Today's guest is new to me and our blog so please give Mike Befeler a great big southern WELCOME!
Mike is past-president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. He holds a Master’s degree from UCLA and a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and now lives in Lakewood, California with his wife, Wendy.
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Now let's see what Mike has to share with us today....
Geezer-lit Mysteries—The What and the Why
I have a confession to make. I write geezer-lit mysteries. Not all my mysteries are geezer-lit since I also have two paranormal mysteries, a theater mystery, a historical mystery, a sports mystery and a thriller, but my six book series and my latest book are geezer-lit mysteries. I didn’t come up with the tag line of geezer-lit mysteries. I owe this to my friend, Christine Goff, who writes bird watching mysteries and thrillers. She was kind enough to give me a blurb for my first published book, Retirement Homes Are Murder: “a wonderful debut novel—a fitting entry in the burgeoning field of geezer-lit.” I ran with it.
So what are geezer-lit mysteries? Simple answer: mysteries that feature older characters. The protagonist in my six book, Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series, is in his mid-eighties and has short-term memory loss. Although he can’t remember the day before, he becomes an amateur sleuth and even has a romance with a young chick in her seventies.
My most recent book, Death of a Scam Artist, features a whole new cast of characters. Although the protagonist is in his early forties, the mystery takes place in a retirement community and most of the characters are eighty plus. Here’s a preview: In Death of a Scam Artist, a financial hatchet man who dislikes old people, accepts the job of turning around a failing retirement home and undergoes a life-transforming experience in the world of geezers and geezerettes. He must deal with a suspicious death, a scam, a hit man, an unexpected romance and retired magician Jerry Rhine and his five whacky sidekicks known as the Jerry-atrics. He faces the most important decision of his life when he uncovers the secret behind an unusual murder.
How interesting, Mike! Sounds like a great genre. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today.
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