Ornery and robust octogenarian Paul Jacobson, who suffers from short term memory loss, wakes up in a place he doesn't recognize and struggles to figure out where he is. He learns he's living in a retirement home in Hawaii. Still trying to get oriented, he finds a dining hall where he meets, for what he thinks is the first time, table mates. His frustration builds when he's informed that he ate meals with them the day before. In his growing confusion, he returns to his room, finds a bag of bottles in his kitchenette and decides to discard them in the building's trash chute. When the bag gets stuck, Paul is shocked to discover a body wedged in the trash chuste. Things go downhill from there for Paul as he becomes a suspect and then is threatened himself by the murderer. Along the way Paul discovers love and romance, while trying to stay alive and find the killer.
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Retirement Homes Are Murder was inspired by people I met when my mom and stepdad lived in a retirement community. It started as a relationship story about three men and three women in a retirement home. At the same time I was writing a collection of short stories that had either the victim or the perpetrator being an older person. The two ideas merged and Retirement Homes Are Murder was born.From the Back Cover:
Get ready for a good time with the denizens of the Kina Nani Retirement Home as they hotfoot after a murderer. Amateur detective Paul Jacobson can't remember much of anything, least of all whether he's the killer or just the next intended victim. Kudos to Mike Befeler for this witty, clever, and wholly entertaining debut novel. -- Margaret Coel, author of The Drowning Man
Mike Befeler's funny, feisty, and memory-challenged senior sleuth is a delighful addition to the mystery scene. Don't miss Retirement Homes Are Murder. -- Maggie Sefton
A wonderful debut novel--a fitting entry in the burgeoning field of geezer-lit. Befeler's clever use of age-related challenges leaves the reader laughing and instills hope in the contunued usefulness of the octogenarian crowd. This is a must read of those approaching their "Golden Years" or who have parents who seem older than dirt. I guarantee, you'll come away smiling and cheering. Bravo! -- Christine Goff, author of Death Shoots a Birdie, a Birdwatcher's Mystery
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Book Description Five Star, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111432827340