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Mind Scrambler: A John Ceepak Mystery | [Chris Grabenstein]

Mind Scrambler: A John Ceepak Mystery

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.
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Publisher's Summary

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.

Don't miss other adventures featuring Sea Haven's finest, including (in order) Tilt-a-Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack-a-Mole, and Hell Hole.

©2009 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 06-16-15
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 06-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty good except for the dad subplot"

    I'm a big fan of this series, but skipped the previous book as the plotline sounded like something I wouldn't get into. Made little difference, except for the subplot about Ceepak's father, whom we learned was scum in the first book. Regarding that angle, I believe that taking a statement is not the same as "deposing" a witness in civil cases; moreover, having the son of the defendant do it seems absurd. I wasn't buying the outcome of that one either.

    As for this storyline, I found Ceepak and his military pal's use of The Code priggishly tedious. Then again, I have little patience for people who live in absolute worlds with NO gray areas whatsoever. That having been said, there were times I admired Ceepak's handling of certain situations, where Danny wasn't at his most ... mature. We were introduced to a minor character, The Great Mandini, whom I'd like to see again.

    In general, the story seemed grimmer than the previous books, and a tad drawn out. I cheered when one of the female gang from Sea Haven told Danny to stop keeping Katie on some sort of saintly, nun-like pedestal. These books are all about his growing as a person, which he seems to be doing more of than the rigid Ceepak.

    Jeff Woodman's narration is terrific! I love it except ... he gives characters these stereotypical Sopranos-style accents. I learned to speak English in New Jersey, rarely running across that phenomenon.

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-03-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 06-03-15 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "Another fun Ceepak mystery? Roger That!"

    If you like the Ceepak mysteries you’ll like this one as well. Chris Grabenstien does such a wonderful job of painting a picture that you really feel as if you’re visiting the Jersey Shore. It’s a great mix of mystery and quirky fun that you can’t help but enjoy it. This book does turn a little sober at the end which is a bit of a twist but I can’t wait to move on in the series.

    Mr Woodman does such a good job with this book (and the other Ceepack stories) that it falls into the category in which the audible book is that much more enjoyable than the written book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 02-03-15
    Annette Bradenton, FL, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Down the shore"

    I love this series of books; they're lighthearted, fun and I love the stereotype references to New Jersey...and not just because I grew up there. Whenever I get tired of urban fantasy and zombie, I know I can always listen to a story about John Ceepak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 11-24-14
    Calliope 11-24-14
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    "ancillary characters make this one good fun"

    This is not my favourite in the series, but the excellent narration and the ancillary characters (I bust a gut laughing at the old lawyer) make this one still good fun. Although Ceepak and Boyle are in Atlantic City this time, Danny Boyle keeps making references to either the town or people he knew from Sea Haven.......hopefully that extra stuff won't be necessary if the characters get back to their home turf of Sea Haven. I liked the new summer cop introduced in Hell Hole, and I hope we'll see more of her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Metz Louisville, KY, United States 11-22-14
    Amy Metz Louisville, KY, United States 11-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Wish I'd skipped this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who wants to read about the worst kinds of human beings would like this book.


    What could Chris Grabenstein have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not written it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last one. But I wouldn't call anything about this book a favorite.


    What character would you cut from Mind Scrambler?

    All of them but John and Danny.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, but I wish I'd skipped this book. The murder victim is Danny's old girlfriend--sweet, innocent, loveable Katie. If that's not bad enough, add in pedophilia, uninteresting characters, and Ceepak's horrible old man, and the only thing that was good about this book was the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 10-07-14
    Trish Virginia 10-07-14 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "A Visit to Atlantic City!"

    In this installment of the John Ceepak series, the police officers from Sea Haven find themselves involved in solving multiple mysteries in Atlantic City. I enjoyed the different setting, especially since I decided to listen to a few of these books back-to-back.

    This is one of my favorite series, and if you have not discovered Danny Boyle and John Ceepak, I highly recommend them all. They are well written, perfectly narrated, and a very entertaining way to spend several hours. Enjoy!!

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    Val 05-11-14
    Val 05-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Did not enjoy this one"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Cant imagine anyone enjoying it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Grabenstein again?

    Yes, since I've already paid for the next one, if its another Bad apple I'll ask for a refund.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Woodman’s performance?

    Jeff Woodman is great


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Do not enjoy hearing about Child exploitation


    Any additional comments?

    All the previous Cepek books have been great, this one was very disappointing, a very thin plot. Why the hell kill off Katie , and why the hell did Grabenstein let Capeks father get away with murder. VERY DISSAPOINTED

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denny Braun 04-26-14
    Denny Braun 04-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Outstanding plot with a brilliant audio delivery!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mind Scrambler to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version


    What other book might you compare Mind Scrambler to and why?

    Dr. Siri series (Laos) in that both series have a humor element to them, which at times can be dark.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. ROLLING THUNDER. Both were superb narratives.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. The plot and story involve adult themes that have a dark twist at the end--but somehow the story did not leave me depressed. Partly, because the forces of Good won over and vanquished the forces of Evil. Yes, this book does address good and evil.


    Any additional comments?

    A better, more nuanced story than ROLLING THUNDER, which was actually written later. I liked the comedic flavor of THUNDER, but thought the story line to be a bit shallow. Not so with MIND SCRAMBLER. If you are new to his series, start with SCRAMBLER. It will hook you into listening to more of his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-14-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Not my favorite - but still good!"

    I think I didn't like this Ceepak Mystery as much because it wasn't set in SeaHaven. Because it was set in Atlantic City, there were not as many of the usual characters in it. I missed them. Don't get me wrong - it was still very good and, of course, I wasn't even close to figuring out who dunnit - he always comes up with endings I never see coming!

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    Qwerty1 09-08-12
    Qwerty1 09-08-12
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    "Too many characters for audio"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - unless they bought the paper version. Too many characters for me when in audio form, especially as I usually listen when I'm doing something else at the same time eg gym, mowing the lawn). Also, it was about a quarter of the way in before the crime actually occurred - there is too much dialogue that doesn't really contribute to the story - just padding really.


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    The narrator made an excellent job of creating different voices. There were a lot of characters, and he had a different voice for all of them. Faultless narration.


    Did Mind Scrambler inspire you to do anything?

    Inspired me not to get another audio book by this author. Too long and not fast moving enough, although it picked up a bit towards the end.


    Any additional comments?

    A bit too much swearing and a lot of it really didn't need to be included, although I know it's part of the characters persona.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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