“Living with Your Kids Is Murder”

“Living with Your Kids Is Murder” by Mike Befeler  is part of the “Paul Jacobson Geezer-lit Mystery” series. This series was recommended by a friend who described it as books about the funniest things you are afraid your grandparents might do, and that certainly is correct. The main character, octogenarian Paul Jacobson, has short-term memory issues and every day crime issues. He forgets everything when he goes to sleep, so he keeps a journal to remind himself of what happened previously. The time between reading up every morning and writing every night, is spent in the middle of every crime, infraction, argument or other dastardly deed in the small town where he went to live with his children and grandchildren.

Befeler creates scenarios that are felonious, offensive, or just plain annoying, and drops Jacobson in the middle. The results are hilarious as he tries, with the help of his granddaughter, to extract himself from the clutches of the law, annoying neighbor, and middle school juvenile delinquents. Jacobson makes fun of himself and everyone else. Obviously, no real people are as mean as those he meets, as incompetent as those he encounters, or as funny as he is, but this is fiction, so it is very entertaining.

The entire cast of characters is likeable, and this is an enjoyable book. It is easy to read, does not cause excruciating headaches, and yet has crimes, both big and small, that need to be solved. I listened to the audio book narrated by Jerry Sciarrio who did a wonderful job with the multiple characters and conveyed the humor and sarcasm perfectly. I am glad my friend recommended this book; sometimes readers just need to laugh right out loud