On a honeymoon cruise to Alaska with his bride, Paul must deal with mayhem, missing people and murder. He has to use all his geezer resources to solve a case of international intrigue.
This is the first book I’ve read where attention is given to memory loss. The main character is a senior citizen who has short-term memory loss. This makes for some quite humorous moments. This, and the character’s light-heartedness along with his propensity for getting into awkward predicaments, including murder accusations, makes for a humorous and enjoyable cozy mystery read.
What a fun book! I am so glad I attended a talk at my local library by the author, otherwise, I wouldn’t have discovered his books. He started writing books after he retired & proudly took on the wonderful new genre he’s mastered, ‘geezer lit.’ The audiobook reader does a great job too.
I like all of the books in this series. The protagonist is a bit grumpy and there are a couple “risque” words the author uses now and then. But the twist that makes Paul Jacobson interesting, is that he is capable of remembering (investigating crimes) during the day, but quite forgets everything overnight, meaning he has to write everything down where he will first see it in the morning when he wakes up. I really liked that.
I really enjoyed these books, especially this one about the Alaskan Cruise. My only complaint is that the number of times Paul gets in trouble, and especially the number of times he finds dead bodies, is a little over the top. I mean, I know it’s a novel, but finding so many dead bodies in less than a week’s time? Really?
I really enjoy these stories
This book made me laugh. Not a fan of cruises so I could relate. But I like this series and would recommend it for a light read of geezer lit.
I loved this book. Totally took me by surprise. I was laughing all through the book.
Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny!
Caregivers should read! It sheds light on dementia in a humorous way. Friendship, family, cruising and living are well represented.
Enjoyed this for a change and amazing all the trouble he got into! Different but amusing too, esp if you’re getting up there!
So funny, as always. Love this series! It just keeps getting better. This is where we’re all heading so hang on.
Befeler’s writing just keeps getting better, and wittier. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this bumpy cruise with Paul Jacobson and his lovely wife.
Beffler’s niche in geezer lit is firm: his duffer is daffy, his prose is punchy and easy to read, and again, he strikes where the iron is hot and often left on! His works are fun, frantic, and a bit frustrating knowingly all too well that most of us will be there soon and we hope to luck out and solve as many crimes as Paul Jacobson does without being that out of it! But as long as Beffler solves the murders for us, we’re along for the good read and the cruise!
“Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder” is light, fresh, fun, and entertaining book. It was my pleasure to spend time with Paul Jacobson (the main character). I hope to be as perky in my eighties as he is. Paul is uplifting and memorable character that will be hard to forget. I better get the other books in the series.
I highly recommend this book. I love the many twists and turns in the plot … you never know what’s around the next bend. Mike Befeler is a true master of writing Who done-it mysteries.
Paul Jacobsen is an unlikely hero who proves that life is far from over in your eighties. From the very beginning, trouble finds Paul and he responds in his own inimitable style. Everything in his day-to-day life is a continual surprise due to his short-term memory issues–even his lovely new wife he jots notes to himself to remember. Memory loss is not a new plot device, but Befeler makes it fresh and believable. If you are looking for a book where older folks bust out of the stereotypes you will enjoy this one. Like its protagonist, this book is a little bit different and a lot quirky.
Once again trouble follows Paul Jacobson everywhere he goes. Starting with Paul waking up in the morning with a woman that he couldn’t recognize (short term memory loss) to a hilarious scene at the end of the story involving all the characters coming together. Befeler has once again woven together a series of crimes somehow implicating the innocent Paul Jacobson. I couldn’t stop turning pages until the end when it’s revealed how Paul extricates himself from being the prime suspect in several murders. A fun read!
Cruising In Your Eighties is Murder is a humorous story about the adventures of Paul Jacobson, a geezer on an Alaskan cruise. Paul attracts bodies and trouble wherever he goes and it is complicated by the fact that his short term memory of the last few days is erased every time he sleeps – except in special circumstances. The story takes place on a honeymoon cruise with his new wife and two thousand “close friends.” Paul manages to get involved in eight situations where it appears he is the bad guy but fortunately it ends well. 263 pages of good reading.
Befeler has done it again. As usual, his protagonist, Paul Jacobsen, gets into trouble about page 2 and things go quickly downhill from there. It was hard to put the book down. Interesting twists in the plot and well developed characters with surprises here and there. Also, Befeler folds in very knowledgeable descriptions on an Alaskan cruise. It makes one want to book a cruise – but only as long as Jacobsen isn’t a passenger. I highly recommend.
I’ve read all the Geezer-Lit mystery series books and this was my favorite. I had to be patient to read through the introductions that set the stage for those first time readers, but then the old geezer Paul Jacobsen does his magic. This is a fun book, full of puns and laughs with a “who done it” mystery that kept me wanting to finish it. The book is well-written and brings back fond memories of my years with my own father.
Befeler sends Paul Jacobsen and his new bride on an Alaskan cruise where the (un)usual murders and assorted mayhem befall his protagonist. While Paul’s memory continues to be suspect, he has lost none of his crustiness or penchant for zingers. There are welcome cameo appearances from Paul’s friends back in Hawaii which hopefully presage a further book in the series. Befeler shows an excellent ear for dialog and skill at keeping the plot moving at breakneck speed.
Befeler has certainly not lost his touch. I actually liked this one a little more because the language was cleaner. If you have enjoyed his prior work, you will appreciate this one even more since he builds on characters developed in prior books.