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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 never get those muffins cooked in time.
With flair, chutzpah and a talent for kneading, Corinna Chapman will find out who exactly is threatening her life and bake some beautiful bread.
©1992 Kerry Greenwood (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By S. Sarabasha on 09-13-13

Don't know why I waited so long.

I have read and listened to all the Phryne Fisher novels and just didn't think another series by the same author could be so good. WRONG. This one is modern, lusty, funny, and again has a heroine who asserts herself and grows. If you have an aversion to the occult or good sex then stay away. Neither overpowers the story but are interwoven well. The narrator, Ms Siversen, does a great job with all the voices too. Looking forward to listening to more.

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By Sires on 04-07-13

Fun Australian Mystery Set in Modern Melbourne

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Although I also had this book on my Kindle, I ended up listening to most of this book for the sheer pleasure of the narrator's voice. Louise Siversin brings a warmth and enthusiasm to her reading of the first of the Corinna Chapman series that is positively infectious. It's in first person so Siversin's voice quickly became Corinna's in my mind.

Earthly Delights is the name of the bakery owned and run by Corinna Chapman. Named of course after the modern title given to the painting by Hieronymus Bosch, a copy of which hangs in her shop. And Corinna does indeed enjoy all of the earthly delights. Let me just say that she is not one of those heroines who will announce at some point that she is one of the lucky women who can eat what she wants and not gain an ounce. I particularly enjoyed the information about baking that is woven into the story.

Early one morning she opens the door to her bakery and discovers a junkie ODing on her grate. Thus begins an interesting and largely cheerful murder mystery involving Corinna, her co-tenants at Insula-- a Roman style apartment building with shops on the first floor and living spaces above, and bits of the Melbourne underworld.

It has some strong language, drug taking and sexual activity so if you are the type of person this would put off then this is not the book for you. It's not a cozy in that sense no matter what HK tried to tell you.

Oh, and who is Jade Forrester, the author whose books Corinna reads? I checked and she is a real author.

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By Frankieg3 on 09-21-13

Good fun from Aussieland

I loved this book it is great fun and had me laughing out loud at times. It is refreshing to have a book set in Australia instead of GB or USA so I looking forward to reading some more. Kerry Greenwood has read a lot of the same writers that I have so the references have been understood and enjoyed.

The narrator is just right, an Australian Barbara Rosenblat, I will now look out for books read by her. A good fun read.

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By purchaser on 06-17-14

Entertaining mystery story, engaging characters

Where does Earthly Delights rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high on the easy listening side

What did you like best about this story?

Well-researched background, which on the whole was well-blended in to the story

What about Louise Siversen’s performance did you like?

Enjoyed her dry and wry delivery, and her engaging variety of tones and voices

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Only really curious to see how it panned out. It had a HFN feel from the start, and I wasn't disappointed

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed this. The mysteries weren't the most challenging, and the writer gave us a few clues along the way. Good cast of characters and a well-drawn main character. A bit of an insight into the underbelly of probably most large cities in the developed world. If you're looking for a light, easy listen which will hold your attention, this might be one for you.

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By Robyn Harris on 10-02-17

Wonderful story

The reading is fabulous and the story very engaging. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and looking forward to the rest of the series

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