Unstuff Your Stuff
A Millicent Hargrove Mystery
by Mike Befeler
Pub Date: 10/01/18
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-948338-08-0
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. At the funeral, a man she doesn’t know comes up and hands her an envelope. He explains that with George’s death, she will receive special compensation for some work that George once did for the government. She asks what the work was, but he only says it was classified and he can’t discuss it with her.
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.
Praise for Mike Befeler
“Solid series launch from Befeler.” —Publishers Weekly
Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series
“The story’s endearing zaniness keeps boredom at bay.” —Publishers Weekly
“The mystery keeps you guessing.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Humorous and heartbreaking.”—Library Journal
“Befeler’s book is a humorous example of the new sub-genre ‘geezer-lit.’ Sometimes sad, but mostly funny, his tale of a plucky sarcastic ‘old fart’ will win your heart.”—Mystery Magazine