Forbidden Fruit: A Corinna Chapman Mystery (Hardcover)

A Corinna Chapman Mystery

By Kerry Greenwood

Poisoned Pen Press, 9781590587386, 269pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2010



Corinna Chapman, owner of the bakery Earthly Delights, detests Christmas. The shoppers are frantic and the heat oppressive in Melbourne, Australia, where Christmas is a summer festival. Corinna is a perfect size 20 with a genius for baking bread. And while dreaming of air-conditioned comfort, she finds herself dealing with a rose-addicted donkey named Serena, a maniacal mother with staring eyes, a distracted assistant seeking the definitive glace cherry recipe, her friend the fearless witch Meroe, and the luscious Daniel with whom she would like to spend a lot more time.

But Daniel is on the track of two runaways, Brigid and Manny. Their Romeo-and-Juliet romance is not as straightforward as it seems, and the pair will go a long way to avoid being found. With the help of a troupe of free-spirited "freegans," three very clever internet hackers, and a bunch of singing vegans, Corinna and Daniel go head-to-head with a sinister religious cult on a mission and a band of Romanies out for revenge in a wild and wonderful chase against the clock.

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray where she now lives and writes. She has degrees in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession in 1982. Kerry has written more than twenty novels, a number of plays, including "The Troubadours" with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer, has edited and contributed to several anthologies, and is the creator of the Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny). In 2003 Kerry won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Crime Writers' Association of Australia. "Heavenly Pleasures" is third, following "Earthly Delights," in her newest series featuring the irrepressible baker-cum-sleuth Corinna Chapman.

Praise For Forbidden Fruit: A Corinna Chapman Mystery


“Cleverly plotted and one of one of Greenwood's best in this long-running historical series.”  – Library Journal of Murder on a Midsummer Night

“Phryne's devoted following will rejoice as she glides through dangerous situations and survives the sizzling summer in inimitable style.”  –Kirkus Reviews of Murder on a Midsummer Night

“Phryne on the rampage makes for fine entertainment all on its own, but Greenwood effectively combines her inimitable heroine's antics with thought-provoking details about the struggles of women in the 1920s, forced to adjust to the loss of the unprecedented independence they had enjoyed during the war. This series is the best Australian import since Nicole Kidman, and Phryne is the flashiest new female sleuth in the genre.”       –Booklist Starred Review of Away With the Fairies


"Like Corinna's earlier adventures (Trick or Treat, 2009, etc.), this episode is cleverly written and chock full of charming characters, interesting puzzles and luscious descriptions of food with appended recipes."   -- Kirkus Reviews