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Description - The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

'Corinna Chapman is an absolute delight.' Bookseller + Publisher

Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire, talented sleuth, stalwart friend and lover, is back!

When a distraught Scottish veteran from Afghanistan is knocked unconscious, waking up to find his beloved ex-service dog missing, Corinna and her lover, Daniel, find themselves inextricably drawn into the machinations of a notorious underworld gang of drug runners.

Corinna and Daniel need to pull together all the strings to find the connections between their wandering Scottish veteran, his kidnapped dog, a student dramatic society that's moved into Corinna's building, burglaries, and the threatening notes that begin to mysteriously appear in her apartment.

Between her forays into danger, there is still time in Corinna's life for tender encounters while the delicious aromas of newly baked breads, muffins and treats waft out of her bakery, Earthly Delights.
Praise for Corinna Chapman:

'Greenwood is a modern master of the gracious detective story. We happily slip into the well-ordered ebb and flow of life around Earthly Delights and the other inhabitants of the Insula building, but she meticulously blends a hint of unease into the mix... Greenwood knows a proper feast includes the savoury and the sweet. Hers is a unique voice in crime fiction.' - The Age

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781760528485
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2018
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood - Reviewed by (29 Sep 2018)

5 stars The Spotted Dog is the seventh book in the popular Corinna Chapman series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. A series of dramatic events for Corinna Chapman, baker and reluctant investigator, kicks off early on a hot Monday morning when Sergeant Alasdair Sinclair stumbles to the back door of her Earthly Delights bakery. An ex-British Army veteran of Afghanistan, Alasdair seeks the help of Corinna’s beloved, Daniel Cohen, to find Geordie, his faithful spotted dog, missing since Alasdair was mugged in the street. Alasdair is certain that Geordie, a talented sniffer dog who saved thousands from IEDs, has been kidnapped.

While Daniel makes enquiries, Corinna has to step in to save one of Insula’s IT nerds from Del’s wrath when the computer at Café Delicious erupts with ransomware. And with several newcomers to their block and the neighbourhood, a spate of incursions breaching Insula’s usually-safe walls requires Corinna’s subtle interrogation and observation. One of the inept intruders is caught red-handed in Professor Monk’s apartment, but the others are more evasive.

Fans of the series who have had to wait seven years between instalments will not be disappointed with Corinna’s latest outing: as well as her usual baking activities, Corinna encounters a religious zealot, an accident victim with post-traumatic aphasia, an ice-addled machete-wielding youth and a singing burglar; she suffers a king-hit (with resultant bilateral black eyes), uses an old skillet to good effect, steps on a mouse and has a narrow escape when the guns and explosives start going off. All the Insula regulars get a mention, if not a significant role, and we finally learn Mrs Pemberthy’s true purpose.

This is a book probably best not read on an empty stomach: the multiple mentions of mouth-watering products of the bakery are bound to have the reader drooling; indeed, apart from Kylie and Goss, all the characters have refreshingly healthy appetites and indulge them regularly. Luckily, there are seven recipes included at the end. Each chapter is headed with a Shakespearean quote and the descriptions of feline activities will delight cat-lovers. The party at the end is somewhat reminiscent of each final chapter of a certain Scottish series about a block of flats. Fingers crossed we don’t have to wait seven years for the next one. Utterly delightful! This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen & Unwin.


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