by Linda Joffe Hull
A death by falling toasters crushes the fun of Black Friday When Maddie Michaels is invited by a local news channel to shop on camera for Black Friday, she leaps at the opportunity to share shopping deals with fans of her website, MrsFrugalicious.com. Even though a negative comment pops up from Contrary Claire, a naysaying blog follower, Maddie won’t let it spoil her first TV appearance. But as the deals get underway, Black Friday eve turns even blacker when a shopper is crushed beneath a pallet of toasters. After learning that the victim is Contrary Claire, Maddie becomes caught up in a murder investigation. Will she catch the killer before someone else is slashed like a sale price?
“Maddie Michaels, a star on the blogosphere as Mrs. Frugalicious, is back in this smart series and ready for a TV appearance on the evening of Thanksgiving (Black Thursday). All of her in-laws have arrived for the holiday, making the situation with her soon-to-be-ex-husband, Frank, awkward, as he now lives in the basement. Maddie is also dealing with a heckler on her blog, Contrary Claire. At the Black Thursday event, a member of Maddie’s fan group, called Frugarmy, is killed under a falling pallet of toasters.Although Maddie continues to get nasty messages from her heckler, Cathy, the murder victim, shares initials with Contrary Claire. Maddie investigates the crime while going on with her TV appearances, and Frank proves to be supportive. Maddie’s shopping tips and family scenes, especially those with her clever teen twin sons, add to the ambience and help make this a fun and savvy mystery.”–Booklist
“Shopping mysteries are a definite trend in the cozy world, and Hull’s series plays the theme for all it’s worth. Recommend Maddie Michaels’ adventures to readers of Elaine Viets Mystery Shopper series and Josie Belle’s Good Buy Girls.” —Booklist