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** In the early books, Corinna had at least two cats before Horatio, and at least one of those cats was during her marriage to James. In ''The Spotted Dog'', James suddenly refused to have cats in the house at all.

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** In ''Forbidden Fruit'', Brigid, who was established to be a very smart girl who got excellent marks in science, seemed to have no idea how she could possibly be pregnant and didn't recognise the signs of pregnancy. Her sister also commented that she had no idea when or how Brigid and Manny could have slept together. [[spoiler:Because they hadn't- Brigid had never had sex, and had instead been artificially inseminated without her knowledge, when she was asleep.]]


** It's never established exactly when the series is set or how long passes between books (excepting the gap of several days between ''Earthly Delights'' and ''Heavenly Pleasures''), but it's implied that the series is set in the early 2010's and only a few months at the most pass between each book. ''The Spotted Dog'', however, references a few real-life events that happened in the late 2010's, but had that much time been skipped, certain events in the book would have either happened or been close to happening (Horatio dying of old age, for instance), which they haven't.

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** It's never established exactly when the series is set or how long passes between books (excepting the gap of several days between ''Earthly Delights'' and ''Heavenly Pleasures''), but it's implied the first five books appear to take place across the span of a single year, with the sixth set in the January of the following year. References to President Bush suggest that the series is set in the early 2010's and only a few months at the most pass begins somewhere between each book. 2002 and 2007. ''The Spotted Dog'', however, references refers to a few real-life events that happened in the late 2010's, but had that much time been skipped, certain events in the book would have either happened or been close to happening (Horatio dying of old age, for instance), which they haven't.


** It's never established exactly when the series is set or how long passes between books (excepting the one-week gap between ''Earthly Delights'' and ''Heavenly Pleasures''), but it's implied that the series is set in the early 2010's and only a few months at the most pass between each book. ''The Spotted Dog'', however, references a few real-life events that happened in the late 2010's, but had that much time been skipped, certain events in the book would have either happened or been close to happening (Horatio dying of old age, for instance), which they haven't.

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** It's never established exactly when the series is set or how long passes between books (excepting the one-week gap of several days between ''Earthly Delights'' and ''Heavenly Pleasures''), but it's implied that the series is set in the early 2010's and only a few months at the most pass between each book. ''The Spotted Dog'', however, references a few real-life events that happened in the late 2010's, but had that much time been skipped, certain events in the book would have either happened or been close to happening (Horatio dying of old age, for instance), which they haven't.haven't.
** In ''Devil's Food'', the map of Insula at the beginning of the book explicitly says that Mars is vacant and there are two apartments (Perseus and Pluto, both on the seventh floor) that are owned by a grazier company. In ''The Spotted Dog'', Mars is suddenly owned by a grazier company, and there was no mention in any of the intervening books about the sale, when newcomers moving in is always mentioned in detail.


* ChurchOfHappyology/ {{Cult}}: The religious group in ''Devil's Food'' that teaches that being fat is a sin.
** Also, the so-called church that Mrs O'Ryan belongs to in ''Forbidden Fruit''.



** In the same book, Daniel mentions that the street kids talk about 'the man in the red Porsche' who supplies all the drugs, and says he is a myth. By this point, it's been established that Daniel has been around and knows what he's talking about, so there's no reason to believe that the man is not a myth. But a few chapters later, suddenly the man was always real, and there's no explanation as to how Daniel didn't know that.



* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Averted. Corinna puts cling wrap over a junkie's mouth before giving her CPR, and she only survives with the help of some rather fast ambulance officers and their narcan.



* ChurchOfHappyology/ {{Cult}}: The religious group in ''Devil's Food'' that teaches that being fat is a sin.
** Also, the so-called church that Mrs O'Ryan belongs to in ''Forbidden Fruit''.

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* ChurchOfHappyology/ {{Cult}}: The religious group in ''Devil's Food'' that teaches that being fat is CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Averted. Corinna puts cling wrap over a sin.
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junkie's mouth before giving her CPR, and she only survives with the so-called church that Mrs O'Ryan belongs to in ''Forbidden Fruit''.help of some rather fast ambulance officers and their narcan.

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** After six books of crazy events happening in Insula (including a stalker who was doing his best to scare all the women, armed thugs repeatedly robbing a resident, blowing his door open and later holding most of the residents hostage, an accidental drug overdose, a snake getting slipped into the bakery, and more armed thugs invading the basement), the residents sensibly get panic buttons for all the apartments by the time of ''The Spotted Dog''.


** played straight and inverted with Cherie Holliday - her stepfather molested her and her mother was useless, but she reconciled with and now has a happy, healthy relationship with her father Andy.

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** played Played straight and inverted with Cherie Holliday - her stepfather molested her and her mother was useless, but she reconciled with and now has a happy, healthy relationship with her father Andy.Andy.
* TheAlcoholic: Andy Holliday. A variant in which it's because of frustration, guilt and fear over Cherie's loss. Once he finds her and they reconcile, he instantly quits. Though he occasionally falls off the wagon, it's treated as not very serious, because as Cherie explains, his alcoholism mainly because of a specific set of circumstances. Both Andy's AA group and Cherie's Alateen group think he could be okay as a social drinker. Notably, he's never seen actually drunk again during the series.



* BigEater. '''Jason'''. {{Justified}} by his being a former street kid who frequently had to scrounge or beg for food. The Greek family who runs Cafe Delicious clean up over betting how fast Jason can finish their Trucker's Breakfast every morning.

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* BigEater. BigEater: '''Jason'''. {{Justified}} by his being a former street kid who frequently had to scrounge or beg for food. The Greek family who runs Cafe Delicious clean up over betting how fast Jason can finish their Trucker's Breakfast every morning.



* TheBusCameBack: Letty White vanished with no explanation after ''Heavenly Pleasures'', but reappeared (again with no explanation) in ''The Spotted Dog''.



** In ''The Spotted Dog'', Jason mentions that he went back to AA after stealing a bottle of alcohol from Corinna and drinking it. The only time something like that happened in the series was in ''Earthly Delights'', and at that point, Jason hadn't started going to AA- and he hadn't stolen the bottle so much as found it in the kitchen.
** It's never established exactly when the series is set or how long passes between books (excepting the one-week gap between ''Earthly Delights'' and ''Heavenly Pleasures''), but it's implied that the series is set in the early 2010's and only a few months at the most pass between each book. ''The Spotted Dog'', however, references a few real-life events that happened in the late 2010's, but had that much time been skipped, certain events in the book would have either happened or been close to happening (Horatio dying of old age, for instance), which they haven't.



* CoolOldLady: Mrs Dawson, in an impeccably ladylike way. Corinna's Grandmother, who died pre-series, qualifies in Corinna's memory of her. Maybe Meroe, [[ItMakesSenseInContext depending on what age she appears to be that day]].

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* CoolOldLady: Mrs Dawson, in an impeccably ladylike way. Corinna's Grandmother, grandmother, who died pre-series, qualifies in Corinna's memory of her. Maybe Meroe, [[ItMakesSenseInContext depending on what age she appears to be that day]].



* DeadpanSnarker: Corinna

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* DeadpanSnarker: CorinnaCorinna, in spades.



* TheFashionista: Several. Kylie and Goss both dress in the latest trends as a matter of course. Cherie is studying fashion design. Mistress Dread wears impeccable Fetish fashion in her dungeon, and impeccable Country Road (well-regarded as a 'ladylike' fashion label for women of quality) out of it.



* FriendToAllLivingThings: Meroe
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: a favoured Trope by Creator/KerryGreenwood. In this case, OfficialCouple Corinna and Daniel.

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* FriendToAllLivingThings: Meroe
Meroe.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: a A favoured Trope by Creator/KerryGreenwood. In this case, OfficialCouple Corinna and Daniel.



** Anwyn and her cat Bellamy



* MeaningfulName: all the book titles have some sort of double meaning related to food or crime, and often refer to something in the book as well.
** Earthly Delights is not only the name of Corinna's bakery, but a very famous painting.
** Heavenly Pleasures is the name of the chocolate store that takes up one of the other business spaces in Insula.

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* MeaningfulName: all All the book titles have some sort of double meaning related to food or crime, and often refer to something in the book as well.
** Earthly Delights is not only the name of Corinna's bakery, but a very famous painting.
painting (a copy of which hangs on the wall).
** Heavenly Pleasures is the name of the chocolate store that takes up one of down the other business spaces in Insula.lane.



* RealityEnsues: In ''The Spotted Dog'', the titular dog is abducted by a criminal family because he was an army dog, trained to detect drugs and explosives, and they thought he could detect any explosives around their house. Like a lot of military and police dogs, however, Geordie only responds to commands in a foreign language (in his case, Scottish Gaelic), and since none of his captors knew that or spoke the language, they couldn't get him to tell them if there were explosives or not.
** Also in ''The Spotted Dog'', Corinna, Alasdair and Daniel rescue Geordie from the criminal family's house just before it explodes. Not only do the police, who were watching the house, quickly apprehend them, they're caught on camera by bystanders who saw the explosion and recorded it.



** In ''Trick or Treat'', Corinna can speak a little Greek and understand a lot more. In ''The Spotted Dog'', she suddenly can't speak or understand Greek at all.



* SecondLove: Widow Mrs Dawson and widower Professor Monk get together in ''The Spotted Dog''.



** Corinna is a Creator/JossWhedon fan. In early books, she bonds with Kylie and Goss over Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer; she and Daniel are later mentioned to be re-watching from the first episode. She also has 'some very mixed feelings' about season 2 of {{Series/Dollhouse}}

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** Corinna is a Creator/JossWhedon fan. In early books, she bonds with Kylie and Goss over Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer; she and Daniel are later mentioned to be re-watching from the first episode. She also has 'some very mixed feelings' about season 2 of {{Series/Dollhouse}}{{Series/Dollhouse}}.



* TheAlcoholic: Andy Holliday. A variant in which it's because of frustration, guilt and fear over Cherie's loss. Once he finds her and they reconcile, he instantly quits. Though he occasionally falls off the wagon, it's treated as not very serious, because as Cherie explains, his alcoholism mainly because of a specific set of circumstances. Both Andy's AA group and Cherie's Alateen group think he could be okay as a social drinker. Notably, he's never seen actually drunk again during the series.
* TheFashionista: Several. Kylie and Goss both dress in the latest trends as a matter of course. Cherie is studying fashion design. Mistress Dread wears impeccable Fetish fashion in her dungeon, and impeccable Country Road (well-regarded as a 'ladylike' fashion label for women of quality) out of it.



* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes

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* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakesWhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Corinna hates snakes, so when one turns up in the bakery, she's stuck. (The Mouse Police handle it.)


* TheAlcoholic: Andy Holliday. A variant in which it's because of frustration, guild and fear over Cherie's loss. Once he finds her and they reconcile, he instantly quits. Though he occasionally falls off the wagon, it's treated as not very serious, because as Cherie explains, it's mainly because of a specific set of circumstances. Andy's AA group and Cherie's Alateen group both think he could be okay as a social drinker.

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* TheAlcoholic: Andy Holliday. A variant in which it's because of frustration, guild guilt and fear over Cherie's loss. Once he finds her and they reconcile, he instantly quits. Though he occasionally falls off the wagon, it's treated as not very serious, because as Cherie explains, it's his alcoholism mainly because of a specific set of circumstances. Both Andy's AA group and Cherie's Alateen group both think he could be okay as a social drinker.drinker. Notably, he's never seen actually drunk again during the series.


* MysticalPregnancy: ''Forbidden Fruit''. Brigid can't understand how she's pregnant when she's never had sex. No one believes her claim. [[spoiler: Brigid fell pregnant after being drugged and artificially inseminated by her mother while asleep, on instruction from the CultLeader her mother followed. He was seeking to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope, with the associated implications; too bad for him the baby turned out to be a girl}}.]]

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* MysticalPregnancy: ''Forbidden Fruit''. Brigid can't understand how she's pregnant when she's never had sex. No one believes her claim. [[spoiler: Brigid fell pregnant after being drugged and artificially inseminated by her mother while asleep, on instruction from the CultLeader her mother followed. He was seeking to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope, with the associated implications; too bad for him the baby turned out to be a girl}}.girl.]]


* MysticalPregnancy: ''Forbidden Fruit''. Brigid can't understand how she's pregnant when she's never had sex. No one believes her claim. [[spoiler: Brigid fell pregnant after being drugged and artificially inseminated by her mother while asleep, on instruction from the CultLeader her mother followed. He was seeking to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope, with the associated implications; too bad for him the {{Irony baby turned out to be a girl}}.]]

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* MysticalPregnancy: ''Forbidden Fruit''. Brigid can't understand how she's pregnant when she's never had sex. No one believes her claim. [[spoiler: Brigid fell pregnant after being drugged and artificially inseminated by her mother while asleep, on instruction from the CultLeader her mother followed. He was seeking to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope, with the associated implications; too bad for him the {{Irony baby turned out to be a girl}}.]]


** Forbidden Fruit is often used to refer to the Apple of Knowledge in the Bible. This book is set in the lead-up to Christmas, and abounds with ShoutOuts to the Nativity, including: [[spoilers: an ImmaculateConception and implied VirginBirth, culminating in an accidental living Nativity in Insula's basement.]]

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** Forbidden Fruit is often used to refer to the Apple of Knowledge in the Bible. This book is set in the lead-up to Christmas, and abounds with ShoutOuts to the Nativity, including: [[spoilers: including [[spoiler: an ImmaculateConception immaculate conception and implied VirginBirth, virgin birth, culminating in an accidental living Nativity in Insula's basement.]]



* MysticalPregnancy: ''Forbidden Fruit''. Brigid can't understand how she's pregnant when she's never had sex. No one believes her claim. [[spoiler: Brigid fell pregnant after being drugged and artificially inseminated by her mother while asleep, on instruction from the CultLeader her mother followed. He was seeking to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope, with the associated implications; too bad for him the baby turned out to be a {{Irony girl}}.]]

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* MysticalPregnancy: ''Forbidden Fruit''. Brigid can't understand how she's pregnant when she's never had sex. No one believes her claim. [[spoiler: Brigid fell pregnant after being drugged and artificially inseminated by her mother while asleep, on instruction from the CultLeader her mother followed. He was seeking to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope, with the associated implications; too bad for him the {{Irony baby turned out to be a {{Irony girl}}.]]



* OneOfUs: Corinna is a Creator/JossWhedon fan. In early books, she bonds with Kylie and Goss over Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer; she and Daniel are later mentioned to be re-watching from the first episode. She also has 'some very contradictory thoughts' about season 2 of {{Series/Dollhouse}}


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** Corinna is a Creator/JossWhedon fan. In early books, she bonds with Kylie and Goss over Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer; she and Daniel are later mentioned to be re-watching from the first episode. She also has 'some very mixed feelings' about season 2 of {{Series/Dollhouse}}

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** Also, the so-called church that Mrs O'Ryan belongs to in ''Forbidden Fruit''.


* ImmaculateConception: ''Forbidden Fruit''. [[spoiler: Brigid falls pregnant after being drugged and artificially inseminated by her mother while asleep, on instruction from the CultLeader her mother follows. He was seeking to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope, with the associated implications; too bad for him the baby turned out to be a {{Irony girl}}.]]





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* MysticalPregnancy: ''Forbidden Fruit''. Brigid can't understand how she's pregnant when she's never had sex. No one believes her claim. [[spoiler: Brigid fell pregnant after being drugged and artificially inseminated by her mother while asleep, on instruction from the CultLeader her mother followed. He was seeking to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope, with the associated implications; too bad for him the baby turned out to be a {{Irony girl}}.]]


* BigEater. '''Jason'''. JustifiedTrope by his being a former street kid who frequently had to scrounge or beg for food. The Greek family who runs Cafe Delicious clean up over betting how fast Jason can finish their Trucker's Breakfast every morning.

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* BigEater. '''Jason'''. JustifiedTrope {{Justified}} by his being a former street kid who frequently had to scrounge or beg for food. The Greek family who runs Cafe Delicious clean up over betting how fast Jason can finish their Trucker's Breakfast every morning.


* BigEater. ''Jason''. JustifiedTrope by his being a former street kid who frequently had to scrounge or beg for food. The Greek family who runs Cafe Delicious clean up over betting how fast Jason can finish their Trucker's Breakfast every morning.

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* BigEater. ''Jason''.'''Jason'''. JustifiedTrope by his being a former street kid who frequently had to scrounge or beg for food. The Greek family who runs Cafe Delicious clean up over betting how fast Jason can finish their Trucker's Breakfast every morning.

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