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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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    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 08-28-13
    NKBH Louisville, KY United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2006

    NKBH

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    "Waited too long to listen to this one"

    I purchased Tilt A Whirl over two years ago and I had not listened to it until last night. What a wonderful surprise. I started about 9pm and I was awake till the end. Ceepak is a wonderful hero - a true honest good-guy. Tilt A Whirl had wonderful moments of humor and amazing characters, but also a serious heart-breaking family tragedy. The narrator is excellent and I agree with others - do not let him go! I will be picking up other titles in this series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 08-27-13
    Townsend Pearland, TX, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb narration, alternates funny and explicit"

    I have listened to the entire series (8 books so far),so obviously I enjoy it. They are called the John Ceepak series, but all the stories are told by his sidekick, Danny Boyle. The author does a really good job with this -- "Dudley Do-Right" super cop seen through the eyes of a light-hearted 20-something beach boy.

    As the series progresses, the characters go through some changes, and some of he characters' reactions and relationships don't make sense unless you have read the earlir books., The books really must be read in order.

    My problem with the books is that the graphic discrptions of crime scenes and extremely intense emotional issues are at odds with the light, jokey tone of the rest of the books.

    The narration is amazing. I'm going to look for morebooks done by Jeff Woodman. His ability with voices makes it sound almost like a multiple-cast narration. The Jersey accents are amusing without bein over the top, and he does females well.

    Not great literature, and not for the overly tender-hearted reader, but entertaining listening for mystery fans.

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    richard Mineola, TX, United States 08-22-13
    richard Mineola, TX, United States 08-22-13
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    "STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK!"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Woodman’s performances?

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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Worst audio book I've ever purchased. Poorly written, poorly plotted and transparent. The audio performance is flat and adds no interest to the shallow characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 07-26-13
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 07-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "the butler didn't do it!"

    I was a little concerned when I discovered that this story is told from the detective's chauffeur's point of view. However , the narrator does not leave any colour or detail out of the story. I also got a feel for the detective from him. This detective has as much character as any put together by Nelson Demille or Robert Parker. A good story kept me listening and guessing. Jeff Woodman does a wonderful job keeping all the individuals apart for great listening.

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    qcathy Queensland Australia 04-05-13
    qcathy Queensland Australia 04-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "great reads!"

    I listened to the series and loved them all. They have good story lines, and the narration is "sassy" - if a male narrator can be sassy, lol. I got a lotta smiles and head nods at the comments from Danny Boyle! Would recommend this series, but read 1-7 in order...much better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 04-03-13
    Jean Chilliwack, BC, Canada 04-03-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "How Bad is Bad?"

    The story itself wasn't totally terrible but listening to the narrator swallow and smack is lips throughout was so distracting! Never again!

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    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 03-18-13
    Sires Chesapeake, OH, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

    I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.

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    "Well Done Procedural Set in a New Jersey Town"

    Danny Boyle, the first person narrator of Tilt-a-Whirl, is a part time summer beach cop in the New Jersey resort town of Sea Haven. His current position involves driving Officer John Ceepak around in a customized Ford Explorer, as they investigate crimes such as the theft of a tricycle. In fact, their current agenda involves looking into the theft of the aforesaid stolen tricycle, when a young girl covered in blood appears at the window of the Pancake Palace.

    John Ceepak, former MP back from Iraq, former Eagle Scout, makes for an interesting character. Just when I start to think he couldn't get more cliched, the author would sneak in a bit of humanity. Just like Danny Boyle's view of Sea Haven seems to be just another broad satire on vacation resort towns-- you've read them all, right? Cutesy names, corrupt politicos, evil property developers. Then the story would take another sharp twist.

    The young girl covered in blood is the daughter of real estate tycoon, Reginald Hart. The blood belongs to her father who was shot multiple times by someone the girl describes as a crazy man. She stated, they had been talking while seated on a Tilt-a-Whirl ride at a not yet open amusement park, when the killer had appeared.

    Lots of twists and turns keeps the reader interested. Grabenstein writes books for middle grade readers which maybe why Danny seems a bit young, but the story gains maturity as it goes along.

    Narrator Jeff Woodman is excellent. He does all the voices really well. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his interpretation of this mystery. I went ahead and downloaded the next two in the series.

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    Kathleen Wesley Chapel, FL, USA 12-06-12
    Kathleen Wesley Chapel, FL, USA 12-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great series - super narration too!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tilt-a-Whirl to be better than the print version?

    (non-reader) This series is great! I can't wait for the next one to come out. The characters are fun and believable. The narration is super. Definitely worth listening to.


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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-03-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 12-03-12
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    "A new series to add to my library!"

    ENTERTAINING! Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrator was great! Nothing much new in the way of murder mysteries; but the tone, writing, and narration made it it's own.

    Can't wait to listen to book 2 - Mad House, and then the rest!

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    Karen Luna 09-07-12
    Karen Luna 09-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Fun read"
    Where does Tilt-a-Whirl rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Among the best


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. It has alot of humor mixed in with the mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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