The Spotted Dog

The Spotted Dog

by Kerry Greenwood


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Betrayal is a bitter pill to swallow...

Rising at four o'clock every morning isn't Corinna Chapman's favorite part of running her Australian bakery, Earthly Delights, and the glowing light of dawn starts to feel even harsher when a seemingly disturbed man collapses in her shop. When the man, a military veteran, comes around and reveals that his beloved ex-service dog is missing, Corinna and her longtime companion, Daniel, feel compelled to help. It soon becomes clear, though, that they have gotten involved in something much bigger and more complicated than they had bargained for... especially when threatening notes begin to appear in Corinna's apartment.

Along with searching for the kidnapped dog and trying to stay out of range of the gang of drug runners who are probably responsible for his disappearance, Corinna has to make sure the delicious breads, muffins, and treats that she has become known for are still fresh and ready for her eager customers. Can she take the heat?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781464211171
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Series: Corinna Chapman Series , #7
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 140,298
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has degrees in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant. Kerry has written three series, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written twenty books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them. In 2003 Kerry won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Association.

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The Spotted Dog 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
cloggiedownunder 7 months ago
The Spotted Dog is the seventh book in the popular Corinna Chapman series by Australian author, Kerry Greenwood. A series of dramatic events for Corinna Chapman, baker and reluctant investigator, kicks off early on a hot Monday morning when Sergeant Alasdair Sinclair stumbles to the back door of her Earthly Delights bakery. An ex-British Army veteran of Afghanistan, Alasdair seeks the help of Corinna’s beloved, Daniel Cohen, to find Geordie, his faithful spotted dog, missing since Alasdair was mugged in the street. Alasdair is certain that Geordie, a talented sniffer dog who saved thousands from IEDs, has been kidnapped. While Daniel makes enquiries, Corinna has to step in to save one of Insula’s IT nerds from Del’s wrath when the computer at Café Delicious erupts with ransomware. And with several newcomers to their block and the neighbourhood, a spate of incursions breaching Insula’s usually-safe walls requires Corinna’s subtle interrogation and observation. One of the inept intruders is caught red-handed in Professor Monk’s apartment, but the others are more evasive. Fans of the series who have had to wait seven years between instalments will not be disappointed with Corinna’s latest outing: as well as her usual baking activities, Corinna encounters a religious zealot, an accident victim with post-traumatic aphasia, an ice-addled machete-wielding youth and a singing burglar; she suffers a king-hit (with resultant bilateral black eyes), uses an old skillet to good effect, steps on a mouse and has a narrow escape when the guns and explosives start going off. All the Insula regulars get a mention, if not a significant role, and we finally learn Mrs Pemberthy’s true purpose. This is a book probably best not read on an empty stomach: the multiple mentions of mouth-watering products of the bakery are bound to have the reader drooling; indeed, apart from Kylie and Goss, all the characters have refreshingly healthy appetites and indulge them regularly. Luckily, there are seven recipes included at the end. Each chapter is headed with a Shakespearean quote and the descriptions of feline activities will delight cat-lovers. The party at the end is somewhat reminiscent of each final chapter of a certain Scottish series about a block of flats. Fingers crossed we don’t have to wait seven years for the next one. Utterly delightful! This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by Allen & Unwin.
leylaj 5 months ago
It has been too long time since I have read a new Kerry Greenwood book, and now Corinna is back with all the crowd, and another story - edgy, exciting and just fills and spot that has been empty in my literature reading for quite awhile. Welcome back.! With a Scottish veteran of the war in Afghanistan is found wandering the Melbourne laneways outside Corinna's bakery and home, suffering from PTSD, and looking for his kidnapped dog, the search is on with all hand on deck. The story just moves ever so quickly, layer over layer, with all the colourful characters tagging along for the ride, until its explosive end. Just fabulous
Anonymous 5 months ago
The cover makes this book look like it could be a juvenile title; it is not. Rather this is the latest entry in Kerry Greenwood's Corinna Chapman series. Readers may already know the author's Miss Phrynne Fisher series of novels and the later Australian TV series. Those who like Miss Fisher may enjoy finding out what Ms. Greenwood has also written. This book is peopled with eccentric characters. On occasion, I had a bit of difficulty recalling who was who. Readers will definitely remember Corinna and her Israeli boyfriend though. They are a couple who enjoy food and each other. He is an Israeli agent of some kind while Corinna is a baker whose goods sound quite delicious. The plot centers on a Scottish/Australian soldier whose dog has gone missing, most likely kidnapped. This is not just any dog though; Geordie worked hard in Afghanistan and is the most important connection that our traumatized former soldier has. Readers will see what happens as Daniel, our Israeli protagonist, and Corinna solve the case. Along the way, readers will enjoy Corinna's acceptance of others, wit and friends. Thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for this book in exchange for an honest review.
Tangen 5 months ago
verbal-humor, situational-humor, law-enforcement, women-sleuths, amateur-sleuth, Australia, SCA, private-investigators, recipes ***** Come to the Earthly Delights bakery in Australia in a building named Insula where the baker, Corinna, lives upstairs with her ex Mossad/private investigator lover in one of the apartments and works with her apprentice who is an ex-heroin addict who likes to be a midshipman from Master and Commander or Hornblower. The other residents of the building are equally colorful, including the Mouse Police, and naming the roof garden the Parsley Forest. Throw in a lot of Shakespeare quotes, other local residents including Sister Mary, an frustrated police lieutenant, a real mystery regarding who on earth would kidnap a retired Scottish Army dog from a PTSD sufferer lately from Afghanistan, and you have the very best sort of read! It's a laugh riot all the way through! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
MKF 5 months ago
Alasdair's service dog Geordie has been stolen! Alasdair is an Afghanistan war veteran and Georgie is incredibly important to him. Luckily, he's stumbled into Corinna Chapman, an intrepid baker and solver of mysteries. I'd not read this series before but found it quick to adapt. Corinna's got some other things going on in her neighborhood and she's working with Daniel, her partner, to sort out a ransomware attack on her cafe and burglaries in their Melbourne neighborhood. Who would steal a dog and why? There's some nice twists but I think the charm here lies in Corinna herself- she's a plus size woman with attitude! Nice characters, a fun plot, and a few recipes make this a good read. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Fans of the Phyrne Fisher series and readers of cozies should try this one.