Living With Your Kids Is Murderby Mike Befeler
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Cantankerous octogenarian Paul Jacobson moves to Colorado to live with his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and must solve two murders while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. As Paul ends up suspiciously close to a bank robbery, kidnapping and drug bust, his granddaughter Jennifer helps him track down the real perpetrators. Paul juggles two girlfriends, experiences the quirks of old age romance and must find a way to stay alive when he confronts a murderer.
What others say about Living With Your Kids Is Murder:
“It's hard to beat a team that includes a wisecracking old fart and a straight-talking young sprout, and Befeler's second geezer-lit entry delivers.”—Kirkus Review
“Cleverly plotted.” —Publishers Weekly
“It’s Nancy Drew meets Memento! What a concept! And what fun! Mike Befeler’s Geezer-lit mystery is just the thing for what ails you. Enjoy!”—Parnell Hall, author of the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries.
“Another home run. The plot is funny, the writing witty. A fun book to read.”—Rita Lakin, author of Getting Old Is A Disaster.
“Flinging wise-cracks at cops and crooks, this old coot is a hoot!”—Beth Groundwater, author of A Real Basket Case, Best First Novel Agatha Nominee.
Meet the Author
In the May, 2008, issue of the AARP Bulletin Mike Befeler was identified as one of four authors in a new emerging mystery sub-genre. Harlan Coben, president of Mystery Writers of America stated, “We’ve just scratched the surface on geezer-lit. It could be the next frontier in crime fiction.” Mike turned his attention to fiction writing after a career in high technology marketing. His debut novel, RETIREMENT HOMES ARE MURDER, was published January, 2007. The second novel in his Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, LIVING WITH YOUR KIDS IS MURDER, appeared April, 2009. Mike is active in organizations promoting a positive image of aging and is vice-president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He holds a Master’s degree from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Wendy.
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Paul Jacobson is an old man with a short term memory loss. When he falls asleep, his short term memory bank erases. He keeps a journal to remind himself of what happened the day before. As he moved to Boulder CO to live with his son and daughter-in-law, he becomes involved in two murders, a bank robbery, and two petty thefts. He engages the help of his granddaughter, a 12-year-old set on becoming a lawyer one day. She is the perfect child, always bright and cheerful, who just happens to know everything she needs to know to solve the cases easily. Most of the writing isn't really needed to propel the plot; just day-to-day details written in masculine terms. It's written in first person, which doesn't allow for a lot of details or discription. It's fast paced, going through an entire day in just a few pages. The story finally builds to a climax that will make the reader nervous, but most of the problems are resolved easily, maybe a little too easily, without any setbacks or cliff-hanging moments. Still, I was compelled to continue reading it because it was like visiting with a dear friend, chatting over a cup of coffee. If you're in the market for another book with a touch of mystery, I also recommend Stars Shine After Dark. In this book, a married couple deals with rumors, twisted truth and ruined reputations.
Having proven that RETIREMENT HOMES ARE MURDER with the help of a close blind friend Meyer and an Asperger's sufferer Henry, octogenarian Paul Jacobson leaves Hawaii to live with his son Denny, his daughter-in-law Allison and his twelve years old granddaughter Jennifer in Boulder. Paul suffers from a short term memory issue in which he loses all recall of what happened once he falls asleep. Due to Meyer he knows to write down the highlight film in his journal to inform the old geezer what is going on. On the plane he dozed off before jotting anything down that occurred in flight. When he awakens he pushes his row companion off his shoulder only to realize the man is dead. He is the prime suspect in the martial arts chop to the neck death of Daniel Reynolds, a sales representative for Colorado Mountain Retirement Properties. Paul visits the Centennial Community Center to hear a pitch from another Colorado Mountain Retirement Properties rep Randall Swathes. Afterward, he finds the man dead in his car. Paul is the prime suspect. Soon he becomes accused of several other crimes. With his granddaughter as his lawyer, Paul investigates the two homicides while struggling to remember the identities of the two "young" women in his life. The second "Geezer-Lit" amateur sleuth is a fun tale as Paul overcomes his handicap and age through his journal and his courage to keep going while wisecracking all the way including taking shots at himself and his lawyer. The story line contains several crimes besides the murder that either Paul or Jennifer resolve as he seems to step in it all the time. Readers will enjoy this fine cozy summarized nicely by overworked Boulder Police Detective Launo who says Paul is a crime wave as the prime suspect in 25% of his case load and that does not include the homicide on the jet (investigated by Detective Hamilton). Harriet Klausner