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Forbidden Fruit (Corinna Chapman #5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,261 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
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
Paperback, 301 pages
Published 2009 by Allen and Unwin
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With the rush of Christmas on them all at Earthly Delights in Melbourne, Corinna Chapman, the very anti-Christmas owner was looking forward to it all being over. She was closing her shop for the whole of January, and as she hadn’t had a holiday in three years, she was keen for the next few weeks to pass quickly. In the meantime, she and her apprentice Jason, along with Goss and Kylie baked and sold from 4am till close.

Daniel, Corinna’s beloved was searching for two young people who had run away
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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
It's hot, very hot indeed in Melbourne in the week before Christmas and baker Corinna Chapman is struggling to keep up with demand for her baked goods, ably assisted by her enterprising apprentice Jason. Not only that but she is helping her hunky partner Daniel look out for a pair of runaway teenagers living on the streets, one precariously close to giving birth. With the usual cast of residents (witches, people and cats) from the building, a band of freegans, a donkey with a penchant for rosewa ...more
P.D.R. Lindsay
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Opening Sentence: ‘…Four am is not an ideal time, especially if someone is trying to have a conversation with you about glace cherries and the desirability of making our own…’

Forbidden Fruit is the fifth in the Corinna Chapman series. Owner of the very successful bakery, Earthly Delights, Corinna also finds herself reluctantly investigating various mysteries. In this adventure she is assisting her lover, Daniel, locate a missing teenager couple, the girl being heavily pregnant.

Weird Christian se
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was ok

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
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Let me preface this by saying: I LOVE books with crazy religious aspects. This one is EXCELLENT.

I still measure them all against Earthly Delights which was superb, but this comes a close second to being my favourite in the series.

Following Corinna and Daniel as they try to solve the mystery of the missing pregnant teen and do battle with militant vegan hussies was a really enjoyable experience.

I HATED Sarah the vegan because she used Jason and tried to feed everybody something that was not on
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden Fruit by Kerry Greenwood is the 5th book in the Corinna Chapman mystery series. Corinna Chapman, owner of the bakery Earthly Delights, helps her lover Daniel look for two runaway teenagers, one who is heavily pregnant, at the same time as coping with Christmas preparations and baking. I enjoyed this book very much and I thought it represented Christmas in Australia very well with the extreme heat and crowds. I loved catching up with all the quirky inhabitants of Insular, and I think it ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
These books are always a fun breezy read when you need one. Though they do seem to get progressively more weird: off camera death by karmic bear is my latest favorite...
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A bit like Greenwood writing a parody of her own style, Forbidden Fruit brings us Corinna and company at Christmastime in terribly hot Melbourne. The primary mystery involves a lost pregnant girl with a truly unpleasant family, and that plus the secondary mystery is the reason for the excessive sweetness - you need a lot of twee to take the terrible taste from your mouth. Not as great as others in the series but better than most mystery dreck of late. Delicious recipes at the end.
Dec 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
I love these books! Unfortunately, there is only 1 book left in this 6 book series. In this installment, it is Christmastime in Melbourne and it's a hot and windy summer. Corinna would rather ignore Christmas and the irritating Christmas carols. She and Daniel are working a case involving a pregnant teen runaway, madrigal singers, a gypsy out to avenge his brother's death, a crazy cult, vegans, freegans, and a runaway donkey! As always, there is lots of baking and good food among the inhabitants ...more
Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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!
MB (What she read)
1st read 4/23/12.

Reread 1/7/14: I get so much enjoyment from these books!

As always, I was glad to have google and wikipedia ready to go. A good book for Christmas time, especially if you're not a fan like Corinna. Now finished, I'm googling all the unfamiliar carols while writing this review.
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, 2009, australian
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.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crimethriller
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.
Christmas in Melbourne, complete with a runaway pregnant girl, a muffin-loving donkey, and a religious cult.
Mary Garrett
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden fruit by Kerry Greenwood
Missing teen-agers, militant vegans, wandering donkeys . . . life is never dull in Insula. With all the distractions, it’s amazing Jason can concentrate on candied fruit and Christmas cakes, but he tries. The Lake family, caring for foster children in addition to their own, remind that “people . . . were doing the best they could every day, with scant help and no respect.” Between the heat and the problems, it’s easy to see why Corinna has trouble feeling Christ
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corinna and friends are approaching the holidays with lots of baking experiments, a sweet donkey hooked on roses, Freegans, Christmas carols, teen pregnancy, runaways, religious zealots, rabid vegans, and the question of companion animals. This was another fun book, again excellent narration by Louise Siversen. Kerry Greenwood pointed out that women who admit they don't like babies or children are vilified in society; how brave of Corinna to share her feelings with Daniel.
Oct 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
cannot recommend this series ... listened to 5 out of 6 of the books but they were not for me in the end ... same story different ppl
Sandy  Kemp
Sep 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Interesting to feel the difference in the seasons. Hard to think of Christmas being unbearably hot, when the season is so cold here. Fun read.
Lindsay Stares
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Premise: It's Christmas with the staff of Heavenly Pleasures and the inhabitants of Insula. Time for heat waves, bands of roving hippies, and a family with a lost daughter and a very dark secret… (Previously reviewed: Book One)

I’ve read all of this series. Yes, I only reviewed the first one until now, (although ironically, the first one was probably the weakest) but I had to come back to blog for Christmas! It's funny, but for all the different media we've consumed for the mainlining Christmas p
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Greenwood writes the book equivalent of cheesy popcorn: salty, crunchy, satisfying, even though it has little literary or nutritional value. I have to start a shelf for books like this - comfort reads.
Susan in NC
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sue Bursztynski
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Miller
It is almost impossible to read a Corina Chapman book and not "smell" fresh bread or "taste" the goodness of the food described. While reading this book I actually went to the market to purchase a loaf of freshly made hearty bread. The story was a bit thin, but the book was enjoyable.
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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 (6 books)
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