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.