BOOK RATING: The Story 3 / 5 ; The Writing 3.5 / 5
BOOK REVIEW: This book made me hungry! Greenwood’s main character and narrator Corinna Chapman is a baker and simply loves food. The detailed descriptions of every meal were mouth-watering but sometimes a little distracting from the mystery story itself which involved surprisingly heavy and historical subject matter. I do however give Greenwood credit for trying a mix of Aussie chicklit and amateur detective in one novel – that unusual mix is indeed what attracted me to this audiobook from my library in the first place. Also to be commended is Greenwood’s creation of a down-to-earth, gutsy and mature female lead, who cares a lot for people, but little for appearances. To that end, she has provided a great female role model.
Set in Melbourne, this story has a lovely multicultural feel about it and Greenwood introduces the reader to many interesting and quirky characters whose paths Corinna (amateur sleuth) and her PI boyfriend Daniel, cross in trying to solve the mystery. At times however I found the sheer number of characters a little difficult to keep track of and some elements of the story’s conclusion just didn’t quite sit right. I do commend the ambitious task Greenwood set herself in writing this novel but she didn’t quite ‘nail it’ for me. Despite my reservations about the story itself, I appreciated Greenwood’s prose and still found it an enjoyable read/listen. I look forward to reading one of the titles in her Phryne Fisher Series which I’ve heard great things about in the future.
Find out more about this book: Trick or Treat by Kerry Greenwood (The Book Depository), Trick or Treat (Amazon)
Other titles by Kerry Greenwood include: Queen of the Flowers; Cocaine Blues; The Castlemaine Murders; Devil’s Food
Kerry Greenwood is an Australian author and so this title counts towards my participation in the Aussie Author Challenge and the Global Reading Challenge (Australia).
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