Trick or Treat (Corinna Chapman, #4)
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Trick or Treat (Corinna Chapman #4)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  773 ratings  ·  73 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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Apr 03, 2011 Miriam rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.
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!
Dana Stabenow
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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.
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...more
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.
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
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.

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.
Eliza Genang
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.
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
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...more
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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...more
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...more
Jolanta Stephens
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...more
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
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...more
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.
Charmaine Clancy
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.
I always enjoy spending time with the crew of Insula and I was not at all disappointed by this visit! Kerry Greenwood writes in such a way that at makes me wish I was living Corinna's life. And what's not to envy? Besides the obvious early rises.
More characters are introduced to our regular bunch, some are more than what they seem. All quintessentially Melbourne, that is, from all over the place. All intriguing and beguiling and some more than a little frustrating.
As per usual the food is dele...more
Tamsin Ramone
I feel as though I am reading one of Charlene Harris' 'reluctant' detective novels. The characters, their political and socially accepting view points, their dislike of dogs and love of cats, right down to the terrible dress sense. It all stinks of aurora Teagarden!!
I didn't have high hopes for this book but as I truly love Phryne Fisher I thought this might be worth my while. Although I can't say I enjoyed it it wasn't a terrible read. It was interesting enough for me to finish it but that is...more
Bit of a rambling mess of a story - not much bite to the mystery at all, too many asides about nothing & if you want some literature around the Nazi Occupation of Greece then "Fugitive Pieces" is more coherent.
not quite as fun as some others but enjoyable nevertheless.
another easy corinna book - I think I only have one Phryne left, and then I am up to date with Kerry Greenwood books!
I was disappointed to have missed the third book of this series (my library system does not seem to carry it), but was happy to read this new episode centred on Corinna Chapman and her quirky cadre of friends.
this was a Talking book that I listened to while sewing.
A Corinna Chapman story - featuring the bakery, Earthly Delights.
Another bakery opens in competition - a fast bread chain, and then people are mysteriously being found deranged and wandering the streets.
Meanwhile a tall, blond, gorgeous friend of Daniel's is staying with him and wants to buy Corinne's bakery.
The hunt for treasure in the Greek Isles also is woven into the story, which comes about with a meeting of witches.
Have enjoyed the series so far but this one let me down. Too unbelievable, too many stories which don't gel with each other - poisoning witches AND Nazi / Greek treasure?? If this was the first I had read I would not bother to a) finish the book and b) read any more.

Having found the earlier books pleasant light hearted easy fun reading with interesting characters I will continue with the series, but I feel her writing on the entire series is inconsistent.
Baker Corinna Chapman is worried when a chain bakery opens down the street from her store Earthly Delights. And she's more worried when she's introduced to her boyfriend Daniel's visiting friend, George--because George is really Georgianne, a beautiful woman with designs on Daniel. But the strange behavior of people who have ingested a strong, new drug is most worrying, as police suspect that the drug was contained in baked goods.
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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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