Mike Befeler's latest novel,
The V V Agency,
a paranormal private investigator mystery, is now available.
Coming in June, 2013, the fifth book in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, Care Homes Are Murder.
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Remembering nothing from the day before, crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson must become an amateur sleuth to clear himself as a murder suspect when he finds a dead body in the trash chute of a retirement home. As Paul’s snooping and short-term memory loss get him in trouble with the local police, his new friends and granddaughter Jennifer help him solve an expanding list of crimes. Paul finds romance as he struggles to escape a murderer intent on a repeat performance. Read more...
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Living with Your Kids Is Murder was a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2009.
In this the second of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery series, Paul must solve two murders while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. As Paul ends up suspiciously close to a bank robbery, kidnapping and drug bust, his granddaughter Jennifer helps him track down the real perpetrators. Paul juggles two girlfriends, experiences the vagaries of romance and must find a way to stay alive when he confronts the murderer. Read more...
Now available. 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. Read more...
Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder is a finalist for The Lefty Award for the best humorous mystery of 2012.
In this, the fourth of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, octogenarian Paul Jacobson runs afoul of the police and ship security while on a honeymoon cruise to Alaska with his bride. Paul must deal with mayhem, missing people and murder. He has to use all his geezer resources to solve a case of international intrigue. Read more...
Available June 19, 2013.
In this, the fifth of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, octogenarian Paul Jacobson returns to Hawaii for a vacation with his family and becomes involved in a series of crimes, while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. He faces a number of strange coincidences involving acts of vandalism, drug dealers and two murders. Paul puts all the pieces together, escapes a watery grave, and with the help of his friends, solves the murders. Read more...
Imagine a dash of Philip Marlowe wrapped in an urban fantasy. The V V Agency is a paranormal mystery that spoofs the PI subgenre and introduces the transvictus—a unique shape shifter.
Van and Vanna run a detective agency, but clients never see them together for a simple reason. A sexual encounter transforms one into the other, and nudity renders them invisible. This presents some interesting dilemmas for his and her love lives, but gives them a distinct advantage when doing detective work. In this, the first book in the series, Van and Vanna take the case of a woman suspected of killing her husband. Read more...
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"Humorous and heartbreaking." — Library Journal
"Befeler’s book is a humorous example of the new sub-genre, ‘geezer-lit.’ He portrays the grumpy, arthritic, and sometimes amorous retirement home residents in a down-to-earth way that’s refreshing. Sometimes sad, but mostly funny, his tale of a plucky and sarcastic ‘old fart’ will win your heart." — Mystery Scene Magazine
"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
"Retirement Homes Are Murder is 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 continued usefulness of the octogenarian crowd. This is a must read for 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
"Mike Befeler's funny, feisty, and memory-challenged senior sleuth is a delightful addition to the mystery scene. Don't miss Retirement Homes Are Murder." — Maggie Sefton, author of A Deadly Yarn