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Retirement Homes Are Murder
     

Retirement Homes Are Murder

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by Mike Befeler
 

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Ornery and robust octogenarian Paul Jacobson, who suffers from short term memory loss, wakes up in a place he doesn't recognize and struggles to figure out where he is. He learns he's living in a retirement home in Hawaii. Still trying to get oriented, he finds a dining hall where he meets, for what he thinks is the first time, table mates. His frustration builds

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Ornery and robust octogenarian Paul Jacobson, who suffers from short term memory loss, wakes up in a place he doesn't recognize and struggles to figure out where he is. He learns he's living in a retirement home in Hawaii. Still trying to get oriented, he finds a dining hall where he meets, for what he thinks is the first time, table mates. His frustration builds when he's informed that he ate meals with them the day before. In his growing confusion, he returns to his room, finds a bag of bottles in his kitchenette and decides to discard them in the building's trash chute. When the bag gets stuck, Paul is shocked to discover a body wedged in the trash chuste. Things go downhill from there for Paul as he becomes a suspect and then is threatened himself by the murderer. Along the way Paul discovers love and romance, while trying to stay alive and find the killer.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Octogenarian Paul Jacobson, who suffers from short-term memory loss, discovers a body stuffed in the trash shoot of his retirement home. Jacobson's running narrative (he writes a journal to stay current with his present-day life) is both humorous and heartbreaking. A quick read for those who like their cozies peopled with elderly characters. The Hawaiian setting adds to the story. Befeler lives in Boulder, CO.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Chuck Brownman
An octogenarian's short-term memory loss impedes his investigation into a dead body found in a retiement home trash chute.
Jackie Houchin
Sometime sad, but mostly funny, his tale of a plucky and sacrastic "old fart" will win your heart.
Deanna Spencer
This is a book about old age and the good and bad things that happen to us as we grow older. Sometimes it is laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes sad. It does keep you turning the pages to see what these "old people" will do next. This is a fast growing new field of writing that is becoming known as "geezer"-lit.
Love Romances
Well written, entertaining, and a quick, unable to put down, read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432827342
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
01/17/2007
Pages:
291
Sales rank:
948,747
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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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Retirement Homes Are Murder 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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TdeV More than 1 year ago
I’m not looking forward to our inescapable sentence of frailty; it’s hard enough hanging around aged relatives, why would I want to read about it? You’d think that reading a book about a retired old fart would be pretty darn boring. You’d think that garnering the occasional smirk would be the best you could get. You’d be wrong on both counts. RETIREMENT HOMES ARE MURDER by Mike Befeler is an entertaining story, though improbable in places. No Matter. It’s a light-hearted book with surprisingly lively octagenarians. And a few laughable lines that nearly got my ereader spattered with red wine. I shall be reading more of these tales.
BarbRN More than 1 year ago
Retirement homes are filled with bright, interesting people who no longer want to spend precious time mowing lawns, housekeeping, and cleaning up after good meals. What a great place to get a few together to solve a mystery. This book fell short of that, and was rather depressing.A good series could have them travelling to various places (as residents do) and finding murder and mayhem.
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greyhounds More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It's written with a good sense of humor and the characters are different than you usually find in a mystery. One problem I did have is the font for the book would not enlarge on my Nook. Said it did but still same small type. I hope Mike Befeler has more light mysteries out soon.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Old geezers, murder, stamps, and a Heniken bottle? An interesting story that keeps you guessing about what's for dinner and what happened the day before... Mike Befler does a great job moving the story along (not easy for old folks...)and has created a character in Paul Jacobson that is so crotchety that he keeps getting himself into trouble. An easy read that makes you think twice before you use a trash chute.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Hawaii, crusty octogenarian Paul Jacobson resides at the Kina Nani assisted living retirement home, but has trouble remembering anything that has occurred recently for instance how he got there. At breakfast he meets two other residents, Asperser sufferer Henry Palmer, who knows every baseball stat imaginable and blind Meyer O¿Hanna who suggests Paul write everything down in a journal each night so he can use this as a reminder when he forgets everything the next morning.------------------------ When Paul goes to throw out garbage, he finds the chute stuffed with the corpse of a neighbor Mr. Tiegan. Detective Siato thinks Paul is the prime suspect as the victim was suing him over stealing valuable stamps. Encouraged by Meyer and assisted by Henry, Paul investigates to the chagrin of his visiting son, the lead detective, and the killer.--------------------- The geriatric trio makes for a delightful amateur sleuth thriller. Paul¿s short term memory problems makes everyday living let alone the issues he faces that much more difficult Meyer¿s solution to the memory loss and other intelligent advice helps Paul with more than just his inquiry whereas Henry knows baseball stats perhaps better than even the Schwab does (though I doubt he can Stump the Schwab in other sports). This combination makes for a delightful geriatric investigative tale that cozy fans will appreciate.------------- Harriet Klausner