Living with Your Kids Is Murder

Living with Your Kids Is Murder

by Mike Befeler

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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