Review of Black Thursday


Black Thursday by Linda Joffe Hull is the story of Maddie Michaels, who is a middle-aged woman going through a divorce from her cheating husband. So why then has his whole family showed up at Maddie’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving? This seems a little unusual, don’t you think?

Maddie is not only dealing with her soon-to-be ex-husband and his family, she is also dealing with a murder case. She writes a blog about bargain shopping and couponing, and she has invited her followers to join her to go shopping on Black Thursday to find the perfect Christmas bargains. She is being interviewed and taped by the local news during her shopping expedition, along with her blog followers. Unfortunately, during the event, a shopper is killed when a pallet of toasters falls from above and crushes her. Was it an unfortunate accident or was it murder?

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The mystery is carried on throughout the story and I did not figure out who the murderer was until it was revealed at the end. It was a very plausible conclusion. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.

One thing I really like about this book is all the tips included. There are tips for shopping on Black Thursday or Black Friday, including before, during and after ideas. There are also tips for couponing and how to save the most money that you can. I think this is a great addition to the book.

One thing I did not particularly like was the idea that “all men cheat” and it’s to be expected. And that the wife should take advantage of the situation and get as many “gifts” from the wandering husband as possible. This really goes against my belief in marriage and family. I know it’s a fiction book but that idea just rubbed me wrong.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery read. If you are into couponing or enjoy Black Thursday/Friday shopping then I think you will especially like this book.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Midnight Ink for the opportunity to read and review this book.