The Back Wing

The first book in a new paranormal geezer-lit mystery series

Grieving widower Harold McCaffrey moves into the Mountain Splendor Retirement Home and finds himself living in the Back Wing with a group of strange residents — aging witches, vampires, werewolves and shapeshifters.


He bonds with his fellow denizens, especially Bella, who has promise of becoming more than just a friend. Things are looking up for Harold — until he and Bella must use all their normal and extra-normal skills to solve two murders in this very unique retirement community.

Based on 53 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Back wing

There was plenty to keep your mind wondering. I laughed and found myself routing for the back wing. Loved this book.

March 11, 2023

5.0 out of 5 stars Back wing

There was plenty to keep your mind wondering. I laughed and found myself routing for the back wing. Loved this book.

Heather Black
December 1, 2021

4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery, a little too easy to solve

Great characters. I love they idea of the supernatural getting old and having to retire. I do not believe for a second that a 14 year-old buy is going to keep his adventures to himself. The series could end up with a “how can yet another murder happen in this place” problem. But we will see.

August 25, 2020

4.0 out of 5 stars Strange neighbors

What more can a reader ask for than an engaging mystery, a like able main character ( plus grandson), and unique neighbors. When Harold Mccaffrey moved into a nursing home, he thought it was a huge mistake. Until he met his neighbors, learned of missing residents, and became an amateur detective. This is a fun read filled with laughter and excitement. In all fairness it could use a little editing.

June 25, 2020

5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner

Interesting characters and plot twists. After reading this, read the Front Wing.

NC writer
September 8, 2019

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and fun

An easy and fun read with a cast of interesting characters who pool their unique talents to solve a mystery.

Chuck Davis
August 1, 2015

4.0 out of 5 stars Toothless Vampires!

I usually stay away from novels about vampires, werewolves and witches, but this one is UNIQUE! Hilarious! Well written with relatable characters. This would make for a great movie!

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Funny!

The Back Wing is a lighthearted paranormal mystery about Harold McCaffrey, a widower reluctantly moving to the Mountain Splendor Retirement Home, where otherworldly beings inhabit the facility’s back wing. When missing residents are discovered dead, suspicion naturally falls on the resident witches, vampires, and shape-shifters. But Harold and his witchy new love, Bella, set out to uncover the true villains.

Dizzy Lizzy
October 9, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER SUPER SERIES!!

You don’t want to miss reading this super book! The plot twists, the characters are something else! You don’t want it to end, yet at the same time, you want to know who’s been doing what to who and why. I can’t wait for the next book to come out! Get your copy today!

Bonnie Ramthun
August 23, 2013

5.0 out of 5 stars A charming gem of a cozy mystery with humor and heart.

Who knew vampires, witches and werewolves need nursing homes too? Such is the premise of The Back Wing, Mike Befeler’s charming mystery set in the gorgeous Mountain Splendor Retirement Home in Golden, Colorado. Befeler, who writes the Retirement Home Geezer Lit series, takes a whimsical turn with The Back Wing. The main character, Harold McCaffrey, faces the difficult move into a retirement home with a mixture of dread and resignation, only to find himself accidentally assigned to the Back Wing where the residents sleep all day and stay awake all night. McCaffery must solve a disappearance that swiftly turns into murder, keep his bored teenaged grandson entertained during a week-long visit, deal with limping werewolves, forgetful vampires who lose their dentures, and a very attractive witch who can walk through walls. The jokes and the plot-twists keep coming until the satisfying finale. This is a fresh and unique take on paranormal mysteries and it’s thoroughly enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

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