Friday, August 5, 2011

Senior Moments Are Murder-Mike Befeler

Senior Moments Are Murder
Mike Befeler
Five Star, Sep 7 2011, $25.95
ISBN: 9781432825096

Octogenarian Paul Jacobson’s short-term memory loss has him confused when he awakens to find a strange woman in bed with him. The garage apartment means nothing to bewildered Paul except that he is almost certain this is not Hawaii and his wife Rhonda is nowhere around. He goes outside with his daily journal and learns he is living in Venice Beach with his fiancée Marion Aumiller; and today they are to marry before going on an Alaskan honeymoon cruise.

Paul finds a body in a canal and decides to solve the case because Police Detective Quintana believes he is a serial killer. With the assistance of his tweener granddaughter Jennifer and his fiancée’s grandson Austin, he investigates related homicides rocking the homeless and the arts.

Once again the key to the third jocular Geezer-lit cozy (see Retirement Homes Are Murder and Living with Your Kids Is Murder) is the realism of the geriatric hero’s memory loss with little nuances to make it seem plausible like relearning who Marion is and what the Internet is. The senior moments' story line is humorously fast-paced as Mike Befeler provides an amateur sleuth version of Fifty First Dates.

Harriet Klausner

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