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Summary

The second installment in the delicious Corinna Chapman series by best-selling cozy crime writer Kerry Greenwood.

Corinna Chapman likes the quiet life: good food, good company, and her daily work as a baker. She doesn't really want mystery and intrigue in her life. Unfortunately for her, she doesn't have much choice. Corinna's apartment building seems to be a magnet for mystery and mayhem and, with her new lover, Daniel, a private investigator, Corinna seems destined to be involved in solving these mysteries.

This second book in the series sees a prankster spiking the chocolates at the nearby Heavenly Pleasures chocolate store (is it an elaborate and horrible joke, or a warning of worse to come?), an attempt to blow up the apartment block, and strange new residents moving in.

©2010 Kerry Greenwood (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Another great story

I love they way Kerry brings the Australian people's attitude when people are in distress or trouble. Unite and find solution.

Yes, I would recommend this book and many other by Kerry Greenwood. The narrator never mis-pronounce words and has a voice that is very easy to listen too.

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Entertaining, gentle and engaging mystery

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Entertaining continuation of the first novel in the series, with the same gentle build-up and many of the same engaging characters. Some similarities in the overall storyline, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment. And I learned a bit about chocolate. The bad guy was a little too obvious for me, but it's only a story! Good performance too.

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  • Sires
  • 07-04-13

Second Outing for Corinna Chapman

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Heavenly Pleasures is the name of a Chocolate Shop run by a pair of sisters of Belgium extraction. They are located near Corinna Chapman's bakery and do very good business. Then Corinna finds out that they have been the focus of a series of unpleasant incidents involving their chocolates. Nothing dangerous, so far, so it is unlikely that they would be of interest to the police, and if the story becomes public knowledge then it might ruin their trade. They hire Corinna's partner (ex-Israeli soldier, current private eye) to try to find out who is trying to put then out of business.

This isn't the only mystery though around Insula, the Roman style building where Corinna has her bakery and apartment.

Corinna is intensely likeable with her whole-hearted enjoyment of the good things in life including bread, sex, chocolate and good company. The mystery is interesting enough; however, I really enjoy the cast of eccentrics who populate Corinna's world.

The narrator, Louise Siverson does an absolutely bang up job of reading this book. I couldn't imagine another voice as that of Corinna now.

I try not to read too many books in the same series in a row because I start to notice the authors little tics and twits. However, I got the first one (Earthly Delights) on a deal from Amazon/Audible and then had to buy the next two because I liked it so well. The following book (3rd) is Devil's Food.

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  • RKNS
  • 22-10-15

Disappointing

Greenwood's Miss Fisher mysteries are smart, interesting and a bit naughty and always immensely enjoyable. This book, one of Greenwood's other series, is none of this; I've tried several times, but find the characters unappealing & uninteresting; the plot not worth my time. It's difficult to believe they were written by the same author.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 19-07-19

Read 4 Out of Order -- Best of the Bunch!

I like this book best of the four in the series I've read so far! After Daniel solves a case, mysteries propagate like the heads of a hydra being lopped. A mysterious package may be a bomb forcing all tenants to evacuate. In the melee, a kitten is lost, and a new tenant is assaulted outside the building. An inmate (Daniel brought in) is acting possessed and terrorizing guards and fellow inmates alike. Daniel takes the job of solving the problems of a chocolate shop down the street whose ingredients are being tainted. A girl who worked there has disappeared and is being blamed by the owners in absentia, but the problems continue, and Daniel fears for her safety -- was she taken or did she run away from her own problems -- a Romeo and Juliet romance being thwarted by a father who wants to marry her off to an older man BY PROXY -- without both parties actually being present. A new tenant may be hiding out with crucial evidence in a case involving millions. Corinna thwarts a cat burglar, but his cohorts are two thug persuaders seeking to infiltrate the building. The bad guys go so far as to kidnap and drug Jason and leave him for trash. I love Jason and was furious! This book is chock-full of mysteries to solve and is never dull!

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  • RavidReader
  • 25-01-15

Relaxing listen

Easy listen! Good for listening when you don't want any gore or other disturbing imagery.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-12-13

Great 2nd Book

Where does Heavenly Pleasures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

among the highest

Who was your favorite character and why?

Corrina is my favourite character. She has a lot of personality and is a good, strong female character.

Which character – as performed by Louise Siverson – was your favorite?

Still Corrina, I think her voice appealed more than the others.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme, it was a nice mystery novel.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy Corrina's comments on life as a plus-sized woman. She doesn't apologize for her size and gets on with her life.

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  • Gretchen Crookes
  • 09-10-21

fun characters, basic story

lots of over explaining and repetition, but the characters are enjoyable. the idea of an apartment complex where all neighbors seem to be so interesting and connected is lovely,

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  • Nancy M. Collins
  • 11-08-21

An overall winner!

I just discovered this series and I like it immensely; not as much as the Phryne Fisher books but close! Kerry Greenwood is amazingly imaginative, educated, worldly wise and talented.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-21

I Love Heavenly Pleasures!

Kerry Greenwood is a genius at creating characters and stories that are compelling and entertaining. Her Corinna Chapman series makes me happy and hungry!

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  • Jan
  • 16-06-19

And an exemplary chess game!?

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***** A deliciously busy book with an eccentric cast of characters and some frightening ones as well. There are mysterious new residents in the building, problems in the chocolate shop, a missing girl, a suspected bomb, major fraud, a chess game, and death threats. All that in addition to Senior Constable Lepidoptera White, Sister Mary, The Mouse Police, a rescue right out of Sir Walter Scott, and some really dim hired goons. Then there's all the humor. Of course I loved it!
The incredible voice actress narrating this wonder is Louise Siverson!

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  • Wilson21
  • 16-06-17

amazing

I seriously can not wait to get the next book these book continues to keep me on my toes I love it and I tell everyone about her books and to read them.