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Crypt Suzette: A Five-Ingredient Mystery By Maya Corrigan: Review/Giveaway

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSandra Murphy

by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Crypt Suzette, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

Val Deniston runs the café inside the local gym. Members go for the burn and then for smoothies, lunch, and dessert. Off hours, she caters for dinner parties. Dorothy, an old friend of Val’s granddad has opened a bookstore and asked for catering for the store’s Halloween party. It’s a fun night, vampire filled, with customers dressed like characters from favorite books.

mysterySuzette is a young woman who rents a room from Granddad. The house is large enough that Val and Granddad barely see her coming and going. Suzette is friendly enough but school, a job, and writing a book take up most of her time.
When Suzette’s body is found alongside the road, it’s assumed she was the victim of a hit and run driver. Nothing much is known about her past but hints say Suzette was being followed, possibly threatened or stalked. Val and Granddad believe Suzette was murdered, but the police don’t agree. It’s up to the pair to provide enough evidence to change their minds.

This is book six in the series. Val is expanding her business as well as her personal life. She does things impulsively but doesn’t put herself in harm’s way. When Val first moved in with Granddad, he was depressed, still mourning the loss of his wife. When he began to recover, he promoted himself as the Five Ingredient Cook, taking Val’s recipes and deciding to leave out ingredients, without testing. Val tried to salvage them. Now he does his own testing. He’s also studied how to do investigations and learned to search online. In this book, he declares himself to be a ghost hunter. One of the benefits of a series is the chance to see the characters grow and change. Readers will enjoy following their adventures and the potential romance for both Granddad and Val.

Since they are both cooks, recipes are included as The Codger Cook’s Recipes: Crêpes and Orange Butter Sauce for Crêpes Suzette, Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Nuts, Parsnipity Pork, and Madeleines.

To enter to win a copy of Crypt Suzette, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “crypt,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 12, 2019. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address (so if you win we can get the book sent right out to you), and if via comment please include your email address. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & mystery short stories in our mystery section. And join our mystery Facebook group to keep up with everything mystery we post, and have a chance at some extra giveaways. Be sure to check out our new mystery podcast too with mystery short stories, and first chapters read by local actors. The latest episode features a mystery short story told by a black-perfect for Halloween!

Use this link to purchase the book & a portion goes to help support KRL & indie bookstore Mysterious Galaxy:

You can also use this link to purchase the book on Amazon. If you have ad blocker on you may not see the link:

Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won’t see coming.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases using those links. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeanne Kennedy
Twitter: @jeanneakr
October 5, 2019 at 9:27am

I would be absolutely thrilled to win and read a copy of Crtpt Suzette. I love cozy mysteries and you had me with the title. Thank you for the chance.


2 Dianne B October 5, 2019 at 9:51am

I enjoy seasonal themed mysteries and looking forward to reading Crypt Susette. What a wonderful title!


3 Taylor R. Williams October 5, 2019 at 10:03am

I haven’t read this series yet, but sure would love to win a copy – thanks for the chance – trwilliams69(at)msn(dot)com


4 Glen Davis October 5, 2019 at 10:27am

Sounds interesting. Count me in!


5 anne
Twitter: @anne
October 5, 2019 at 10:29am

delightful and special story. Thanks.


6 Jeanie Dannheim
Twitter: @JeanieDannheim
October 5, 2019 at 11:04am

Would love to read this. Appealing cover and story


7 Bertha Hammond October 5, 2019 at 2:06pm

Sounds like a great story.


8 Alicia October 5, 2019 at 7:09pm

Great series. I’m really excited for a Halloween one n


9 Donamae October 5, 2019 at 8:26pm

I’m new to this series and never read a cozy with a grandfather and grand daughter. It sounds really interesting and fun to read..thank you for the chance.


10 Donamae October 5, 2019 at 8:27pm

I’m new to this series and never read a cozy with a grandfather and grand daughter. It sounds really interesting and fun to read..thank you for the chance. I hope to read It soon especially since its Halloween in the story.


11 Carol Knudtson October 6, 2019 at 6:26am

Perfect for Halloween-time. Thanks for the contest! ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com


12 Jaime Minter
Twitter: @schnappy2
October 6, 2019 at 11:50am

I love Halloween themed mysteries! Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com


13 Terri Echols October 6, 2019 at 12:38pm

Sounds great!


14 Kara Marks October 6, 2019 at 7:09pm

I’d love to read this!



15 Robin Coxon October 7, 2019 at 9:07am

Being owned by a beautiful black male cat named Romeo Luigi, I fell in love with the cover on Maya Corrigan’s latest book. Following the seasonal book through your page is greatly appreciated. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com


16 Marilyn Watson
Twitter: @MarilynWatson18
October 7, 2019 at 12:33pm

I love Halloween Stories and this is the time for it…thank you for the chance.
Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com


17 Dianne Casey October 7, 2019 at 1:38pm

Sounds like another great Halloween story. Would love to read.


18 DOWARD WILSON October 8, 2019 at 8:47am

Love this series.


19 Soniya Patidar October 9, 2019 at 5:14pm

I just saw a tea place in my city that is holding a book club next week and this is the book! What a coincidence! I’ve been wanting to go to that tea place and now have a reason to check it out during the book club meeting!


20 Michelle Fidler October 9, 2019 at 5:22pm

Halloween cozies are great. I have the S’mores book in this series.


21 Brenda Gallop October 10, 2019 at 5:40am

I’d love to win this book.


22 Mary Holshouser October 10, 2019 at 7:03am

The recipes are always good in
these cooking-related books.
Look forward to them (and to
an interesting story). New
series for me. thanks


23 Lorie
Twitter: @mysteryrat
October 15, 2019 at 12:40pm

We have a winner!


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