Fun House is the latest novel in the award-winning John Ceepak mystery series, set on the Jersey Shore.
What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey Shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House, while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered - and others from being threatened with the same fate.
©2011 Chris Grabenstein (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I'm a completist and I had to read this book so I would be current with the series. I've read them all, in order, and, unfortunately, this is by far my least favorite.
The characters and setting are the same as the rest in the series. But Danny has been around too long for his point-of-view to be fresh or funny (even though it seems he tries). The mystery was not particularly challenging to figure out, and I'm not convinced the "badguy" was believable in the end... to accept the rationale behind the crimes, you have to suspend disbelief just a smidge too much - more than I expect from a book in this genre.
Even Ceepak seemed to be muted here... or maybe I'm just tired of his goody-two-shoes character which has not shown any growth over time? Not sure, but... I will still probably read the next in the series if there is one. The narration is great as usual.
I was a little disappointed with this installment........it seems far too repetitive and with an unsurprising resolution to the case. The best thing about it was the development of the characters (Ceepak and Danny) themselves. Terrific narration, as usual, which made the not-so-good story worth listening to.
Amusing believable plot with lots of action. So far in this series the main characters are maintaining and improving.
Narrator and series are very well matched narrator does another smooth job with what is probably a difficult cast of characters .
Definitely would recommend - in fact I have already recommended to several others.
Edge of my seat - nah, these books really aren't like that. I enjoy them because they have humor, great characters and a good mystery.
I enjoyed each character.
The author is clearly out of touch with the 20 something crowd this book is centered around, some of the dialogue is rather cringe worthy. I'm in my late 20s and no one I've ever been around talks the way these characters do, we sure as Hell don't listen to Bruce Springsteen either lol. The ceepak character is supposed to be the perfect hero but I find him very annoying and super polarizing, who wants to root for a dude who's the smartest and best at everything ever. Grabenstein also writes danny Boyle like he has a crush on ceepak it's kinda weird. Other then those gripes this is the best ceepak book I've read but still just ok (no idea why I keep reading these things, probably just the completist in me) 3/5 stars.
By now if you have listened to these Grabenstein books you pick up on his Ceepak formula. Are these books high level literature? No.
Are they entertaining with a great narrator? Yes
This story is like the others, if not a little far fetched. The ending seemed a bit rushed and abrupt, but it was still satisfying.
Get it, you will enjoy it.
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.
Grabenstein entwined the hit Jersey Shore with his mystery this time. It was a lot of fun and, having been a Jersey Shore fan, I was well aware of which characters he was referring to even though they had somewhat different names. I found myself chuckling out loud often. I enjoyed this book as I have the rest!
I love all the John Ceepak books. They are very addicting
His narration is spot on and is one of the main reasons that I listened to this series.
Behind the scenes at the beach
I don't think you can stop at just one book in this series. It is performed so well you won't want to stop at just one.
Nothing Better than a John Ceepak Mystery to capture Summertime Fun. Chris Grabenstien gives reality TV (nod to Jersey Shore) its due with this tale of a raunchy reality TV show in the summer tourist destination of Sea Haven. The mash-up of John Ceepak, ex-marine stand-up guy, and Danny Boyle, local grown, never-thought-he-would-amount-to-much, just works for me. It is a fun ride and now that we are on Book 7, a nostalgic ride that I look forward to as a summer destination. Keep them coming Chris!
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
title says it all. I was disappointed in the book especially after such a long wait.
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