If there's one thing that Corinna Chapman, baker extraordinaire and proprietor of the Earthly Delights Bakery, can't abide, it's people not eating well - particularly when there are delights like her very own, just-baked, freshly buttered sourdough bread to enjoy. So when a strange cult which denies the flesh and eats only famine bread turns up, along with a body which is found in a park, dead of malnutrition, Corinna is very disturbed indeed.
But she doesn't only have that to contend with: her hippie mother, Starshine, has turned up out of the blue, hysterical that Sunlight, Corinna's father, has absconded to Melbourne with all their money and a desire for a new young lover; someone is poisoning people with weight loss herbal teas; and then there are odd things happening at the nearby Cafe Vlad Tepes, which attracts a very strange clientele indeed. Altogether, it's a delicious recipe for murder, mayhem and mystery.
The third in the Corinna Chapman series, Devil's Food is another irresistible, criminally entertaining read from the master crime writer, Kerry Greenwood.
DEVIL’S FOOD is part of the Corinna Chapman series. .
THE CORINNA CHAPMAN SERIES: .
Book 1: Earthly Delights.
Book 2: Heavenly Pleasures.
Book 3: Devil's Food.
Book 4: Trick or Treat.
Book 5: Forbidden Fruit.
Book 6: Cooking the Books.
If you'd like to find out more about Corinna, her bakery and her recipes, log on to earthlydelights.net.au. .
If you liked Corinna Chapman, you will love Kerry Greenwood’s elegant and unflappable sleuth, Phryne Fisher – brought to stunning life in the ABC TV series, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. .
MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES: .
Book 1: Cocaine Blues.
Book 2: Flying Too High.
Book 3: Murder on the Ballarat Train.
Book 4: Death at Victoria Dock.
Book 5: The Green Mill Murder.
Book 6: Blood and Circuses.
Book 7: Ruddy Gore.
Book 8: Urn Burial.
Book 9: Raisins and Almonds.
Book 10: Death Before Wicket.
Book 11: Away with the Fairies.
Book 12: Murder in Montparnasse.
Book 13: The Castlemaine Murders.
Book 14: Queen of the Flowers.
Book 15: Death by Water.
Book 16: Murder in the Dark.
Book 17: Murder on a Midsummer Night.
Book 18: Dead Man's Chest.
Book 19: Unnatural Habits.
Book 20: Murder and Mendelssohn.
A Question of Death: An illustrated Phryne Fisher treasury.
PRAISE FOR KERRY GREENWOOD: .
'Greenwood provides us with lavish helpings of the ingredients essential to good popular fiction: food, frocks, furnishings and some essential frolics beneath the sheets' - Sydney Morning Herald on Murder in Montparnasse
A missing parent, a lethal herbal tea and a sinister cult are a few of the mysterious ingredients in Greenwood's lively third cozy to feature cheerfully fat baker Corinna Chapman (after 2008's Heavenly Pleasures). Chapman's estranged hippie mother, who organizes her time by the phases of the moon, arrives on the doorstep of Melbourne's Earthly Delights Bakery to announce her spouse's disappearance during an apparent midlife crisis. Further complications for Chapman include a toxic tea imbibed by two of her employees and a strange group of monks. To assist in finding the tea's supplier, locating her wandering father and determining the monks' activities, Chapman has a devoted, if eccentric, cohort a sexy PI lover, a weaver, a follower of Wicca, a grand dame, a dominatrix, a retired classics professor and a nun or two. While a glossary of Australian terms would've helped the American reader, this doesn't detract from the warmhearted message that it takes a village to solve a mystery.