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Retirement Homes Are Murder by Mike Befeler
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Feb 05, 2011

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This book was a real hoot! The main character is feisty and funny, and the story is richly plotted with ingenious situations. Paul Jacobson is 80 years old and has short-term memory loss, so he wakes up every day and doesn't remember anything from the last 5 years. He finds a dead body in the garbage chute at the retirement home he's just moved into and, after he reports it to the police, the homicide detective accuses him of the murder. The detective is so set on Paul as the murderer that he won't even look for any other suspects. To clear himself, he's got to solve the mystery even though he can't remember from day to day what he learned in his investigation the day before. He develops some coping mechanisms—like keeping a journal and writing notes to remind himself to, "Read before taking a piss"—and makes new friends that help him become a first-class senior sleuth.

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