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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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    Elizabeth 01-07-14
    Elizabeth 01-07-14 Member Since 2015

    Recently retired nurse. Listen to all my books - one to two a week. Always looking for a new find - even though my library is overflowing.

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    "Fun Book - Excellent Narrator"

    This is a fun book. Like someone said, not great literature - but I found it to be a good read. The narrator did an excellent job of speaking for the "rookie, kind of" cop. There was an element of suspense and yet, the author did a good job of using humor. I giggled out loud more than once. I agree with whoever said it sort of has a bit of the flavor of Carl Hiaasen's novels. I look forward to listening to the whole series, but will look for sales.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vikki WICHITA, KS, United States 07-06-07
    Vikki WICHITA, KS, United States 07-06-07
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    "Loved This!"

    My first book by this man and I absolutely loved it! Very much like CH, but, a style all of his own and a story line that is all his own. I look forward to reading/hearing his other books. You can't go wrong here. Good story line, good narrator, great who done it.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-22-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 10-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Living by THE CODE"

    I really liked this book about murder on the Tilt-a-Whirl, narration was great. Lots of evil exposed here, although my favorite part is probably the developing relationship between the part time summer cop, Danny and the ex-military MP, Ceepak. Ceepak, freshly back from the war in Iraq, is regimented, and out to do GOOD. He faces the bag lady, druggies, and the powerful rich . . . will he cross over to the dark side?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 06-28-14
    Calliope 06-28-14
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    "good fun!"

    This is a fun, lightweight mystery set in a small seaside town.....The narrator is a summer cop, a part time employee to help with the extra summer season crowds. He is partnered with a full-time cop of the Joe Friday mold - "just the facts, ma'am" - and the contrasting styles of the buddy-cop theme works well. Even though I kind of saw the end coming, it didn't take away from the fun of the characters, and I look forward to trying the next in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-08-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-08-14 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Ceepack by the Seaside"

    A fun story with a good mystery that kept me changing my suspicions and suspects throughout. Ceepack is a retired MP turned small seaside town policeman who has a very strict code of right and wrong coupled with an extremely mellow personality. Ceepack and his summer apprentice must get to the bottom of an ever changing murder investigation that has too many odd suspects. A fun and light read that was good from the very start. This is the first in a series that I will definitely be revisiting.

    Jeff Woodman did an excellent job narrating, his voices were distinct and very believable. Surprisingly good combination of a well written story and artful narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Forreston, Israel 06-16-09
    Eric Forreston, Israel 06-16-09
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    "Terrific Narration"

    This is one of those books that would be an OK read, but becomes special because of the narrator who does a superb job with the characters.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine 11-21-14
    Catherine 11-21-14
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    "Wide-eyed Innocent Side-kick Narrator"

    The mystery is told thru the side-kick of the investigating officer. At first I found the narrator's voice a bit too young and disingenuous, but it did fit the character pretty well. I enjoyed the relationship between the two police officers. The tourist trap island on the (New) Jersey Shore is a funny location and Grabenstein makes nice connections between the fantasy world of tourist entertainment and real life. The mystery isn't especially believable, but I read for characters, and this was nice light entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 01-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Just OK"

    I can't really peg where this story fits, as far as what type of listeners would enjoy it. It's a crime mystery that's pretty easy to solve, with a kid, Danny narrating it, cracking jokes all the way through the book. Danny seems to be in aw of Ceepak who is a crusader of "good", that never cracks a joke and I think smiled once in the story. As close as I could think would be a comparison of the early Batman TV series, it just lacked the POWs and BAMs. The content was definitely 21st century though, dealing with incest and child abuse, which didn't fit in with the corny jokes Danny was always laying on the reader. I guess, that is where I found trouble categorizing it. All and all it's easy to listen to, and easy to take the earbuds off and do something else, so probably the last of the series for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 04-25-13
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Surprisingly good"

    I will confess that I bought this book because I could get it for $1.99 after buying the Kindle book for 99 cents. It was just a fun, entertaining listen. No gross torture or even love or sex. But very interesting characters who will leave you wanting to know more about them. I am already into the next book of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Iowa City, IA, United States 04-20-13
    Susan Iowa City, IA, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Wanted to like this"

    I've hung in there for about 5 chapters. I really wanted to like this book. I tend to enjoy humorous crime fiction. I just got bored and found myself being reluctant to turn the book back on.

    The primary problem is characters which are entirely 2 dimensional. That may asking a lot of a book such as this or it may be that as Garbenstein wrote more he got better. Jeff Woodman's naration was fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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