Retirement Homes Are Murder

Retirement Homes Are Murder

by Mike Befeler

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

About 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. 13 reviews.
smik on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Waking up every morning with a clean slate may appeal to some but for Paul Jacobsen it is "crapola". Every time he sleeps Paul Jacobsen's short term memory re-sets itself, so it is a real incentive not to nap during the day. While he is awake he has a photographic memory of what has happened since he last slept. And he's been living with this for 5 years!Paul's son Denny has helped him to move into a retirement home on Big Island, Hawaii, and he wakes the next morning with no memory of how he got there or where important things like the dining room are. That morning he discovers the body in the laundry chute.Mike Befeler's debut novel is humorous, quirky, and a bit of a romp in more ways than one. RETIREMENT HOMES ARE MURDER is simultaneously a murder mystery with the usual red herrings, and a realistic exploration of the problems that be-set the elderly with advancing age.
FMRox on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Quirky mystery about Paul Jacobson who wakes up in a retirement home one day having no idea how he got there. Unfortunately, that happens EVERYDAY as his mind has lost its ability to remember the previous days events when he goes to sleep each night. Then, he finds himself involved in murder investigation where he is the prime suspect. He doesn't believe he did it, but how would he know, since he can't remember yesterday?This book in an entertaining exposure into "Geezer Lit". The plot is entertaining if not somewhat unbelievable at times. The main protagonist is a crusty octogenarian with amazing feats. But, I like the change of place(Hawaii) and locale(retirement home) to continue to the second in the series.
Rennee on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Attention Boomers! If you haven't read this book do so now. It' a laugh out loud mystery starring Paul Jacobson and the quirky residents at Kina Nani Retirement Home. Paul has a bad memory problem and can't remember day to day so he keeps a journal, and wait until you find out what kind of "cure" Paul comes up with. I plan to buy these for my home library! Thank you Mr. Befeler!!!!
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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