This is the first Grabenstein book I've read/heard. It will be my last. I bought it on the half-price sale and I don't think it was worth even that. John Ceepak is a wooden, one-dimensional, incredibly inauthentic character. In fact, he's just the idea of a character, barely a character at all. The narrator's reading of this character's voice only makes the character more flat and unbelievable. The author also has a bad habit of talking about how brilliant this character is through his sidekick Danny's commentary. Even if your plotting or your detective's deductions really are brilliant, it's not a good idea to say so overtly. If they really are--and they're not in this case--your readers will make that judgment. If they're not so brilliant, you just look foolish for claiming they are. To Grabenstein's credit, there are a few interesting moments in the plot. But overall, this is not even mediocre quality mystery writing.
71 year old avid reader using either my eyes or ears. I make earrings that I donate to shelters and while I work, I listen to wonderful books. I also keep in mind that you have to kiss frogs to find princes - time's too short to bother with losers.
It's nice to have a series that doesn't disappoint and here is one. This, I think, is book five (or maybe four) but so far it hasn't let me down. Great characters with interesting interactions. Start with book one and you'll enjoy seeing the protagonists grow.
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This episode involves Ceepak and Boyle, but the murder/suicide is not in Sea Haven jurisdiction. However, Ceepak finds a way to follow the clues and uncover the truth behind the death. Several of the circumstances are more disturbing than in earlier books, but Ceepak and Boyle are still fun to accompany on their sleuthing.
As always, Jeff Woodman has the characters perfect!
The author has used the story as a format to promote a personal political agenda based on a fantasy scenario driven by partisan politics. In fact he was so driven by the political agenda that his ultimate solution to the mystery was a last minute, unrealistic contrivance that was a stretch for anyone to figure out, regardless of their investigative skills. In short, it was not even a good detective mystery.
I was greatly disappointed in the direction he took this story because I have enjoyed his previous books. As I can no longer trust this author to keep his stories non-political, I won't be purchasing any more of his work.
I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!
This is one of my go-to series--and this installment did not disappoint.
The police detective team of John Ceepak and Danny Boyle continue to solve crimes and keep the peace in the resort town of Sea Haven, New Jersey. This story involved the suicide of a soldier recently home from a tour of duty in Iraq. But as usual, all is not as it seems.
I would classify this genre as light mystery, but I realized the crimes involved are not so "light". But the author's style of writing keeps the stories from being gruesome. The mysteries are always well constructed, start to finish. And the series' narrator, the multi-talented Jeff Woodman, is second to none.
As always, I highly recommend this book, as well as the entire John Ceepak series!
Enjoyed the 4th book in the series. If you liked the first 3 you will like this one as well...
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
Great book! I have read the series up to and including this book. I love them! When I finish the books, I feel like I have left behind my friends at the Jersey Shore...always leaves me wanting more!
Started out slow and never picked up. Reminded me of a group of people lacking in common knowledge of police work. They all seemed to stumble around, looking for answers in a murder investigation, with no one person with any training for more than parking tickets.
Was just OK. Not great. I would spend my money on better authors.
I thought the performance was good.
I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.
I find this series to be a bit on the light side as but they are a guilty pleasure. In this one we meet Ceepak's father and learn a bit more of his background with one heck of a surprise from his past.
The main story is about the murder of a soldier that was set up to look like a suicide. It keeps moving along pretty well with the usual humorous viewpoints pointed out by Danny.
Again, nothing super on the thriller/dramatic side but lots of fun to listen to.