Crypt Suzette

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This was the perfect book to read during the week of Halloween. I have read a few others in this series and this was my favorite so far.. The mystery was fun and kept me guessing. I recommend this book to all cozy and holiday readers
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Suzette Cripps has been renting a spare bedroom in the house Val Deniston shares with her granddad. Suzette, a college student, had fallen on some hard times and needed a place closer to her job so she could still work and take her classes. So Val’s granddad agreed to let her stay with them until she could find something else. Suzette was quiet, secretive, and appeared to be a little fearful but Val and her granddad liked Suzette. After winning a costume contest at a bookstore’s Halloween party Suzette seems to have gone missing. Suzette apparently becomes the victim of a hit and run accident. However, the more Val learned about Suzette the more she believed this was no accident. Can Val find out what really happened to Suzette?

This is the sixth book in the series but my first book. I had no problems enjoying this book as a stand-alone mystery. The mystery is very well written keeping me guessing at every twist and turn. There is no shortage of suspects and the mystery moves at a fast steady pace. I really enjoyed the characters. They are relatable and likable. This is a great mystery for any time of the year but a must for the Fall/Halloween Season. 

I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
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This is a good cozy and is book 6 in the Five Ingredient Mystery series.  It can be read as a stand alone.  Val is catering the grand opening of the new book store in town.  The winner, Suzette, rents a room from Val and her grandfather.  When she is found dead on the side of the road from a hit and run Val starts investigating. Granddad is a little busy with his ghost hunting business and the Halloween holiday.  I like Val and her friends and look forward to book 7..  I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I own several of Maya Corrigans books and have loved everyone including this mystery. I generally don’t know who done it until all is revealed which as an avid mystery fan is something I look for. Can’t wait to read more!
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This is the first book I have read in this series and I really enjoyed it.   Val and her grandfather have a local student, Suzette, renting a room in their house.  Val is catering a Halloween Party at a new bookstore.  The bookstore is hosting a literary costume contest.  The next morning Suzette is hit by a car on her morning jog.  At first it looks like a tragic hit and run accident but Val is not so sure.  She sets out to prove that the accident may not be so accidental.  While investigating she is also helping the town celebrate Halloween.  I really enjoy the small town setting and the characters.  There are a lot of fun Halloween Celebrations.  The mystery was good with plenty of suspects and the solution made sense.  I liked it that she worked with police during her investigation.  There are recipes at the end.  Enjoy this fun Holiday Cozy Mystery.
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Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan is about Val Denison who is catering the debut of Bayport’s newest bookstore. Val and her grandfather watch Suzette Cripps get killed by a hit and run driver and wonder if it was an accident or murder. This was a light cozy mystery with lots of Halloween themes and haunted houses.  Val has a lot of suspects to get through. If you enjoy Halloween, you will like this book. Thank you to Net Galley for sending me an advanced reader’s copy for review.
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This cozy mystery is addictive and a total page turner, with suspense, twists and turns, lots of funny scenes and even a bit of romance.
It is set during Halloween. Val and her grandfather Don have several cases to solve, the main one is the death of Suzette, a girl who rented a room from Val's grandfather. She was killed after winning a costume race. At first it seems to have been an accident  but Val discovers that she was afraid, maybe she had discovered something terrible that cost her her life.
The characters are believable and engaging. One of the things that I really loved about this book was Val's wonderful relationship with her grandfather, mine was like that and I miss him so much. Don is an adorable and very eccentric character with so many hats.
This is the sixth book in Maya Corrigan’s Five-Ingredient  Mysteries series and even though I haven't read the previous books, the author provided enough background information that I had no problem jumping right into it. It so well written and now I have to find time to go back to the beginning and read this series from the start.
I was once again pulled into a story that was so completely captivating I couldn't put it down. Well written, fast paced with vivid descriptions, engaging characters and a intriguing storyline. A valuable addition to this book are the included recipes
I have no hesitation in recommending it highly.
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"Crypt Suzette" is the first novel by Maya Corrigan I have read, and I'm surprised I didn't find the series sooner because it's definitely the type of book I enjoy reading.

Val's grandfather has a tenant named Suzette who is killed in a hit-and-run. Police believe it was an accident but Val and her grandfather aren't so sure. Suzette wouldn't discuss her past, and she seemed to be anxious and often changed her routine and appearance, as though she was trying to avoid someone following her.

Val runs a café at a local fitness center and also caters for local businesses. She uses her catering jobs at a newly opened bookstore to talk to the members of a writing group Suzette belonged to. The more she learns, the more it seems like someone in the group is a killer.

I liked the characters in the story and found the writing group members to be realistic with their quirks and mannerisms. This story would be a great fit for anyone who likes cozy mysteries and especially ones focused upon food.
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I enjoy this author. This was a quick, light, fun read and hits everything you want in a cozy. I would recommend.
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This is a new to me author. I loved this mystery! Val runs The Cool Down Cafe at the local gym. When Suzette, a young woman who rents a room from Val's grandfather, is murdered in a hit and run, it is up to Val to investigate. This was such a fun Halloween mystery. I loved how the author used a haunted house to help Val figure out who the murderer was. I really liked Val and her grandfather. I kind of suspected who the murderer was, but I loved that the author had enough red herrings to make me doubt myself. Even though this was book #6, I wasn't confused at all. I will definitely go back to read the first 5. Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for the copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
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I received this ARC via Netgalley and Kensington Books, in return for an honest review. This is the sixth book in the ‘A Five-Ingredient Mystery’ series but is easily read as a stand-alone.  Our heroine, Val Deniston, caters the grand opening of a new bookstore, which includes a costume contest.  Suzette Cripps, a young student who rents a room from Val’s grandfather, Don Myers, wins the contest.  Early the next morning, Don and Val are notified that Suzette was killed by a hit & run while she was jogging.  As Val seeks to learn more about Suzette’s background, it becomes clear that there’s more than meets the eye and that Suzette’s death may have been deliberate.  Meanwhile, Don is busy with his new ghost hunting business, in addition to writing his Codger Cook column in the local paper and trying to be a private investigator. Their town is celebrating Halloween and the activities point Val in the right direction.  On a personal note, Bram Muir moves to town to help his mother with the new bookstore and the potential for a relationship between Val and Bram is now a potential future. As always, Ms. Corrigan writes a fun cozy mystery with interesting characters and a good plot line. She continues to improve the story arcs and develop the recurring characters.  I look forward to book #7 in this series.
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Suzette Cripps lives in a spare bedroom in the home Val Dennison shares with her grandfather Don Meyer. One morning when she is out running, Suzette is killed in a hit and run. The more Val finds out about her, the more convinced she becomes that her death was no accident.

The author builds suspense nicely. There are plenty of suspects between Suzette's writing group and her work. A few red herrings are added in expertly to muddy the waters. And the author does a good job connecting Val's investigations into Suzette's death with the grandfather's investigations into ghosts and possible thefts.

The plot moves along nicely. The author makes good use of the Halloween theme including things like a costume contest and a haunted house. There is also a hint of romance for both Val and her grandfather.

This is the sixth book in the series, but I felt it was easy to jump right in. There were enough references to previous books to explain and help flesh out the characters. This can be read as a standalone, but it might intrigue you enough to further explore the series.

I gave the book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a well-plotted cozy. I didn't figure out who the killer was before the reveal. I enjoyed how the Halloween theme was incorporated into the story. And for those who enjoy cooking, there are some yummy sounding 5 ingredient recipes included. 

Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan was published August 27th, 2019 by Kensington.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This has not affected my opinions.
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Crypt Suzette offers every cozy mystery lover a Halloween treat that can be devoured quickly and guilt free! 

The sixth book in the Five Ingredient Mystery Series is a story that offers a mysterious and fearful tenant, the prospect of paranormal intrigue, catering, a shocking hit and run, and a familial investigation duo.

If your idea of a lovely fall evening curling up under a knitted blanket, drinking a pumpkin spice latte, with an autumn candle burning, let this book be the one to top off the picture, and enjoy some simple and seasonal recipes the next day.
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What a wonderful book to help you get lost in a story. A definitely well worth read for everyone. This is a cozy story that I’m planning on reading again.
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Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan is the sixth A Five-Ingredient Mystery.   Val Deniston is catering the grand opening of Title Wave which is the new bookstore owned by Dorothy Muir.  There is a costume contest as part of the festivities with a gift card to the bookstore as the grand prize.  Suzette Cripps, who has been renting a room from Don Myers, Val’s grandfather, enters the contest and wins with her creative entry.  The next morning, Chief Earl Yardley visits the house to notify them that Suzette is dead from a hit-and-run driver.  Val has a feeling that it was not an accident and decides to learn more about Suzette.  After someone tries to run Val down, she has a feeling she is on the right track.  There are multiple suspects, good misdirection and discreet clues.  You will have to pay close attention if you want to solve this case before the reveal. While Val is working on Suzette’s case, Grandad is busy with his new ghost hunting business.  He has two women who have had items disappear. Both mysteries are cleverly done and interesting to follow.  We can always count on Grandad to provide humor and he does not disappoint in Crypt Suzette.  He is certainly busy with his Codger Cook column, private investigating business, and now ghost hunting.  Bayport is celebrating Halloween and the festivities help provide Val with a vital clue.  Bram Muir has come to town to help his mother with her new business venture and Val has caught his eye.  While Crypt Suzette is the sixth book in the series, it can be read alone.  There is cooking a plenty in Crypt Suzette and the author provides a couple of recipes at the end of the book.  I always enjoy the banter between Val and her grandfather.  I like that they have a close relationship and share the same interests (cooking and investigating crimes).  The ending of Crypt Suzette will have you laughing.  Crypt Suzette is a spirited cozy mystery with clever costumes, devilish delights, a crafty killer, Halloween hijinks, morbid moaning, and a phantasmal plunderer.
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I've been enjoying this series and it just keeps getting better and better! It has truly gotten me in the mood for Fall lol!!
I especially love the cover!! I like the cover because of the cat. I used to have one when I first moved to Kentucky many years ago.
 The content inside the book is very entertaining. I enjoyed the storyline and I love each and everyone of the characters!
I really love the relationship between Val and her grandfather. It reminds me so much of the close relationship between my grandfather and I on my mom's side. When he passed i felt left out in limbo. I think it was then that my grandma and me grew closer together. For that, I will always be thankful. 
I love a book that keeps you turning the pages don't you? This book has all of that. You'll want to be in your cozy place to read this.
My thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book. NO compensations were received. All opinions are my own
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The sixth book in the 5 ingredient cozy mystery series is another terrific fun read by the author. Val is living with her Grandfather Don and the two of them make a great pair. With wonderful humor and sarcasm, Val and Grandad together pursue the case of the hit and run of their college age boarder. While the police think it is an accident, Val and her granddad believe Suzette was hiding something and could that have the reason she was hit and killed? While Granddad has his businesses including the Codger Cook column and ghost hunting, he also is involved in working with Val in finding who would have wanted to kill Suzette. With lots of twists and turns and secrets Val and Grandad Don have their hands full while also preparing for Halloween at the bookstore and meeting Bram, the bookstore owner, Dorothy's son who likes to be a take-charge guy! What will the future hold, will Val and Don be able to find the killer? I can't wait to see what the next adventure the next book will bring. I love this series and you will too. I received and ARC from the author but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
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When a young woman is killed due to hit and run, was it an accident or murder?  Val the local caterer works with her grandfather and friends to solve the mystery and bring justice to the town.
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Val Deniston is back at it again. When her grandpa's tenant, Suzette Cripps mysteriously is killed by a hit-and-run car, Val undoes her apron strings and picks up her detective instincts again to help solve it. Along with her grandpa who takes on the new position of ghost hunter, along with his previous roles as a private investigator and cooking journalist for the local newspaper, they set off to get to the bottom of who, what, where and why Suzette was murdered.

A charming novel to get you right into the upcoming autumn and Halloween spirit with a lighthearted mystery to help solve. As an added bonus, some delicious recipes are shared at the end. If you're looking for a light murder mystery story, the Val Deniston series are the ones to delve into. 

I kept looking forward to picking up this book to continue going on the adventure right along with the no-nonsense, but amiable Val and her fun-loving grandpa. It helped me take a break from reality as the story was thoroughly entertaining with its quirky characters in a lovely setting. Although the mystery was almost obvious toward the last quarter of the story, you still were left to be unsure as new revelations come to play. The way Val eventually figured out who the murder was seemed a bit too far-fetched, but it didn’t deter from enjoying the story.
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Food and books, what a great way to spend Halloween.
Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan is marvelously written story with mystery, family, friendship, a hint of love and lots of food. And would make a fabulous Halloween read if you are looking for one.

Val Deniston
Val is our sleuth and main character. She is very inquisitive, yet, friendly and she has a knack for cooking, Val runs a café at the fitness center and does catering on the side. I like that Val isn’t willing to let something go easily. She tries to get to the bottom of things with her Granddad’s assistance, of course. I also like that she takes care of her Granddad in a very respectful way.

Suzette is a beautiful young woman, and sadly, she is the victim. She is living with Val and her Granddad until she saves enough money for an apartment. Suzette didn’t have a great life as her father left when she was young, and her mother had issues with Suzette.

However, Suzette was a hard worker, and she had dreams of being a writer which she was working at achieving. She was also an advocate for those who were wrong. I like Suzette and could see us being friends.

I enjoyed the way that Val and her Granddad worked together to find out who killed Suzette. The clues were hidden very well and I didn’t pick up on them at first. However, I did guess who did it, and my guess was correct.

4 Stars for Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan
My rating for Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan is four stars. I truly enjoyed reading about Val and her Granddad’s adventures and look forward to the next installment. There are a few recipes, including one for Crypt Suzettes.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy from the Great Escapes Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Thank you for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed this review of Crypt Suzette by Maya Corrigan.

Anyways, until next time, 
Karen the Baroness
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