Unstuff Your Stuff

68-year-old Millicent Hargrove returns from her Tuesday night bridge game to her house in Boulder, Colorado, to find her husband, George, dead on the floor with a knife in his chest.


As she cleans out all her stuff to move from her house to a condo, she discovers that she’s good at organizing her things. Her friends encourage her to start a personal organizing business. Millicent gives it some thought and decides it’s a good idea. She calls her business, Unstuff Your Stuff. Millicent gains clients but struggles with her new life and cryptic clues left by her husband.

Men hit on her, but she doesn’t want to get involved in any relationship, although she likes the father of the young man who helped her move to her condo. As she develops a successful organizing business while sorting through the clutter from the secret life her husband led she escapes attempts on her own life and figures out the mystery of the cryptic messages left by her husband.

Based on 23 Reviews
Thomas Measday
October 5, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars a fun mystery

A mystery with a different twist. The author specializes in older , retired people who have to solve a mystery. A lot of twists and turns, some funny, some lethal.

C. N. Katz
September 15, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down mystery

From the first page I was drawn into the story as more and more puzzling incidents occurred — some scary and some laugh out loud hilarious. Recommend this for any mystery lover who wants to read an enjoyable intriguing story.

G. Heins
April 30, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Delight!

I met the author, Mike Befeler, when he spoke at a local public library about writing. I purchased the book to support him, and added it to my large pile of books to read. I picked it up last week with only the thought of having one less book in my “to be read” pile. What a delight! I enjoyed the book tremendously! I liked the writing and the characters. I liked the mystery itself, Millicent’s career as an organizer, and her interactions with the other characters. I am now anxiously waiting for the next book in the series!

Truckee Gram
December 31, 2018

4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of a Good Series

I first heard Mike Befeler speak about his Geezer-lit mysteries at the Left Coast Crime Conference in Reno, NV last March and vowed to try one. I’m just sorry it took me so long. Unstuff Your Stuff was a delightful read and would make an excellent addition to the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries lineup should they ever decide to make a Made for TV movie from it. The one deleterious side effect was a nagging desire to organize and clean out the cupboards, closets, and drawers in my house, which would have taken me away from reading. Needless to say I resisted the urge. Thanks for an entertaining and fun-filled afternoon with Millicent Hargrove and her friends Mike. I’ll be sure to tell mine. Bruce Rolfe

Thomas E. Jones
October 9, 2018

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery

I enjoyed the story with a good mystery with a humerus cast of characters. Once you are in to it, it’s difficult to put it down. One of Mike’s better books! We could all probably make use of Millicent’s talents.

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