Cruising in Your Eighties is Murder

In this, the fourth of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson becomes involved in a series of crimes while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss.


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.

Based on 69 Reviews
Don Sheagley
April 13, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars A great geezer murder mystery with humor.

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.

April 27, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun & funny! Befeler is the master of uplifting geezer-lit!

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.

Jackie Houchin
February 21, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and has a nice twist

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.

December 25, 2016

4.0 out of 5 stars Light and fun bedtime reading!

This is my bedtime reading. I want something lighthearted, a bit predictable, and fun to read. No weighty problems, no serious plot where my mind keeps on going instead of going to sleep. The author sets each book in a different geographic area and so we get a touch of a mini-travelogue. And so I am addicted to this series!

July 5, 2016

4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed these books

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?

October 31, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

I really enjoy these stories

Mary Lou Saracino
July 5, 2015

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars

pretty good

November 3, 2014

But I like this series and would recommend it for a light …

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.

Karol Love
September 6, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

I loved this book. Totally took me by surprise. I was laughing all through the book.

james t
August 16, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

Great Series. Great writer. Easy reading and enjoyable.

Darryl Degelman
August 9, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!

Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny, Funny!

Wanda Sue Downs
July 11, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

Just loved this book. Keeps you guessing to the end As to who the murderer is

Bonnie Young
June 18, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars great for explaing dementia

Caregivers should read! It sheds light on dementia in a humorous way. Friendship, family, cruising and living are well represented.

A. R. Kryger
April 18, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny cruise adventures

Enjoyed this for a change and amazing all the trouble he got into! Different but amusing too, esp if you’re getting up there!

October 31, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars My favorites

So funny, as always. Love this series! It just keeps getting better. This is where we’re all heading so hang on.

Christine Sheehan
September 21, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GOOD ONE!

I have read all the Paul Jacobson stories. It has romance, a honeymoon, shady suspects and of course dead bodies

Ellen Rappaport
April 20, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars One fun read that will put a smile on your face

“Cruising in Your Eighties is MURDER” This fourth book in the old geezer series is, in my opinion, the best. I had a smile on my face starting from the first chapter until the very end. Elements for success have appeared with the marriage of Paul & Marion. All of Paul’s short comings (and there are more than one) are resolved by his new bride. In this adventure, and I mean adventure, Paul & Marion are on their honeymoon. It’s a honeymoon cruise to Alaska. The first murder occurs prior to their departure when Paul finds the body of a homeless man in a garden. Of course Paul was the last person seen talking…I mean arguing with the victim. And then the cruise begins. The chaos begins as Paul stumbles over, gets entangled with one dead body, a missing person, a Latvian gangster mob boss and every other mishap known to man. Can all the blame be Paul’s or is there more behind it. The other element that kept me chuckling throughout Paul’s cruise was his positively hilarious sense of humor and at the most inappropriate times. well, as they say… you can’t keep a good man down. This was one fun read and highly entertaining.

March 5, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Jacobson Again Cruising for a Bruising

Befeler’s writing just keeps getting better, and wittier. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this bumpy cruise with Paul Jacobson and his lovely wife.

S. Kurtzman
February 25, 2013

4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Strikes Again for the geezer

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!

Zuzana Adova
February 8, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery to Read

“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.

February 4, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book

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.

Picky Girl
February 2, 2013

4.0 out of 5 stars Your Eighties can be Murder

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.

January 8, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Cruising Ain't Confusing

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.

January 3, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Another page-turner from Mike Befeler

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.

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