Guest Editor, Tina Gamble
Preface: Corinna Chapman, owner of Earthly Delights, detests Christmas. The shoppers are frantic and the heat oppressive. Neither of which this perfect size 20 with a genius for baking breads finds congenial. She’s dreaming of quiet, air-conditioned comfort but instead finds herself dealing with a rose-loving donkey named Serena, a maniacal mother with staring eyes, a distracted assistant searching for the perfect muffin recipe, her friend the fearless witch Meroe, and the luscious Daniel with whom she’d like to spend a lot more time.
But Daniel is on the hunt to find two young runaways, Brigid and Manny. This simple Romeo and Juliet romance though is not as straightforward as it seems and they will go a long way to ensure they’re not found. When Corinna and Daniel find that Brigid is on the streets, heavily pregnant and in danger, the stakes rise. With the help of a troupe of free-spirited freegans, some very clever Internet hackers and a bunch of vegans, Corinna and Daniel go head-to-head with a sinister religious cult on a mission and a band of Romany gypsies out for revenge in a wild and wonderful chase against the clock.
Forbidden Fruit is Kerry Greenwood\’s fifth novel in the Corinna Chapman series, and for people who have not read the previous books, it is very easy to pick up on the storyline and jump right into the adventure.
Having never read any of the other books in the series, I was a bit concerned I wouldn\’t catch on to certain aspects of the plot, however, the storyline was straight forward and the characters, were all wacky, zany and not surprisingly, loveable.
Set through various locations in Melbourne\’s inner district, the descriptions and details allow the readers to take a peek inside the novel, as the locations seem one step outside your door and the characters really do come to life.
The plot is a madcap adventure mystery with a Christmas twist, as Corinna and her lover, Daniel, chase two teen runaways through the city. Â There is a rose-loving donkey, a cat with a serious case of revenge on the mind, carol singers, a wacky religious cult, a baker on the search for the perfect recipe, and an eccentric host of characters all living under the same roof.
This book was an appealing read and one I\’d recommend to fans and newbie\’s of the Corinna Chapman series. There are twists and turns at every corner and enough suspense and holiday mishaps to keep readers intrigued. Forbidden Fruit is a delicious read and the perfect recipe for future instalments.
*Please Note: This book may contain a mixed bunch of nuts â€“ Perfect for the holiday season.
Available now: Allen & Unwin RRP$22.99