Mike Befeler

Biography

In the May, 2008, issue of the AARP Bulletin Mike Befeler was identified as one of four authors in a new emerging mystery sub-genre. Harlan Coben, president of Mystery Writers of America stated, “We’ve just scratched the surface on geezer-lit. It could be the next frontier in crime fiction.” Mike turned his attention to speaking and fiction writing after a career in high technology marketing. His debut novel, RETIREMENT HOMES ARE MURDER, was published January, 2007. The second novel in his Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, LIVING WITH YOUR KIDS IS MURDER, appeared April, 2009 and was a finalist for the Lefty Award for the best humorous mystery of 2009. The third book in the series, SENIOR MOMENTS ARE MURDER, was published in August, 2011. The fourth book, CRUISING IN YOUR EIGHTIES, was a finalist for The Lefty Award for the best humorous mystery of 2012. The fifth book, CARE HOMES ARE MURDER, was released in July, 2013 and the sixth book, NURSING HOMES ARE MURDER, in 2014,. He also has two published paranormal mysteries: THE V V AGENCY and THE BACK WING. Other published books include an international thriller, THE TESLA LEGACY, and standalone mysteries UNSTUFF YOUR STUFF, DEATH OF A SCAM ARTIST, COURT TROUBLE, MURDER ON THE SWITZERLAND TRAIL, MYSTERY OF THE DINNER PLAYHOUSE. Mike is past president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He is an acclaimed speaker and presents “The Secret of Growing Older Gracefully—Aging and Other Minor Inconveniences” "How to Survive Retirement" and "Rejection Is Not a Four Letter Word" to service organizations and senior groups. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, lived in Boulder, Colorado, and now resides in Lakewood, CA, with his wife, Wendy. http://www.mikebefeler.com

Where to buy in print

Books

The Best Chicken Thief in All of Europe
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 87,490. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography, Nonfiction » History » Military
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 battle in the foxholes, hand to hand combat, throwing Molotov cocktails at enemy tanks and more horrors of war during the relentless combat. Ed was captured by the Germans and interned in a prisoner of war camp. He survived to recount his experiences.
The Tesla Legacy
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,670. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Elmore Kranz, a conspiracy theory nut, bombards the police with predictions of disaster until one of them actually happens. With the assistance of police officer Britney Chase, Elmore must unravel a tangled web of international intrigue and prevent a terrorist and a secret government operative from getting their hands on a doomsday weapons based upon inventions of eccentric genius Nikola Tesla.
Court Trouble (A Platform Tennis Mystery)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,310. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Sports
When one of Mark Yeager's platform tennis buddies is found bludgeoned to death on the court, he becomes determined to identify his friend's killer.
Murder on the Switzerland Trail
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,200. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
After a man is murdered during a trip on the Switzerland Trail of America railroad, police officer Harry McBride sorts through the suspects among the passengers in the hope of finding the killer before the train returns to Boulder.
Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,910. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When 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 and discovers the playhouse director‚ the cast and a spy from a competing theater all have reasons to want the murdered man dead.
Care Homes Are Murder
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,030. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
In this, the fifth of 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 returns to Hawaii for a vacation. He’s caught up in murder and mayhem and must escape violent drug dealers while meeting some of the quirkiest characters you can imagine.
Nursing Homes Are Murder
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,800. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Paul Jacobson, who suffers from short-term memory loss, becomes an undercover resident at a nursing home to help the Honolulu police track down a sexual assault perpetrator. Things go downhill when the woman who had been assaulted is found murdered. Paul must use all his skill to escape attempts on his life and figure out who the culprit is.
The V V Agency
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,710. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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.
Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder
Series: Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,800. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Cantankerous 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. This book was a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012.
Senior Moments Are Murder
Series: Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,190. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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.
Living With Your Kids Is Murder
Series: Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,960. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Cantankerous 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 must find a way to stay alive when he confronts the murderer.
Retirement Homes Are Murder
Series: Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,670. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When crotchety 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.