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Eternally 21

Eternally 21

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by Linda Joffe Hull

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Coupon-clipping Mrs. Frugalicious gets more than she bargained for

After Mr. Frank “Finance” Michaels loses the family’s financial nest egg in a Ponzi scheme, his wife Maddie does whatever she can to help keep up the appearance that everything is financially fine. When she starts a bargain hunter’s blog under the alias Mrs.


Coupon-clipping Mrs. Frugalicious gets more than she bargained for

After Mr. Frank “Finance” Michaels loses the family’s financial nest egg in a Ponzi scheme, his wife Maddie does whatever she can to help keep up the appearance that everything is financially fine. When she starts a bargain hunter’s blog under the alias Mrs. Frugalicious, her website becomes a viral hit with a growing “frugarmy” of budget advice seekers.

While Maddie is researching “frugasm”-worthy deals on holiday shopping for teens, Eternally 21 store manager Laila DeSimone mistakenly accuses her of shoplifting. Then her day goes from bad to worse when Laila expires on the floor. Since Laila was a universally disliked manager, the murder suspect list is longer than Maddie’s bargain spreadsheet. But when evidence points to Maddie as the prime suspect, she must track down the real culprit. Can she uncover the truth before police throw away her get-out-of-jail-free coupon for good?

Includes bargain shopping tips & techniques.
Find more money-saving advice atMrsFrugalicious.tumblr.com!


Publishers Weekly

“Maddie’s coupon-clipping tips are seamlessly incorporated into the well-constructed mystery, which provides a series of stunning twists that will leave readers eager to see what will happen to Maddie in the next installment.”—Booklist

"Never has coupon clipping been so fun or harrowing. Fast-paced, entertaining and filled with twist and turns, Eternally 21 will save mystery readers money and make them lose sleep as they cheer for formerly wealthy turned frugally funny Maddie Michaels. With colorful characters and an engaging heroine, this series debut will leave cozy readers clamoring for more."—Joelle Charbonneau, author of The Rebecca Robbins and Glee Club Mysteries

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Assured, if occasionally over-the-top, this first in a new amateur sleuth series from Hull (Big Bang) introduces Maddie Michaels, wife of Denver’s Channel Three TV finance personality, “Frank Finance.” Maddie has two jobs: personal assistant to her devoted-to-appearances husband, who lost most of the family’s wealth in a Ponzi scheme, and as “Mrs. Frugalicious,” an online extreme-couponing adviser. When Laila DeSimone, the manager of an apparel store called Eternally 21 falsely identifies Maddie as a shoplifter, Maddie becomes a suspect in Laila’s subsequent murder. Other suspects range from retired clowns Mr. and Mrs. Piggeldy and their monkey to Eternally 21 assistant manager Tara Hu and her techy boyfriend, all of whom disliked the abrasive Laila. Maddie’s fitness regimen, worries over her husband’s possible affair, and interactions with her twin teen sons flesh out a character whom readers will be pleased to follow. Agent: Josh Getzler, HSG Agency. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Murder at a local mall disrupts the already harried routine of the wife of a local TV star and author of a savings blog. Maddie Michaels, known to the world as the Mrs. to Mr. Frank Finance, feels buried under her husband's secret. Frank, who plays a financial guru on TV, has lost all the family's savings in a Ponzi scheme. So now Maddie is moonlighting as Mrs. Frugalicious, the author of a bargaining blog. Although Mrs. Frugalicious is loud and proud about her extreme couponing, Maddie has to keep her identity secret, even from her family. Things get all the more awkward when Maddie is mistakenly picked up for shoplifting by malcontent manager Laila DeSimone while bargain-hunting at the trendy teenage store Eternally 21. When Maddie returns for her sale items, Laila shockingly dies right on the sales floor. When she hears that she's on the suspect list for what the police assume is murder--so much for keeping a low profile--Maddie is highly motivated to team up with Griff, the mall cop, to find out who could be behind Laila's death. Since she knows she's not the culprit, Maddie figures it must be one of the mall regulars, all of whom seem to have their reasons for wanting Laila dead and gone, even though they do tend to blend together in her mind. Sprinkling her tale with true, if variably useful tips concerning deals and steals, Hull offers a mystery for the 40-something set with all the drama of the 20-something crowd.

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Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
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A Mrs. Frugalicious Shopping Mystery Series , #1
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5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Linda Joffe Hull (Denver, CO) is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, where she has served in a variety of positions, including President, Treasurer, and Conference Chair. Visit her online at LindaJoffeHull.com.

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Eternally 21 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
In order to keep up with appearances after her husband loses all their money, Maddie dispenses bargain hunting tips until that fateful day she goes to the mall and soon becomes embroil in a murder investigation where she becomes the prime suspect. This fast-paced, non-stop action drama is a delightfully entertaining read that I could not put down. The author did a good job in delivering a solid story with many subplots that had me quickly turning the pages to get to the next scene. The mystery kept me guessing with some surprising twists that I did not see coming, especially with events that led up to the killer’s identity. Maddie is excitably lovable protagonist who will do anything to clear her name and protect her family. Surrounded by an eclectic cast of characters, this debut series is a welcome addition to the cozy mystery genre. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Maddie in the next book in this terrific series. Bonus bargain hunting tips are included.