Living with Your Kids is Murder

livingwithLiving with Your Kids is Murder
by Mike Befeier
2009 / 381 pages
read by Jerry Sciarrio 7h 14m
rating – B / very cozy crime –
(#2 in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit series)

This is pure cozy crime starring Paul Jacobson, an 80-something man who calls himself an “old codger,” etc.   This time when he goes to live with his only son in Boulder, Colorado he gets himself involved in a murder and several other crimes – some petty,  some not.  Paul’s serious problem is short term memory loss – everything from the day prior is erased during the night.  This presents a lot of problems – like he has no idea where that money came from.  Keeping a daily journal to remind himself of what happened the day prior helps a lot.  He has a girlfriend from the 1st book in the series and she appears.

The relationships Paul has are moderately  interesting (tolerable, actually) and include women because he’s a widower and not uninterested.  But he’s very bright and pretty funny in a groaner sort of way. Paul inserts himself into the detective work because in this book he’s the prime suspect in several cases.

I’m not sure what I get out of these books – they’re totally relaxing – the crimes are pretty good – much better than Ladies’ #1 Detective Agency books by Alexander McCall Smith (and I dearly love them).  Kind of on a par with the Needlecraft series by Monica Ferris.  I’m not a huge fan of cozy mysteries but once in awhile they are like a tasty little snack.

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