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Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder
     

Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder

by Mike Befeler
 

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In Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder cantankerous octogenarian Paul Jacobson becomes involved in a series of crimes while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. On an Alaskan cruise, he must deal with mayhem, missing people and murder and use all his geezer resources to solve a case of international intrigue. This book was a finalist for The

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In Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder cantankerous octogenarian Paul Jacobson becomes involved in a series of crimes while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. On an Alaskan cruise, he must deal with mayhem, missing people and murder and use all his geezer resources to solve a case of international intrigue. This book was a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the first chapter of Befeler’s lively fourth mystery featuring octogenarian Paul Jacobson (after 2011’s Senior Moments Are Murder), crotchety Paul, who suffers from short-time memory loss, has an unpleasant run-in with the police after discovering a corpse in a public park in Seattle, Wash., where he and his devoted new wife, 70-ish Marion, are about to embark on an Alaskan cruise. His problems only worsen aboard ship. A bizarre murder, several acrimonious altercations that result in violence, and a passenger’s baffling disappearance all lead directly to Paul. Hounded relentlessly by the ship’s security director, Paul phones his 12-year-old granddaughter, Jennifer, in Boulder, Colo., for help in getting to the mayhem’s source. Jennifer, with her quick mind and technical know-how, soon puts him on the right path. While some of the shtick is at Three Stooges level, the story’s endearing zaniness keeps boredom at bay. (Dec.)
Library Journal
The Jacobsons are finally on their honeymoon, even though Paul (who has short-term memory loss) is newly astonished each morning when he finds Marion sleeping next to him. Luckily, the likable senior duo has plenty of vim and vigor to solve multiple murders on a supposedly relaxing cruise to Alaska. First, Paul stumbles over the corpse of a homeless man in Seattle; then the ship's massage therapist dies during his session. From that point on, Paul and Marion are both targeted by unknown assailants. Some honeymoon! Feisty, wisecracking Paul cannot seem to avoid murder investigations; solving crimes is second nature for this octogenarian. VERDICT There's nothing better than a cruise ship for a contemporary closed-room drama suitable for even the gentlest reader. Befeler's fourth series entry (after Senior Moments Are Murder) is enjoyable for the scenery, the observations about cruise ship operations, and the Agatha Christie-like summation. Fun for Rita Lakin and Deborah Sharp fans, too.
Kirkus Reviews
A geezer with a short-term memory problem gets entangled in several murders. Paul Jacobson wakes up most mornings not knowing where he is. Today, he's in bed with a lovely older woman who turns out to be his new wife, Marion. His bride has come up with a plan to refresh his memory and keep him out of trouble, but when Paul goes out for a walk without reading the note she left, he gets into an argument with a panhandler whom he finds dead shortly thereafter. Although the police consider him a suspect, the honeymooners are allowed to leave on their cruise to Alaska. Not even reading his journal every morning to refresh his memory keeps Paul out of trouble. The ship's security chief anoints him the leading suspect when a Latvian girl giving him a massage is murdered. He is also suspected of shoving several people, stealing a wallet and pushing a wealthy old lady from her balcony. This is not the first time Paul has been involved in a murder investigation (Senior Moments Are Murder, 2011, etc.), and despite his handicap, he's determined to solve this one before he's arrested--assuming that he survives his tussles with Latvian gangsters, bears and an annoyed group of oldsters from Reno. The mystery keeps you guessing, and the subject of memory loss is sensitively treated, but enough with the geezer jokes.
Kirkus Review
A geezer with a short-term memory problem gets entangled in several murders. The mystery keeps you guessing, and the subject of memory loss is sensitively treated
bestelling author - Joan Johnston
Take a geezer on an Alaskan honeymoon cruise, stir in a few dead bodies, sprinkle with icebergs, and you have the makings for a fabulous mystery romp in Mike Befeler's Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432825812
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
01/09/2013
Series:
A Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Befeler turned his attention to fiction writing after a career in high-technology marketing. Mike’s published novels include Retirement Homes Are Murder; Living with Your Kids Is Murder, a finalist for the Lefty Award for the best humorous mystery of 2009; and Senior Moments Are Murder. Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, a finalist for the Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012, Care Homes Are Murder, and The V V Agency. Mike is active in organizations promoting a positive image of aging and is president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Wendy.
If you are interested in having the author speak to your book club, contact Mike Befeler at . His website is

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