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)
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
I think this was a great start to the series. I usually prefer darker mysteries and this book mixed a good story with quirky characters.
I loved the interactions with the old hippies, especially Gladys. The accent was priceless.
I haven't heard any of Jeff Woodman's other performances but will keep listening to this series.
This book and characters definitely held my interest. If time permitted, I could have easily spent a whole day listening.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
I purchased this book because it was a sale item. It turned out to be much better than expected. I especially liked the unexpected twists in the plot. The narrator did a great job and added to the enjoyment of the book significantly. As I viewed the cover art, I wondered why a book titled TILT A WHIRL had a roller coaster and not a tilt a whirl as a graphic. Perhaps the artist didn't know the difference.
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
I call these type of books popcorn novels, they are light, enjoyable, fun and you munch through the big bucket without noticing and then can easily toss them aside without feeling guilty.
As many listeners have commented, it's not the deep drama. It has some twists and turns, the somewhat serious issues are however taken a bit too lightly for my taste.
You want to enjoy a quick listen, go for it. Might even be a good first listen to get into the audible mood.
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