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 was able to listen to the end, which says something. It was unimaginable, though.
I thought that the narrator did a good job with what he had to work with. I did not like the way the clues were obvious and how the author repeated them throughout the book and just in case the reader didn't get it, made sure that the character Dan made it very clear what the clue meant.
This might be good for a beginner, probably a young person, who is new to reading murder mysteries.
I wasn't familiar with the author and the combination of the writing style and the narration initially led me to suspect this might be one of those goofy fluff pieces that irritate rather than entertain me. I'm so glad I stayed with it -- the work was far more layered and interesting than I guessed. I'll listen to it a couple more times to pick out what I missed.
Great author. I'll be listening to the rest of his offerings.
The narration was amazing. He did so many different voices and none of them seemed forced or fake. He made the characters seem so real and really brought you in to the story. It was fantastic!
I love Robert Crais and the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. I've listened to all of them long ago. I've been looking for something new along those lines. This showed up in a "surprise, pick one for $4.95" and I'm glad I picked it.
I have to say I loved Danny and Ceepak. Danny is just a young kid who is a beach cop for something to do, while Ceepak is older than Danny and has picked up this job from an old army buddy, who just happens to be the Chief of Police. There are twists in this book that I didn't see coming. It is less intense than some mysteries/thrillers, but it is well written and I really enjoyed it. You see into Ceepak's history and learn why he is the way he is. He doesn't lie and never goes back on his word. The last hour of the book where everything comes together really gets at your heart, and makes you feel for the victim. It brought out some intense emotions in me.
I would defiantly recommend this. It seemed to start out a little slow and took me a few tries to continue it, but once I did I listened to the rest of it all the way through. I will be continuing on with the rest of the series. I can't wait to learn more about Danny and Ceepak.
A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
Good start to this cozy mystery series set in a small oceanside resort town on the East Coast, probably Florida. This murder occurred at the boardwalk, on the tilt-a-whirl. The two main characters are John Ceepak, an honorable, by-the-book, true-blue-and-still-bluer-yet former military police officer, and his partner Danny, a very young rookie cop who lives by a more pedestrian moral code.
I enjoyed the interactions between Danny and Ceepak. Decent suspense. The villain was not a dead give-away by any means -- but he certainly was dead. Riddled with bullets.
Not too grim. Some humor along the way, like the car wash scene.
Audio: Very good narration by Chris Grabenstein. However, too many harsh and loudly voiced swear words made this a poor choice for listening during car trips with family. Too bad.
This book was refreshing. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story and have now listened to the entire series.
It was fast paced, interesting, and not completely predictable.
I tie between Danny and John Ceepak.
The narrator did a great job on the voices of the different characters and his tone was easy to listen to. The author crafted a believable and twisted story that was interesting to the last page.
Different than most of my listens - Reacher, Ryan - this kept me listening long after my walks had finished. Fun plot twists, Great narration. Highly recommended.
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I really enjoyed this book, so much that I ordered the next one. I love the characters and the book was full of unexpected twists. It reminds me a bit of the alphabet mysteries...and I love that it is set on the Jersey Shore!
Absolutely, great fun, good mystery and the introduction of the wonderful John Ceepak.
Not so much the mystery but I absolutely loved the two main characters. It is not so intense as many other mysteries, certainly not as graphic as most, but it is very enjoyable.
This was the first and he was a great narrator.
Absolutely. It was SO easy to listen to.
I bought this when it was on sale and immediately purchased the next three in the series. Thanks Audible and all the reviewers for introducing me to this series.
Didn't read the print version
Not exactly but I'm pretty calloused.
No. But he was awesome in this one.
Gladys made me wet myself
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