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Earthly Delights (Corinna Chapman #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,647 Ratings  ·  334 Reviews
Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley.

But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying "The wages of sin is death" and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corin
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ebook, 239 pages
Published February 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2004)
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Brenda
Corinna Chapman’s bakery, Earthly Delights, had been a huge success since she had opened it after leaving her two-timing husband James – even though it was situated in the seedier part of Melbourne she had customers rushing in on their way to work; on their morning breaks - until her stock was negligible when she closed at 2pm. So the morning she opened the back door at 6am after filling the oven with delicious pastries; the morning she discovered the body of a young girl and immediately began C ...more
Dana Stabenow
The writer of the delightful Phryne Fisher series jumps nine decades into Melbourne's future, to bring us Corinna Chapman, baker. Corinna lives and bakes in Melbourne, Australia, in one of the truly great buildings of fiction, the Insula, eight stories covered in peacock blue tiles where each apartment is named for a Roman god or goddess and decorated accordingly. Someone is terrorizing the women in the building with poison pen letters, graffiti and vandalism, and someone else is killing junkies ...more
Kathryn
Having already wasted time reading this, I don’t want to waste too much more time writing a review. It started out quite well, but had greatly deteriorated by the end. There were elements I liked about this, but unfortunately they were far outweighed by things I didn’t like - there were too many vampires, goths and witches. In addition, the writing felt choppy and seemed to jump from one thing to the next without any explanation.

I won’t be continuing on with this series - I’ll stick to the Phryn
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Gail
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audio-book
I really liked this book though in a way, I can't quite figure out why. It's a mystery, but really solving the mystery was more like the truth unveiled itself. I do know I liked the characters and the evolution of relationships a whole lot.

Corinna Chapman owns a bakery in modern day Melbourne Australia. She's divorced, having kicked her career as an accountant to the curb, kicked off her sexy kitten heels and apron, eschewed the rigid starvation diet and ended her marriage. Now she's gone from s
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Stephanie
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Earthly Delights is the first in contemporary series by Kerry Greenwood, author of the popular Phryne Fisher series. This one is set in modern Melbourne and our heroine is a chubby baker named Corinna Chapman. Corinna used to be a CPA but ditched her job (and her husband) to pursue her love of baking. She has moved into a wonderful building called the Insula in a not-so-wonderful part of Melbourne but the location is unique and her neighbors are interesting. All is going fairly well for Corinna ...more
Ace
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romantic-cosy-mystery-vampire-novel??? Is that a thing?
Corinna Chapman, x-accountant and now baker (in inner city Melbourne's business district (by day) and junkie haven (by night)) gets involved in a number of mysteries that are impacting on her normal routines. Enter Daniel Cohen, heart-throb and mystery man himself, Corinna is weak at the knees now and must get involved in investigating the crimes just to be near him.
A delightful story, even if its not my usual cup of tea, I do love bread and
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Claude
May 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It has to be said: Kerry Greenwood creates characters that are so two dimensional that you wonder if a computer composed them. To me this book is a clear example of an author writing about characters that she has no understanding of. When she writes about Taz the computer geek character, it is so obvious that this is the viewpoint of someone who is so far removed from this type of person or culture, that she is just using bland, (make that very bland) stereotypes.
You could argue that the lead p
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Sue Bursztynski
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started off with this author's 1920s crime novels about Phryne Fisher, beautiful,slim, rich, smart and good at just about everything except those things she doesn't want to be good at, like playing music or cooking. I look forward to each new one. They're great fun and show a Melbourne that is(mostly)long gone.

When this book came out, i didn't know what to make of the idea. It's still set in Melbourne, but in the present day, in a Roman-themed building where I'd move tomorrow if it existed. Th
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Ivonne Rovira
I am a great fan of Australian mystery author Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series, which is set in a 1920s Melbourne. What a delight to read every book that features the unbelievably chic, unconventional and generous Phryne! So I was really looking forward to Greenwood's other series, which features the zaftig baker Corinna Chapman in present-day Melbourne.

To begin with, Earthly Delights contains common Britishisms (e.g., trainers for running shoes or sneakers, lift for elevator) and the occ
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
What did I just read?

What is this thing?

As a fan of the Phyrne Fisher books, I ran across this one and picked it up. OK, yeah, yet another series behemoth, but same author, probably same sort of flavour....so not. The redoubtable Miss Fisher takes her lovin' where she can find it, but loves without loving, if you get me. This thing doesn't know whether it's chicklit or crime, romance or roughhouse. Well, no...one thing it definitely isn't, is rough. It's too superficial for that. Even with dying
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Cathy Cole
Having already sampled and enjoyed Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series, I looked forward to this book with anticipation, but found Earthly Delights to be very uneven. I loved the setting in Corinna's bakery, the descriptions of bread making, and the creation of new recipes for muffins and the like. Corinna's eccentric neighbors in the very unusual Roman-style apartment complex known as Insula were also interesting and brought a lot to the story what few times they appeared. The only real exception ...more
Librariasaurus
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Woah woah woah. Hello favourite new series!!!

I am so happily surprised that I loved this book!

Corinna Chapman is such an awesome protagonist. I don't think I've ever read a voice like hers. She is at once fiercely independent, passionate and strong; yet she can also be vulnerable, sympathetic and absolutely freaking hilarious.

The baker turned reluctant investigator is a happily fat woman just letting life happen after a messy but amicable divorce when a junky overdoses on her hot air grate. The
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Anastasia
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood is the first book in the Corinna Chapman mystery series. Melbourne baker, Corinna Chapman,helps to save a drug overdose victim and becomes involved in the investigation of several drug overdose deaths, as well as the investigation of who is targetting the women in her complex with vile letters and painted slogans. I enjoyed this entry into the series. I loved getting to know the various odd quirky characters in the complex. Corinna is a strong, sensible woman, ...more
Michelle
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: australian mystery, female sleuths,
Well, Corinna is a definite change from Phryne. I like the characters in this book a LOT. Very relatable, if somewhat slightly exaggerated. But that is great. And wouldn't we all want a Daniel in our lives, who appreciates us as we are, not preferring a stick-thin bubble head. I grew to like Phryne (her other series), but instantly liked Corinna.

I also have to say that it appears that Ms. Greenwood is a fan of American TV, like Monk, and probably CSI:Miami, amongst others, if you'll notice her
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Ellen (more books, please)
I still don't know what I think of this story.

I read it all, relatively quickly.
With each press on the Kindle, I wondered why I was still reading it, but read it I did.

I think it was a romance. Well, "I love yous" were exchanged.

I think there was a mystery, people died and people almost died and people were arrested.

There were some vampires. They were fake, but they thought they were real.

There was some baking done. And recipes dutifully appended to the end.

These are all elements I usually enj
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Shannon Brown
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries, but mostly picked up this first book in Greenwood's series because it was bargain-priced on Kindle, and was pleasantly surprised.

Because this is the first book in a series, a lot of the story is given over to introducing various characters and moving them into place, but they're such delightful characters that it's no chore. I loved the no-nonsense voice of the protagonist, Corinna Chapman, and the setting -- a quirky Melbourne apartment building and it
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CatBookMom
This is a 3.5 star book, which I've bumped to 4 because I found myself still up reading it at oh-very-dark hundred. It's not a fabulous book, but you immediately like the characters and the situation and want to find out what happens next. Very readable, obviously. Now I'm off to find the sequels.
Kate
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Corinna is an interesting accountant-turned-baker, who finds a dying junkie on her doorstep and ends up solving two mysteries in what starts unique and ends up with the same joy-in-community way as Greenwood's Phryne Fisher series. Fifteen extra stars for highlighting Bloodhag, the speed metal band that sings about Science Fiction authors, because they sang long years ago at my library as a teen program, and so I love that here they were in an Australian mystery book at least ten years before th ...more
Catsalive
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Baking is an alchemical process for Corinna Chapman. At four am she starts work at Earthly Delights, her bakery in Calico Alley.

But one morning Corinna receives a threatening note saying 'The wages of sin is death' and finds a syringe in her cat's paw. A blue-faced junkie has collapsed in the dark alley and a mysterious man with beautiful eyes appears with a plan for Corinna and her bread. Then it is Goths, dead drug addicts, witchcraft, a homeless boy and a missing girl and it seems she will ne
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Michelle
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this series, I'm listening to them on audio book. In fact, I listen to them as I bike to work. None of this Lycra business, I wear my work clothes, including the kitten heels so despised by the book'sprotagonist. My bike ride is through a rural area, and I listen on my MP3 player with a speaker, so I can hear anything coming. Luckily it rained on Friday and I took the bus - listening to a sex scene on audiobook thru headphones is not as embarrassing as it would have been broadcasti ...more
Teri-K
Zany Australian mysteries that I can't stop reading. Great for rereading, too. I shouldn't like this book, as it has wiccans and goths and other elements I don't enjoy reading about. But it has more things I do like:

1. A great narrator I could listen to forever. But these books are also good to read.
2. The MC is an actual adult, who acts like one. She's not living her life in search of the perfect man or a size 2 body.
3. The hero is perfect. Absolutely perfect. :)
4. Their relationship develops.
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Lorraine M. Thompson
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked the first Corinna Chapman mystery that I read (and wouldn't you know it, it was the most recent one) so much I went and got all the previous ones (except for "Trick or Treat" because they were out of it) and sat down and read them one after the other--in the proper order of course. I was not disappointed. I still like Corinna Chapman and the cast of characters inhabiting the Insula building.

The name of Corinna's bakery "Earthly Delights" comes from the work by artist Hieronymus Bosch ti
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Cheryl A
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Having read a number of author Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher period mysteries and being a fan of the cozy, baker type mysteries as well, I had initially thought this would be right up my alley. Then I read a description of the book and thought to myself "too much" - Goths, vamps, junkies, witches, a small unique apartment building full of eccentrics and a leading character that has ditched her money market job, her unpleasant husband and opened a bakery.

I was wrong.

Greenwood does an excellent
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Rosemarie
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman series about an accountant turned baker came as a welcome exception to this general dumbing down of the genre. Corinna owns and operates Earthly Delights, a small bakery in center city Melbourne, Australia. It is located on the first floor of the Insula, a quirky apartment building designed like an ancient Roman villa. Corinna used the buyout from her accounting job to purchase both the bakery and her apartment, named (not numbered) Hebe, directly above it with ...more
pdarnold
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I would rather give this 2.5 stars. I liked the characters well enough and most of the tale, but some of the subject matter went beyond my preferred choice of subject. It delved way into the creepy side... for me. There are 3 different mysteries going on, which bring lives together in ways they wouldn't normally meet. I wouldn't mind trying a book or two more to see if I want to continue this series.

Dearly quirky, fun and strange characters. A baker, Daniel, computer geeks, witch, dominatrix, n
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Deena
Maybe a 2.5

This wasn't bad, but it was a really, really slow mover. Character development is all well and fine - it's even important. But there were way too many characters in this one (and many of them weren't developed beyond repetitive description), and I'm not sure that "development" is the right term. For example, Corrina does things that are theoretically beyond her experience and comfort zone, but how those things make her feel, or what those changes might say about her, is not explained,
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Debbie Maskus
Jul 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a second series by Kerry Greenwood, set in present Australia, and I thoroughly enjoy the characters and setting. This is the Corinna Chapman series about an ex-accountant turned owner/operator of a bakery. Corinna is physically the opposite of Phryne Fisher, in that Corinna is plump and does not wear designer clothes. This novel discusses young, teen-age drug users, Goth culture, and homeless. Greenwood is an astute observer of the ills of society and sandboxes these in her novels. Corin ...more
Phair
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Started off a bit slowly for me, but once I came to know Corinna and her circle of neighbors and friends things picked up. My reading tastes tend to favor historical rather than contemporary mystery but I love the author's Phryne Fisher series so when a copy of this book fell into my hands I gave it a try. Not bad! Corinna has Phryne's tendency to 'adopt' strays and there is the similar use of pop culture references to bring the story to life plus lots of attention to food and fashion as well as ...more
Linnea
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I've enjoyed the Phryne Fisher novels I thought it would be nice to see what Greenwood's baker-turned-to-reluctant-investigator Corinna Chapman would be like. In her first book this goddess of bread and muffins (it seems) ends up in the middle of heroine deaths and cryptic messages delivered to the tenants of her house. More baking and light investigating, less s/m (even though the cover suggests otherwise). The book is entertaining (I liked the baking most though), different to the world ...more
~*kath*~
Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I love Corinna Chapman! She's funny, friendly, kind, successful, smart, has loads of awesome friends and the hottest boyfriend in fiction... and she's fat. One of the most positive female characters in fiction today.

The Melbourne setting is also wonderful (Kerry Greenwood really knows Melbourne) and the story really engaging. This is my second read of this one, and I am glad I bought it for my permanent collection.
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