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Devil's Food
by Kerry Greenwood
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Poisoned Pen, 2009 (2009)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Greenwood has brought us Phryne Fisher - with many episodes in her glamorous life - and I have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Phryne lives in Sydney, Australia as does Corinna Chapman, the heroine of Devil's Food and three other novels.

A real change from Phryne, Corinna describes herself as fat (I hate that word, I prefer generous), while Phryne is slim and glamorous. Corinna runs her own bakery. Phryne is above work. One thing they both share is that they are happy in life. And they both seem to have an affinity for crime.

Corinna's bakery and her staff are her life. Though maybe I should mention her lover Daniel. Would that more men enjoyed the extra weight a woman can carry. Corinna has been commissioned to bake famine bread for hooded monks, to the monks' recipe. Pretty awful stuff. But an order is an order and puts more money in the till.

When Corinna's hippie father Sunlight disappears, her dreaded mother Starshine appears in the bakery and demands that Corinna find him. She embarks on a task that takes her to strange and mystical places. An undernourished body shows up and diet herbal tea nearly kills her two young shop assistants.

Find out for yourself how this story winds its way through Sydney's clubs and covens. Needless to say, you're in for a treat. Greenwood has written more than twenty novels and six non-fiction books and has won well-deserved awards for them. They're great fun.

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