Crypt Suzette (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
by Maya Corrigan
Cozy Mystery, 6th in Series
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

About the Book: Val Deniston is catering the debut of Bayport’s newest bookstore–but the death of a customer is about to draw her into a real-life murder mystery …

Suzette Cripps has been occupying a spare bedroom at Val’s granddad’s house while she takes classes in this Maryland Eastern Shore town–but she’s always seemed a little secretive and fearful, and any talk about her past is a closed book.

After winning the costume contest at the Halloween-themed bookstore party, Suzette is mowed down by a hit-and-run driver–and Val and her grandfather start to wonder whether it was really an accident or if someone was after Suzette. Granddad is a little distracted by his new enterprise as a ghost-buster, but as Val talks to Suzette’s coworkers and fellow creative writing students, she grows more convinced that the dead woman’s demons weren’t imaginary–and that she needs to rip the mask off a killer 

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!

4.5 Stars:  

Enjoy my review of the first Hallowe’en Story of the season.

Crypt Suzette is the sixth book in the Five-Ingredient Mystery series, by Maya Corrigan. This story is a Halloween trick or treat with a couple of cases happening that involve both Val and her grandfather. Don Deniston has lined up a catering gig for Val at the new bookstore opening up in Bayport by an old school female friend. There is going to be a Halloween costume contest and Suzette, the student renting a room in their house, is excited about entering. When Suzette is the victim of a hit and run the next morning, Val starts unearthing details about Suzette’s life that convince her that it was not an accident. Meanwhile, her granddad has added Ghost Hunter to his many hats he already wears. He is hired by some senior citizens to check out their homes for ghosts as things are disappearing and they think they were taken by ghosts. There is a lot happening and Val and Granddad are busily trying to solve both their cases.

I really like both protagonist, Val Deniston, and her granddad, Don Myer. Their relationship is one that all families wish they had. Not only do they share a house, but they often work together. I love the banter between them as it is often quite humorous (at least to the reader). Granddad is a hoot, he is a bit eccentric and with so many hats, he is constantly involved in something. He is the Codger Cook (writing 5 ingredient recipes for the local newspaper), a Private Eye, a landlord and now a ghost hunter. He seems to have a romantic interest in Dorothy, the bookstore owner, and I will be interested to see where that goes in future books. As Val and granddad investigate their cases, the author does a great job of blending these storylines together. There was also a fun story dealing with Halloween and the town’s celebrations that ties in nicely to the mystery. The plot was well done with lots of suspects, many who had secrets, that led Val down one path, then another. There were a few twists along the way as more clues turned up, yet I did not suspect who the culprit was until it was revealed. All made sense as the final showdown occurred. I really enjoyed this story; the setting, the mystery and life in Bayport all mixed together to conjure up a top notch cozy mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

About the Author: Maya Corrigan blends her love of food and detective stories in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series set in a fictional historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The first book in the series, By Cook or by Crook, was published in 2014. 

Before taking up a life of crime (on the page), she taught university courses in writing, detective fiction, American literature, and drama. She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery / Suspense. Her short stories, written under the name of Mary Ann Corrigan, have been published in anthologies.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Her website features trivia about food and mysteries.

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