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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.

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"Another winner." ( Booklist)

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Series gets better and better

This series just keeps getting better. Although they retained the traits that make them unique and endearing, John Ceepak and Danny became more realistic in this third instalment. Ceepak is softening a little and becoming less rigid, perhaps recovering slowly from his experiences in the army, while Danny has become a full-time police officer (graduating well from the academy) and is maturing. Their relationship still has a mentoring feel but it's clear here that the two are becoming friends on a more equal footing. So many male bonding relationships depicted in fiction involve consuming large quantities of alcohol and/or treating women like objects that it's quite refreshing to see a healthy relationship depicted without these elements.

Grabenstein does a great job of lulling you into a false sense of security with respect to the pace and direction of the story before taking you in an entirely unpredictable direction. This one was so engrossing and suspense-filled I had to walk an extra 2 kilometres so I could finish listening. As a bonus, although darker in terms of subject matter than the previous two books in the series, this one is actually funnier. Danny Boyle's narrative voice is delightfully witty and it has lost its slight juvenile quality as Danny has matured.

The only thing more enjoyable than anticipating a new Ceepak and Boyle adventure being read to me by the wonderful Jeff Woodman is having my expectations exceeded. I am completely smitten by this series and there's nothing for me to do now but play all my Bruce Springsteen CDs (his lyrics inspire our two New Jersey heroes) and see how long I can wait until I listen to the fourth book in the series which is already waiting on my iPod.

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more character development, more serious crime

In this book, the series takes some significant steps forward - characters are more developed (Ceepak in a relationship, Danny now a full time police officer), and the crime and mystery are more serious and more grisly. That may or may not be everyone's cup of tea, but the light writing style and dialogue are still there. I could have done without the musical accompaniment to the epilogue, though.

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  • Eugenia
  • Chatsworth, CA, US
  • 08-27-17

So Entertaining!

I am so taken with this terrific series. The John Ceepak character is so charming and so wonderfully humorous that I am smitten.
I love the Jersey Shore! I have never been there, but now I totally feel the need to visit! And during the summer!
I adore all the references to Bruce Springsteen and his music. Such a clever touch.
And how awesome about Ceepak and Rita!
Jeff Woodman does a terrific job making all the characters so distinct including accents and the ever-difficult women's voices.
Overall, so much fun and a lively distraction from many of today's problems.

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 06-14-15

Not your average Boy Scout.

Seapack is at it again trying to hunt down a killer who may have been living in this costal tourist city for decades. This addition to the series is a little more gruesome and there is some profanity thrown in here and there. Danny and Seapack have their hands full trying to get ahead of this killer and The Chief is not helping at all by assigning two other detectives that could not find their butt with both hands. Seapack has requested that the FBI be called in but the Chief, as always, is trying to minimize the investigation as not to alarm the tourists and scare off summer revenue.

There is an unexpected surprise at the end that will forever change Seapeck's life. Another good action packed investigation.

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  • Trish
  • Virginia
  • 02-28-14

My Favorite Go-To Series!

Dragging myself to the gym, I was trying to decide what to listen to. Scrolling through my library, I immediately jumped on Whack-A-Mole--the third book in the John Ceepak series. I am trying to slowly savor this series, since there are only eight books in it to date. But it was exactly what I needed to get moving--

I love this series--it falls into the light mystery genre, although this installment was a little heavier than previous ones. It is a very well-written book/series, with likable characters, a cute sense of humor, and of course, police cases to solve.

I cannot rave enough about the narrator. Jeff Woodman is a man of many, many talents. He has distinct and individual voices for all characters, and does a fabulous job with each. I have also listened to other audiobooks that he has narrated since discovering this series, and I have triple-checked the description--not believing it is the same narrator! He is great!!

In the mood for an entertaining mystery? Pick up this, or any of the author's John Ceepak mysteries--they do not disappoint!

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  • Elaine
  • Albemarle, NC, United States
  • 05-02-13

I'm falling in love.

I am falling in love with John Ceepak. A veteran of Afghanistan turned cop in a beach town Ceepak cannot tell a lie nor tolerate those who do. These light mysteries are totally entertaining. A great bargain when you buy the Kindle book first.

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I really enjoy these stories!

Ceepak and Boyle are a great team once again as they solve another murder mystery on the Jersey Shore. I like the narrator and the stories are interesting and suspensful without keeping you up all night in fear. Well done.

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ANOTHER FIVE TICKET/FIVE STAR RIDE!

I'm sad the series is over! Can't wait until next Spring for the next Ceepak. This could be the best one yet. The growth in Danny's character, the slight softening of Ceepak, it's all good! Danny is learning how to be a man, Ceepak is learning how to be a friend. And Jeff Woodman is amazing as both of them, not to mention grizzled Gus and everybody else in the cast!

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Another good one

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.

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  • Cindy
  • United States
  • 09-04-12

a good time

This book was fun and held my interest throughout. Ceepak, our hero, seemed a bit much with his "never tell a lie" attitude and "roger that" instead of "yes" but I was willing to accept it and enjoy the story. Do not be misled, however. Chris Grabenstein has good characters, but he is no Carl Hiassen. They are just in different leagues. Still, if you like whodunits you should like this one. Quite entertaining and lots better than some.

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  • John.
  • 10-09-17

Fantastic!!!<br />

Narrator is excellent as before, I love the stories and I will listen to the forth book...

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  • Mr David Harman
  • 11-14-16

Another great story

It's great to hear the characters develop further in another fast pace enthralling story I'm downloading the next in the series to see where we go next with this characters

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  • Louisa Simpson
  • 09-05-16

Another Ceepack hit!

The Ceepack series are just getting better! Have already bought the forth Audio book. And can't wait to start that. I am now in love with Seahavean. Especially as I grew up in a sea side town myself. I adore delving into Danny's and John's world.