(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!
~ Character Guest Post ~
DON MYER, THE CODGER COOK
I’m Val Deniston, a café manager, and occasional party caterer. I’d like to introduce you to my grandfather, Don Myer. I love him dearly, but we both had adjustments to make when I moved in with him almost two years ago.
In the doldrums since my grandmother’s death five years earlier, he was eating junk food and watching old movies all day. After my career as a cookbook publicist crashed, thanks to a celebrity chef, and my fiancé cheated on me, I left Manhattan for Granddad’s house near the Chesapeake Bay. My mother wanted me to put him on a healthier diet, cheer him up, and talk him into selling his old Victorian house. Well, it turned out the house was perfect for the two of us.
Right after moving in with him, I found out he was a total fraud. It really bothered me when he claimed cooking expertise, which he didn’t have, and snagged a job as the newspaper’s recipe columnist, the Codger Cook. His fame rested on his five-ingredient recipes, which were actually my recipes minus the ingredients he removed.
It bothered me, even more, when he touted his skills as a detective. After taking an online investigation course, he passed himself off as a senior sleuth. Granddad somehow managed to become what he’d pretended to be, and actually solved a murder. If it hadn’t been for me, though, he’d have been the killer’s next victim.
As money-making schemes go, his gigs as a cooking guru and an investigator yielded him small potatoes, but they boosted his self-esteem. Instead of being viewed as a retired nonentity in Bayport, he commanded respect. Even more important, he kept busy and spent less time in front of the TV.
As you’ll learn if you read Crypt Suzette, Granddad reinvented himself again around Halloween. After our home became a stop on a haunted house tour, he announced that he’d gotten rid of our ghost and could do the same for other people with ghosts. While I was busy trying to figure out who had killed a young woman in a hit-and-run, Granddad visited ghost-infested houses. Amazingly, his ghost hunting netted a real criminal and a suspect in the hit-and-run.
I have to admit that Granddad and I work well together solving murders. And he’s finally become a proficient cook.
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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