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Tilt-a-Whirl | [Chris Grabenstein]

Tilt-a-Whirl

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.
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Publisher's Summary

There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real-estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war.

Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation. He is partnered with Danny Boyle, a 24-year-old part-time summer cop who doesn't carry a gun and only works with the police by day so he has enough pocket money left over to play with his beach buddies at night.

In the first novel in a new series written in the spirit of Carl Hiaasen's work, the Tilt-a-Whirl murder pushes Ceepak's deep sense of honor and integrity to the limits, as unexpected twists and turns keep the truth spinning wildly in every direction.

Don't miss other adventures featuring Sea Haven's finest, including the second book in the series, Mad Mouse, and the third, Whack-a-Mole.

©2006 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Anthony Award, Best First Mystery, 2006

  • 2006 Anthony Award, Best First Novel
  • "A fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish." (James Patterson)
    "From page 1, this debut stands out as refreshingly different....an absolute triumph." (Booklist)

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    Roland Dover, NH, USA 12-10-09
    Roland Dover, NH, USA 12-10-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Fun"

    This is just a fun book .... nice start to the series. Narrator keeps Cipak human. L

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    Karen Royse City, TX, United States 11-13-09
    Karen Royse City, TX, United States 11-13-09 Member Since 2014
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    "3.5 stars really!"

    It took me a couple tries to get into this book - coming off a series of chic lit with no need to think while listening! But once I allowed myself to enjoy the story line, I thought it was quite good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BSquared67 Adelaide, Australia 10-22-09
    BSquared67 Adelaide, Australia 10-22-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Great narrator and a feel good story"

    First I must mention that Jeff Woodman is a superb narrator: managing to give a completely different yet realistic sounding voice (complete with regional accent) to more than a dozen characters of different ages and genders. I have no doubt that his skill is part of the reason I so thoroughly enjoyed the book and had such vivid images of the setting and characters in my head.

    Although there were some corny, predictable lines here the broader story kept me guessing right to the end, the New Jersey Shore setting felt realistic, the characters were utterly charming and overall it was the literary equivalent of a feel good movie. Even natural born cynics like me need to stop being jaded and just enjoy the ride once in a while and this book is a great way to do it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Tinton Falls, NJ, USA 06-30-09
    Mark Tinton Falls, NJ, USA 06-30-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Tilt-a-Whirl"

    The story is interesting but someone needs to tell the narrator that NJ residents south of Newark don't speak with thick Brooklyn accents...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Phil Santa Ana, CA, USA 06-19-09
    Phil Santa Ana, CA, USA 06-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Summer Listening"

    You will get hooked on this series. Grabenstein has great fun. The reading by Jeff Woodman is great. You feel like Danny is telling you the story. Danny is a part-time cop in a beach town. Woodman's narrative has the young sound of a 20 something. It it a mystery with humor and surprise twists.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Tucson, AZ, United States 03-09-09
    Barbara Tucson, AZ, United States 03-09-09 Member Since 2008
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    "First of a Fun Series"

    Thank you Audible for the special offer that encouraged me to buy this book. The whole John Ceepak and Danny Boyle series is fun and it holds your interest. I have all the John Ceepak books now and I'm waiting for the next one in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 08-21-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 08-21-07 Member Since 2013

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    "An Interesting Read"

    I liked this book, especially the narrator. It had suspense, interesting characters, twists and turns. I will try some of this authors other books.

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    J.J. New York, NY, USA 07-18-07
    J.J. New York, NY, USA 07-18-07
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    "Fantastic"

    Awesome story! A fast paced thrill ride full of twists and turns and good writing. And what a terrific narrator. He does a great Danny (the narrator) and Ceepak (the cop with the code). I can see why this book won the Anthony Award. I'm going to listen to the next two in the series and wait for number 4 next summer!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 11-06-13
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Beach Read (At Best)"
    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of book i would reseve for reading as i am sitting on the beach...watching the kids, listening to the surf and oh yeah half paying attention to the story. at best it is mediocre.
    I just don't understand how this series keep selling. Being born & raised in NJ, I decided to listen and I suggest you don't bother. Any shore memories this book sparks or happy images you have of the "Jersey Shore" are far outwieghed by a plot line that tries to be tricky & shocking but is actually obvious & almost dopey.

    The naration is poor; i think they are trying to come off as wry & funny but rather, they sound whiny and annoying. Each and every one of the characters are weak stereotypes, the story is contrived and, well actually ridiculous at some points.

    I didn't take away all of the stars because there a couple if moments in the book that kept my interest. in the end i can't recommedn the book and i will surely not contionue with the series.

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    Tina Toledo, OH, USA 07-20-07
    Tina Toledo, OH, USA 07-20-07 Member Since 2011
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    I'm so glad he followed behind James Patterson. Very good writing. Loved it!!!!!

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