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Cooking the Books

(Corinna Chapman #6)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,747 ratings  ·  205 reviews
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
Paperback, 312 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by allen & unwin
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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 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
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood is the 6th book in the Corinna Chapman mystery series. Baker, Corinna Chapman has closed her shop for the holidays when she is asked to help out with the catering on the set of a soap opera. She helps her boyfriend Daniel when he is asked to find the stars missing baby who she gave up for adoption as well as find out who is playing tricks in an attempt to sabotage the show. Daniel is also looking for lost bonds for an accounting intern. Another fun, enjoyable ...more
These Corinna books are always a good re-read. This one involves lost bearer bonds, a bored tiger and long-lost relatives.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: australian-lit, crime
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
Rita Kiernan
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Found this book on a library table and the cover art intrigued me. A luscious cupcake about to be bitten along with the word mystery was enough to make me take a second look. Glad I did. Yes, it is a great book to read leisurely in a lawn chair with the sun and a cool drink, but it was also good enough to keep me reading past midnight. The other reviews may tell your more about the characters and plot. I'll tell you enjoy this book. I did.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series. The characters in particular - and chief among them is Melbourne itself.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just fun! Being so familiar with the characters and the set up made this a fast read. The author lays out the ordinary details of day by day living. Some readers find this annoying, I find it soothing! Daniel is solving a mystery and Corinna has a couple of her own. The mysteries converge and D & C work as a team. Corinna is supposed to be on Christmas vacation. Instead, she takes up emergency baking on a movie set where a soap opera, KISS THE BRIDE, is being filmed. A new cast of personalities ...more
Karen ⊰✿
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
We change settings for this book as although Corinna is still baking, her shop is closed for Christmas and instead she agrees to help bake for a TV pilot. While on set a mystery comes along for Corinna to solve, while at the same time helping Daniel with his latest case.
I really like Corinna's character, and the development of Daniel and Jason is well done. There was only one part of this book that didn't really work for me (She is worried about Jason and then when she sees him she doesn't make
3.5 **** Another fun book in this series, I seem to say the same thing for each review but they are fun with interesting characters and plenty of dilemmas that they all have to face and mysteries to solve. I look forward to listening to book 7 next year, but am disappointed that after 6 books, book 7 will have a different narrator.
Pam Tickner
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great fun and narrator of the audio book was excellent. I had previously not enjoyed Corinna Chapman as much as the Phyrne Fisher books and not read past #2, but perhaps due to the narration, I was actually looking forward to my long drive today to finish the story! I loved the references to iconic Melbourne streets, statues, cafes and local institutions.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
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 rated it really liked it
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
MB (What she read)
1st read 3/26/12: That was fun! I enjoyed all of the cooking/food bits.

2nd read 1/9/14.

Re-read again 9/26/16. I MUCH prefer Corinna and co. to Phryne and wish Greenwood would continue on with this series. I hope it doesn't stop here. As always, much time was spent googling various things unfamiliar to me. I love this aspect of reading on a kindle.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
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Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood is the sixth book of the Corinna Chapman mystery series set in contemporary Melbourne. Corinna plans to take all of January off, a well-deserved break after the hectic holiday season. Her bakery (Heavenly Delights) is closed for the month. Her assistant baker Jason is away surfing, his first-ever vacation. Her shop clerks Kylie and Goss, aspiring actresses, have landed parts on a TV show. Corinna's looking forward to peace and quiet, rest and relaxation, plen ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Melburnians
This is my second attempt at a Kerry Greenwood book. The first was a Miss Fisher mystery, which I soon abandoned when I realised how different it was from the TV series. After this novel, I doubt I will be trying a third time.

The voice of the main character, Corinna, could easily have been Miss Fisher's, and I liked it. And since I'm living in Melbourne now, I enjoyed the references to places I recognized. However, the story itself failed to captivate.

Corinna gets up in the morning, bakes bread,
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Damn! I've done it again. I have read all the published books in a series. It is the first time I have done this twice for the same author. I have finished all of Kerry Greenwood's PHRYNE FISHER books, and have now completead the Corinna Chapman series. I am both overjoyed and saddened by this accomplishment. I am joyous I have completed two reading goals, but saddened by the fact that there is no more to read about Phryne or Corinna. Now I have to wait for Ms. Greenwood to crank out a few more ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun installment in the Corinna Chapman series, full of multiple mysteries like Who is playing mean tricks on a soap opera star? And what happened to the star's secret child from twenty years ago? All this and more are handled with aplomb by Corinna and her love Daniel, accompanied by the wide cast of characters that live in the Insula apartments and on the set of a new soap opera where Corinna temporarily works to help out a school friend/nemesis.
I am taking a star off of my review because the
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely literary pleasurable romp at a swift pace that makes putting it down excessively difficult

I was a fan of Greenwood's before I knew it through Essie Davis' delightful depiction of Phryne Fisher in the TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. I binge watched all the series and the film that followed, then read the first Miss Fisher. At that point I realized I needed a break to avoid critically comparing the book and media versions and so chanced upon Corinna Chapman. What a revelation! I'v
Sarah Hearn
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second reading of this book and I really enjoyed it. I love the way Ms Greenwood writes and Corinna Chapman is a very endearing heroine. I do get very hungry reading these books too since the reader is regaled with descriptions of bread, muffins, and pastry non-stop. In this story, Corinna is inveigled into providing bread, etc., to the set of a soap opera being filmed in Melbourne. In the process, the evil-bitch star is the victim of pranks involving the addition of spicy condiments ...more
Balthazar Lawson
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bakery is closed and Corinna is on holidays trying to amuse herself while her boyfriend private detective, Daniel, tries to find some missing bearer bonds. But things change and an old school acquaintance blackmails her into working for her catering company on a temporary basis. With nothing else to do she goes back to baking bread and doing the pastry work for a catering job working on a movie set. In her spare time she helps Daniel with his case and also to get him more work with a job on ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, contemporary
A definite step down from its predecessors, the sixth Corinna Chapman novel shows a series that seems to be running out of steam. It's still clever and sweet and fun, but the much larger cast than usual means that character development suffers, and as usual, the mysteries are solved using clues that are not all shared with the reader. This last seems intended, across the series, to showcase Corinna's intuition, but mostly, she just looks like a lucky guesser.

Also, for the first time, the fiction
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Corinna is on holiday except a friend from school, who now operates a catering service, asks for her baking help working on a soap opera. The rest of the story is filled with the improbable and delightful angst of a good soap opera complete with the delicious Daniel investigating missing bearer bonds, earnest, overly emotional and/or perpetually dieting Jason, Kylie and Goss plus feline support from Horatio and the Mouse Police. This is pure escapism. Enjoy the classical literature allusions, re ...more
***** Excellent! Once again Corinna has one set of mysteries and Beloved Daniel has another but the problems entwine as they help each other. Corinna's most obvious relates to her ceding her vacation for a week or two to help out as the baker on a TV film set and the other is a misunderstanding with her apprentice, Jason. Daniel's assignment is to locate a million dollars in bearer bonds found by a mentally ill street person who sets up an elaborate treasure hunt and keep the downtrodden young w ...more
I'm rather glad it's the last in the series so far as I can see... Something about this series bothered me and I think it's the repetition. There were just statements being repeated over & over and of course, this last installment with the making of a soap opera turned it into a soap opera beginning with a lost baby then (view spoiler) and then another bit and another bit which were just stereotypical of a soap opera. Meh! There's a reason why I ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-series
Corinna has closed Earthly Delights for a well deserved break. But Corinna isn’t sure what to do with her free time as Daniel is working a new case trying to track down some stolen bonds for an accounting firm. However, an old school friend gets in touch with Corinna and asks her to work on a tv studio as a pastry chef and she obliges.

This book was different from the others in the series. Corinna had more freedom to help Daniel because the bakery was closed and there were many new characters int
Robyn Gaye-Murphy
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cooking The Books by Kerry Greenwood
This is an entertaining and delightful read. Corrina is a baker and an excellent one at that. Her partner Daniel is a private investigator, a good one too. Corrina has been hired by a caterer she went to school with, to cook for a film company which had also employed her twin daughters. Daniel was employed by a young girl who worked for an accounting firm, who threatened her after she had lost some important barer bonds. Daniel tracked the bonds down to a home
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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.

Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy,

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Corinna Chapman (7 books)
  • Earthly Delights (Corinna Chapman, #1)
  • Heavenly Pleasures (Corinna Chapman, #2)
  • Devil's Food (Corinna Chapman, #3)
  • Trick or Treat (Corinna Chapman, #4)
  • Forbidden Fruit (Corinna Chapman, #5)
  • The Spotted Dog (Corinna Chapman #7)

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