Forbidden Fruit (Corinna Chapman, #5)
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Forbidden Fruit (Corinna Chapman #5)

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Corinna Chapman, owner of Earthly Delights, detests Christmas. The shoppers are frantic and the heat oppressive. Neither of which this perfect size 20 with a genius for baking breads finds congenial. She's dreaming of quiet, air-conditioned comfort but instead finds herself dealing with a rose-loving donkey named Serena, a maniacal mother with staring eyes, a distracted as...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published 2009 by Allen and Unwin
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As if the hot, windy Christmas weather weren't bad enough, Corinna attracts one colorful, crazy character after another. They range from irritating to hateful to downright insane. The schemes in this one were pretty implausible, and if you read these books too close together you start noticing a lot of repeat sentences, descriptions, and cleverness. But I like Corinna and the Insula cast, and the descriptions of delectable meals and baking make me drool every time.

Note to the illustrator: Glace...more
P.d.r. Lindsay
It's always a pleasure to read a book set in my hemisphere. Christmas is a summer event and those hot dry winds can drive you nuts. Kerry Greenwood is a favourite author. The 1920s Phyrne Fisher series have quite a following in the Northern hemisphere as well as down under. 'Forbidden Fruit' is one of her Corinna Chapman contemporary series, a lighthearted romp with some eccentric characters and hilarious plots.

I've read all of them and consider them what I call great 'flu books. Just the thing...more

Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit defies genre categorization; the plot contains elements of comic relief, mild suspense, and a hint of mystery. Many supporting characters are main characters in their own subplots, with a few surprising twists occurring before the problems are resolved

While assisting her live-in boyfriend locate the pregnant, runaway daughter of an influential businessman and the suspected expectant father, baker and gourmand Corinna Chapman, slugging through interminable heat...more
FORBIDDEN FRUIT is the 5th book in the Corinna Chapman series by Australian author Kerry Greenwood (probably best known for her Phryne Fisher series). These books are set in modern day, inner Melbourne, are also on the cosier end of the scale. There are enough elements that coincide in both series to make fans of one feel somewhat comfortable in the other. Having never read any of the earlier books in this series, though, I can't comment on whether FORBIDDEN FRUIT is particularly representative,...more
Forbidden Fruit is Kerry Greenwood’s fifth novel in the Corinna Chapman series, and features all our favourite characters from the Earthly Delights bakery and Insula, plus a few new ones. Corinna is suffering the December heat and dreading the Christmas chaos; the delectable Daniel is on the hunt for a pair of teenage runaways, the girl heavily pregnant; Jason is on a quest for the perfect glacé cherry, falls in love with a blonde and becomes the temporary carer of a large Dutch rabbit; resident...more
Sheila Beaumont
My favorite so far in this very entertaining series featuring Melbourne baker Corinna Chapman. This one, the fifth, takes place during Christmas season, which in Australia is in the summer. It's a well-plotted mystery, involving a rose-loving donkey named Serena, singing freegans, some fanatical animal-rights activists, a weirdly un-Christian cult of "Christians," a Romeo-and-Juliet couple on the run, and a band of vengeful Gypsies.

In addition to the story itself, I loved the cultural references...more
Favourite one so far,the gang is all here. There's a fairly complicated plot with various strands of the story,and the Fresh and sound hilarious.
Celia Powell
I much prefer Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series to these - Corinna the baker, her various sidekicks and Daniel the gorgeous boyfriend solve very small mysteries. Greenwood falls into the Charlaine Harris habit of describing the miniscule details of Corinna's life which get incredibly tedious - I got very sick of the often repeated phrase, "There was bread to be baked, so I baked it." Yes, we know Corinna - you're a baker.
Just finished Kerry Greenwood's latest Corinna Chapman mystery, Forbidden Fruit. I liked it least of all. Getting tired of the relentlessly do-gooder themes, though that is mainly what attracted me to this series in the first place. Also, the plot was pretty outlandish (not to mention downright unpleasant in places). At least there were a few good muffin recipes!
I don't know why I look forward to these so much - they are so incredibly silly. They read like a recount, are completely unrealistic, have the most trite dialogue and spout some fairly silly ideas about vegans etc.

Had to force myself through this one, despite my excitement.
"I had to tell him. It was my dreadful secret: the one thing a woman Must Never Say, even now. One can confess to all manner of interesting fetishes, one can change gender, one can declare a passion for the Prince of Wales or George Bush and only attract a moderate amount of denunciation. But I had something much worse than that to tell him and he had better know now.
"'I don't like babies,' I confessed.
"'And I don't like children,' I completed my confession.
"'You don't have to, you kno...more
Charmaine Clancy
I enjoy the Corinna Chapman books, and this one was shaping up to be one of my favourites. Yes it was cheesy with all the Christmas biblical cliches, but I loved that -- gave me a real giggle. I thought the twist was one of the best for this mystery and it was also my favourite sub plot mystery involving the Freegans.

I struggled with the resolution. No, actually, I just didn't like or approve of the resolution.

Very vague hint at a spoiler, without giving away details:
Crimes of this nature should...more
Terri Wilkinson
As always, it is wonderful spending time with Corinna and her eccentric neighbors and friends. I wish I could live in Insula and eat some of Corinna' bread or Jason's muffins. I love this series because it is filled with odd characters, happenings, and animals in a city very far from me. Freegans, vegans, a pregnant runaway, a rose addicted donkey, witches, crazy cultish christians, and a lovely Christmas ending all add up to a fun ride. A hot Christmas adds to the exotic details and I love lear...more
Sue Bursztynski
Nov 10, 2012 Sue Bursztynski rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes their crime fiction to be fun
This is one of Kerry Greenwood's delightful Corinna Chapman books. I have just finished rereading it. It's her Christmas story and very cheeky it is too. Corinna Chapman, baker and amateur sleuth, is helping her gorgeous PI boyfriend Daniel search for a missing, very pregnant girl and her boyfriend. Thing is, they really don't want to return her to her family, members of a fanatical, crazy Christian cult that thinks Jesus sides with the rich and is awaiting a sort of Messiah called Shiloh, the C...more
Andrea Love
This Corrina Chapman Mystery is fun and amusing with just enough dark depth to carry the plot. Set in Australia during the heat of their Christmas season, Corrina finds herself in the center of intrigue and mystery surrounding a modern day Virgin-Mary-runaway. While Corrina runs her bakery, fostering and mentoring a former wayward soul, her boyfriend Daniel searches for the runaway girl and the gardner's son she disappeared with. Filled with quirky characters with as many flaws as virtues, the r...more
Debbie Maskus
This is Greenwood's series set in present day Australia about a baker and her friends. The most interesting aspect of this series is the apartment building Insula and the various Roman and Greek names for each unit. The people that own or rent each unit are equally interesting: computer nerds, a witch, a baker, and many others. Animals play a dominant role in all the novels, and usually every unit has a cat or sometimes a dog. In this story, we have a modern Romeo and Juliet or Mary and Joseph s...more
Corinna Chapman hates Christmas but being a baker she can’t ignore it. She has promised herself to take the month of January off but before that she has to get through December which includes doing Christmas shopping in a heat-wave. Her lover, Daniel, is looking for a runaway pregnant teenage girl and his search looks like spilling over into Corinna’s life too. Then there are the Freegans who always seem to be around looking for free food and singing carols and the donkey, Serena, who loves rose...more
I've read reviews on Amazon that say Greenwood tends to veer off in too many different directions and tangents in this series, and I admit that is true - but what a fun ride! Yes, Corinna is very opinionated and I sympathize with a lot of her views (esp. on the last American presidential administration and the subsequent sorry shape they left the world in),and she and Daniel know some very intriguing people, but for me, that's part of the charm of this cozy/eccentric series. It's like meeting ol...more
Christmas in Melbourne, Australia. Corinna Chapman hates it.
She hates the heat, the humidity, the crowds of grumpy Christmas shoppers, and most especially, the inane Christmas "music" that seems to be broadcast everywhere.

Daniel, Corinna's lover, has a case. He's searching for a pregnant teenager who has run away from her controlling, fundamentalist Christian parents. Although Daniel has been employed by the parents, he's determined that he won't force the girl to return to them against her will...more
Loved this one, the fifth in a series of six books concerning Corinna Chapman, a baker who becomes entangled in mild mysteries. She is not solving murders, political intrigue or anything more serious than a missing pregnant teenager. She is joined by the wonderful residents of her apartment building, including Jason her apprentice who now resides on the top floor.

I've enjoyed this series so far, some more than others. This book, however, is my favourite. The story was pleasing, not too ridiculo...more
Sandy  Kemp
Sep 02, 2012 Sandy Kemp rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
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I always enjoy another visit with Corinna Chapman in Melbourne, even when it's Christmas and it's 90 degrees outside and the hot wind is blowing in from the Outback. Corinna is busy at Earthly Delights. Her apprentice, Jason, is trying delicious new things and his muffins are very popular. Life with Daniel in her apartment at Insula, is wonderful. Daniel is looking for two missing teenagers who have been taken in by freegans, folks who dumpster dive in order to save the earth. There was lots of...more
I've read a lot of the Phryne Fisher mysteries by this author but did not know she also had a series where the main character is a present day owner of a bakery. I found this on the library shelf and thoroughly enjoyed it. Greenwood has a cast of quirky characters including a group of "Freegans" and a selection of animals including a donkey and a rabbit. Not to be taken too seriously, this book is just good fun. I shall be looking for more in this series.
Synopsis from Booklist: Midsummer in Melbourne finds baker and amateur sleuth Corinna Chapman battling the heat and the Christmas crowds as she and PI boyfriend Daniel hunt for two missing teenagers, one heavily pregnant. Meanwhile, a sweet donkey with a taste for rosewater keeps knocking on the back door, which makes a nice contrast to the militant vegans who have taken to practicing Christmas carols in Corinna’s friend Insulata’s rooftop garden and who disapprove of companion animals.

Eliza Genang
3.5 stars
The mystery in this book is simpler and more streamlined than the other Corrina Chapmans and, combined with being set at Christmas time, made this feel a bit like a Christmas special. Because the mystery elements were somewhat strung out (although they came together very satisfyingly at the end) I was a bit bored in early parts especially in long contemplations about cats and what it is to have pets. But that's Corrina, that's her world.
It was a lovely relaxing book to read in the recen...more
Ashland Mystery Oregon
Greenwood's fifth Corinna Chapman mystery is my first, but it won't be my last. It's a Christmas time mystery, fun and different as in Australia, it's the middle of summer and sweltering hot. Chapman is a size 20 bread baker and happy with her choices. She's an entertaining amateur sleuth and there's lots of unusual characters in the mix, including a rose-bewitched donkey, a witch, freegans, hackers and vegans.

Good cozy made even better because of the unusual setting and fun characters.

Nice har...more
3.5 stars

Not my favorite in the series so far, but pretty good. I don't know if I've ever rad a book where the main character naps, sleeps, eats, and drinks in so much detail, or as often.
Sharon Michael
Another excellent entry in the series and one of the best "Christmas theme" books I've read. I'm not a tremendous fan of cozy mysteries which is what I would call this series, but the author manages 'cozy' and avoids most of the cliche's of that genre. Characters are well developed and believable, the supporting characters have substantial and realistic roles and the actual plotlines manage to continue to be within the realm of possible.

Cats play a substantial role in this series but in this one...more
It's almost Christmas in Melbourne, and baker Corinna Chapman dislikes both the holiday and the hot weather it brings (Southern hemisphere, remember?). Her Israeli private investigator boyfriend Daniel has a new case, finding a young couple who have disappeared. As the two learn more about young Bridget and Mannie, and especially more about Bridget's family, they understand the elopement. Meanwhile, a particularly dedicated group of vegans have moved into the apartment building where Corinna has...more
I am happy that Greenwood has continued this series. The characters seem to be growing and developing well. I am looking forward to the next installment.
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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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