CRUISING IN YOUR EIGHTIES IS MURDER by Mike Befeler

CRUISING IN YOUR EIGHTIES IS MURDER

KIRKUS REVIEW

A geezer with a short-term memory problem gets entangled in several murders.

Paul Jacobson wakes up most mornings not knowing where he is. Today, he’s in bed with a lovely older woman who turns out to be his new wife, Marion. His bride has come up with a plan to refresh his memory and keep him out of trouble, but when Paul goes out for a walk without reading the note she left, he gets into an argument with a panhandler whom he finds dead shortly thereafter. Although the police consider him a suspect, the honeymooners are allowed to leave on their cruise to Alaska. Not even reading his journal every morning to refresh his memory keeps Paul out of trouble. The ship’s security chief anoints him the leading suspect when a Latvian girl giving him a massage is murdered. He is also suspected of shoving several people, stealing a wallet and pushing a wealthy old lady from her balcony. This is not the first time Paul has been involved in a murder investigation (Senior Moments Are Murder, 2011, etc.), and despite his handicap, he’s determined to solve this one before he’s arrested—assuming that he survives his tussles with Latvian gangsters, bears and an annoyed group of oldsters from Reno.

The mystery keeps you guessing, and the subject of memory loss is sensitively treated, but enough with the geezer jokes.

Pub Date: Dec. 19th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4328-2581-2
Page count: 276pp
Publisher: Five Star
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2012




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