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Trick or Treat (Corinna Chapman #4)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,167 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
When a cut-price franchise bakery opens its doors just down the street from Earthly Delights and crowds flock to purchase the bread, Corinna Chapman is understandably nervous. Meanwhile, the gorgeous Daniel's old friend Georgiana Hope has temporarily set up residence in his house, and it doesn't take Corinna long to work out that she's tall, blonde, gorgeous and up to some ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 300 pages
Published February 5th 2009 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2007)
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Miriam
Apr 03, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pagans, Greeks, foodies
Pagans may appreciate that this is a rare non-horror story set at Samhain. Everyone else will enjoy the descriptions of food.

On a more serious note, this mystery made me realize that I know shamefully little about the Nazi occupation of Greece.
Anastasia
Trick or Treat by Kerry Greenwood is the 4th book in the Corinna Chapman mystery series. There is an epidemic of madness in the streets of Melbourne thought to be related to a new drug or poison. Corinna also has to deal with competition from a new bakery chain Best Fresh, the gathering of witches for their celebrations and lost jewish Greek treasure from the war. Another interesting addition to the series with quite a bit happening to keep the pages turning. Corinna manages to sort everything o ...more
Alice
Nov 07, 2009 Alice rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime-mystery
This book started out so well and with such promise, but even I who adore this series must admit that the plot does fizzle out halfway in.

I love the cooking, the baking, all those quaint descriptive passages. In short I want to be a baker (even if it meant 4am starts). I want to live in Insula (Corinna's apartment building) with all her varied, charming and eccentric neighbours.

I love food. I love crime (when it's safely in a novel for me to enjoy). But this book doesn't quite gel. I'm glad me
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Patti
I love Corinna Chapman, her SO Daniel, her apprentice Jason, and her neighbors and friends in her apartment building. This book was a little more convoluted than the other books, and required a slight suspension of belief, but I enjoy the characters so much, I'm willing to overlook that.

Highly recommended, as is the rest of the series!
Susan in NC
Jan 02, 2010 Susan in NC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and funky characters, witches, food porn, a stolen Nazi treasure horde surfacing unexpectedly - who wouldn't want to be Corinna Chapman? Surrounded by the luscious, adoring Daniel and a coterie of fascinating, interesting and loving friends and neighbors (and cats, lots of cats!), Corinna's back in her fourth outing - this time facing a competing bakery down the lane, a gorgeous, leggy Sloane Ranger possibly moving in on her man, and some wicked new drugs sending people right over the edge ( ...more
Elizabeth
Jun 28, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
This is another great story in the Corinna Chapman series. Poor Corinna has some competition from a "chain" called "Best Fresh" but they are having huge problems. In fact, at one point Corinna and Jason take the drunk owner home, clean his place for him and nurse him. I love this ongoing theme of helping others, together, and how Corinna is such a good mentor to Jason. Like the other books there is more than one mystery to be solved. The witches and the witches' cakes are providing a puzzle; Dan ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Probably my favourite of the series with a solid mystery or three, and much less formal style than the others. The usual quirky cast of characters with some nutcases thrown in. I plan to try that cake and I am always left craving fresh bread and muffins.
Dana Stabenow
Mar 11, 2012 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it
This is why I love Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman cosies (other than all the fabulous food Corinna and Co. eat, not to mention the recipes at the back):

Nothing in the world, not alien invasion, nuclear accident or the sudden arrival of the Duke of Edinburgh, could deflect Mrs. Dawson from being the perfect hostess. She would undoubtedly find some suitable refreshment for the aliens--a little more methyl mercaptan in that, my dears? Perhaps a pinch of sulphur?--and the Duke would probably appr
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A.M.
Jun 13, 2013 A.M. rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
It’s funny, I said that this book felt meatier/heavier than Corinna novels usually do and I was right. It appears the Nazi treasure stealer storyline was based on fact. That being said, I am not sure it fits that well in Corinna’s world.
A new cut price bakery has opened around the corner and her sales are damaged. So the ingredients are witch power issues, jealousy, holocaust history and Nazi hunters and people being driven mad by a new drug (or poison). Part of the plot lines didn’t seem to be
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Deanne
Mar 19, 2014 Deanne rated it really liked it
Fun read with a fairly complicated plot which doesn't give away much, though I'd worked out what the new 'drug' was fairly early on.
Still it's a good cast of characters and the gangs all here.
Cooper
Feb 18, 2016 Cooper rated it did not like it
I love the Phryne Fisher series and was thrilled to find this series by the same author.

This cozy mystery starts off so well and quickly fizzles. There were multiple storylines going at the same time, multiple characters to keep track of, and at times it felt like I was reading two different novels at the same time. Daniel, her SO, what's his deal? Is he an attorney, is he writer, is he a Nazi hunter, is he a spy? Truly, I have no idea. And if it's mentioned anywhere, it must have been in the m
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Mel
Aug 28, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think of myself as a binge reader usually, well, at least not to this scale, but I am steadily working my way through Greenwood's oeuvre. I am shocked to admit that, as a character, I like Corinna more than Phryne. She's unapologetically fat* and a huge geek and I think we could hang out, as long as she wasn't offended by my gluten intolerance.

I enjoy the mysteries and the characters, but am always waiting to see what geek-tastic reference she's going to throw off next. Terry Pratchett i
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Diane
Nov 30, 2011 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually love these books, but this one seemed a bit off to me. It all tied together at the end, but getting there seemed a bit more chaotic than usual - the story is filled with witches, drug-laced cakes, health inspectors, jealous women and hidden treasure. One thing about these mysteries, is that while you may have your suspicions, you aren't given the same information that Corinna has, so it's not until she orchestrates the big reveal, that you have all the missing clues.
Charmaine Clancy
Jan 30, 2014 Charmaine Clancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: aussie, crime
I love this series, and always walk away feeling a little hungry (albeit with a need to check my food for cat hair).

The characters are great, I enjoyed this plot and even learned a little.

There was one part that lost me. Where I had to ask.. 'Corinna, you've tasted WHAT before???'. No. Just no. Grossed me out so I couldn't focus on the rest of the story.

I'll be back for the next one, they are lots of fun.
Librariasaurus
Oct 22, 2015 Librariasaurus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
This installment was so well researched, I couldn't get enough of it!
Nazi treasure, witchly happenings, the festival of Samhain, LSD laced medieval cakes and the threat of a gorgeous woman trying to steal away the lovely Daniel all afflict Corinna in Trick or Treat.

I did pick the reveal on this one quite early but my reading wasn't spoiled by that at all, Greenwood is such a good writer that you may pick the culprit in her mysteries but you certainly won't pick their method or means.

This particu
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Angela
Jun 11, 2014 Angela rated it did not like it
It looked promising at the beginning but just got boring halfway through. I didn't like the characters and I was personally hoping their bakery would get shut down. The historical excerpts are boring, the plot unrealistic, and the perfect Daniel extremely hateable. The 'internet' scene with the 'nerds' is extremely outdated. Trolled does not mean what it means in the book.
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Nov 07, 2009 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-read
I had like this better if it wasn't a mystery. The characters are great. You have to love Corrina, Jason, Daniel and the rest of the crew. But you aren't given a foggy clue whodunit but at the end Corrina figures it out. Ugh! Sorry but leaving everyone in the dark and letting the main character figure it out without any hints is annoying.

Eliza Genang
Nov 24, 2013 Eliza Genang rated it liked it
Audio books from this series have become my friends. Whether I'm restlessly insomniatic, working my way through a mountain of dishes, riding out a migraine or on a lovely lengthy walk, these make excellent soothing company. Charming, quirky and fun.
Natlukens
I really enjoyed this book, but I have to admit in the second half or so it got a little convoluted. The plot and the mysteries involved in the story got a little muddled and I felt maybe there were too many elements. I love this series and the characters really come to life and are well drawn. I just think the Greek/Nazi gold mystery didn't mix well with the Wiccan soul cakes/ Samhain festival and the poisonings along with the competitor bakery, and the rival "love interest" Georgiana. It was n ...more
Lucy
Sep 14, 2014 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fourth book in the series about a baker in Melbourne, Australia. Here a cut-price bread chain opens up nearby, her boyfriend Daniel's old friend (tall, blonde, gorgeous and female) comes to visit, and an outbreak of madness seems to be centered in the vicinity. Another subplot involves Jews who immigrated to Australia from Greece around WWII. Fast read. As always a glossary would have helped with the Australian jargon and cultural references. Three recipes (baking temperatures say 180 or 190 deg ...more
Damaskcat
Oct 29, 2012 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
Corinna Chapman’s bakery, Earthly Delights, has a rival called Best Fresh. It sells inferior bread but the prices are low and she starts to lose business. Her lover, Daniel, is puzzled by the number of people who are going mad for no apparent reason and wonders if there is a new recreational drug available. Mereo – Corinna’s neighbour – is worried that the influx of witches to Melbourne has something sinister behind it.

There are plenty of mysteries to keep Corinna’s mind off her business problem
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Text Addict
If there is another novel out there that combines Wiccan rituals with recovered stolen Nazi treasure, I'd be interested to hear about it. Because wow, that was weird.

That being said, there's more than enough going on (and enough uncertainty) that the fact that I immediately identified the physical cause of the outbreak of insanity (mentioned in the book) wasn't a problem, aside from the fact that I couldn't believe Corinna didn't think of it.

The motivational cause was the difficult part. When
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Sunnie
Nov 07, 2009 Sunnie rated it really liked it
Life is going well for Corinna Chapman. Her bakery is going gangbusters. Her apprentice, Jason, has revealed himself to be a talented baker, his muffins in particular are to die for. And her lover, Daniel shows all the signs of being blissfully happy.

When a cut-price bakery opens just down the road, it gives Corrina a few nightmares. She hopes the novelty of the cheap bakery will wear off quickly and people will return to her because of the quality of her goods.

Another fly in her otherwise sweet
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Jolanta Stephens
Dec 01, 2013 Jolanta Stephens rated it liked it
Although I really enjoyed the last book I read in this series by Greenwood, I unfortunately can't say the same for this one. Maybe the previous book was just a once off. Maybe this book was just a once off. Whatever it was, I am now turned off reading any more of these books in the series.
I found this book to be really heavy on the history and story telling of what happened between the Greeks and the Nazis... and there isn't anything wrong with that; it was more the fact it should have been the
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Olivia
Jan 17, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it
People will never cease to astonish me. It is unfathomable to me how a person can have so much genuine hatred for another race. There is an ignorant, almost flippant kind of racism that occurs daily all over the world. Most people don't even truly mean or understand what they are saying or thinking when they make snide racist comments. Often it's just lazy and easy to use such terms as put-downs. Then there is that genuine, unflinchable loathing and hatred for another entire race of people diffe ...more
Vass
Nov 07, 2009 Vass rated it it was amazing
Shelves: detective, australian
I'm happy.

This is the fourth Corinna Chapman book. The first was the best, by a long way, but this one is, as the others all were, an instant comfort reread.

Lots of chewy secondary historical research into the Holocaust, which I'll have to go back and reread with critical faculties engaged (and maybe hunt down some of her bibliography, because it looks really interesting - and how much do I love that she always includes a biblio? THIS much) because I admit it, I spent this first read-through jus
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Judy
Mar 23, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the fourth in a delightful six-book mystery series by Kerry Greenwood, the author of the Phryne Fisher mysteries. It's set in current-day Australia, and is told in first person by Corinna Chapman, a baker and cat lover. That makes it sound way more "precious" than it is - Corinna is sharp, acerbic at times, and has an incredible way with words, as does Kerry Greenwood. She knows cats - they race and stalk through the pages, each with their own personality. Highly recommend!
Shannon Brown
Jan 09, 2015 Shannon Brown rated it really liked it
Possibly my favorite of this series since the first. A nice mix of plot and character development. I always enjoy spending time with these characters, and this outing had a fascinating, solid mystery at its core as an added bonus. A few things tied up too neatly at the end, maybe, but all in all a delightful outing.
Jody
Apr 29, 2016 Jody rated it liked it
I love this series. Reading it is like visiting dear friends in Melbourne. This particular installment, though, was a little rough going for me. I spotted the clues, for one thing, a little too easily. But I also just didn't enjoy it as much -- it felt overwrought, too many threads. But I still love the series and am looking forward to the next installment.
Verity W
Apr 20, 2015 Verity W rated it liked it
I didn't love this the way that I love Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books, but it was still a fun read. I'm not sure if my enjoyment was hampered by the fact that I was coming in mid-series and don't have all the character background, so I'm going to keep an eye open for more in the series.
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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.

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