©2007 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
"Another winner." (Booklist)
I am a huge fan of Carl Hiassen and had heard or read that this author was similar. I went ahead and purchased all three books in the series and managed to listen to them all but with great difficulty. Plot is similar in all. Foul language is overdone. All in all, very juvenile. I consider these books a "Hardy Boys - X-rated"
The characters are all interesting and well voiced by the narrator. Jeff Woodman really sounds like I would picture Danny Boyle. His different voices and characterizations really bring the other characters to life as well. These are characters I came to care about and made me want to keep reading with the next book in the series.
The plot moves along at a good pace and keeps you guessing. I thought I had it figured out, but I didn't.
I would definitely recommend this entire series.
An avid reader who works too much to actually read in the traditional manner she now consumes audiobooks at her job, driving, and running.
The murder mystery in this third installment is more complicated than the other two books. There's definitely a Norman Bates feel to this killer. There's also more character development for Ceepak which is great see. Once again, fun, indulgent, and left me feeling good after listening to it.
🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺
-frustrated sigh- Mr. Chris Grabenstein has done it again. Left me feeling guilty for laughing through out this horrid serial killer crime mystery. And I was completely wrong, I thought I figured out who the nutcase killer was in this! Boy was I wrong!!!
Ceepak and Danny are at it again. They stumble upon a serial killer, must solve the puzzle while dealing with worthless help, a Mayor and Chief of Police, desperate to keep the killings secret, and my growing voice crush for Danny Boyle. -giggles-
Jeff Woodman narration is amazing and fun as usual! I just get a real kick listening to all the different Jersey accents he can do!
As with many detective stories the subject matter is a bit harsh. However, it's told in a light hearted way. Ceepak is a bit too perfect, gotta wonder if he'll ever crack.
I finished books 1 & 2 and bought 3 & 4 during a sale. The John Ceepak Series is light reading with just enough mystery to keep my interest. The well drawn characters and narrator make the books so readable/listenable--the two main characters' voices sound as if they are coming from two different readers. I will definitely keep listening to this series!
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.
The "voice" of the novel is John Ceepak's young assistant, who brings a youthful naivete and charm.
Yes, I listed to the first book in this series (this is the third) and Woodman was excellent in that one, too.
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.
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.
Not a one held any interest for me.
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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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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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