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
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
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.
Love this series of books. Fun and suspenseful.
very good series
Funny and silly and couldn’t put it down! Young folks probably won’t "get it"
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 .
Great Series love the books. Keep them coming. I am reading number 4 now.
This is an unusual series. But I enjoy it very much. Can’t wait for the next one
Not a bad book , just not my taste. I would give him another try, if the book has a good plot.
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.
You can’t help but love Paul. If I had a grandpa I would want one like him, even with his memory loss.
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.
Third in the series whith the 4th just out. Enjoyed the first three and am very much looking forward to number 4. Like the others, I will wait unti it comes out in paperback.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Jacobson, an elderly man with a brain that resets his recent memory as he awakens each morning is back for his third adventure. Paul can remember in photographic detail most of his life up to six years ago, but ask him what happened before he closed his eyes and nodded off and he can’t remember a thing. Paul is now living in Venice Beach California, with his fiance, he’s supposed to get married that afternoon but all he knows as he awakens is that he’s in an unfamiliar bed with a woman he doesn’t know, the pants on a chair near his bed seem to fit him so he better clear out before she wakes, until at least he can work out if he should be there in the first place. Unfortunately for Paul, as he crosses a canal, he sees a corpse under the water. The guy walking a dog he flags down doesn’t buy that he doesn’t know where they are, nor does the homicide detective who arrives on scene, who makes him take him to back the place he supposedly woke up at. Luckily his fiance is awake and can explain things to both Paul and the detective. However unluckily for Paul, the dead man is someone who Paul had a heated argument with the day before in front of many witnesses. Paul’s insistence that he can’t remember a thing about it isn’t really believed by the detective who has returned wanting to know why Paul didn’t mention this little important factor. Paul is set to go on an Alaskan Cruise with his new wife in a week, however as he keeps stumbling upon more and more corpses, all of which he had a public beef with, it’s looking more and more likely he won’t get to go, and might not remain a free man for much longer. That is unless he can solve what is going on before he’s arrested. Paul’s been in this situation before in the first novel Retirement Homes are Murder, as well as suspected of major crimes in the second novel Living With Your Kids is Murder. There is a little bit of the same old same old, Paul’s a murder suspect and a police detective doesn’t believe he’s innocent or believe his memory reset story. But there is enough unique aspects such as a look into the world of the homeless and especially chosen as a lifestyle homeless people. Also the art world and the fact, a new character in his fiance’s grandson with behaviour issues for Paul to straighten out, he’s getting married and other things to add enough freshness to the same reoccurring plot. Like with the second novel, this book misses out on the other old age eccentric characters from the Kina Nani, Hawaiian retirement complex that added a heap of humour to the first one, although Paul does make a few phone calls to his best friend there.
This is my favorite of the Geezer-Lit series by Mike Befeler, though I’m a big fan of all of them. This tale of Paul Jacobson, an octogenarian who suffers from short term memory loss, is fast paced, witty, laugh out loud funny and totally charming. Paul can’t remember who he is when he wakes up and though he occasionally remembers to read the notes he leaves by his bedside, he often wakes and sees in amazement that he’s snuggled next to a gorgeous young chick in her seventies. (He always finds out to his surprise that she is his bride of just a few months.) Paul is a one-liner gold mine and as the bodies pile up — and around Paul Jacobson, they always manage to pile up — he infuriates the police homicide detective assigned to the case. There are a lot of engaging twists and turns that keep the plot ticking along beautifully while Paul ambles along, trying to keep out of trouble but somehow always landing right in it. Paul Jacobson is a very elderly man but his wit and his joy in life makes the whole novel shine. I highly recommend this book.