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    Halloween Murder

    A new book store is opening in town and Val Deniston is asked to cater the event. Since it’s an old schoolmate of her grandad’s Val is happy to take on the task, even if the owner’s son doesn’t think she is up for the job. When one of the opening attendees is killed a hit and run the next morning, Val doesn’t believe it was an accident. Now Val and Grandad need to find some proof to convince the police chief and have him begin an investigation into the young woman’s murder. While investigating murder suspects, Grandad solves a burglary ring in the area. While that takes one suspect off their murder list, it isn’t until Val and Bram, the book owner’s son, go to the local haunted house together that the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and Val figures out who the murderer is and why she killed the young woman. This is the first book I have read in this series and I found it to be quite enjoyable. No missing links or connections, so it serves fine as a stand alone. Looking forward to reading the first five books in the series and seeing what the love gods have in store for Val and Grandad.
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    A fun light read

    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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    Humorous cozy mystery!

    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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    Fun Halloween cozy

    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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    A Fantastic Read!

    This is the sixth book in the Five-Ingredient Mystery series by Maya Corrigan. Although I hadn't read any of the other books in this series, I had no problem getting stuck in and I was really thrilled with this book! This Halloween themed cozy mystery was right up my street, with its well drawn characters, exciting plot and wonderful setting. I was especially fond of Val and her Grandad Don and how well they got along with one another. It was refreshing to have a male assistant amateur-sleuth in Grandad Don as most cozies tend to focus on female sleuths. I really appreciated that the author, Maya Corrigan's use of the Halloween theme was cleverly linked with other Halloween threads such as a haunted house and the costume contest. I loved the super, well thought-out plot which was well paced and never boring. The comedic aspect to the story was very pleasing, allowing me many laugh-out-loud moments. Crypt Suzette was a brilliant and extremely enjoyable little mystery and it's obviously a great series as well. Established series’ sometimes become a little stale and repetitive over time but this one still seems fresh and exciting and I can't wait to read the previous instalments. Highly recommended! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Great Escapes Tours/ Kensington Books/ NetGalley at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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