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Book Review: Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood - Reviewed by Shelleyrae (29 Nov 2011)
Corinna is supposed to be enjoying a break from Earthly Delights during the heat of a Melbourne summer, Jason has gone surfing, the girls have had success with a television pilot audition and her beloved Daniel is chasing down some bearer bonds stolen from a bullied intern by a cryptic homeless man. Bored, Corinna agrees to an old school friend's desperate plea for help catering to a television soap opera, 'Kiss the Bride', coincidentally the same show Kylie and Goss will be appearing in. Corinna would prefer to simply observe from behind the kitchen counter but when the shows' storyline is eclipsed by the drama behind the scenes she can't help but be interested and finds herself involved in the search for a spiteful prankster, uncovering the identity of a long lost child and taming an anchovy loving tiger named Tabitha.
I always enjoy reacquainting myself with Corinna, a comfortably plus size baker who owns a bakery named Earthly Delights. These mysteries have their own unique rhythm and tone with interesting characters and quirky twists and turns. This particular installment is a little more absurd than most with several plot lines worthy of the daytime soap opera Corinna is catering for. It's fun though and I particularly enjoyed Corinna finally telling 'Superbitch' off and even the resolution was ridiculous it somehow worked. I also found the nursery rhyme riddles both amusing and educational - who knew that the silly ditties we sing as children had such political meanings? One of the things I admire about the series is it's definite sense of place. Readers familiar with Melbourne, Australia, will enjoy Daniel and Corinna's hunt around the city landmarks and commiserate with their experience of the changeable summertime weather.
Cooking the Books is an entertaining read and a pleasant addition to the series which as always includes some delicious sounding recipes on the last pages - I think the Gyngerbrede will probably wind up on my table this Christmas.
Book Review: Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood - Reviewed by CloggieA (30 Jul 2011)
Cooking the Books is the 6th in Kerry Greenwood’s Corinna Chapman series. It’s January, and Corinna Chapman, baker and reluctant investigator, is on holidays. Her apprentice, Jason, has gone to the beach to learn to surf. Daniel is busy on a paper chase. Kylie and Goss have secured parts in a soap opera series, “Kiss the Bride”, being filmed at a Docklands studio. But Corinna is bored, and when her old school classmate and caterer, Thomasina, convinces her to assist, she finds herself (not quite unwillingly) baking bread for the film cast and crew. Another turn of events and she is also at the studio (but less willingly) in the role of pastry chef. A busman’s holiday, as it were. As the story unfolds, Corinna and Daniel find themselves looking for missing bearer bonds, long lost sons and someone playing tricks on the star of the series. The story touches on bullying, weddings, dieting for work, actors (an excellent description), crooked accountants, job security, brides (compared with politicians), sexual orientation and gender reassignment. Somehow woven seamlessly into the plot are Nursery Rhymes and quotes and a tiger named Tabitha. Once again we are treated some interesting characters and a great plot, this time with an ending befitting a soap opera. Many of our favourite Insula residents make an appearance (“…Mrs Pemberthy, who is there to curdle the milk of human kindness”). The feel of Melbourne in summer is well rendered and there are some marvellous feline descriptions that make me want to be owned by another cat. Reading the earlier books in the series is not a prerequisite, but most readers who have not done so will seek them out after reading this one, for a guaranteed delightful read. The dilemma with all of Kerry Greenwood’s books is that you are enjoying them so much (from dedication to afterword you will smile, chuckle, laugh out loud) that you can’t stop reading, but you don’t want the pleasure to end. And the recipe for Gyngerbrede? Yes, I made it: yum!
Kerry Greenwood is the author of many bestselling novels and the editor of two collections. The first five books in the Corinna series are Earthly Delights (2004), Heavenly Pleasures (2005), Devil's Food (2006), Trick or Treat (2008) and Forbidden Fruit (2010). Previous novels in the Phryne Fisher series are Cocaine Blues, Flying too High, Murder on the Ballarat Train, Death at Victoria Dock, Blood and Circuses, The Green Mill Murder, Ruddy Gore, Urn Burial, Raisins and Almonds, Death Before Wicket, Away with the Fairies, Murder in Montparnasse, The Castlemaine Murders, Queen of the Flowers, Death by Water, Murder in the Dark, Murder on a Midsummer Night and Dead Man's Chest. She is also the author of several books for young adults and the Delphic Women series. When she is not writing she is an advocate in Magistrates' Court for the Legal Aid Commission. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered Wizard.
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