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. It's the end of the roaring twenties, and the exuberant and Honourable Phryne Fisher is dancing and gaming with gay abandon. But she becomes bored with London and the endless round of parties. In search of excitement, she sets her sights on a spot of detective work in Melbourne, Australia.
And so mystery and the beautiful Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse, appear in her life. From then on it's all cocaine and communism until her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish baths of Little Lonsdale Street. Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village! Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past.
Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent.
Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do?
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But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man that took her virginity Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner. But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home.
Perhaps the little village of Upper Bembury is not as idyllic as it first seemed? Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps? While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations. As a favour to her rock journalist boyfriend, private detective Kate Brannigan agrees to track down a missing songwriter, Moira Pollock - a search that takes her into some of the seediest parts of Leeds and Bradford.
But little does she realise that finding Moira is only a prelude to murder. Juggling her other cases, including a search to uncover the source of counterfeit luxury goods, Brannigan finds herself for the first time on the trail of a killer. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man - until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor.
Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad. Jack's a retired ex-cop from New York, seeking the simple life in Cherringham. Sarah's a Web designer who's moved back to the village find herself.
But their lives are anything but quiet as the two team up to solve Cherringham's criminal mysteries. Take one quiet Yorkshire Village, add a measure of mystery, a sprinkling of scandal and Kate Shackleton - amateur sleuth extraordinaire! Bridgestead is a quiet village: a babbling brook, rolling hills and a working mill at its heart. Pretty and remote, nothing exceptional happens Lose yourself in the gripping first novel in a new series of Golden Age murder mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters.
It's , and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle. Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. Intrepid baker and erstwhile investigator Corinna Chapman returns triumphantly in her first adventure in seven years. 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 Corinna's apartment. Between her forays into danger, there is still time in Corinna's life for tender encounters as the delicious aromas of newly baked breads, muffins and treats waft out of Corinna's bakery, Earthly Delights. The storyline is so weak with such improbable events that I kept turning it off in frustration.
It was only the memory of the quirky rollicking yarns that I had enjoyed in the earlier books that made me keep trying. And it is all painted over with so many words that any substance there might be in the story just drowns in the detail. I guess you are entitled to have one dud in such a good series, but please give Corinne a story she deserves next time!
Corrine at her funniest. My only criticism is that I am not loving the new narrator. It all left me very confused and now much more vigilant with what I spend my credits on. I love Corinna and her tales to date so was delighted when my sister texted news about this one. I was a bit thoughtful over a couple of negative review points but dived in anyway.
At first I too found the new voice all 'wrong' but an hour or two in I hardly noticed and by the end I was perfectly content with Jennifer's performance. I enjoyed the characters, setting and cats as usual and found the plot pretty much in Kerry's usual Corinna style, a bit over the top but well woven into the Australian setting.
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I came out of my listening feeling good and satisfied with this book. What a shame. The story is good but the narration is very poor. Very soon Corinna is trying to understand why anyone would mug someone for a dog — the RSPCA has plenty available without the risk of a criminal conviction — when Insula suffers a series of apparently unconnected attempted burglaries. I have to say that Kerry Greenwood is one of my favourite authors, and I will commit the treason of saying that I prefer the Corinna series to Phryne Fisher.
Her books are as much about the residents of Insula and its surrounds, as they are about the underlying crime plot. Over the years we have gotten to know them, we have seen them grow and gained a deeper understanding of their backgrounds and lives. Alasdair, also, is more than a one-dimensional character brought in to make the book work.
Even though he may not appear in another novel, the Scot becomes as alive as any other character. Oct 13, Ruth Gilbert rated it liked it. Enjoyable but not her best. The storyline about Jesus going to England? The much awaited new novel from Kerry Greenwood. The dog of a retired army veteran has been snatched from him, and he left battered. Someone has broken into the flat of Professor Dionysus Monk. There is a ransomware attack on the cafe.
And worse is to come. I admit to being a little wary as it has been a long time between the last Corinna and this one.
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I particular liked the exchanged about zebras and the "protective custard". A fun, fabulous read. Jan 07, Nicole rated it liked it Shelves: crime , australian-fiction. It's been a long time between Corinna Chapman books but late last year Australian author Kerry Greenwood made a welcome return with book 7 in the amateur detective series.
I'm not a fan of Greenwood's Phyrne Fisher series but I have enjoyed indulging in Corrina's adventures in Melbourne over the years. Corrina is a unique character in many ways. Physically, she is a large woman at a size 20 who has a penchant for kaftans and cats. As a cat lover, I understand that Corrina's cats keep her warm at It's been a long time between Corinna Chapman books but late last year Australian author Kerry Greenwood made a welcome return with book 7 in the amateur detective series.
As a cat lover, I understand that Corrina's cats keep her warm at night when her boyfriend Daniel is away and also keep her bakery, Earthly Delights, clear of rodents. The Mouse Police are an absolute treat but Corrina's constant complaining about getting up at 4am for work was not. I felt like telling her to get another job when I got about half way through the novel. Corrina and Daniel are a sweet couple. He treats her with respect and makes her feel beautiful, on the inside and out, a far cry from her failed marriage.
It makes for a nice change from the psychological thrillers that I read. Corrina is a resident of Insula apartments, where she has befriended and become close with its other occupants. So it was lovely to reacquaint myself with Corrina's friends, from Goss to Professor Monk to Meroe, who in some way or another, whether big or small, help Corrina solve the latest mystery. In her latest mystery, Corrina is trying to locate a spotted dog. This is not an ordinary dog though. Geordie is the dog of ex serviceman, Alasdare, that was used in Afghanistan to find drugs. While out on a walk, Alasdare was assaulted and Geordie taken.
When Corrina finds out about the incident, she takes it upon herself, with Daniel's help, to find Geordie. Things are not as they seem though and tensions heighten when Insula is burgled not once, but twice, with threatening notes also being left for Corrina to find. Here things take a turn of the Dan Brown kind when religion is added to the mix, which felt odd for this genre.
At times I felt like I was being lectured on various religions and their beliefs as Corrina tries to tie everything together, including the appearance of a dramatic society in one of the apartments. Corrina is determined to find out what is happening in her little part of the world to keep those whe loves safe. Unrealistically, Corrina is so good at keeping those she loves in good hands that even the police refer to her. In one scene, a policewoman asks if the burgular has any weapons on him.
When Corrina answers she doesn't think so, the policewoman takes her word for it and doesn't check herself. At the end of the day though, Corrina has a heart of gold and is determined to help her friends in their times of need. With themes of friendships, relationships, and the armed services, Corrina Chapman is a delight for those who enjoy Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. So disappointing. I don't know if I've moved on or if this is just not as good a book as the earlier ones in the series, which I loved. I thought this one plodded along slowly, and didn't have all the magnificent threads that came together in one brilliant tapestry that her earlier Corinna Chapman books did.
It did have it's moments, but those moments were barely touched upon. There could have been SO much more development of Alasdair as a character. To be honest this just felt like it was churn So disappointing. To be honest this just felt like it was churned out as quickly as possible to put out another in the series. Oct 01, Verity W rated it liked it. I enjoyed this, but I didn't like it as much as I've liked the other books in this series. I think my major issue here was that Corinna is not at the centre of the mystery - she's helping investigate someone else's problem. I like her best when she's independent and doing her own thing.
But I liked the new characters that popped up in this, and a visit to Corinna's Melbourne is always welcome. Please don't do that again. Her characters are vibrant and bold. Cannot wait for the next instalment! Love having novels set in Victoria, Australia. In The Spotted Dog we join Corinna Chapman who, by fate and circumstance, is thrust into the role of investigator following a rolling series of untoward events in Insula, her home and work community.
The adventure kicks off with the kidnapping of Geordie, a dog belonging to former soldier Alasdair Sinclair. Alasdair has been subjected to unimaginable torment and cruelty as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan and Geordie, also formerly in the military, has been his lifeline and loyal companion throug In The Spotted Dog we join Corinna Chapman who, by fate and circumstance, is thrust into the role of investigator following a rolling series of untoward events in Insula, her home and work community.
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Alasdair has been subjected to unimaginable torment and cruelty as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan and Geordie, also formerly in the military, has been his lifeline and loyal companion throughout. This is just the beginning. As the crime wave rolls through Insula we are introduced to Philomela, a guest of a resident, who has been rendered mute by a traumatic event that has also left her permanently confined to a wheelchair.
Corinna and Daniel investigate each crime and try to uncover which incidents are connect and which are not. Throughout this we are introduced to a marvellous assortment of characters. Added to these are some inept crooks and the odd truly nasty villain. We also get to meet a brilliant array of animals. Corinna deals with the ongoing mystery and drama with a combination of strength, resilience and, most importantly, well measured compassion.
Her quick witted and, at times, quirky observations are wonderful and she often employs a delightful turn of phrase when expressing her thoughts. Corinna and Jason, the apprentice at Earthly Delights, produce a daily procession of muffins, breads and other treats. The addition of a collection of recipes at the back of the book is an added bonus. I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this book as part of a completion.
Feb 06, Kerry rated it really liked it. I was looking forward to another of Kerry Greenwood's novels and especially the Corinna Chapman series. I enjoyed the plot and catching up with the various characters. I found it a relaxing read as it feels like settling in with people you know and love, who live in Insula and work around Earthly Delights. However, although the minor characters were developing I feel the key characters need to develop further. I also get tired of her explaining the characters in case you are reading this series I was looking forward to another of Kerry Greenwood's novels and especially the Corinna Chapman series.
I also get tired of her explaining the characters in case you are reading this series for the first time. It makes the novel seem dull and repetitious and sometimes the character is obvious or at worst new readers can go back to earlier novels if they choose to catch up. Perhaps a list of characters with some explanation in the preface would overcome this problem. This repetition, which breaks up both the story and the tone, disrespects long term readers who are looking forward to the new novel.
Despite these irritations please bring me more of these Melbourne based stories. Oct 23, Sally rated it really liked it. I do so love the gentle approach of these books and Corinna the protagonist herself. It's been too long between these books but I enjoyed this once it eventually got published. I hope theres not such a long break next time. As usual there's Corinna, the residents of Insula her apartment building, as much a character as any human , her luscious partner, the resident animals, a series of mysteries, solidly decent and indecent human behaviour and bread.
Nov 26, Pam Tickner rated it really liked it. This took me a long time to read due to personal circumstances, but I found it the right book at the right time. Very easy to read, like welcoming back an old friend! Greenwood is a very talented writer who can take a number of social and political issues and make an intelligent story but with comic relief so it is never too heavy. Oct 23, Tracy Smyth rated it it was amazing. Love this series. The characters are great. Oct 07, Jen Jurss rated it really liked it. A reliably delicious read. Kept getting hungry reading all the cooking and had to make muffins before finishing the book.
Planning to make the delightful sounding apricot chicken wings too Sep 17, Karen rated it really liked it. Enjoyable book, full of great characters. Oct 06, Antoinette rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , libraries-act , aww , So relieved to have Corinna back!
Oct 24, Alice Rood rated it it was amazing. The Spotted Dog is a cozy with recipes and cats. The main character, Corinaa Chapman, is a baker, and Ms. Greenwood infuses every scene where eating or baking takes place with a real appreciation of the food or the act of making it. As for the cats? And, like a cat, you can stretch with Ms. I find myself searching the Internet for a book she mentions, or a historical event she alludes to. They're original and engaging. While The Spotted Dog can certainly be read as a stand-alone, why would you do that?
Begin with Heavenly Pleasures and enjoy being introduced to a warm and loving cast of characters while you also learn a bit about Oz. While I didn't win yesterday's big lottery, I doubt I would be as pleased or as surprised! It still amazes me how gracious Ms. Greenwood and other mystery authors are to their fans.
For some reason, I picture them as anti-social beings typing away in a small, enclosed space working hard to supply my reading addiction. Their kindness and appreciation of and toward their audiences is a revelation to me.
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While I got this book as a Christmas or birthday gift for my mother, I couldn't resist the temptation to read it before I give it to her. Oct 21, Donna rated it liked it. She's back. It's been a while but I was straight back in Corinna's bakery along with the many colourful characters of this series.
A few running plots with some unpleasant chaps, but offering in the series is true to form - great fun and a lots of chuckles although I really think the lovely Daniel is too good to be true. And I do prefer this series to the other Miss Fisher one.
Dec 01, Verushka rated it really liked it. Stars: 3. Corinna is the owner, and baker, of Earthly Delights, in Melbourne. Hers is a bakery and neighbourhood where everyone knows everyone else. She is dating Daniel, an ex Israeli soldier, and he is the one to whom people come to for investigative help — namely Alasdair, a Scottish soldier who has made his home in Australia with his dog, Geordie, who located IEDs in the war in Afghanistan.
He was travelling cross-country with him when the dog was abducted leaving Alasdair bereft and needing to find him. One of the things that threw me was that Alasdair might not have a big presence in the story, but Greenwood makes every word about him count -- his experiences in the war, and his love for Geordie are so clearly apparent, that I found myself worrying for him through the book.
The bakery and her baking were a delight to read, and I swear, I felt so hungry reading it! What I would not have given to have been able to walk into Earthly Delights. From there, we are introduced to some new characters in Insula, the building where Corinna lives, and re-introduced to some existing characters there. This is where I felt a little bit lost because much of the goodness of a cozy comes from the characters, the interplay with them — which is pretty well established by book 7. Aside from the search for Geordie, there are break-ins at her building to deal with, and a cyber attack — I appreciated that the author made all these separate events work together in the book, to present a story of life, mysteries and baked goods.
I enjoyed this very much, and now I have to go find the others in the series to gain a proper introduction to Corinna! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Kerry Greenwood. Kerry Greenwood. 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 , 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, Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies.
The Phryne Fisher series pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny began in with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written thirteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them. Kerry Greenwood has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costume-maker, cook and is currently a solicitor.
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When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for the Victorian Legal Aid. She is also the unpaid curator of seven thousand books, three cats Attila, Belladonna and Ashe and a computer called Apple which squeaks. She embroiders very well but cannot knit. She has flown planes and leapt out of them with a parachute in an attempt to cure her fear of heights she is now terrified of jumping out of planes but can climb ladders without fear.
She can detect second-hand bookshops from blocks away and is often found within them.
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She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard. When she is not doing any of the above she stares blankly out of the window. Other books in the series.