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Senior Moments Are Murder (A Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery) Paperback – December 1, 2016
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"Mystery fans of all ages will welcome Befeler's humorous cozy." -Publishers Weekly "[T]he amnesiac whodunit is freshened by a geriatric hero whose short-term memory loss is all too believable. It's the sort of cozy your grandparents would love." -Kirkus Reviews
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After living in Hawaii in a retirement home and in Colorado with his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Paul Jacobson now finds himself in the wilds of Venice Beach, California, meeting homeless people, finding dead bodies and trying to avoid disreputable art dealers while struggling with his short-term memory loss. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The books in this series are, by design, formulaic. The only way Paul Jacobson has of combating his memory loss is to sit down each night and write down the events of the day so he can read them in the morning. To keep on an even keel, Paul has to stick to a regimen-- a formula-- that works for him, and thankfully it's a formula that works for me most of the time. Author Mike Befeler has created a main character who's smart, observant, and usually sees the bright side of life-- but his temper can get him in hot water.
It's easy to care about Paul Jacobson, even though I've never seen a man more prone to tripping over dead bodies. He also has a sharp-witted little granddaughter who loves him to bits and is always willing to help him out of his legal difficulties. You'd think that most police would look at a man in his eighties who has a few mental problems and then move on to the next person on their suspect list, but Paul doesn't have that kind of luck. The fun of these books is watching Paul extricate himself from these difficulties and go on to unmask the killer. There are always plenty of laughs along the way, too.
I think the thing I like the most about this series is that it shows that no matter our age, no matter our physical or mental condition, we are all capable of making a difference. Paul Jacobson may shoot off his mouth at all the wrong times, and he may find too many corpses, but he has a lot to show us about perseverance, and honesty, and humor.
Paul Jacobson awakens in a strange bedroom, next to a lovely, but strange woman, and doesn't know to look around to find clues there. Instead he gets dressed quietly and heads out to the beach. Wait a minute...this isn't Hawaii? Where am I?
Paul is able to remember events six years older and back, so he quickly realized he was in Venice Beach, CA. He meets a person who directs him back to where he awakened to find a wife, and her family. Using a journal keeps Paul aware of what he forgets when he drops off to sleep.
Walking is how Paul, well in his eighties, manages to keep fit. So, he takes a walk and finds a dead body floating in one of the Venice canals. As in prior books, the detectives see Paul as a person of interest. Crimes keep happening around him that further implicate Paul and it is obvious that he needs to solve these crimes or not go on his honeymoon cruise to Alaska.
With the help of the homeless community, new friends, one an attorney, his granddaughter, and new grandson-in-law the crimes get solved.
It was a careful study of the disability of short-term memory loss and how to live with it. I was quite impressed.