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Living with Your Kids Is Murder
     

Living with Your Kids Is Murder

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by Mike Befeler
 

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In Befeler's cleverly plotted if somewhat sleepy second cozy (after 2007's Retirement Homes Are Murder), 85-year-old crime magnet Paul Jacobson, who suffers from short-term memory loss, moves from Hawaii to Boulder, Colo., to live with his middle-aged son, his son's wife and their 12-year-old daughter. On the plane, Paul sits next to a sales representative for Colorado Mountain Retirement Properties, who's dead by flight's end from what's later determined to be a martial arts body blow delivered while most other passengers were asleep. Once in Boulder, Paul attends a CMRP presentation, where the speaker winds up dead with a broken neck. Suspecting CMRP is involved in fraud, Paul launches an investigation with the help of his aspiring sleuth granddaughter that grows to include other cases. Adding spice is Paul's old girlfriend from Hawaii, who admires Paul of the "Geezer Enforcement Squad" for not letting age or disability get in the way of his living life to its fullest. (Apr.)

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A memory-challenged senior drives the police crazy perpetrating what looks like a one-geezer crime spree. Paul Jacobson (Retirement Homes Are Murder, 2007) is still on the plane from Hawaii when it begins. Waking from a nap, he shoves the guy in the next seat off his shoulder and discovers that Daniel Reynolds, sales rep for Colorado Mountain Retirement Properties, isn't sleeping. He's dead. Too bad Paul can't remember a thing about the murder. His memory resets every time he falls asleep, so if he hadn't found the note he left in his own shirt pocket, he wouldn't even have known he was flying to Denver to move in with his son Denny and daughter-in-law Allison in Boulder. Denver's Detective Hamilton lets him go after questioning, but Boulder's Detective Lavino isn't so lenient, especially after Paul finds the body of Randall Swathers-another Colorado Mountain rep-in the parking lot of the Centennial Community Center. Soon Paul's a regular at the Boulder lockup. He's hauled in on suspicion of bank robbery when he gives a store owner a bill marked from a dye pack, accused by fellow geezer Nate Fisher of cutting down his tree, even fingered for leaving behind dog poop while walking the family pooch. It gets so bad that Paul's prepubescent granddaughter Jennifer volunteers to act as his lawyer, with payment in Hawaiian stuffed toys. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594147616
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Series:
A Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Ser.
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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Living with Your Kids Is Murder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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mazeman More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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