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The Tesla LegacyThe Tesla Legacy, An International Thriller

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Picture a retired mathematics professor and conspiracy nut with a butt-kicking, surrogate-daughter sidekick. Elmore Kranz bombards the police with his predictions of disaster until one of them actually happens, to the point that heís implicated in the plot. Even with the assistance of his one ally, rookie cop Brittney Chase, people start dying around Elmore as attempts are made on his life. Following up on inventions from eccentric genius, Nikola Tesla, Elmore and Brittney team up to solve a hundred year old puzzle while trying to thwart a secret government agency and an Afghani terrorist group who seek to get their hands on a doomsday weapon.

Trade Paperback ISBN 978-0-692-84423-6

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Court Trouble, A Platform Tennis Mystery

Court Trouble, A Platform Tennis Mystery by Mike BefelerNow available.

While Mark Yeager plays platform tennis at the recreation center with his buddies at night, the lights go out momentarily. When the lights come back on, Manny Grimes is found dead on the adjoining court, having been bashed on the head with a platform tennis paddle. Four people are standing next to Manny’s body on the enclosed court. Mark, who feels indebted to Manny for helping him when he came down with prostate cancer, talks his buddies into doing some of their own investigation into the four suspects. Mark becomes an amateur sleuth to find which of the four suspects is the murderer. Avoiding attempts on his life, he cracks the case and saves the courts from being shut down by the city.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4328-3222-3

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Praise for Court Trouble

“This solid series launch from Befeler introduces an unlikely amateur sleuth, platform tennis buff Mark Yeager. . . . Readers will look forward to seeing more of this determined tennis enthusiast and cancer survivor.” — Publishers Weekly


Murder on the Switzerland Trail

Murder on the Switzerland TrailNow available.

On Sunday morning, June 29, 1919, a group of people assemble at the Boulder depot for a trip into the mountains on the Switzerland Trail of America railroad, unsuspecting what lies in store for them. During the journey into the mountains, past relationships and negative feelings between passengers become apparent. After a lunch stop at the mountain destination, everyone returns to the railroad car for the journey back down the mountain—except for one passenger, who arrives only as the train is leaving. He staggers in through the back door of the railroad car, points toward the others and shouts “You assassin!” before collapsing in the aisle, dead from a knife wound.

Off-duty police officer Harry McBride is determined to solve the murder before the train returns to the Boulder station. Armed with motives from the earlier conversations, he sorts through suspects to find the killer.

This historical mystery novel provides a snapshot of the city of Boulder, Colorado, and its narrow-gauge railroad in the early years of the twentieth century.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4328-3050-2

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For Liberty: A World War II Soldier's Inspiring Life Story of Courage, Sacrifice, Survival and Resilience

For Liberty: A World War II Soldier's Inspiring Life Story of Courage, Sacrifice, Survival and Resilience by Mike BefelerNow available.

What price did our World War II veterans pay for Liberty? Ed was a Jewish-American soldier who served in the 399th Infantry Regiment of the 100th Division in Europe during World War II. Ed recalls the battles in the fox holes and hand to hand combat.

When captured, Ed spent seven days without food and water in a railroad boxcar. In Stalag IV-B, Ed lost over 65 pounds in just four months eating potatoes, and bread made from saw dust. In desperation he tried and failed to escape, before being released in April of 1945.

For a period he was on his own in the part of Germany under Russian control. In spite of his hatred of Germans for how inhumanely he was treated in prison, he stole chickens to save four German refugees and called himself “The Greatest Chicken Thief in all of Europe.”

However, he was not okay when he re-entered civilian life. He had suffered several serious wounds. While his body healed, the psychological wounds remained. He suffered from PTSD, considered suicide and had reoccurring nightmares that caused him to once nearly choke his wife as he dreamt of being a prisoner.

We learn about his life, divorce from his first wife as a result of the PTSD and consequently the loss of his son’s custody, and the detrimental effects that the trauma of war and imprisonment by the Germans had on the rest of his life, Yet, his resilience, his sense of humor, and humanity prevailed and he made a life for himself.

At 94 years old, Ed told his stories to the author Mike Befeler who helped Ed reunite with his estranged son after 57 years. Ed retains an amazing sense of humor and shares his wisdom about politics, history and much more.

This historical biography is a must read for anyone who wants to really understand World War II and the personal sacrifices our armed forces made to liberate the world from Hitler’s tyranny and oppression, from the point of view of someone who was there.

Trade Paperback ISBN 978-069244460-3

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Retirement Homes Are Murder

Book cover: Retirement Homes are Murder, by Mike BefelerThe first book in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series.

When cantankerous octogenarian Paul Jacobson discovers a body wedged in a retirement home trash chute, he must become an amateur sleuth to clear himself as a murder suspect while struggling with the problems of his short term memory loss and being stuck living with a bunch of old people.

As Paul's snooping gets him in trouble with the local police and the retirement home administration, he meets eccentric residents, develops a new friendship, experiences the quirks of old age romance and must face his biggest fear in order to escape from a mysterious murderer.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4328-2734-2

Large Print ISBN 978-1-4104-5596-3

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Living With Your Kids Is Murder

Book cover: Living With Your Kids is Murder, by Mike BefelerThe second book in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series.

Living with Your Kids Is Murder was a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2009.

Imagine waking up in your sonís home, not remembering anything from the day before and being accused of murder. Or consider a male Miss Marple enmeshed in a light-hearted Memento with a dash of Fifty First Dates. In this, the second of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery series, crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson 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.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59414-761-6

Large Print ISBN 978-1-59722-996-8

Praise for Living With Your Kids Is Murder

"It's hard to beat a team that includes a wisecracking old fart and a straight-talking young sprout, and Befeler's second geezer-lit entry delivers." - Kirkus Review

"You would think an amateur detective with an addled brain who wakes up each morning with no clue what happened the day before couldn't possibly solve a murder. You would be wrong! In LIVING WITH YOUR KIDS IS MURDER, crime magnet Paul Jacobson, the man with short-term memory loss, aided by his precocious granddaughter, Jennifer, outwits the police at every turn. It's Nancy Drew meets Memento! What a concept! And what fun! Mike Befeler's Geezer-lit mystery is just the thing for what ails you. Enjoy!" - Parnell Hall, author of the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries.

"Mike Befelerís second time out with his memory-challenged hero, Paul Jacobson, hits another home run. The plot is funny, the writing, witty. Paul visits family and every move he makes gets him in trouble with the police. And he canít leave town until all the problems are solved. The way his senior citizen character deals with never remembering the day before is cleverly written. A fun book to read." - Rita Lakin, Author of GETTING OLD IS A DISASTER

"In LIVING WITH YOUR KIDS IS MURDER, the sequel to RETIREMENT HOMES ARE MURDER, octogenarian Paul Jacobson is at it again, stumbling onto crime scenes and promptly forgetting them. This time he's not only accused of murder, but also vandalism, theft, and other nefarious crimes. But never fear, Paul's wily whipper-snapper of a granddaughter helps him sniff out suspects and clues. Flinging wise-cracks at cops and crooks alike, this old coot is a hoot!" - Beth Groundwater, author of A REAL BASKET CASE, Best First Novel Agatha Nominee

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Senior Moments Are Murder, by Mike BefelerSenior Moments Are Murder

The third book in 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.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4328-2509-6

Large Print ISBN 978-1-4104-4116-4

Trade Paperback ISBN 978-1-893035-37-9

Praise for Senior Moments Are Murder

"Mystery fans of all ages will welcome Befeler's third humorous cozy featuring octogenarian Paul Jacobson. When Paul, who suffers from short-term memory loss, awakes one morning next to an attractive woman he doesn't know in an unfamiliar garage apartment, he decides to clear his mind by going for a walk. Outside, after determining he's in Venice Beach, Calif., he discovers a dead body in a canal. Soon after, he learns the woman in the bed is his fiancée, Marion Aumiller, and it's their wedding day. When the body in the canal turns out to be a murder victim, Paul resolves to solve the crime before he and Marion depart in two weeks on their honeymoon cruise to Alaska. Aided by a daily journal he keeps and his 12-year-old granddaughter, a computer whiz, Paul once again proves a formidable sleuth." - Publishers Weekly

"Senior Moments Are Murder, Mike Befeler's third humorous cozy mystery, enters octogenarian Paul Jacobson's world where he starts us off laughing from the first sentence. Paul's journey is hilarious and also very touching when he becomes friendly with the homeless population. Despite the police detective's cynical opinion of him, Paul proves to be a highly capable crime solver, staying several steps ahead of the skeptical constable." - Coloradoan

“A gentle tale in which that venerable subgenre, the amnesiac whodunit, is freshened by a geriatric hero whose short-term memory loss is all too believable. Befeler’s third installment won’t ruffle any feathers. It’s the sort of cozy your grandparents would love.” - Kirkus Review

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Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, by Mike BefelerCruising in Your Eighties is Murder

The fourth book in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series.

Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder is a finalist for The Lefty Award for the best humorous mystery of 2012.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4328-2581-2

Large Print ISBN 978-1-4104-5558-1

Octogenarian Paul Jacobson becomes involved in a series of crimes while struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss. On an Alaskan cruise, he must deal with mayhem, missing people and murder and use all his geezer resources to solve a case of international intrigue.

Praise for Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder

“Befeler's fourth series entry is enjoyable for the scenery, the observations about cruise ship operations, and the Agatha Christie-like summation.”—Library Journal

“The murder keeps you guessing, and the subject of memory loss is sensitively treated.”—Kirkus Review

“Lively fourth mystery featuring octogenarian Paul Jacobson. The story’s endearing zaniness keeps boredom at bay.”—Publishers Weekly

“Take a geezer on an Alaskan honeymoon cruise, stir in a few dead bodies, sprinkle with icebergs, and you have the makings for a fabulous mystery romp in Mike Befeler's Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder. Laugh out loud funny with quirky characters galore.”—Joan Johnston New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling Author

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Care Homes Are Murder by Mike BefelerCare Homes Are Murder

The fifth book in 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.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4328-2692-5

Large Print ISBN 978-1-4104-6240-4

Praise for Care Homes Are Murder

“A Hawaiian vacation goes awry for memory-challenged Paul when a death at an assisted-living facility seems suspicious. Enjoy the laughs as he tackles his fifth case.”—Library Journal

“The lighthearted fifth Paul Jacobson mystery takes the crime-solving octogenarian and his family to Hawaii . . . this combination of travelogue and Keystone Kops humor, with a geezer joke or two thrown in, will appeal to most cozy fans.”—Publishers Weekly

“An older man continues his sleuthing streak. Despite the fact that Paul remembers very little, someone thinks he knows too much. It will take family, friends and a lot of luck to keep him alive . . .often amusing.”—Kirkus Review

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Nursing Homes Are Murder by Mike BefelerNursing Homes Are Murder

The sixth book in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series.

The Honolulu police ask octogenarian Paul Jacobson to go undercover in a nursing home because of a sexual assault. Struggling with the problems of his short-term memory loss, he must also deal with a murder and some of the wacky residents. Paul struggles to not be the next murder victim while he puts all the pieces together.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4328-2816-5

Large Print ISBN 978-1-4104-7328-7

Praise for Nursing Homes Are Murder

“Welcome back the king of geezer lit with his sixth cozy featuring Paul Jacobson, the sleuth with short-term memory loss.”—Library Journal

“An octogenarian sleuth strikes again. Even though his near-photographic memory of each day utterly vanishes by the next morning, Paul Jacobson has been confoundingly successful in helping the police solve crimes. Befeler supplies the customary cast of eccentric senior citizens, the usual surfeit of geezer jokes and enough suspects to keep you guessing.”—Kirkus Review

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Mike Befeler Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series E-Book Box SetMike Befeler Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series E-Book Box Set

Box Set of books 1-4 of the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series: Retirement Homes Are Murder Book 1: Crotchety octogenarian Paul Jacobson struggles with his short-term memory loss and must solve a murder in his retirement home. Living with Your Kids Is Murder Book 2: Paul moves to Colorado to live with his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and becomes entangled in a murder. Senior Moments Are Murder Book 3: In Venice Beach, California, Paul must figure out a mystery involving the local art community. Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder Book 4: While on an Alaskan cruise, Paul becomes enmeshed in a murder and must escape a vicious crime lord.

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Mystery of the Dinner PlayhouseMystery of the Dinner Playhouse

In Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse a staged murder at a mystery dinner playhouse turns into a real poisoning death. Recently retired detective, Gabe Tremont, is called back to solve the crime, while struggling to figure out how to successfully retire. He discovers the playhouse director, the cast members and a spy from a competing theater all have reasons to want the murdered man dead.

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4328-2964-3

Large Print ISBN 978-1-4104-7828-3

Praise for Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse

“Taking a break from his Geezer series (Nursing Homes Are Murder, 2014), Befeler introduces an appealing new hero while maintaining his quirky sense of humor.”—Kirkus Review

“Former police detective Gabe Tremont did not plan his retirement well. Befeler introduces a new senior sleuth in a humorous cozy that recalls a classic English mystery, down to the finale with the cast of suspects gathered for the denouement.”—Library Journal

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The V V Agency, Mike BefelerThe V V Agency

The first book in a new paranormal PI series.

Trade Paperback ISBN 978-1-61009-073-5

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.

Praise for The V V Agency

“A cheeky PI story with a fresh urban-fantasy twist. It’s a snub nose revolver loaded with intrigue and chuckles.” — Mario Acevedo, author of Werewolf Smackdown

“Befeler branches out into one of the most interesting paranormal mysteries I’ve ever read. Definitely not some of the same old, same old. Fun and compelling.”—Donnell Ann Bell, Author of The Past Came Hunting and Deadly Recall.

“Zany and clever, THE V V AGENCY is written in a style reminiscent of detective novels of the ‘40s, but oh so much more original. The sleuth, when naked is invisible—but that’s not his only power, the second one is problematic to his sex life.”—F. M. Meredith, author of Dangerous Impulses

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The Back Wing, Mike BefelerThe Back Wing

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

Trade Paperback ISBN 978-0-9855643-6-0

Mike Befeler combines his award winning geezer-lit mysteries with his paranormal mysteries in the first paranormal geezer-lit mystery, The Back Wing.

Widower Harold McCaffrey moves into Mountain Splendor Retirement Home with a group of strange residents — witches, vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters. He bonds with his fellow denizens, especially the beautiful Bella. 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.

Praise for The Back Wing

“Mike Befeler has crafted a witty and fast-moving paranormal puzzle set in a retirement home. Where else could one enjoy the image of being gummed on the neck by a toothless vampire with dementia? It’s a fun read!”—Edgar winner Rex Burns

“Mike Befeler turns paranormal on its head in this charming tale of murder, mystery, and things that go dead in the night.” —Ellen Byerrum, author of The Crime of Fashion Mysteries

“A clever mystery plot and wacky cast provide humor and intrigue.” —Cricket McRae, author of The Home Crafting Mystery Series

“Mike Befeler has done it again – The Back Wing made me laugh out loud.” —Robert Spiller, author of The Bonnie Pinkwater Mysteries

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Who Died In Here?

Book contains short story by Mike Befeler

This book contains Mike's short story, "Never Trust a Poison Dart Frog".