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Every wife has a story. Retirement Can Be Murder is the story of Carol Andrews and her Beloved Husband, Jim, members of the fastest growing demographic in history, the Baby Boomer generation. Carol dreads her husband Jim's upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can't imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands andEvery wife has a story. Retirement Can Be Murder is the story of Carol Andrews and her Beloved Husband, Jim, members of the fastest growing demographic in history, the Baby Boomer generation. Carol dreads her husband Jim's upcoming retirement more than a root canal without Novocain. She can't imagine anything worse than having an at-home husband with time on his hands and nothing to fill it -- except interfering in the day-to-day activities of their household and driving her crazy. Until her plans to stall Jim's retirement result in her husband being suspected of murdering his retirement coach....

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ISBN : 9780615273143
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Number of Pages : 231 Pages
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Retirement Can Be Murder Reviews

  • Clif Hostetler
    2019-04-15 01:58

    Carol and Jim Andrews are members of the Baby Boomer generation are thus at an age when the timing of retirement is a viable decision to consider. One glaring consequence of retirement is that Jim will be spending more time around the house. Carol loves her husband, but him being in the house all day would be too much husband. So Carol decides to do something about the situation. She arranges (i.e manipulates) to have her husband seek the advice of a professional retirement coach. Good plan, but the plan backfires when Jim ends up being a murder suspect after he finds the retirement coach slumped over in his chair dead. At this point Carol sets out to correct the problem she's created by becoming a clue collecting sleuth in order to solve the murder mystery. The basic outline of the plot that I've described above is contained in the first pages of Chapter 1, thus it's no spoiler. The story to be revealed by the book is how Carol figures out the identity of the murderer. The novel contains all the needed ingredients of a good murder mystery, more than one suspect, multiple motives, and unexplained clues that point guilt toward Carol's husband. Things begin to look bad for Carol and Jim, but there's a satisfactory ending. (There's a sequel, a total of 5 books in the series.)The writing is light hearted and infused with humor spread throughout the story. This approach is reinforced with humorous prologues at the beginning of each chapter on the subject of retirement. Some examples are noted below taken from the first three chapters: The hardest years of a marriage are the ones following the wedding.Q: When is a retiree’s bedtime?A: Three hours after he falls asleep on the couch.Q: Why do little boys whine?A: They’re practicing to be men.As the mystery plot becomes unfolded by the narrative, it manages to insert some good advice regarding retirement issues. A positive description of retirement counselling services is provided by the book. Overall, the plot contains an interesting mixture of mystery, humor and advice. This book is clearly aimed at the baby boomer generation, and is a clever way to get readers who may be contemplating retirement to review their options.

  • Patricia Rockwell
    2019-03-28 01:40

    Finally a cozy mystery with a heroine who is middle-aged, married, and a mother. In "Retirement Can Be Murder" our heroine is Carol Andrews, whose husband Jim is contemplating retirement from his stressful New York PR job. Carol entices Jim to visit a trendy retirement counsellor, but no sooner has Jim met the man than the counsellor is found dead--apparently murdered. Because Jim is the last person to see the man, Jim falls under suspicion, and Carol undertakes her own investigation--aided by her three best friends--to clear his name. Along the way, the couple's adult daughter returns home to live, following a break-up with her boyfriend. This book is quite unique among most cozies. Yes, the plot hums along at a nice pace and the characters are rich and well developed and the dialogue rings true. All of that is there, but what really makes this book special is the author's uncanny nack for finding humor in everyday situations. This is probably one of the funniest cozies I've ever read--and yet all of the humor flows naturally from the characters, the plot, and the dialogue. I'm especially entranced that the main characters are all senior (or almost senior) citizens. It reminds me a lot of that recent film "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. I certainly hope there will be more murders for Carol Andrewss to solve--after Jim actually retires.

  • Sesa38
    2019-04-07 22:46

    After reading the other reviews I thought i would like this one, I love cozy's and am looking for characters i can relate to and lots of humor. I only got about halfway through this and gave up. The main character, Carol, is upset because her husband wants to retire. She has a group of friends that seem like characters that i would like, they come together to support one another. But to me Carol was whining and self absorbed. Her husband, Jim, was wimpy and kind of needy. This book just didn'tclick with me. I was quite disappointed.

  • Suspense Magazine
    2019-04-17 20:50

    Not since first picking up one of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, have I ever laughed or enjoyed a book so much as Santangelo’s “Retirement can be Murder”.Jim and Carol Andrews, a typical, baby-boomer, over sixty couple: him, controlling, quiet, unwilling to communicate, her, dutiful, sweet and knows when to shut up. The one thing Jim can’t control however is how Carol thinks—and she is funny!Carol thinks she’s being smart, steering Jim toward speaking with the well-known retirement specialist when—for the umpteenth time—he swears he’s going to take an early retirement. Things get out of control very quickly when Jim is accused of murdering retirement guru Dr. Davis “Dick Retuccio” Rhodes.Mark Anderson, a local police officer and old, family friend is unfortunate enough to be caught between his job and his loyalty to this family. He knows none of the information Carol learns just by nosing around a bit and asking “innocent” questions. She learns there is more than one possible suspect here and she’s out to find the real killer.My favorite parts about this book are when Santangelo “speaks” to the reader. When you read her book, she’s sitting in your living room telling you about her life. And, she mentions the Berkshires—my home. I loved it! As an added bonus, you get a great, two ingredient recipe to boot!Reviewed by: Terri Ann Armstrong, author of “Morning Menace” for Suspense Magazine

  • Anna Marie
    2019-03-26 01:42

    I could relate to this story as I have had friends who have worried about their spouse's retirement. This story is told by Carol who is a silly stay-at-home wife with two adult children and three very close friends. She talks often to her two dogs, Lucy and Ethel. Carol's plotting and outrageous fantasies are similar to those antics of Lucy Ricardo in "I Love Lucy." The author has funny questions and answers about retirement at the beginning of each of the 30 chapters, such as: Q: What's the first big shock of retirement? A: When you realize there are no days off.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-04-19 01:08

    This book caught my attention on page one with it's incredibly truthful chapter headings that had me roaring in laughter! Susan Santangelo is a Goodreads author and on Facebook and is one terrific Author to boot. It is about a wife's internal feelings about her hubby's upcoming retirement (with a murder mystery thrown in for a bonus!) I liked the characters, the settings, the mystery was solid and the book flowed.Please go out and discover this author!

  • Kathi
    2019-04-11 22:07

    Don't botherSorry to say I did not like this book. Her 'beloved' was so pompous that I kept hoping he was the murderer after all, even though he was the obvious suspect. She should have kicked him to the curb. Don't waste your time on these snippy people. I won't be reading any other books in this series. Retirement has to be better than this!

  • Edie
    2019-03-25 22:06

    I really can't stand the way Carol lets her husband, Jim, treat her. He yells at her, he belittles her opinions. Why does she call him "My Beloved"? I can't imagine any woman tolerating a marriage like hers.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-07 21:08

    kind of stupid, didn't like the main characters at all

  • Chris Leuchtenburg
    2019-04-20 01:44

    Endless yacking, not much mystery, clumsy character development, slow paced, couldn't finish it. Yuck.

  • Woody
    2019-04-20 00:52

    Funny cozy readCarol faces a daunting prospect, her husband is thinking of Retiring.!! They go to see a retirement counsellor, who is later murdered. Carol’s husband Jim becomes a suspect, and she tries to prove his innocence by solving the murder. Quite funny in parts and entertaining, especially the end of chapter quotes which had me laughing every time. I didn’t enjoy the way Jim the husband treated and spoke to Carol, probably why she dreaded his retirement so much. I didn’t really engage with the character of Carol either. OK murder mystery. It was a light read with the funny entertaining bits keeping me going to the end.

  • Kathleen Meacham
    2019-04-06 22:54

    A new author for me. I had high hopes for this series, but found the first installment to be just O.K. There were multiple editing errors (i.e. missing words) and a bit of unnecessary profanity. I thought that it would be much funnier, and at times I found the book repetitive. Plus it was obvious who the killer was, and yet the ending was drawn out. That said, I will still try the next in the series as I don't want to give up on it yet.

  • Drew
    2019-03-30 20:00

    ‘Retirement Can Be Murder’ is an nice little cozy mystery with an interesting plot and some good one liners. The characters are fun and interesting but the plot was a bit straightforward. While I didn’t know why the killer did it until the end I could tell who it was pretty early in the story. The writing is good an I’ll definitely move on in the series when I’m in the mood for a similar type book. If you like cozy mysteries this is story should be right up your alley.

  • Rose Sandoval
    2019-04-18 00:55

    Is he guilty?A murder and having to find a way to keep Jim from going to prison for it sure can be draining. Carol shows us that a wife will do what is needed to make sure that her husband stays home. or can she? All the evidence points to him.

  • Marcia
    2019-04-11 00:07

    Great and entertaining I read this book after reading the second one in this series. I love her writing and her humor hits home in many ways. I look forward to reading each one in this series!

  • Kathy
    2019-03-27 23:39

    Loved it

  • Scilla
    2019-04-09 00:39

    Jim Andrews is talking about retirement, and Carol isn't too happy about it. She checks out retirement planning services, and by talking about it on the phone with a friend convinces her husband to see a counselor, Davis Rhodes. Jim is convinced he has convinced Davis to let Jim do an ad campaign for him. Then Carol hears that Davis is going to give a presentation on a TV show that Jim hadn't planned. Jim goes to see Davis on his way home from work, and finds Davis dead. The police suspect Jim and Carol gets to work to try to find the culprit and save Jim. There daughter Jenny comes home from California, and one of the police on the case, Mark, was a close friend of hers in middle school.

  • Beth Wilson
    2019-04-13 18:54

    CuteThis was a cute story. It ended happily, which is always appreciated, well mostly always! It took me awhile to get through this book; it was good, but not compelling.

  • Julie
    2019-04-07 18:59

    Carol is freaking out because her husband, Jim, wants to retire. She hopes to dissuade him by hooking him up with a retirement coach. The retirement coach is meant to give him direction and help him find purpose in his retirement, or, as Carol hopes, convince him it's too soon to retire. Instead Jim becomes so excited by the retirement coach that he decides to take him on as a new client at his PR firm. Unfortunately when no contract is signed and Jim finds out that his new client is making a major TV appearance without telling him first he loses his temper, storms over to the coach's office, and finds him dead. Soon Carol becomes convinced that somebody is trying to frame her husband and starts doing some sleuthing of her own.I figured out why Carol didn't want her husband to retire. He's an absolute jerk - okay, that's not Carol's reason because she appears to love him and be blind to his pompous behavior, but I sure wouldn't want him hanging around the house all day. He yelled at her regularly, made her cry, ignored what she said, treated her as if she was stupid and not worth his time, wouldn't talk to her about important subjects like the police investigation, and had serious control issues. Then he would come up with a wimpy apology. Essentially, I found his behavior emotionally abusive and hoped he really was the murderer and would rot in jail because Carol seemed a nice woman with a lot to offer the world. I also basically liked her group of friends - though they spent a lot of time snapping at one another for such close friends, her daughter and son, and even one of the police detectives. I liked her dogs.The book moved quite slowly. The mystery really only filled up the last half of the book. It was a creative murder, but Carol tracked down clues so easily it was hard to see why the police weren't able to track them themselves. Carol found out he had a wife. Carol found out he was using a false name. Carol found out about his educational history. Do the police in her town not have computers or phones? There was some promise to the book. I loved the idea of an older woman with grown children as the hero. But I saw in the next book that her husband forces her to move out of their family home despite the fact that she doesn't want to go, and I wasn't up for an entire new book on Carol letting the man she unreasonably calls "my beloved" treat her like worthless trash.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-27 17:52

    Carol can't wait to meet her friends for lunch. When they sit down at Maria's, their usual place to eat, she begins her rant about how Jim has announced that he is going to retire. When his old boss passed away and his wife, who had inherited the company brought in a young man to take over, things began to go downhill for Jim. He hated the way the new boss ran things which were very atypical of an office setting and felt as though the young people that the new boss hired didn't pull their weight. He was ready for a fresh start and retirement looked good. Carol was sent into a tailspin by this announcement because she couldn't get beyond how it would affect her days. He had no hobbies so what would he do all day? How would she do the things she loved if he was always underfoot?After listening to her rant, one of her friends told her about a retirement coach that she had just heard about named Dave Rhodes. Carol investigated his website and thought that perhaps if she was able to get Jim to see this man and start planning to retire, it might keep him from retiring right away. Unbelievably, when she brought up the idea Jim said that he would go and the next week they met Dave Rhodes. Jim, however, was getting the idea of making Rhodes his client instead of becoming Rhodes' client! Jim seemed invigorated about having gained a new client even though Carol thought he was delusional as far as Rhodes wanting to be his client. Jim had met with Dave several times and was making plans to run a PR campaign for hm. Carol congratulated Jim on his coup to get Dave on tv but Dave blew up because he hadn't gotten him on tv and felt betrayed. He was going to see him and give him a piece of his mind..... except that he couldn't because when he arrived Dave was dead and now he was the prime suspect in the case! And Carol knew that it was all her fault. How would Carol ever keep Jim out of prison stripes?

  • LORI CASWELL
    2019-03-25 20:41

    Carol Andrews and her Beloved Husband, Jim, are members of the fastest growing demographic in history, the Baby Boomer generation. Jim has started thinking about retiring because he isn’t really happy with all the new changes at work. Carol has her own routine and the last thing she needs is Jim hanging around the house all day. During a lunch with her friends Carol learns about retirement coaches. She thinks this is just what Jim needs to convince him retirement is just not the best option for him right now. She finds a retirement counselor online and using her years of experience being married to “her Beloved” she makes him think it was his idea to contact the guy. Carol is thrilled until the coach ends up dead and Jim becomes Murder Suspect #1.Dollycas’s ThoughtsBeing a “Baby Boomer” myself I was very interested to learn about this series so I have started from the beginning. What a treat!!Santangelo has created some interesting characters and put them in a situation many of us could be facing in the not too distant future. I think Jim is kind of a jerk and thank my lucky stars “my Beloved” is nothing like him, but he and Carol seem to be quite compatible and that makes for a great story even without the dead guy :)A healthy dose of humor is injected throughout the entire story. The chapters each start with a retirement joke or phase. I found myself giggling several times. Carol knows how to handle her husband and at times he even knows it too! Having an adult child move back home added another nice element to the tale.The mystery was light and enjoyable as Carol slowly found each piece to the puzzle. This would be a good book to take to the beach this summer. A very fast read, those pages just kept turning.This was a very pleasant debut for this series. I definitely want to read Moving Can Be Murder to see what Carol is up to next.

  • Terri Armstrong
    2019-04-06 19:02

    “Retirement can be Murder” by Susan Santangelo:Not since first picking up one of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plumb books, have I ever laughed or enjoyed a book so much as Santangelo’s “Retirement can be Murder”.Jim and Carol Andrews, a typical, baby-boomer, over sixty couple: him, controlling, quiet, unwilling to communicate, her, dutiful, sweet and knows when to shut up. The one thing Jim can’t control however is how Carol thinks—and she is funny!Carol thinks she’s being smart, steering Jim toward speaking with the well-known retirement specialist when—for the umpteenth time—he swears he’s going to take an early retirement. Things get out of control very quickly when Jim is accused of murdering retirement guru Dr. Davis “Dick Retuccio” Rhoades.Mark Anderson, a local police officer and old, family friend is unfortunate enough to be caught between his job and his loyalty to this family. He knows none of the information Carol learns just by nosing around a bit and asking “innocent” questions. She learns there is more than one possible suspect here and she’s out to find the real killer.My favorite parts about this book are when Santangelo “speaks” to the reader. When you read her book, she’s sitting in your living room telling you about her life. And, she mentions the Berkshires—my home. I loved it! As an added bonus, you get a great, two ingredient recipe to boot!Reviewed by: Terri Ann Armstrong, author of “Morning Menace” and Executive Editor for Suspense Magazine

  • Elva
    2019-03-23 20:50

    the ice cream bread recipe sounds really good and i can't wait to try it!the book is a nice, very quick read and a kinda realistic peek (i think, anyway)into the lives of female upper-middle class aarp'ers. i have hundreds of friends like this.i especially like that main character, carol, has 3 bffs who always have each other's backs. they are a little bit on the goody-2-shoes side. nevertheless, the women are loyal, honest, smart, and resourceful.carol and husband, jim (her 'beloved'), raised 2 children who have grown into decent, hard-working, and loving adults. that's a great legacy.jim, however, is a big fat, arrogant jerk. i especially hated that carol kept referring to him as 'my beloved'. (but to be fair, sometimes it was sarcastically.) but seriously, her beloved was a chauvinistic, hard-headed, know-it-all. and for someone in the PR business, very naive about people.carol has all the makings for a decent series, but jim will be her albatross unless he grows up.the retirement questions the retirement coach asks are valuable discussion points. i appreciate that the author included those at the end.PS: maybe i missed it or skipped it: was it ever clear WHOSE idea the retirement coach business initially was? was the the skinny blonde girlfriend, the attractive, white-haired ex-wife? or was it the dead guy? and did the ex-wife and blonde manipulator form a partnership and/or divide the spoils?

  • Merle
    2019-04-15 20:39

    Labeled as a "baby-boomer" mystery this is a fun new series written by Susan Santangelo. Written from the point of view of a woman who has just launched her two children and thinks she has gotten her days and the house to herself , she about to confront not only a boomerang child, but a husband contemplating retirement.Santangelo has a clever writing style even the quotes used at the heading of each chapter are fun to read...Each chapter had a quote about marriage, retirement or men...for example:"Q: What’s the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree? A: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents." And , Q: How do you keep your husband from reading your e-mail? A: Rename your mail folder “Living With Menopause.”. These quotes had me laughing.So another fun, light mystery series begins...with an entertaining book for a lazy afternoon corked up reading with a good cup of coffee. Since I am a baby boomer of a certain age I can relate to Carol and I will keep an eye out for more adventures about her and her husband Jim Andrews.

  • Starr Gardinier
    2019-03-23 22:48

    Santangelo pens an absolute delightful story starring Carol Andrews, unofficial sleuth.Carol Andrews starts a ball rolling with the worry that her husband will actually do what he’s been threatening to for years—retire. The type that is born to meddle (I mean assist), Carol tricks her husband Jim into an appointment with retirement coach, Davis Rhodes. Not long after their initial meeting, Rhodes ends up dead and Jim is looking good for the murder. But Carol isn’t going to sit back idly and wait for her husband to be arrested. With the help of her childhood friends and even her two children, she manages to unearth information the cops weren’t able to attain. But will it be enough or just be considered circumstantial? A terrific, light comedic read that will sure to make you laugh while you “investigate” side-by-side with Carol to save her husband from jail.Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of “Deadly Decisions”

  • Quantie5000
    2019-03-20 21:59

    Retirement Can Be Murder proved to be a perfect 'lighter read'....just at a time I was in need of a less intense read! Ironically, reading about Carol & Jim's ongoing escapades were very easy to follow....and often proved similar to the adventures in my life!If you're looking for a book with layers of intrigue, THIS would not be for you. However, if you're looking for some comic relief that includes a bit of mystery, THIS might prove to be a good match!SIDE NOTE: Am I the ONLY person who has never heard of ICE CREAM BREAD before???? Thankful the recipe was included; WILL be trying soon! Update to follow! Finally made a loaf of ICE CREAM BREAD today. After all the hype in the book, I was less than enchanted. Suffice it to say - I will NOT be keeping this recipe. There are much better ways to enjoy a sweet treat!

  • Joan
    2019-04-01 20:55

    Jim and Carol, a retirement aged couple from the baby boom generation, decide to seek retirement counseling from a new "hip" retirement counselor. The counselor is murdered and since Jim was the first to find the body and call the police, and since he was known to have argued with him, Jim became the probable suspect. Carol and her group of friends are somewhat amateur sleuths and work together to get Jim off the hook. Jim and Carol have adult children and friends who are all good people and who have each other's backs. There is a little bickering, a few hurt feelings etc. which is found in any family and friend dynamic and which make the novel more realistic. You will find out who the real murderer is fairly early in the book but the rest of the time you are trying to figure out how they will convict the murderer because of lack of evidence. It was a fun read.

  • Susan
    2019-03-24 01:44

    This is the first in a series of baby boomer mysteries. Carol is dismayed when her husband Jim, unhappy with the management at his public relations job, wants to take early retirement. His presence at home all day would eat into her comfortable lifestyle. As a delaying tactic, she manipulates him to sign up with a retirement coach, which leads to trouble when the man is murdered. Not only is Jim a leading suspect--he found the body!--but someone seems to be actively pointing the police in Jim's direction. It's up to Carol, and her band of demographically-appropriate friends, to save the day! I didn't find narrator-Carol too attractive, nor does she seem to really like the husband she refers to as "dearly beloved."

  • Amanda
    2019-04-09 23:08

    Retirement Can Be MurderI thoroughly enjoyed this first of the series and I am looking forward to reading the others in the series. Carol is semi-retired, when her husband begins talking about early retirement, she is at a loss. She finds a retirement coach and that sets the story in motion. When her husband finds the coach dead and is the prime suspect in the case, Carol- with help from her best friends and family- sets out to find the true murderer. I admit, I had partly figured out who did it about halfway through, however I never saw the "why" coming til it was revealed at the end.

  • Rita F. Kostoff
    2019-04-09 01:50

    Very enjoyableBeing a recent retiree, I was drawn to the title, and I love mysteries. Enjoyed the riddles at the beginning of each chapter. The story was interesting and well written. The only thing that bothered me was the pagination, which didn't adjust, so there were hyphenated words in the middle of sentences, and not the one that was supposed to be. I would recommend the book. Well worth your time.