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.
"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)
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.
Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one.
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.
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
Chris Grabenstein's debut novel offers exactly what you would expect from any amusement park fare ~ a bit of excitement ~ treats that are tasty but not especially filling ~ plenty of twists and turns ~ a fun ride. Add in a couple of well-drawn, likeable characters and a plot that is well-paced and at least a little unpredictable and you have a terrific escapist listen.
Tilt-A-Whirl is the first in an ongoing series of mysteries, set in a New Jersey beach town and featuring MP turned beach cop John Ceepak. Ceepak seems to be modeled after Dragnet's Joe Friday ~ straight-laced and spare with words. He is every bit as engaging as is his young partner, and our narrator.
This is an escapist mystery ~ a guilty pleasure, perhaps, but a pleasure all the same. Not great literature, to be sure, and worlds will not end if our heroes fail. But this a great good time, which is pretty much everything you can expect from a novel named after an amusement park ride and bearing a pink cover. We get the full ride with this listen and it is more than enough to satisfy.
Spend the credit here. You won't be disappointed.
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.
Audible Editor, fiction lover, chocolate addict. "Every book is a children's book if the kid can read!" - Mitch Hedberg
When I introduced my husband to the audio format, I knew I needed to hook him with a spectacular narrator. Jeff Woodman's performance of Tilt-a-Whirl was my answer. He captured both of our imaginations with his ability to bring every character (from Jersey Shore gangsters, to rookie cops, to even small children) to life, simultaneously conveying humor and suspense in the process.
Chris Grabenstein's series is fun and thrilling. I find it particularly addictive in the summer months. IMO, Sea Haven is a thinly veiled Long Beach Island, New Jersey, which is where I spent my summers growing up. I love all of the references, but Grabenstein's storytelling abilities make this series enjoyable for non-Jersey Shore aficionados as well.
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.
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?
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.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
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.
Tilt-a-Whirl is a terrific read - fast-paced, well-drawn characters, unpredictable plot turns - all sweetened with humor ranging from dry irony to slapstick. I'm eager to read the next one in the series.
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.
"Great free book but disturbing ending"
Wonderful narrative that brings a saccharine US beach resort to life. The plot is great with a twist - but be warned, the twist is very disturbing
"A fantastic free surprise"
This book was a great surprise listen and free!!!!.
The series is enjoyable and the fantastic narrator continues.
"good story well told"
really good tale well told. enjoyed it very much kept up a good pace all the way through both writer and reader delivered. thanks
listened in one go. could not stop! characters were perfectly formed in the storyline and bought to life by the narrator.
the plot gave depth and rang of truth. not you Could see it happening to a small sea side town (especially after growing up in one myself).
I adore the characters and the premise. it is structured perfectly with twists that leave your stomach behind.
a truly aptly named book. a must read/ listen for anyone who loves the genre xxxx
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