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Cruising in Your Eighties is Murder (Paul Jacobson) by Mike Befeler
Review by Mel Jacob
Five Star Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781432825812
Date: 19 December 2012

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Octogenarian Paul Jacobson is on his honeymoon with his new bride Marion. However, each day when he awakes he has no memory of yesterday or the days before or of Marion. He suffers from short-term memory loss. He also has a nasty temper and a habit of stumbling on dead bodies. In his latest adventure he finds a dead homeless man as he and Marion are about to set off on an Alaskan cruise. Other bodies follow. He is a major suspect.

Jacobsonís language is crude at times and some of his jokes are lame, but he loves his new wife. He is observant and often notices clues missed by the police. His journal helps him piece things together and to restart each day.

Once they board their cruise, Paul finds himself in more trouble. An older woman accuses him of pushing her down a flight of stairs and then later into a fish breeding pond. His masseuse is found dead and Paul is suspected. He saves one man from drowning in a hot tub, but ends accused of trying to murder him.

After the older woman disappears, Paul is immediately suspected of having pushed her overboard. He protests his innocence and Marion backs him up. His granddaughter and Marionís grandson backstop him via telephone calls and online research. They learn the masseuse killed was the daughter of a Latvian crime boss.

While the security chief aboard the cruise ship regards him with increasing suspicion, he makes a friend of a lawyer also on the cruise and gathers some information through him.

Fans of the popular cozy series will be glad to see Paul back in action. He also gives hope to those older folks who suffer from a similar handicap. At least his sex life doesnít suffer.

The prose is somewhat flat and relies heavily on dialogue. Surprising allies come to Paulís aid. The colorful, slapstick climax will leave the readers laughing.

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