Retirement Homes Are Murder (Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery #1)
Remembering nothing from the day before, crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson must become an amateur sleuth to clear himself as a murder suspect when he finds a dead body in the trash chute of a retirement home. As Paul's snooping and short-term memory loss get him in trouble with the local police, his new friends and granddaughter Jennifer help him solve an expanding list...more
I thought the ending was a bit weak. I hate it when the crook confesses all completely, but that d...more
Retirement Homes are Murder by Mike Befeler
I am giving this author an A+ for his originality and creativity in writing a cozy mystery focusing on the end of life with a sense of humor. A big thank-you to him from this baby boomer and former worker at a nursing home and case manager for the elderly.
And just how did this author get away with this topic without offending me, the reader? By using a cantankerous old geezer by the name of Paul Jacobson as his main character. That's how!
Paul Jacobson, in his ‘80’s, has just been moved into a retirement home by his son. But the problem is that he has short-term memory loss, which means that every morning when he wakes up, he doesn’t remember anything from the day before. So, when he woke up the first morning, he didn’t know where he was. He was re-introduced to the two guys who sat with him at...more
An eighty-something man, Paul Jacobson, wakes up in a room he doesn't recognize and has to cope. He is told he has 'short-term memory loss.' To be honest I kept waiting for a miracle cure, but, the character remained honest. He has a severe disability...he forgets the last 24hrs. He even forgets faces and names. I actually stopped reading and gave thought to how this disabi...more
Widower Paul Jacobsen cannot remember anything from the previous five years once he feels asleep - nothing - zip, zero, zilch; he's had this condition for a while as our story opens at the retirement home in Hawaii where he's just moved in at the urging of his son. He finds some trash in his flat, goes to dump it in the trash chute, where he finds a corpse blocking his c...more
This book got off to a very promising start as sort of a geriatric version of Memento. I found, however, that I had a hard time warming to the main character, Paul Jacobson, and the supporting cast seemed to be lacking in nuance. I did like that Mike tried to explore some of the moral implications of Paul's self-"treatment", but I got the impression that he was also at a loss as to how to deal with that angle and eventually dropped it. And maybe I've read too many cozy mysteries...more
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 li...more
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Just the kind of thing to listen to when you're ill.