Senior Moments Are Murder

Imagine waking up in a place you didn’t recognize, not remembering anything from the day before and then finding a dead body. Or consider a male Miss Marple enmeshed in a lighthearted Memento with a dash of Fifty First Dates.


In this, the third of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-Lit Mystery Series, cantankerous octogenarian Paul Jacobson must solve a series of murders while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. Paul learns about the homeless community, disreputable art dealers and the beach scene in Venice Beach, California, and must dance a geezer two-step to stay out of the clutches of the police and the bad guys

Based on 42 Reviews
Calvin Harris
June 7, 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars A good summer read

I enjoyed the pace of the book. I found having a protagonist with a memory handicap to be very inventive. Having lived in Santa Monica and Venice, California for several years, the book brought back enjoyable memories of my time visiting the galleries restaurants, and bars in the area. I found the book to be a comfortable and pleasurable weekend read

March 26, 2018

4.0 out of 5 stars Paul is a great example of someone who makes the most of what …

I adore Mike Befeler’s geezer-lit mysteries. His protagonist, Paul Jacobson, gives me hope. Imagine waking up everyday not knowing where you are or what went on the days (week, months) before. Paul is a great example of someone who makes the most of what he’s got. It’s a great lesson for those of us approaching geezer-dom. The writing is crisp, humorous and full of insight into the human condition.

Louisa May
September 10, 2015

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Suspenseful

Love this series of books. Fun and suspenseful.

R. hewitt
February 28, 2015

5.0 out of 5 stars You're aren't old enough

Funny and silly and couldn’t put it down! Young folks probably won’t "get it"

July 17, 2014

5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Befeler has a way with thoughts and words that …

Mike Befeler has a way with thoughts and words that make me laugh out loud, also provides some suggestions for people beginning to be very forgetful. He seems to understand the senior citizen .

Dolores Russell
May 9, 2014

4.0 out of 5 stars Frst time reading of Befeler

Not a bad book , just not my taste. I would give him another try, if the book has a good plot.

Kendrick Knight
November 22, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Oh hell, not another body!

What do you do when the body count keeps building and you can’t remember one from the next? That’s Paul’s problem as old age removes his short term memory every time he falls asleep. Mike Befeler writes a hilarious who done it revolving around a geezer with short term memory problems that will keep you turning the pages just to see what befalls the protagonist next.

April 18, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Mike Befeler

I have been waiting a long time for this book and I was not disappoint ed. If you haven’t read the first two books, I suggest you read them first. A very good book and a fun read.

February 9, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars Another fun read

In book three, Paul Jacobson copes better with his short-term memory issue, with the help of his new bride Marion, and an assortment of sympathetically drawn homeless people. As he stumbles onto murder, Paul discovers the cut-throat art world of Venice Beach, CA. Senior Moments Are Murder was another fun read in this series.

December 22, 2012

5.0 out of 5 stars A great geezer read

I found this book, and the rest of the series, interesting and entertaining. They allowed for thought, and provided good mysteries. They were also delightful to read.

November 30, 2012

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book

This is a fun series. Paul Jacobson can’t remember what happened the day before when he wakes up in t he morning. He gets into all sorts of predicaments and his friends try to help him. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

September 21, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars Dealing With Short-Term Memory When Crime Hits

This novel is the third in a series about a man living with short-term memory who simply tries to live his life and crime seems to ‘happen’ wherever he is. 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.

Completely unbiased
March 8, 2012

5.0 out of 5 stars One Smart and Lucky Geezer

I just finished the third in Mike Befeler’s tasty mystery series about octagenarian Paul Jacobson. Having read the first two, Retirement Homes Are Murder, and Living With Your Kids Is Murder, I have to confess, Senior Moments Are Murder, is my favorite. Paul is now married (although he doesn’t remember from day to day) to a sweet chick seventy years young. A few things that haven’t changed are that dead bodies seem to gravitate toward Paul and the cops want to pin the murders on this old geezer. Another unchanging fact in Paul’s life is his disability – every morning he wakes up having forgotten what transpired the day before (unless he’s had sex then his memory is somewhat augmented). In this particular adventure Paul finds himself in the world of Venice Beach – it’s art scene and the miriad of homeless folks who populate the area. Paul bedevils and ultimately aids a homicide detective when the body of an artist who inhabited both these worlds ends up literally at his feet in the sand. I highly recommend this work and look forward to more from Mr. Befeler.

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