Cooking The Books (Corinna Chapman #6)
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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
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
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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) ...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
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
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
So the stage is set for each of them to solve a number of ...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
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 ...more
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
Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, ...more