When Maddie Michael’s husband, Mr. Frank Finance, loses all their money in a Ponzi scheme, Maddie must do her best to prevent Frank’s TV show from going belly up. To maintain the appearance that everything is financially fine, Maddie secretly sets up a bargain hunter’s website that goes viral — making Mrs. Frugalicious a huge hit and bringing in much needed cash.
While researching “frugasm”-worthy deals at the local mall, Maddie is mistakenly accused of shoplifting by Eternally 21 manager Laila DeSimone. Her bad day gets worse when Laila drops dead. Universally disliked Laila has a murder suspect list longer than Maddie’s bargain spreadsheets, but when evidence points to Maddie as the prime suspect, she must find the real killer before the police throw away her “get out of jail free” coupon.
“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.”
“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.”
“[Maddie Michaels is] a character whom readers will be pleased to follow.”
“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