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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.

©2006 Chris Grabenstein; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Easy out=child molesting

FRUSTRATING that the author had to add in the child molesting ! I hated the ending to what had been an engaging book!!!

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Jersey Shore---- and a MYSTERY? = BEACH READ!

Wonderfully voiced by Jeff Woodman, this is a must listen! A great mystery, atmospheric with a story that keeps on giving! Ceepak is the real deal and you can't wait to move on to the next!

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Did not enjoy this book.

There was little depth to the story . It may appeal to a young teenager with time to spare.

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A little summer read

Not completely juvenile because of some stomach churning descriptions of despicable behavior, but those items are surrounded by lightweight and predictable characters, some saucy dialog, and a really likeable narrator. This isn't going to be one you'd read more than once, but it's enjoyable enough that I've already downloaded the next one in the series. These would be good books to pick up during a half price sale.

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Keeps you interested.

Pretty good murder mystery. Kept me listening. Great performance from the narrator. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Excellent Narration

What did you love best about Tilt-a-Whirl?

The narration of this book was amazing. I was totally involved from the very beginning. I could not stop listening!. I am ready for anotherbook

What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

The different voices that Jeff Woodman used for each of the characters was perfect. He has been the best that I have listened to, especially with the differences in the men and women

Any additional comments?

The main characters of this book seem like good people, I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I love when I find characters to follow and get to know.

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Will Not Buy Another book written by this author

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Elimination of the profanity and using Jesus' name as every other word.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Please see above answer

What does Jeff Woodman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I doubt, anything.

What character would you cut from Tilt-a-Whirl?

none

Any additional comments?

It baffles me why authors will use profanity and taking God's name in vain when it adds absolutely nothing to the story, but only serves to offend a certain portion of the audience. They have nothing to gain and only loss of future sales by doing this.

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Jeff Woodman is a great narrator...

...of a really mediocre book. The novel itself is juvenile, obvious, and gratuitously gross. But what a great narrator!

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Wow, didn't see that coming!

Purchased this book on a daily deal from Audible, and I'm glad I did. The story had great characters, and an interesting plot. The performance was great, too, and helped develop the characters. I enjoyed the book!

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Yeah! Found another lighthearted crime series.

I will forgive the silly ending because the journey was so pleasant. Great Narrater, great characters. Will probably end up going through the entire series joyfully.

This is very light hearted. Not intense at all. Jeff Woodman does a great job voicing the various characters without getting annoying.