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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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    Janice W. 04-22-12
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    "Light hearted mystery, will go back for seconds"
    What did you love best about Tilt-a-Whirl?

    Easy to listen to, a nice little mystery. Good character development that will temp me to go further into the series.


    What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed listening to Jeff Woodman.


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    Liz Childress 04-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Introduction to the Mystery Genre"

    Tilt-a-Whirl was an enjoyable and fast-paced story. When I first started listening I wasn't expecting much. By the end of the book I was already moving on to the next in the series. Not only was the story wonderful but the narrator really made this series one of the best listens I have had in a long time. He gave the story a voice and the characters even more personality than they already had. My favorite thing about this story was it's ability to keep me in suspense and to not allow me to get too far ahead. Others may disagree with me, but this book surprised me in more ways than I had expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-03-12
    Amazon Customer LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2013
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    "surprize"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to any of my friends male or female.


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

    I dont have a book to compareTilt a whirl wJEFF ith, it was very unique


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Jeff was able to give each character a life of their own


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You never saw it coming


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sophielei Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 01-02-12
    Sophielei Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 01-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is good. It is told through the eyes of Danny Boyle, Ceepak's partner. I really enjoy his description of places and events. It is through the eyes of a rookie cop without any sophistication to get in the way of real life. It is totally amusing at times and very true-to-life of a naive, fun/party-loving 25 yr old who never left his hometown, but is willing to admit that it might be time to grow up.

    It is also a good mystery - a fun who-done-it. I'm on to book 2. I hope by the time I get through with book 6 there is another one available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny Boyle. See my review.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Again, Danny Boyle, with Ceepak coming in a close second.


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

    Many times I laughed out loud.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Ballwin, MO, United States 12-07-10
    James Ballwin, MO, United States 12-07-10
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    "Great series"

    I had never heard of this guy and actually bought this based on an audible recommendation. I'm glad I did. I've listened to ALL the books in the John Seepak series and I love the guy...and his code. Narration is fine, setting on the eastern seaboard is different. There are characters you love, and characters you love to hate. Very good book. My bet is once you listen to this first one, you'll go after them all.

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    Marcia 09-26-10
    Marcia 09-26-10

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "Keep Them Coming"

    After reading "Rolling Thunder" I found that I wanted to start at the beginning of the John Ceepak Mysteries. From reading the summaries "Tilt A Whirl" appeared to be the first book. I loved this one too.

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    GogginGuy Fairfield, OH USA 04-30-10
    GogginGuy Fairfield, OH USA 04-30-10 Member Since 2014

    gogginguy

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    "Un-listenable"

    I lasted 30 mintues. The first person narrative is awful, which the narrator makes excruciating. He CANNOT even remotely do anyone's voice but his own -- and even that is wrapped-up in an annoyting semi-flake of a sidekick who thinks we want his personal critique of EVERY SINGLE THING that happens.

    The voice of Cepak is beyond an amaturish effort. As soon as the Producer heard it, he should have said "Are you trying to be funny? -- We can't have the hero of the story sounding like a characature -- and a bad one at that!"

    I wish yearly members could be credited with 1 refund a year. This would EASILY be mine.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 03-17-10
    Debbie POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 03-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow- What a ride"

    I bought this book during one of the $4.95 sales. Figured I'd experiment with a new author at a low price. I sure am glad I did. Enjoyed the narrators voice, the book had a good sense of humor and a good plot twist. I enjoyed it so much I have bought the rest of the books in the series.

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    Js 03-15-10
    Js 03-15-10
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    "Too cute by far"

    Many people enjoyed this book, but if you recognize these warning signs, give up, it doesn't change, it does not get better.

    If you think that Danny Boyle, our describer of events, will ever gain in IQ points, he doesn't. give up.
    If every character seems really stupid, it is not on purpose, give up.

    If the admittedly skillful reader, Jeff Woodman seems to make merely annoying characters excruciating with his dramatic delivery, give up.

    If there are no normal characters in this book, but only crazy or ditzy or clueless ones, and it bothers you, give up.

    If you are waiting for Danny, our witness to these goings on, to stop being precious and treacly with his nonstop descriptions and comments, it won't happen. Give up.

    If you like the first couple of chapters, well, heck, it all just gets better and better for you. Keep reading.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Littleton, CO, USA 01-17-10
    Mary Littleton, CO, USA 01-17-10
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    "Good "beach read""

    Kept my interest, and enjoyed the characters.

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