Fun House (John Ceepak Series #7)

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"Now in paperback, the comedic crime thriller that offers "a fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish." - James Patterson
What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren’t the only things the contestants get into.By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it...

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Overview

"Now in paperback, the comedic crime thriller that offers "a fast-paced thrill ride with lots of twists and turns and good writing from start to finish." - James Patterson
What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren’t the only things the contestants get into.By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach.
But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered - and others from being threatened with the same fate.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“Thoughtful, funny and exciting.”
Mystery Scene Magazine
“A nearly perfect read.”
Booklist
“This series offers far more than a beach-book romp. Taut and satisfying crime fiction.”
The Detroit Free Press
“Briskly paced, well plotted, and narrated with a cynical humor that makes it a real joy to read.”
Chicago Tribune
Thoughtful, funny and exciting.
Mystery Scene Magazine
A nearly perfect read.
Booklist
This series offers far more than a beach-book romp. Taut and satisfying crime fiction.
The Detroit Free Press
Briskly paced, well plotted, and narrated with a cynical humor that makes it a real joy to read.
Publishers Weekly
The cast and crew of a reality TV show, Fun House, invade Sea Haven, N.J., in Anthony Award–winner Grabenstein’s amusing seventh mystery featuring straight-arrow cop and Iraqi War vet John Ceepak (after 2010’s Rolling Thunder). The reality show soon spills into another kind of realism: murder. First, someone shoots TV star and cultural icon Paulie Braciole (aka “The Thing”) through the head, then Thomas Hess (aka Skeletor), while away from his drug-dealing, Nazi-type motorcycle gang “brothers,” likewise becomes a single-gunshot victim. As a third target is announced, Fun House ratings soar. The show must go on, and it’s up to banged-up-Toyota-driving Ceepak and his wiseacre sidekick, Danny Boyle, who provides a hipper, Springsteen-quoting alternative to his senior partner’s Charlie Chan–like persona, to put everything together. The well-wrought behind-the-scenes Jersey Shore atmosphere more than compensates for some stock characters and familiar plot twists. Agent: Eric Myers, the Spieler Agency. (May)
Library Journal
Police detective John Ceepak and his partner, Danny Boyle, are assigned to the filming set of hot reality TV show Fun House in Sea Haven, NJ. But even the wild and woolly cast wonders about their safety when one of the stars, Paulie Braciole, is found dead in a boardwalk carnival booth. Initially, the crime looks to tie in with Ceepak and Boyle's old nemesis, Skeletor, a major player (Rolling Thunder) in the local drug trade. Trouble is, Skeletor is the next victim. Despite the crimes and mounting death toll, the Fun House shoot thrives, using as material everything in sight and spinning the show's new "true crime" angle. Ceepak and Boyle begin to suspect the producers might be more interested in their TV ratings, even to the point of creating additional lethal action themselves. VERDICT Funny and light, Grabenstein's Anthony and Agatha Award-winning series keeps its winning momentum with this seventh entry. It is perfect guilty pleasure reading for anyone following the Jersey Shore phenomenon.
Kirkus Reviews
How low can reality TV go? Think murder. After beat cops are unable to keep a lid on a perpetually volatile situation, macho New Jersey police detective John Ceepak and his partner, cheeky narrator Danny Boyle, draw the short straw and are assigned to monitor the personnel involved in the hit reality television show Fun House (think Big Brother crossed with Jersey Shore, with a dash of American Chopper), currently filming at the resort town of Sea Haven. The carnival of dysfunction is overseen by slick, sleazy producer Marty Mandrake. Unfortunately, both clueless Mayor Sinclair and Chief Baines think the detectives' involvement is a great way to minimize danger while bringing helpful publicity to Sea Haven. Set at the "Coin Castle," Fun House features a predictably twisted collection of hard-partying troublemakers like Paulie "The Thing," Soozy K and Paulie's nemesis, steroid-addicted Vinnie, known as Skeletor because of his muscle-and-bone physique. As it happens, Skeletor is a wanted fugitive, part of a biker gang sought by New Jersey police for two years. Ceepak's plans to arrest him cause all kinds of trouble with higher-ups. The issue gets a new dimension when Paulie turns up brutally murdered and Skeletor is tagged as the prime suspect. Predictably, Mandrake wants the production to keep rolling. He has the mayor's ear, which means a tumultuous investigation and more killings before the case is solved. Ceepak and Boyle's seventh caper (Rolling Thunder, 2010, etc.) moves like lightning as it puts its cartoonish cast through their paces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605984667
  • Publisher: Pegasus
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Series: John Ceepak Series , #7
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 471,499
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed thrill reads Tilt A Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack A Mole, Hell Hole, Mind Scrambler, and Rolling Thunder, plus the young adult chillers The Crossroads and The Hanging Hill. He lives in New York City.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Loved it!

    My husband and I have loved all the Ceepak and Boyle books.Just the right amount of action and laugh-out-loud funny. I can't wait for the next one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Loved it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2013

    Great book!!!

    Astounding!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Below

    Realy? Ok. Sarah 13 and evil shredder princess

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Fun, Light Read!

    This is a wonderful seaside group of stories, and I guarantee you will love John and Danny. These are terrific novels with great characters.

    But, HEY CHRIS..................Wasn't John's wife pregnant in your last book? Did she have the baby or not?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

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    A Great Spoof

    The return, after a short hiatus, of John Ceepak and Danny Boyle, the odd couple cops in Sea Haven, NJ,, combines satire and murder mystery. Ceepak, of course, is the straight arrow, do-it-by-the book character, while Boyle serves as his junior partner, asking questions and narrating the tale. And what a story it is.

    It seems a TV production company chooses that fictional seaside town to house its reality show, “Fun House,” in which six contestants vie for a quarter of million dollar prize. Unfortunately, the game encourages rowdie-ism, sex, and lots of beer drinking along the way. When things get out of hand, Ceepak and Boyle are assigned to head up a security detail to control things. But events turn from bad to worse when a cast member is murdered and they have to look for the murderer.

    Latest in the series, this novel exhibits all the excellent characteristics of its predecessors: an unusual plot and lots of wise-cracking humor. These are always fun reads, and this one as well is recommended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    "Chris Grabenstein's clever Jersey Shore mysteries are name

    "Chris Grabenstein's clever Jersey Shore mysteries are named for amusement park rides and games of chance, so it was only a matter of time before Fun House made the cut. Danny Boyle, the smart-aleck young cop who narrates these books, actually takes his new girlfriend to an old-fashioned Fun House on the boardwalk. But to his neighbors in Sea Haven, that's the name of a new reality show being filmed in their resort town. Accurately described as a mash-up of Jersey Shore, Big Brother and Survivor, the show chronicles the bad behavior of some young idiots who've been installed in a beach cottage to play moronic games like Etiquette Competition, which rewards the player with the worst table manners. When illegal drugs appear on the set, so do Danny and his partner, John Ceepak, only to find themselves part of the show. Clearly, it took a lot of dedicated TV-watching to turn out this perfect satire."
    —Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review


    "Moves like lightning."
    —Kirkus

    "Required Reading!"
    —The New York Post

    "Chris Grabenstein has so much fun lampooning the barely disguised cast of Jersey Shore that even those with only the vaguest acquaintance with Snooki and The Situation will enjoy it, too. The overseers who shape the 'reality' take sleaze to a whole new level, capitalizing on the death of a cast member to produce a hyped-up funeral special and America's-Most-Wanted-style plea for help finding the killer. This would make a great beach read."
    —The Charlotte Observer

    "If you haven't read these mysteries, I hope you take the time to try one of the wittiest series around. I've often compared Ceepak and Boyle to Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin. It's a series narrated by the bright, cocky sidekick. There's humor along with a sharp poke in the eye at our culture and the obsession with reality TV. Try Grabenstein's Fun House. It's my chance to introduce you to two of my favorite characters, John Ceepak and Danny Boyle, and one of my favorite authors."
    —Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques Blog (read the full review)

    "[Fun House]has all the elements of a great Chris Grabenstein book: intelligent humor, rich sense of place, plenty of Springstein references, fantastic characters and a puzzling mystery. The cement that really holds the wonderful pieces of Grabenstein's books together, however, is the relationship between his main characters. That relationship continues to develop—as do Danny and Ceepak—and it's what keeps fans of the series coming back."
    —Jen Forbus, Jen's Book Thoughts Blog (read the full review)


    "I can think of few better ways to herald the beginning of summer than to crack the binding of a new John Ceepak mystery by Chris Grabenstein...Grabenstein balances action, humor and mystery in equal measure to create yet another fine beach read that evokes the scent of suntan lotion and the grim reality of what lays just a block or two beyond the vacation fun of the boardwalk. And the author is not averse to advancing his ongoing storyline with a change or two in the professional and personal lives of both Ceepak and Boyle. Fans of mysteries and police procedurals will find Fun House to be a fun ride, indeed." 5 Stars!
    —Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Aubrey

    Im reporting u

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Love!

    I love how these books keep me enthralled, while chuckling at the wit...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2014

    Jewls

    Shrieks in pain and groans. Mmmmh...soo good!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Jewls

    Moans and shreiks in pain and happiness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Erik

    You like that huh..he hits her again caising a handpeint on her other cheek

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Megs

    What

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Jared

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    RUSTURONT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Brian

    I rip your clothes off pushing you to the bed french kissing you

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    To bella

    Wherd u go? Im awaiting...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    Alex to below

    Shut the f**k up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    To jessie

    Oh ok that is funny.

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