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Cruising in your Eighties is Murder (Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery #4)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Mike Befeler’s Paul Jacobson series “is a humorous example of the new sub-genre ‘geezer-lit.’ Sometimes, sad, but mostly funny, his tale of a plucky sarcastic ‘old fart’ will win your heart.” *(Mystery Scene Magazine)

In this entry, the fourth of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson becomes involved in a series of crimes while st
Published June 2014 by Worldwide Library Worldwide Mystery (first published December 19th 2012)
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Ashlea (
This has all the elements of an enjoyable comic whodunit:

1. The detective is a fun and memorable character - in this case, Paul Jacobson, a geezer who takes his short-term memory loss and his propensity for discovering dead bodies in stride;
2. A collection of helpful sidekicks;
3. A series of clues, coincidences, and plot twists that keep everything moving at a quick pace;
4. Short and uncomplicated enough to read in a few hours.

The hook is that Paul can remember everything over the course of a da
Debbie Heaton
Jun 21, 2014 Debbie Heaton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Befeler’s mystery novel, Paul Jacobson is on his honeymoon with his seventy-something bride when a body is found in Seattle—the body of someone Paul had words with. Cruising through Alaska, there is another murder on the ship and suddenly Paul finds himself in the middle of another mystery. Now if he can just stay out of jail he just might solve it.

A witty mystery and great addition to the A Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery series.
Apr 20, 2013 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
"Cruising in Your Eighties is MURDER"

This fourth book in the old geezer series is, in my opinion, the best. I had a smile on my face starting from the first chapter until the very end.

Elements for success have appeared with the marriage of Paul & Marion. All of Paul's short comings (and there are more than one) are resolved by his new bride.

In this adventure, and I mean adventure, Paul & Marion are on their honeymoon. It's a honeymoon cruise to Alaska. The first murder occurs prior to th
Jun 30, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#4 in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit mystery series. Finalist 2013 Lefty Award. I rated this entry 4 stars (but barely), the fault isn't the novel which is very entertaining on its own merits but with the series. The setting of each novel differs but the set pieces are too similar. Paul discovers a body - there's a premise for the series. Paul has short term memory loss and forgets the last 6 years after he falls asleep. He overcomes this by keeping a journal that he must re-read each morning. How ...more
Octogenarian Paul Jacobson has a problem: His short term memory loss means that falling asleep wipes out his recent past. But he's learned to use a journal to help him remember what he needs to know. He's now newly-wed, and going on an Alaskan cruise, though he hates the water. But unfortunately the head of security on the ship thinks he's a troublemaker, possibly a criminal, and now that Paul has found a body, he's marked as a murderer. The security chief will never find a murderer if he keeps ...more
Diane Heath
Apr 08, 2014 Diane Heath rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Paul Jacobson is on his honeymoon. He discovers the body of a homeless man just before he and his new wife go on an Alaskan cruise. The security guard for the cruise is on his case esp when he finds another dead body and one of the passengers disappears after being seen with him. Crime bosses, counterfeit quarters and missing whales fill in the rest of the story as Paul struggles to remember one day from the next
Loved this book!! It had humor, murder, kidnapping and elderly characters all on an Alaskan cruise. What a fun read.
This is my first time reading this author's work, but I am definitely a fan of Mr. Befeler's work.
I am looking forward to reading his previous novels with the character, Paul Jacobsen attracting all kinds of trouble!
I would definitely recommend this book to all mystery lovers.
Terry Graue
Mar 19, 2016 Terry Graue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun adventure for our elderly hero. You have to enjoy the humor - most of it makes you want to groan. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the cruise to Alaska which was exactly like the one I took. So it brought back good memories of the place.
Apr 29, 2013 Lichen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
My first introduction to author Mike Befeler and Paul Jacobson. Definitely to be shared with family.
Apr 16, 2013 Doreen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud! too funny for words - especially if you have been on a cruise!! This series gets better with each one. Love them
Another fun romp with Paul while on his honeymoon on a cruise ship. Dead bodies, missing bodies, Latvian mafia...and more! Lots of fun! All aboard!
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Mike Befeler writes the humorous Paul Jacobson "Geezer Lit" mystery series featuring an ocotgenarian protagonist with short-term memory loss. The series includes: Retirement Homes Are Murder, Living With Your Kids Is Murder, Senior Moments Are Murder, Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, Care Homes Are Murder and Nursing Homes Are Murder. His latest book is Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse, with a ...more
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