Eternally 21 by Linda Joffe Hull {Jenna’s Review}

Posted 12 June, 2013 by Jenna / 7 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Eternally 21 by Linda Joffe Hull {Jenna’s Review}Eternally 21 by Linda Joffe Hull
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Women Sleuths
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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 at!

Murder, mayhem, and money-saving tips!

My Thoughts on Eternally 21

What a fun read! I’m relatively new to reading mysteries, but I’m fast becoming a big of a fan of mysteries as I am of young adult books. Already a fan of Extreme Couponing – I’m still trying to convince my family that allowing me to turn the office/spare bedroom into a stockpile room is an excellent idea – this book was right up my alley.

While the writing style wasn’t as polished as other authors that I have read, I thought the story (particularly the murder mystery) was rather engaging. I was flip-flopping on my top suspects just like Maddie was throughout the novel and the author kept me in the dark as to who the true culprit was up until the very end! There were even a few plot surprises that I didn’t see coming.

I had a great time reading this first book in what I hope is a series of Mrs. Frugalicious Shopping Mysteries. It was fun to have the footnote tips and tricks about shopping, couponing, and saving money mixed in with the story, as well. I need to check out that Tumblr page for more money-saving advice and keep working on converting that office into a stockpile room. *wink*


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7 Responses to “Eternally 21 by Linda Joffe Hull {Jenna’s Review}”

  1. I do really enjoy a good cozy mystery and this one sounds really cute. God, can you imagine having to work at Forever 21 if you’re over 30? GAH! That’s a kill-me-now proposition. I worked at Gap when I was in college and that was more than enough retail for me…

    • Jenna

      It was a really great read. I had never read anything from this author, but I enjoyed it. And I was totally wrong on who I thought the killer was . . . as usual. I don’t know about you, but I stink at solving mysteries! :)

  2. Oh this sounds right up my alley. I love me some cozy mysteries!

    OK–I think I would have to drink before going to work if I had to work at Forever 21 LOL :) I don’t think smacking the younguns upside the head would be a good selling tactic!

    • Jenna

      LOL – I agree. I don’t think smacking the teens upside the noggin would garner many sales – or managegerial praise, either! :)

      But, I do think you should check out the book – a fun, quicky, entertaining read!

  3. I love when I flip flop on suspects in a mystery, that’s always the best part for me. When it’s intentionally (or unintentionally) obvious or we know the culprit from the beginning, I sometimes lose interest. There’s just something really fun in trying to figure everything out before all is revealed:)

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