I absolutely LOVE this series!! I've listened to them all, and I'm devastated that there aren't any more. So thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Start with the first and enjoy your way through the rest. You won't be sorry.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
Despite one "Roger that" too many from the book's main protagonist, I enjoyed this listen. When I purchased the book I didn't realize that it was written for a teen audience. Then again, maybe it wasn't, but that's the way it turned out. It was a sale book and since my wife grew up in the Jersey Shore setting, I thought it was worth the risk. Simple characters, a simple though somewhat contrived plot and simple dialogue make for a relaxed listen. A few years back I reread one of my Hardy Boys books to see what interested me back in my pre-teen years. One reread was enough to satisfy my nostalgia need. If you wonder what the Hardy Boys might be like dropping "F" bombs, then give this book a try. And if you're 16 years old, this author and his books are for you.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
Danny, a fledgling police officer, and Seapack, a former MP and now a veteran detective, are on a mission to stop a sniper in their sleepy little town of Sea Haven. The sniper is smart, invisible and, for some unknown reason, targeting Danny's group of lifelong friends. Not one of his friends, in this tight knit group, can think of any possible reason that could have invoked this brutal unsolicited attack. Sea Haven is a cool, little costal town that relies on it's summer guests to see them through the colder seasons, so in order to keep the situation quiet Seapack and Danny do thier best to keep the investigation under wraps. However, in a small, gossipy town that is not always an easy thing to do.
A fast pace, good mystery with the return of all of the series regular characters. Jeff Woodman does an outstanding job narrating as usual, so if your looking for a clean, relaxing series this is a fun new fangled kind of cozy.
An avid reader who works too much to actually read in the traditional manner she now consumes audiobooks at her job, driving, and running.
Once again, Chris Grabenstein writes another great Ceepak mystery that by all means shouldn't be as fun and interesting as it is. Although there are pitfalls in Grabenstein's characterizations and plot, I just can't bring myself to care. I enjoy the story and the two main characters far too much. It took me a span of two days to listen to this book and by the time it was done I was already downloading book 3.
🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺
Jeez! This Chris Grabenstein guy is the definition of diversity when it comes to his crime mysteries. I've listened to this series completely out of order but from the location, to the victims, to the bad guys the author is not afraid to write every type of person from all walks of life in his stories and I must commend him for that!!! I appreciate that so much. xoxo
This story had me so off balanced. I thought Hell Hole was sad and only Mind Scrambler would have me that twisted and turned around but oh no Mr. Grabenstein writes a doozie in this one too! LOL. I was not expecting who the bad guy was in this one at all. And I found myself teary eyed at some parts and unable to stop laughing at others.
Although I didn't feel as guilty laughing in this one as I did in Hell Hole or Mind Scrambler. Danny's character with Ceepak is just too hilarious. I only wish there were so many more stories with these two. I'm already dreading when I'll listen to the last audio in this series.
In this series Mr. Jeff Woodman has definitely become the 5th narrator I'm voice crushing on hard! 😍 He's fabulous as Danny and Ceepak and I love to hear all the different voices he can do for each character. He's so talented!
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
I'm liking this series so far. #2 was just as good as #1. As with #1 there is a nice twist at the end. On to #3.
I enjoyed both versions equally. I thought the narrator really captured the characters as I had read them.
The characters and plot are both interesting and well developed. Danny is very real and down to earth, and its nice to see the relationship he has with Ceepak. Ceepak is the type of hero I grew up with - honorable and strong. I love the characters. The plot is fast moving and sucks you in. I have recommended this book and series to friends.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
I enjoyed this book even more than Tilt-A-Whirl. I think the reason that I liked it better is because I knew what to expect from the characters more, and I knew the style of both writing and narration that I was in for. Tilt-A-Whirl is probably a slightly better written novel, but I really enjoyed Mad Mouse. The John Ceepak character is such a great one, as is the Danny Boyle character. I love these books because they don't try to be more than they are. They are not life changing books, but they are fun! Jeff Woodman does such a great job with the narration, too. I don't think the experience would be as good with a different narrator. Super fun, and I can't wait to listen to the next book!
I gave the first book in the series, Tilt a Whirl, 4 starts. Now that I've listened to this one too, I've upgraded to 5 and will be listening to the whole series. These are just fun stories with neat characters, several times I laugh out loud, the hero Ceepak is, well, so heroic, and the development of the characters and relationships has been great. The narrator also completely adds to the book using great voices and is one of the best narrators I've heard. Don't expect War and Peace, expect a fun read with a better than real life hero. My only confusion about this series is that the first one called Tilt a Whirl has a roller coaster on the front cover, while the Mad Mouse which is a roller coaster has a swing ride on the front. Does anyone else think that's odd?
It's tough for a sequel to equal a strong first book, and this series is no exception. The plot takes an awfully long time to get going as there's no actual murder for quite a while. Also, I didn't really relate to Danny and his young friends all that much; to be brutally honest, they seemed a bit boring to me. But, okay ....
I give the book a fourth star as the villain was actually quite interesting, complete with an ending that one cannot reasonably expect, even if it's rather over-the-top. More importantly, the author makes the point that a) bullying can have consequences later, even if seems "fun" at the time, and b) so can rejecting your kids for not being what you deem "successful" early on. There's also an angle regarding Ceepak's discovering talent in a young man who seems anything but a success on the surface.
Wanted to throw in that while there's nothing gory or grisly here, one scene did fill me with complete horror: Danny stumbles across a young kid, around 5 in a wheelchair (presumably with developmental issues or Downs Syndrome, not really gone into), being bullied by a group of young men in their late teens who are going to have "fun" pushing the " 'tard" down a steep ramp (the kid is absolutely terrified). Call me a wuss if you'd like, but I was incredibly rattled for quite a while that such an event was even possible in real life.