Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a madman's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves.
Whipping from the boardwalk to the beach and back again, Mad Mouse keeps zigging and zagging at a breakneck pace, all the way to the surprising finish.
©2006 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
"With agile humor, neat plotting, unexpected sweetness, and an irresistible duo, Grabenstein offers a hip new form of cozy." (Booklist)
"Likable good guys, plausible bad guys, a sensible plot and a supple prose style that moves from breezy to poignant." (Kirkus Reviews)
I'm a crippeled old warrior with difficulty typing/writing etc. I used to love reading books, and have read many. I now love audio books.
Laughed my butt off while at the same time being strung along by the Author's, Chris Grabenstein, plot at a crisp pace. The book is so entertaining that I may be forced to visit the New Jersey coast line in summer just to get the real flavor of the book. I am now drawn into the lives of the characters and can't wait for the next book to come out. Thank you Chris Grabenstein.
A great follow-up book to Tilt-A-Whirl. Easy listening with fun characters. I look forward to listening to Whack-A-Mole. You can also check out his website for a map of Sea Haven.
Mad Mouse has just the right blending of humor, pathos, and suspense. The author paints vivid images of the characters and the spaces they inhabit - you just feel like you are there on the over-commercialized New Jersey beach, smelling the smells and noticing the odd things that pop up in that culture. One minute you are laughing at something outrageous or familiar, the next moment your are hearing bullets whiz by. Be sure to start with the first book in this series, Tilt-a-Whirl, because the sequencing enhances your appreciation of the characters.
I love the choice of narrator for these books. This one is even better than Tilt-a-whirl. This is a great summer beach listen. I enjoyed the story and characters very much. You feel like you are driving around a beach town being a spectator watching the characters in action. Satisfying ending too.
Incredible. Jeff Woodman does an amazing job with this incredibly fun and thrilling story. When he gets to the creepy parts, watch out -- your skin will start crawling! MAD MOUSE made my runs around Central Park a real roller coaster ride.
Semi retired magazine editor and part time university adjunct instructor who is often distracted by his 10-year-old daughter.
Despite one "Roger that" too many from the book's main protagonist, I enjoyed this listen. When I purchased the book I didn't realize that it was written for a teen audience. Then again, maybe it wasn't, but that's the way it turned out. It was a sale book and since my wife grew up in the Jersey Shore setting, I thought it was worth the risk. Simple characters, a simple though somewhat contrived plot and simple dialogue make for a relaxed listen. A few years back I reread one of my Hardy Boys books to see what interested me back in my pre-teen years. One reread was enough to satisfy my nostalgia need. If you wonder what the Hardy Boys might be like dropping "F" bombs, then give this book a try. And if you're 16 years old, this author and his books are for you.
I'm a high school English teacher and lover of the BBC and Old Time Radio. I live with my husband and menagerie of rescued cats and dogs.
This book blended humor and suspense very successfully. The humor never seemed out of place, and it did not diminish the suspense in any way. I have found in many humorous mystery novels, the focus is too much on the humor for the story to be very suspenseful. That is not the case in this book. I found myself looking for any opportunity I could find to listen so that I could find out what was happening next. The characters are all well-drawn, and Grabenstein avoids stereotypes most of the time. Even some of the more minor characters were well fleshed out.
The most impressive aspect of this book, however, was the performance of Jeff Woodman as he read the book. He made every character very distinct and his voicing of Ceepak was brilliant. My first impression of the character was exactly how Woodman voiced him. I envisioned Patrick Warburton in that role should the series ever be filmed, and I could imagine that Warburton was reading the Ceepak dialog. (If you watched The Tick, you know what I mean.)
I recommended this book to my husband who usually listens to a different type of book, and within the first 20 minutes, he was captured, too.
I absolutely LOVE this series!! I've listened to them all, and I'm devastated that there aren't any more. So thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Start with the first and enjoy your way through the rest. You won't be sorry.
For me audio is better. I travel a lot.
I like Ceepack. He makes me laugh.
I enjoyed all off the books this series.
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