(A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
by Maya Corrigan
About the Book
Crypt Suzette (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
6th in Series
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B07L2GDD8H
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!
What I Thought:
This is the sixth installment in the Five Ingredients Mystery series by Maya Corrigan. I have read a couple in this series and this one was just as good as the others that I have read. In this one, Val's granddad, Don's new border Suzette, who is pretty mysterious, turns up dead from a hit-and-run the morning after a Halloween costume contest at the grand opening of the new bookstore in town. The police are not sure if the hit-and-run is an accident or a crime, but Val is sure because of Suzette's mysterious ways that it is a murder. This story was well written with a good plot. The author does not give a lot of information on the victim, Suzette while she is still alive in the story, but reveals more about the mysterious girl during Val's investigation into her death. There are a lot of twists and turns in this story that kept me guessing. There are also many suspects allowing for many red herrings in this story. The author did a great job intertwining the murder investigation into the towns Hallow festivities. This one kept my attention from the very beginning till the end. I enjoyed this one immensely, as I usually enjoy a good cozy set during Halloween. The author did a great job with this one.
I received a complimentary copy of this book.
About Maya Corrigan
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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