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 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.
No. I don't listen to any books twice. There are to many I haven't heard to want to hear one twice.
Ceepak is by far my favorite character. Ceepak is the kind of cop I like. He is what you would want all cops to be like. The narrator really does a good job with him as he sounds I would imagine him to sound. In the end I just like his style.
I listened to the first and the series and found this one to be just as good. It was a good story with believable characters and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one.
Yes but I did not.
If you want a fast paced, interesting, funny cop mystery than give this series a try.
Narration was amazing as always. I love the different voices, Jeff Woodman makes you want to keep listening. This story wasn't as good as the first, wasn't as suspenseful or exciting. I found myself having to rewind because it didn't hold my attention. I will continue on with the series though. I love Danny and Ceepak and the narration alone is worth the listen.
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