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)
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the narrator makes some interesting choices he makes the lead character
sound like Nicholas cage and not in a good way. the story should have been set in california not new jersey. the story is really lighthearted at times but it takes you to some really dark places. at times you feel like your reading a stephen king book at disneyworld! but after saying all that i enjoyed it except the cartoony nic cage voice.
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Yes, there is murder and mystery, but the odd characters and overall setting in a summer resort town make it a fun listen.
I will definitely move on in the series.
Jeff Woodman adds to the fun with the narration. His portrayal of the "perky blonde" thing and the small town cops is consistent and amusing.
I discovered Audible about a year ago, and I have not been the same!!
I love this series, and I would listen again and again! The stories are always entertaining, and will leave you guessing unto the end !!
The plot is believable, and the story flows quite well. I like the fact that the cussing has almost stopped!!!
This book excited me, I couldn't wait for the next chapter.
I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author
I am into the third hour of this book and cannot make up my mind whether to finish it or not. It is quite childish overall, but also has some charm. I am going to stop listening for the moment and go back to it later.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
Wow...what a great start to what promises to be an amazing series! While some of the events were a little predictable, and others a little corny, overall this book was a winner! Narrated in a whimsical, happy-go-lucky style that was quickly endearing, this story grabs you from the beginning and never let's go.
I loved the Ceepak character, and he is the hero of the tale. The story, however, is told from the perspective of his partner Danny (his Robin, if you will), who is much less experienced and has far inferior police skills. This technique gives the story a fresh feel, and led to a very unique experience.
LOVED Jeff Woodman's narration. Really made the audiobook. Look forward to the next book in the series!
Bought this as a daily deal, am now glad to have found another series that's fun to listen to on long drives. At first was not too thrilled with the main character, but Grabenstein's portrayal of him grew on me until I was quite hooked. Am in the middle of the second in the series now, both me and my spouse laugh out loud at the clever reparte between characters. Try it, you'll like it.
After reading the reviews I expected it to be funny, but I did not find it funny. It had a slight twist at the end. I would reccomend reading Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. It is actually funny.
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.
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