Eternally 21 by Linda Joffe Hull (A Mrs. Frugalicious Shopping Mystery)
Publisher: Midnight Ink (June 2013)
Formats Available: Paperback, Kindle, Audio
Format Read: Paperback
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?
My thoughts: I had a lot of fun with this book. When I picked it up I was in need of a break from the string of Historical Fiction I’ve been reading. This cozy mystery about shopping and the intricacies of the coupon clipping, money saving world worked beautifully. The initial appeal for this novel was that Linda Joffe Hull is a Colorado based author and furthermore, Eternally 21 is set in Denver.
I picked this one up several times over the course of a weekend when I needed a quick break from whatever was going on. It is a quick and easy read that introduced us to a fun and quirky woman in Maddie aka Mrs. Frugalicious. It was fairly predictable overall, but entertaining nonetheless. It is my understanding that this may be the beginning of a series. Maddie matured quite a bit by the end of this book and I can see her going places. I look forward to seeing where Linda Joffe Hull takes Maddie in future installments.
My only potentially negative comment about Eternally 21 is one that the author likely had little to do with. I really don’t care for the cover. I think it could serve as a deterrent to potential readers that may otherwise pick up the book and enjoy it.
So here comes the age old question. Can you be swayed on whether or not your’ll read a book based on its cover? Admittedly I do judge a book by its cover. Many times it’s because I don’t fully read the synopsis for fear of spoilers. Recently I’ve read several books that I wouldn’t have picked up on my own because the covers didn’t immediately appeal to me and have LOVED them so covers are becoming a bit less important to me.
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