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Saturday, December 16, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Mike Befeler & Death of a Scam Artist!

Good Morning Friends!

Over the last three months, Mike Befeler has shared thoughts with us on a new genre of novels categorized as "GeezerLit." Today we get a sneak peek into his novel, Death of a Scam Artist.

 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.

Excerpt: Reginald Bentley sank into a swivel chair previously compressed by a much larger derriere than his. As the new executive director of the peeling white behemoth known as Sunny Crest Retirement Community, he realized the challenge ahead. After detecting a musty smell emanating from the bottom drawer of the worn, wooden desk, he spent thirty minutes removing a grimy coffee mug, disposing of Jolly Rancher wrappers, throwing away a half-eaten, moldy Twinkie, filing poorly written reports and discarding gnawed pencils. 

The framed photograph on the wall of a snow-covered mountain pass would have been the one item of quality here, except for what looked like a bullet hole in the lower left corner and a knife slash on the right side. Below the picture, the once white walls displayed charming brown handprints, possibly the remnants of the previous executive director trying to escape the barely livable workspace. Reginald hoped it was mud or chocolate, and nothing worse. 

He shook his head, wondering what he had gotten himself into. Perhaps he should call in Special Forces with a flame thrower to torch the office. He eyed a bent paper clip that appeared to have a dollop of earwax attached and pitched it into the wastebasket.

A woman who resembled a large red gummy bear in a white nurse’s uniform burst into the office, dragging a tiny, twitching woman by the arm.

Ms. Gummy Bear skidded to a stop in front of his desk. She reminded him of a tank sliding through slime. “We have a dire emergency!” she said.

Mike Befeler is author of fourteen books including six books in the Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery Series: Nursing Homes Are Murder; Care Homes Are Murder;Cruising in Your Eighties Is Murder, a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2012; Senior Moments Are MurderLiving with Your Kids Is Murder, a finalist for The Lefty Award for best humorous mystery of 2009; and Retirement Homes Are Murder. He has two published paranormal mysteries: The V V Agency and The Back Wing; a theater mystery titled, Mystery of the Dinner Playhouse; a historical mystery, Murder on the Switzerland Trail ; a sports mystery, Court Trouble: A Platform Tennis Mystery; an international thriller, The Tesla Legacy; and his most recent novel is Death of a Scam Artist. 

He also has a non-fiction book titled, For Liberty: A World War II Soldier’s Inspiring Life Story of Courage, Sacrifice, Survival and Resilience (The Best Chicken Thief in All of Europe). 

Mike is past-president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America. After a thirty-nine year business career, he retired into writing. He grew up in Hawaii, spent many years in Boulder, Colorado, and currently lives in Lakewood, California, with his wife Wendy. If you are interested in having the author speak to your book club, contact him at. mikebef@aol.com   His website is http://www.mikebefeler.com and blog is: http://mikebefeler.blogspot.com   Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Wow, thanks Mike! We certainly wish you the best of luck and God's blessings with your books.

Well, Friends, I hope you've enjoyed Mike's visit today. Read his other blog posts Here, Here & Here and be sure to stop by each week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and of course, Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Jacqueline Seewald said...


It sounds like an excellent mystery novel. Scamming seems to be worse than ever before. So this is a perfect topic.

Mike Befeler, author of geezer-lit and paranormal mysteries said...

Jacqueline, scams of seniors is a very timely topic. On Monday I'm attending a program on scams at the senior center in Lakewood, CA.

Judy Ann Davis said...

Looks like a funny, wonderful read. Best of luck with promotion. Have a holly jolly Christmas!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Mike Befeler had the best series idea ever and then turned the macro-concept into even more excellent stories that all elders (including me) can relate to. I always enjoy reading about his current projects.

Diane Burton said...

Sounds like an intriguing mystery. Best wishes.

Mike Befeler, author of geezer-lit and paranormal mysteries said...

Pamela, thanks for hosting me on your blog. I appreciate the comments from Jacqueline, Judy Ann, Pat and Diane. Happy holidays and merry Christmas to everyone.

Alina K. Field said...

I love the name of this genre! Best of luck!

Mike Befeler, author of geezer-lit and paranormal mysteries said...

Thanks, Alina.