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by Chris Grabenstein

There isn't much sun in the fun 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 by 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.
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ISBN: 0786715847
ISBN13: 978-0786715848
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Chris Grabenstein
Language: English
Publisher: Carroll & Graf; 1st Caroll & Graf Ed edition (August 31, 2005)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1164 kb
FB2 size: 1870 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 903
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This was my first (and last) book by this author. It read like an R-rated Scooby-Doo cartoon with GI-Joe dialogue. And the plot was obvious from the 3rd chapter--maybe earlier, frankly I just didn't much care. After that, it was just trying to stop myself from shouting, "NOBODY with a badge would realistically do that!" The only bright spot was the goofy sidekick, Danny, who narrated the whole thing in first person. He was just wacky enough to make this book readable. If you are looking for realism, this isn't for you. As hard as I tried, I couldn't suspend enough belief to enjoy it except to say I finished it.
Tilt-A-Whirl is the first book in the John Ceepak mystery series, though I read the 3rd book (Whack a Mole) first and circled back to start at the beginning because I enjoyed it so much. Introducing the characters doesn't take away from the intense action that starts off strong and gets better from there. The story took a major twist that caught me off guard. Loved the team up between Ceepak and Danny that defines this series. The local flavor of a quirky resort town seeps in to relieve tension at just the right times.

John Ceepak is newly appointed to the local police force. Along with his sidekick and summer help, part-time cop Danny, he catches an unheard of murder case. Mostly people come to rown for the beach, not to commit felonies. Ceepak is dedicated to solving the crime, despite constant setbacks. Danny isn't sure where Ceepak is headed with his theories, but he does his best to keep up. Quoting Springsteen and living by the"code," Ceepak and Danny slowly uncover the truth, rocking the small town.
Ex-military police veteran just back from the Iraqi war, John Ceepak is working as a police officer in a small oceanside resort town in New Jersey. One summer morning, a young girl covered in blood is found, screaming in the street outside the restaurant Ceepak and his partner are having breakfast at. The girl's father has been shot at the local amusement park in the early morning hours, before the park opened, and it turns out he is a real estate mogul worth billions. The list of suspects is long, and within hours of the murder, his daughter—the sole witness, and now sole beneficiary—is kidnapped.

Told from the point of view of the young, part-time rookie partner is refreshingly different and humorous at times, and just when I thought I'd figured out the ending, I was still surprised. Normally, that makes for a terrific read, but here it was a disturbing twist I wasn't prepared for. Minus that, it was an easy read, and I'm curious to see where this series goes.
Not a bad book, took a chance and the story was pretty good, a few nice twists and a nice surprising ending. The book is written in the first person who is supposedly early/mid twenties but the feeling I get is the that person seems about 15/17 in the way he views things and such little life experience. The book is easy to read, well written and the characters are likeable although a bit one dimensional. I write this review while reading the second book in the series and the character's back story's become a bit more filled out and make them more interesting. I picked this up for $0.99 because I had run out of things to read. It definitely was worth a shot and book 2 is just a bit better
Hidden Winter
The characters in this book are all rather extreme - extremely bumbling, extremely honest, extremely naive.... you get the picture. The story is narrated from the point of view of a 24 year old who is naive, so the writing is not terribly sophisticated. For me, that works because that is how he would think. What I liked best about the book is the sense of humor that came from this narrator. I also enjoyed the relationship of the narrator with his partner. I think of it as a "light mystery" in spite of the dark subject matter that comes out, simply because of the humor and because I cannot picture them as real people but as characters in a book, so the dark situations didn't have the same impact as they would have if the characters were believable. I do not think it is great literature. I do think it was entertaining (if not entirely believable). If I wanted a true crime story I would read true crime. But my goal here was to be entertained and I was - enough to order the next in the series.
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Not Kardashians. Do not think Kardashians.

Danny Boyle, the first person narrator of Tilt-a-Whirl, is a 24 year old part time summer beach cop in the New Jersey resort town of Sea Haven. His current position involves driving Officer John Ceepak around in a customized Ford Explorer, as they investigate crimes such as the theft of a $350 tricycle from the mayor's nephew. In fact, their current agenda consists of looking into the theft of the aforesaid stolen tricycle, when a young girl covered in blood runs down the street toward the Pancake Palace where they had just met for breakfast.

John Ceepak, former MP back from Iraq, former Eagle Scout, makes for an interesting character. Just when I start to think he couldn't get more cliched, the author would sneak in a bit of humanity. Just like Danny Boyle's view of Sea Haven seems to be just another broad satire on vacation resort towns-- you've read them all, right? Cutesy names, corrupt politicos, evil property developers. Then the story would take another sharp twist.

The young girl covered in blood is the daughter of real estate tycoon, Reginald Hart. The blood belongs to her father who was shot multiple times by someone the girl describes as a crazy man. She stated, they had been talking while seated on a Tilt-a-Whirl ride at a not yet open amusement park, when the killer had appeared.

Lots of twists and turns keeps the reader interested. Grabenstein writes books for middle grade readers which maybe why Danny seems a bit young, but the story gains maturity as it goes along.

Narrator Jeff Woodman is excellent. He does all the voices really well. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his interpretation of this mystery. I went ahead and downloaded the next two in the series.