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John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.
Don't miss other adventures featuring Sea Haven's finest, including (in order) Tilt-a-Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack-a-Mole, and Hell Hole.
©2009 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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love this series!

I hope Danny Boyle never grows up. His comments can be hilarious. The line about Fox had me reversing the audio so I could hear it again. But I must say that there was way too much vulgar language in this book. I know the author was making a point but it was overdone. I think it could have been handled better. You can make a person obnoxious with a little vulgarity, not overkill. That is why it's 4 stars instead of 5.

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Not as good...

I really enjoy the Cepak books and already own the rest of the series but this one left me flat.
The small laughs and Sea Haven regulats were missing and Danny's voice didn't ring true in places.
Still, it moved well and the characters were well written, as always.

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Great series

I'm addicted to the Ceepack series. Great story and great narrator. Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry.

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another great listen

summer fun listening. light and entertaining. dont miss this series.fabulous narrator. get it soon and enjoy

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Enjoyed it tremendously!

Enjoyed how the reader brought the characters to life. Sorry about one of my faves, Flynn. Good read!

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MIND SCRAMBLER

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Never ending surprises, Starts out in Las Vegas, and continues from there... 😈 🎲 🎰 πŸ’°

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katie, she had so much to say, yet kept quiet....

Which scene was your favorite?

When they found the "LAST NOTEBOOK!"

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Under the pillars in the ocean.

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Excellent book. Well thought out. I was wondering how the author was going to get a good book out of Danny and Ceepak out of their realm. Here, he, did a good job! 😁

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loving this series

another great book in this series. I thought at the beginning it was little slow. with way to much detail of the magic act but there is a great reason for it

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  • Rebecca
  • Alpharetta, GA, United States
  • 09-25-15

Boyle is growing up

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The characters of Boyle and Ceepak develop over the course of this series. In the first book, Boyle is young and inexperienced. You can really see Boyle growing up and getting a bit of an edge in this one. The mystery in Mind Scrambler is very intense or at least it was for me. It's good when a book draws you in and gets you involved and invested with it.

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It's a possibility...

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That this is one of the funniest crime mystery novels I've come across in a long time! I love that the story is told through Danny Boyle the young partner of John Ceepak because I swear the way he thinks is truly that of a young 25 year old with the rest of his life ahead of him and it makes for some funny if not hilarious commentary!

Talk about a crime mystery that has layers and layers of deceptions and misdirections that has your mind spinning by the end.

The crime is so much worst then first believed but with Danny and Ceepak on the case, the truth and bad guys are brought to light and I felt so guilty for laughing but dang it, it's not as if you have a choice. Danny's inner thoughts are hilarious sometimes!!!!!! I blame the author and that witty writing style!

An absolute fun audio this is with a dark crime to keep you interested and the narrator is absolutely perfect as Danny and Ceepak!

This Jeff Woodman guy is fantastic with all the different voices he can perform. He was awesome in Hell Hole, fabulous if not a bit adorkable in Mad House, and now one of my top 5 favorite narratives after this Mind Scrambler.

And I swear, you honestly feel as though your mind has been scrambled after this little tale of horror or magic I mean. Whew...

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  • John S.
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 06-16-15

Pretty good except for the dad subplot

I'm a big fan of this series, but skipped the previous book as the plotline sounded like something I wouldn't get into. Made little difference, except for the subplot about Ceepak's father, whom we learned was scum in the first book. Regarding that angle, I believe that taking a statement is not the same as "deposing" a witness in civil cases; moreover, having the son of the defendant do it seems absurd. I wasn't buying the outcome of that one either.

As for this storyline, I found Ceepak and his military pal's use of The Code priggishly tedious. Then again, I have little patience for people who live in absolute worlds with NO gray areas whatsoever. That having been said, there were times I admired Ceepak's handling of certain situations, where Danny wasn't at his most ... mature. We were introduced to a minor character, The Great Mandini, whom I'd like to see again.

In general, the story seemed grimmer than the previous books, and a tad drawn out. I cheered when one of the female gang from Sea Haven told Danny to stop keeping Katie on some sort of saintly, nun-like pedestal. These books are all about his growing as a person, which he seems to be doing more of than the rigid Ceepak.

Jeff Woodman's narration is terrific! I love it except ... he gives characters these stereotypical Sopranos-style accents. I learned to speak English in New Jersey, rarely running across that phenomenon.