It's almost Labor Day, and the end of summer could mean the end of someone's life in this exciting sequel to Chris Grabenstein's Tilt-a-Whirl.
Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.
Whipping from the boardwalk to the beach and back again, Mad Mouse keeps zigging and zagging at a breakneck pace, all the way to the surprising finish.
©2006 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
"With agile humor, neat plotting, unexpected sweetness, and an irresistible duo, Grabenstein offers a hip new form of cozy." (Booklist)
"Likable good guys, plausible bad guys, a sensible plot and a supple prose style that moves from breezy to poignant." (Kirkus Reviews)
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.
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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.
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This series is growing on me. The quirky main characters are surrounded by many eccentric residents and even more bizarre summer visitors. As usual, there is murder at the seaside and the mayor and his cronies do everything they can to keep Boyle and Ceepak from investigating and damaging the town's tourist season.
Jeff Woodman does an excellent job of portraying stoic Ceepak and sarcastic Boyle. He also distinguishes between others in the story.
I am moving on in the series.
Just found this author in one of Audible's sales. One of his characters reminds me of Reacher,just not so far out there. The other main character is partnered with him in a police dept in a small town on the Jersey shore. Good story, good characters and a fun book for a mystery!
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Another great book in the Ceepak series. The author does a great job of building the story and setting the stage making you feel as if you're right there on the boardwalk with them. As before, you're kept guessing on who the killer is, and with his dry humor and story telling makes for a fun ride.
The narration by Mr Woodman is great, it really brings the characters to life!
My favorite authors: Tess Gerritsen, Anne Perry, Deborah Crombie, & Lisa Scottoline. Also, MC Beaton/Marion Chesney writes hilarious fluff.
I enjoy the John Ceepak series very much, but after listening to three of them, I'm starting to worry that the "mystery" or "whodunnit" part of the stories will continue to be extremely predictable. Of the three I've listened to, Mad Mouse was probably the easiest one to figure out. The author gives way too many clues.
I very much enjoy the characters of Boyle and Ceepak, so I keep listening, but knowing the culprit from the beginning of each story is getting really old. Does anyone else have this experience?
Like the first in the series, this is good, lightweight fun with a lot of humour and a little crime on the Jersey Shore. There's more character development in it, which makes me look forward to future installments, but it's still a fun, easy "read" that kept me entertained. It's not great literature, but it is good fun, and the narration was terrific.
This is great series. Quick, smart and very entertaining! Highly recommended if Agatha Christie is a little too HIGH BROW for you.
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