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Whack-a-Mole | [Chris Grabenstein]

Whack-a-Mole

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win.
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Publisher's Summary

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win.

Don't miss other adventures featuring Sea Haven's finest, including the first book in the series, Tilt-a-Whirl, and the second, Mad Mouse.

©2007 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Another winner." (Booklist)

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    Leon Miller New Orleans, Louisiana 03-13-15
    Leon Miller New Orleans, Louisiana 03-13-15 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great, great fun."
    What made the experience of listening to Whack-a-Mole the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Jeff Woodman, is delightful. There are a lot of characters with a lot of character, and he makes them all distinctive and often hilarious. He’s especially good at depicting the goofy, wide-eyed, naive charm of Ceepak’s young assistant. You will be thoroughly entertained.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The "voice" of the novel is John Ceepak's young assistant, who brings a youthful naivete and charm.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I listed to the first book in this series (this is the third) and Woodman was excellent in that one, too.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful. Chris Grabenstein’s first book in his John Ceepak mystery series won the prestigious Anthony Award for Best First Novel. This, the third in the series, is just as good. Grabenstein’s gift is his rare ability to combine traditional cozy mysteries with elements of police procedurals and thrillers, creating books that are exciting but also charming, warm, and often very, very funny. In “Whack-a-Mole,” Grabenstein ups the ante with even more action while managing to throw in an important and timely moral perspective. I’m looking forward to reading the rest in this series. Highly, highly recommended.

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    Schulte 02-25-15
    Schulte 02-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Juvenile"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is in the wrong category. I cannot believe I finished this book. The characters have no depth. The narrator is about 14. Just a huge waste of time.


    What was most disappointing about Chris Grabenstein’s story?

    Boring?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Woodman’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from Whack-a-Mole?

    Not a one held any interest for me.


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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 12-01-14
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 12-01-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Another "fun" murder mystery for Ceepak and Boyle."

    The variation in this episode is that Ceepak and Boyle are on the trail of a serial murderer. The undisguised clues are spread over the beach and in local shops. The locals don't want anything to disturb the tourists, but Ceepak's code makes him proceed with the investigation.

    Again, Jeff Woodman does an excellent narration.

    Somehow Grabenstein and Woodman make the gruesome topic of murder into a fun listen.

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 11-07-14
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 11-07-14 Member Since 2012

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "More Ceepak fun"

    This whole series (so far) has been wonderful. It has some fun characters (stereotypical Jersey folks too), in a great setting, the beach, and keeps me guessing on who done it until the end.
    From the start the author puts out an easy suspect but then starts to sprinkle in more to make it interesting, then when you think you’ve figured it out it’s time for one last turn. “Wack A Mole” is a well written ride for the mystery lover who likes to laugh!


    Jeff Woodman does a great job from the accents to Danny's sense of humor to the dry no nonsense Ceepak. Close your eyes and you can almost taste the curley fries..

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    Pat Houston, TX, United States 09-23-14
    Pat Houston, TX, United States 09-23-14 Member Since 2010

    Evening and Weekend Manager Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center Houston, TX 77060

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    "A Delightful Listen"

    Whack A Mole by Chris Grabenstein is another in the John CeePak series. This is my fourth novel in that series in which the author tells a suspenseful tale that keeps you guessing until the end whodunnit? However, as in the other novels the reader's real pleasure comes from the quirky relationship between Danny Boyle, a newly minted cop and his hero, mentor, and idol John Ceepak. CeePak and Boyle are partners on the Sea Haven Police force, who are constantly finding murder mysteries to solve in their peaceful New Jersey seaside town with it's town natives and thousands of tourists as suspects. The author has a talent for making the reader/listener an intimate observer to all that happens. The author accomplishes this by using the second person as his primary voice and making his narrator so human.

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    Christina Strong City, KS, United States 08-09-14
    Christina Strong City, KS, United States 08-09-14 Member Since 2009

    Recycled Realities

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    "Another well written story, depressing"
    What did you like best about Whack-a-Mole? What did you like least?

    Another great well written story, didn't like the depressing murders


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Grabenstein again?

    Absolutely, loved the first couple of books in the series, and I'll hope Grabenstein isn't escalating.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Tilt-A-Whirl and Mad Mouse. Performance always great


    Was Whack-a-Mole worth the listening time?

    yes


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    Michael St Helens, OR, United States 07-07-14
    Michael St Helens, OR, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The books just grow on you"

    OK, these books are not exactly works of great art, but something about them is fun and entertaining all the same. I really like the narration....

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-03-14
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2014

    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.

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    "Awesome!"

    I really thought I had figured this one out but once again, the twists caught me off guard. I really love the characters and the setting. I am going to buy the next one right now!

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    Karen Luna 09-07-12
    Karen Luna 09-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Series"
    Would you listen to Whack-a-Mole again? Why?

    Yes...It is a quick fun listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the complete series...hope more will be coming in the future

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    Rebecca Cole 05-26-12
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    "Super Fun!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Super combination of performance and story, the narrator has a great way of showcasing the humor and irony in this story.


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