Living With Your Kids is Murder

Imagine waking up in your son’s home, not remembering anything from the day before and being accused of murder. Or consider a male Miss Marple enmeshed in a light-hearted Memento with a dash of Fifty First Dates.


In this, the second of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery series, cantankerous octogenarian Paul Jacobson must solve two murders while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. As Paul ends up suspiciously close to a bank robbery, kidnapping and drug bust, his granddaughter Jennifer helps him track down the real perpetrators. Paul juggles two girlfriends, experiences the quirks of old age romance and must find a way to stay alive when he confronts the murderer.

Based on 51 Reviews
Deanna Concidine
August 3, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Just like new

I bought this 2nd book of the series after buying the third one at my local used bookstore and after a couple chapters I knew I had to start at the beginning. I bought this used from glenthebookseller as used, but it looks to me to be brand new. Great seller and arrived quickly. I anticipate another fun read.

3 no 7
February 24, 2020

4.0 out of 5 stars The funniest things you are afraid your grandparents might do

“Living with Your Kids Is Murder” by Mike Befeler is part of the “Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery” series. This series was recommended by a friend who described it as books about the funniest things you are afraid your grandparents might do, and that certainly is correct. The main character, octogenarian Paul Jacobson, has short-term memory issues and every day crime issues. He forgets everything when he goes to sleep, so he keeps a journal to remind himself of what happened previously. The time between reading up every morning and writing every night, is spent in the middle of every crime, infraction, argument or other dastardly deed in the small town where he went to live with his children and grandchildren. Befeler creates scenarios that are felonious, offensive, or just plain annoying, and drops Jacobson in the middle. The results are hilarious as he tries, with the help of his granddaughter, to extract himself from the clutches of the law, annoying neighbor, and middle school juvenile delinquents. Jacobson makes fun of himself and everyone else. Obviously, no real people are as mean as those he meets, as incompetent as those he encounters, or as funny as he is, but this is fiction, so it is entertaining. The entire cast of characters is likeable, and this is an enjoyable book. It is easy to read, does not cause excruciating headaches, and yet has crimes, both big and small, that need to be solved. I listened to the audio book narrated by Jerry Sciarrio who did a wonderful job with the multiple characters and conveyed the humor and sarcasm perfectly. I am glad my friend recommended this book; sometimes readers just need to laugh right out loud.

lolo Chambo
February 7, 2019

5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable read!

A fun book in the “geezer lit” genre! Good characters… fun story line… all very readable and likeable! Thanks, Mike Befeler, for your characters!

December 4, 2016

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

great book. great service

October 5, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars I realy enjoy the Paul Jacobson books by Mike Befeler and have …

I realy enjoy the Paul Jacobson books by Mike Befeler and have told other readers how good they are, I hope he continues writing them

Nancy Preston
February 22, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars I started on something like the fifth book and then had to go back …

All of the Mike Befeler Geezer-Lit books are very enjoyable. It is interesting having a character that has problems other readers do not have; also it is interesting to have the main character be a detective type who is in his eighties. He ends up doing things that I would not have done when I was younger. I have not finished reading all of his books but I am working on it. I really do not wish to miss one of them. I started on something like the fifth book and then had to go back to the start which has worked out just fine.

Georgia Weatherhead
August 3, 2014

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars

Funny! Probably not if you are young and have an old geezer living with you.

July 22, 2014

4.0 out of 5 stars Living with your kids is muder

Will his new wife and family be ready for this old guy. It will put them on their toes. Will he have more trouble then before

Melissa L
July 20, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Fast Moving

The best of the genre, and well-written enough to keep turning the pages. I’m reading the entire series. A fun read, nothing deep, but good characters and a clever twist to the Geezer Lit concept.

March 28, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars If you are over 60 you should read this series

Mike Befeler has created a wonderful series filled with real people with real problems that are dealt with in wonderful ways. Humor flows through each book as well as a good story

Michelle De Paepe
June 1, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars A Laugh-Out-Loud Read

You can’t miss Mike Befeler at the annual Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s conference–he’s the cheerful guy with the straw hat that says, “Geezer Lit”. I bought this book as a gift for my mother, and she said it was one of the best stories she’s read in a long time before asking me to pass it along to my aunt. Of course, that peaked my interest, so I had to read it myself before passing it on. The main character in Living With Your Kids Is Murder will have you snickering as you turn the pages. Despite his faulty memory, this “old fart” has a sharp-as-a-tac wit that is comedy show worthy as he bumbles into one crime scene after another. Many women have been inspired by Jenny Joseph’s poem, “Warning, When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple”. Perhaps Mike Befeler’s books are the male equivalent. When you are old, you can have selective memory, use your age as a “Get Out of Jail Free” card, and say absolutely anything that comes into your mind without having to bite your tongue like you did in your younger days, and amuse yourself all the while. If this story doesn’t give you a few laughs, check your pulse!

December 23, 2012

5.0 out of 5 stars a fun read

Paul Jacobson wakes to the smell of beer and stale pretzels, and wonders why he’s in a seedy bar. When he opens his eyes, he realizes he’s on an airplane, with no idea where he’s going, or for that matter, where he’s coming from. But this is normal for Paul, as readers of book one in the series know. Paul suffers from a short term memory condition. Moving in with his grown son’s family in Boulder, Colorado seems like a good idea. Spending time with his amateur sleuth granddaughter is a delight. When Paul is suspected of murder, the living arrangement becomes problematic. Paul’s memory condition complicates his attempts to clear his name. The second book in the Paul Jacobson series is as fast-paced as the first. While the story is laugh-out-loud funny, the author also delivers the tribulations of senior citizens with poignancy. This was a fun read with a suitably complicated mystery.

September 4, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars An Amusing View of Life With a Disability

This novel was more action filled plus I liked the main character a bit more. Retired, 80’s something, Grandfather, Paul Jacobson moves into his Son’s home in Boulder, Colorado. Paul now lives with his son, daughter-in-law, and to his great fortune, his granddaughter, Jennifer, who currently wants to be an attorney when she grows up. Jennifer is twelve. Paul is more than lucky to have her in his life. Paul Jacobson suffers from severe short-term memory loss and if he doesn’t chronicle his day in a journal each night before going to sleep, he awakes the next morning with complete amnesia of the past six years. The diary really helps. Paul is also the most unfortunate man in the world as to being a crime ‘magnet.’ In this volume, he is next to (literally,) two murders, a cash theft, a burglary, and vandalism. He offers to pay his granddaughter, a Hawaiian beanie baby for each case she and he solves. Let’s just say, the girl will soon need a new shelf. Paul is also attractive to senior Ladies. In fact he finds himself with two girlfriends and must make a choice. He does and the romance flourishes with a few close moments in closets etc. I enjoyed reading Paul’s exploits.

April 9, 2011

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-aged Sleuth

Paul Jacobsen is a fun character whose realistic outlook and humor survive each day better than his memory, or at least his memory since 2000 A.D. He says pretty much what he thinks to everyone he meets, and if he sees something that needs to be done, he does it, regardless of the consequences to himself. His forthrightness gets him into trouble with the murderer, of course, but also leads to some funny scenes that emphasize the social change between the WW II generation and today. This is a tightly constructed story where every detail given comes into play later on, even the mention of his granddaughter’s tennis lesson. What he says in his granddaughter’s classroom, where the teacher assures the students that she was sure nobody really wanted to be in the fighting in WWII, is poignant as well as funny. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan on getting the first in the series, which I have not yet read. According to the title of another review, it is even better than this one.

Cathy G. Cole
March 30, 2011

4.0 out of 5 stars Meet Paul Jacobson, Crime Magnet

First Line: My eyes opened in the dim light. In this second book in the “Geezer Lit” mystery series, 85-year-old Paul Jacobson has left the nursing home in Hawaii and has flown to Boulder, Colorado, to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and 12-year-old granddaughter. Unfortunately the passenger sitting next to him on the plane is dead by journey’s end, and since Paul was seen arguing with him, the folks in law enforcement are looking at him with very narrowed eyes. It just so happens that Paul has short-term memory loss. Every time he goes to sleep, he wakes up with his mind wiped clean of recent events, so he’s not much help when he’s questioned– and it makes him cranky. When he attends a Colorado Mountain Retirement Properties presentation (the company the dead man on the plane worked for), another CMRP employee is killed, and Paul is convinced that the property company is at the bottom of it all. In no time, he and his granddaughter, Jennifer, set out to find a killer. This series is laced with humor, and at the heart of it is the wisecracking old fart, Paul Jacobson. He’s learned to minimize the effects of his memory loss by writing the day’s events in a journal each night and then reading it when he gets up in the morning. When he arrives at his son’s home, the first thing he does is ask his daughter-in-law Allison what the family’s daily routine is, and what chores he can take care of. Allison gives him dog-walking duty, and his walks not only let him get acquainted with the neighborhood and the town, they have a tendency to get him in hot water. You see, every time Paul turns around, he’s being pinned with committing a crime– theft, chopping down trees, using bad language and gestures around small boys– the list is long and confirms the fact that he is a crime magnet. Each and every time he’s questioned by the police, he can’t help making wisecracks, and I can picture the twinkle in his eye as he does it. The police are not amused, but Paul’s got a secret weapon on his side: his very bright, very forthright, and very devious granddaughter. The two of them together make quite the team. The identity of the killer in this book was rather easy for me to deduce, but that’s not the focus of Living With Your Kids Is Murder. The real focus is Paul Jacobson himself. Mike Befeler has given us a feisty character with a disability that would make many others in his shoes give up and plant themselves in a chair by the window so they can stare glumly outside day after day feeling sorry for themselves. Paul refuses to do this. He has close and loving relationships with the members of his family, he makes friends easily and helps them as much as he can… he even winds up with two girlfriends, and by book’s end is ready for yet another adventure. Paul Jacobson will not go quietly into that good night, and we readers are the richer for it.

Bull Frog
December 9, 2010

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and unusual

Paul Jacobson is an old man with a memory problem. When he falls asleep, his short term memory bank erases. He starts each day by reading a journal, telling him who he is and what he did the day before. He’s a little like the character in 50 first dates, but older and with a lousy sense of humor. The old coot finds himself as a person of interest in two murder cases, two petty thefts, and having two girlfriends at the same time. He takes on the services of his 12-year-old granddaughter, who wants to be a lawyer when she grows up, to solve the cases. She’s the perfect child who always has a smile on her face and knows everything she needs to know to help solve the crimes. The story is written in first person, a style that lacks a lot of description and scenery. It’s told like a fire-side chat, without a lot of details. Much of the information isn’t really needed for the plot; just day to day details of an old man living with his son and daughter-in-law. It’s written from a man’s point of view with a man’s choice of words and a lot of lame puns. I’m not sure how to feel about it. The plot wasn’t full of twists and turns, and the problems were resolved very easily, maybe a little too easily. It didn’t have the cliff-hanger hooks that make you start the next chapter, and yet, I continued to read it just the same. It finally reached a climax that made me nervous and scared, but the resolution was contrived, too easy, and without setbacks. I’ve never read a book in this genre before. It was a nice change of pace. If you’re looking for a low-key mystery with romantic elements that isn’t your usual paperback, I also recommend Stars Shine After Dark. This story is about rumors and bending the truth, and how damaging a rumor can be to one’s reputation.

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