Summary

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 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.
©2009 Copyright © Kerry Greenwood 2009. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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3 out of 5 stars
By karen on 16-06-15

Hmmmmmm

Whoever it was that said there are only four basic plots for novels -- or seven, I've seen both -- obviously never read this book. In terms of way-out plotting, it doesn't get any more unique than this.

And a seriously grisly tale it is, too. Don't listen to parts of this one while eating dinner.

No overt spoiler here, but fans of Jonathan Swift won't be disappointed -- or much puzzled, either -- by some plot elements. Swift did it better, but then he wasn't writing a novel.

One further warning: Quite some time ago, I'd read -- as in an actual paper book -- one of Kerry Greenwood's novels, and eventually I remembered that I'd had the same sort of trouble getting into that book as I did with this one. Apparently these are almost "cult" books, with some of their own special language and "things" and/or characters who reappear time after time.

But I'd forgotten that, so with this one, when I found myself profoundly confused about who -- or what -- "The Goddess" was, or what sort of being "Hector" might be, I had to backtrack, and listen again. She doesn't explain in each book who -- or what -- some of these characters are. But fear not -- it really doesn't matter. I wouldn't have needed to backtrack -- it became as clear as it needed to be, eventually.

It's not all bad -- the book has its charms. I loved "Serena" -- no spoiler to tell you she's an adorable donkey. Any scene in which Serena appeared was pure delight. I also got a kick out of her "mouse police" squad, which are feral cats she keeps to keep her bakery basement mouse free -- the antics of the mouse police are a nice, funny, touch.

So, okay. A fairly good book. I'm sure this series has its passionate fans. I'm not quite there, but... it was reasonably entertaining, and what more can you ask?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 24-10-13

Great story with a strange holiday twist

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love that the book is set in Australia, so seasons are opposite. And the characters are just quirky enough to be fun, not totally off the wall.

Any additional comments?

This book is just lots of fun. Some social commentary, but the live and let live attitude carries through. Entertaining. The narrator has the right tone for the book.

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