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Tilt-a-Whirl Audiobook

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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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.

©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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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 07-26-13
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 07-26-13 Member Since 2011

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

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    "the butler didn't do it!"

    I was a little concerned when I discovered that this story is told from the detective's chauffeur's point of view. However , the narrator does not leave any colour or detail out of the story. I also got a feel for the detective from him. This detective has as much character as any put together by Nelson Demille or Robert Parker. A good story kept me listening and guessing. Jeff Woodman does a wonderful job keeping all the individuals apart for great listening.

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    qcathy Queensland Australia 04-05-13
    qcathy Queensland Australia 04-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "great reads!"

    I listened to the series and loved them all. They have good story lines, and the narration is "sassy" - if a male narrator can be sassy, lol. I got a lotta smiles and head nods at the comments from Danny Boyle! Would recommend this series, but read 1-7 in order...much better!

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    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 04-03-13
    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 04-03-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "How Bad is Bad?"

    The story itself wasn't totally terrible but listening to the narrator swallow and smack is lips throughout was so distracting! Never again!

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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 03-18-13
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Well Done Procedural Set in a New Jersey Town"

    Danny Boyle, the first person narrator of Tilt-a-Whirl, is a part time summer beach cop in the New Jersey resort town of Sea Haven. His current position involves driving Officer John Ceepak around in a customized Ford Explorer, as they investigate crimes such as the theft of a tricycle. In fact, their current agenda involves looking into the theft of the aforesaid stolen tricycle, when a young girl covered in blood appears at the window of the Pancake Palace.

    John Ceepak, former MP back from Iraq, former Eagle Scout, makes for an interesting character. Just when I start to think he couldn't get more cliched, the author would sneak in a bit of humanity. Just like Danny Boyle's view of Sea Haven seems to be just another broad satire on vacation resort towns-- you've read them all, right? Cutesy names, corrupt politicos, evil property developers. Then the story would take another sharp twist.

    The young girl covered in blood is the daughter of real estate tycoon, Reginald Hart. The blood belongs to her father who was shot multiple times by someone the girl describes as a crazy man. She stated, they had been talking while seated on a Tilt-a-Whirl ride at a not yet open amusement park, when the killer had appeared.

    Lots of twists and turns keeps the reader interested. Grabenstein writes books for middle grade readers which maybe why Danny seems a bit young, but the story gains maturity as it goes along.

    Narrator Jeff Woodman is excellent. He does all the voices really well. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his interpretation of this mystery. I went ahead and downloaded the next two in the series.

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    Kathleen Wesley Chapel, FL, USA 12-06-12
    Kathleen Wesley Chapel, FL, USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great series - super narration too!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    (non-reader) This series is great! I can't wait for the next one to come out. The characters are fun and believable. The narration is super. Definitely worth listening to.


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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-03-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-03-12
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    "A new series to add to my library!"

    ENTERTAINING! Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator was great! Nothing much new in the way of murder mysteries; but the tone, writing, and narration made it it's own.

    Can't wait to listen to book 2 - Mad House, and then the rest!

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    Karen Luna Memphis TN 09-07-12
    Karen Luna Memphis TN 09-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun read"
    Where does Tilt-a-Whirl rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Among the best


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. It has alot of humor mixed in with the mystery.

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    Pamela J. Hayes Australia 08-07-12
    Pamela J. Hayes Australia 08-07-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Lots of fun"
    What did you love best about Tilt-a-Whirl?

    Kept you listening, narration was great, read with real humour


    What other book might you compare Tilt-a-Whirl to and why?

    Had to buy Tilt a Whirl after reading Book 6 in the series, a bit like Janet Evanovich's books


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always love the scenes where Ceepac does his detecting with the things in his pockets


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, but I love the voice of the narrator, Danny Boyle, who is really just a teenager in disguise!


    Any additional comments?

    These books are a lot of fun and Im getting ready to listen to the third book in the series.

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    Natalie 08-04-12
    Natalie 08-04-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good old-fashioned mystery: Escapist reading!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    I loved the narrator; but I also think that reading the print version would be quite satisfying. I "listen" to my audible books when I am working out, so I put high demands on the plot to captivate and entice me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny--the narrator (not the reader) who presents a nicely innocent but quickly learning point of view.


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

    No, I have not heard him before. But I loved his intonations and his narration in general and will look for other works by him.


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

    I was eager to read on. I got this book to read when I work out and it completed the mission: I stayed at the gym longer than I would have because I wanted to learn more and to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book for its mystery and its evocative look at the Jersey Shore. The primary police characters, Danny and Ceepak are quirky and interesting. The plot propels one forward. I certainly plan to read the rest of the series, which is a high recommendation from me.

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    Elfriede Bellefonte, PA, United States 06-20-12
    Elfriede Bellefonte, PA, United States 06-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "good mystery/detective"
    Would you listen to Tilt-a-Whirl again? Why?

    yes - it moves and has twists - I liked the characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tilt-a-Whirl?

    It was all good -


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    he was able to really get into the characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    liked Ceepak


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