pilot (hmmm, I wonder if she drew from
Oct 29, 2015 Librariasaurus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
So the series has come to an end. At this point I can only hope that there may be another Corinna Chapman novel, as far as I can tell, none seem to be in the works. Rats.

The final instalment was a lovely end to the series and I can say with the utmost sincerity that I will dearly miss all of these characters.

The story of Cooking the Books is, once again, a multifaceted, multi-storylined one. It follows a theme of bullying in many forms and also one of reformation and the possibility of hope af
Sep 03, 2015 Anam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I wish I could give this book 4 1/2 stars. I liked it more than most of the cozies I have been reading lately, but I'm afraid I give out too many 5's.

I found this on the ship. It was a great story - lots of subplots to keep one's mind entertained.
I found there were so many wonderful lines, I dare not read quickly and reread many pages. I loved that the author used terms I wa unfamiliar with and had to google them. It's wonderful to be entertained and educated at the same time.

Corinna is a baker
I'm afraid this may be the last book for Corinna Chapman. I have really enjoyed this series, I like that it is mystery themed but most often they are not murder mysteries. The characters have been very well developed over 6 books. I like the writing style, I think most of all. This volume was the most similar to modern "cozy" mysteries in that it fit a more formulaic approach and took place in a much different setting than the series has in the past (a TV studio) I have also loved all the ner
Dec 29, 2015 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-reads, 2015
I really enjoy this series but this was not one of the better ones in it.

There were a few too many coincidences in the plot and not enough action. I missed the presence of the other characters from Insula and was not enamoured of any the other characters in the book.

I am also a bit worried to read the next book in this series. Corinna seems to be drifting toward the sappy, 'world-revolves-around-a-man-so-glad-he-picked-me' road that too many authors of this type of series sends the female prot
Mar 12, 2015 Rina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
another thoroughly enjoyable read about Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire, and her fabulous crew of friends and neighbors. think I'll have to put this into a new shelf category - cozy mysteries. this was so fun.
These Corinna books are always a good re-read. This one involves lost bearer bonds, a bored tiger and long-lost relatives.
Sep 11, 2012 Melissainau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series. The characters in particular - and chief among them is Melbourne itself.
Jan 01, 2014 A.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Corinna Chapman books will have a standard list of ingredients, Corinna, baking, the luscious Daniel, cats, a mystery that does not usually involve murder, recipes, food, and the entire cast of the Insula. This one is no exception.
Corinna is on vacation. But she’s a baker and is so used to waking before dawn that she is bored. Jason is away and she has nothing to do. Her old school friend is now running a catering business and desperately needs her help. Corinna allows herself to be bullied into
Beth Roberts
It is with sadness that I award this book a generous 3-star rating. I eagerly bought this book upon its release in Kindle version here in the States a couple of years ago and have only just now gotten around to reading it.

I LOVED the first five Corinna Chapman mysteries and had grown very fond of almost the entire cast of characters. I thought Kerry Greenwood did an excellent job of making them, their individual lives and the combined world of Insula (the apartment building where they all live)
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Corinna is supposed to be enjoying a break from Earthly Delights during the heat of a Melbourne summer, Jason has gone surfing, the girls have had success with a television pilot audition and her beloved Daniel is chasing down some bearer bonds stolen from a bullied intern by a cryptic homeless man. Bored, Corinna agrees to an old school friend's desperate plea for help catering to a television soap opera, 'Kiss the Bride', coincidentally the same show Kylie and Goss will be appearing in. Corinn ...more
Feb 26, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, australia
It is summer in Melbourne, Australia and baker Corinna Chapman has closed her shop, Earthly Delights for a few weeks in order to have a vacation. That surely wouldn't work in my neck of the woods but it is a detail that reminds the reader that there are other exciting and different places in the world.

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
Feb 02, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an incredibly intelligent cozy! Since joining a group on Goodreads which is focused on female mystery writers, I have greatly increased the number of cozies I have been reading. Ninety-five percent of them make me want to gouge my eyes out with their sticky sweet storylines. The characters in this book were likeable and well developed.

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
Nov 04, 2012 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corinna Chapman is taking a well deserved break from her bakery Earthly Delights when an old school friend begs her to help her with the catering on the film-set of Kiss the Bride. Reluctantly Corinna agrees to help out as it gives her a chance to keep a benevolent eye on Kyle and Goss, her bakery assistants, who have small parts in the soap opera. Corinna’s lover Daniel is involved in trying to track down some missing bearer bonds to save the job of a young woman who is training to be an accoun ...more
Sharon Redfern
Mar 10, 2012 Sharon Redfern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corinna Chapman is on holiday and looking forward to spending time with her lover, Daniel. Her assistant Jason is off surfing and her sometimes helpers have gotten bit parts in a film/soap opera called Kiss the Bride. Corinna’s holiday is interrupted when she gets guilted into helping an old school mate do catering for the film production and Daniel gets offered a case to work on. Lena, an overweight accountant, has lost bearer bonds that her company wanted her to register and they are threateni ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of Australia mystery author Kerry Greenwood until I received the galley of Cooking the Books from Poisoned Pen Press through Net Galley. What a delight to discover a "cozy" mystery author who writes for an intelligent audience!

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
Gloria Feit
Jul 13, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Corinna Chapman, the less-than-svelte baker of bread, in this latest chapter in a long-running series, is supposedly on vacation (with Heavenly Delights closed as her apprentice is away learning how to surf) when she is “blackmailed” into helping out a school chum cater the film set of a TV pilot. Meanwhile, Daniel, her Israeli private detective lover, is preoccupied on a case involving a young girl who has lost $1 million of bearer bonds.

So the stage is set for each of them to solve a number of
I like this Australian author. I like the character of Corinna Chapman, baker extraodinaire. All too often, however, these books read like a defense of the over-weight and even a wish fulfillment romance.
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
Mar 23, 2012 Larraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "A Troubled Man," "Cooking the Books" was a delightful interlude. It's short and sweet and a lot of fun. Better known for her Phryne Fisher series, Ms. Greenwood introduced Corinna Chapman six books ago. Corinna and Phryne are two very different characters. Phryne is svelte and glamorous. Corinna is - well - zaftig. She is a former accountant, now a successful baker. She is less concerned with her own looks and more about how well her bread will come out every day. She's also a plu ...more
Sylvia Kelso
Another long-time buy-on-the-name writer in my library whose latest effort didn't excite me as much as the earlier ones. Maybe I have too high expectations by now. There did seem to be some loose ends and confusions in here - eg. Corinna the Baker is supposed to be baking bread for an old school acquaintance's catering firm on the site of a new soap's filming. Then she ends up making pastry as well. But the offsider assigned to her is already a trained if as yet unemployed pastry chef, so why is ...more
Jul 24, 2011 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cooking the Books is the 6th in Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman series. It’s January, and Corinna Chapman, baker and reluctant investigator, is on holidays. Her apprentice, Jason, has gone to the beach to learn to surf. Daniel is busy on a paper chase. Kylie and Goss have secured parts in a soap opera series, “Kiss the Bride”, being filmed at a Docklands studio. But Corinna is bored, and when her old school classmate and caterer, Thomasina, convinces her to assist, she finds herself (not quite ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
My first mistake is that I have only read one book of this great series to date. Also, that I'm dreadfully out of order.

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.

Feeling some
Jay Verney

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

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