Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Series #2)
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Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Series #2)

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by Chris Grabenstein
     
 

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It's almost Labor Day, and the end of summer could mean the end of someone's life in this exciting sequel to Chris Grabenstein's Tilt-a-Whirl. Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a mad-man's twisted scheme for revenge.

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It's almost Labor Day, and the end of summer could mean the end of someone's life in this exciting sequel to Chris Grabenstein's Tilt-a-Whirl. Young Danny Boyle, the part-time summer cop "down the shore" in Sea Haven, New Jersey, gets taken on a wild ride when he and his longtime beach buddies become the unwitting targets of a mad-man's twisted scheme for revenge. Fortunately, John Ceepak, the cop with a soldier's unshakeable code of honor, stays at Danny's side to help him negotiate the quick twists and turns that threaten to destroy his life, his friends, and everything about the world he loves. Whipping from the boardwalk to the beach and back again, Mad Mouse keeps zigging and zagging at a breakneck pace, all the way to the surprising finish.

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
So far, Grabenstein has maintained the seriocomic tone of his promising series by working the buddy relationship with sincerity, while assigning the narrative chores to the endearing (if often dim) Danny.
— The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Grabenstein's second humorous procedural (after 2005's Tilt-a-Whirl) reunites that incongruous pair, Sea Haven, N.J., police officer John Ceepak, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who lives by the code "I will not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do," and his callow young sidekick, Danny Boyle, who's promoted from part-time summer cop to full-time status. Paintball vandalism becomes something more serious when the assailant switches to actual gunfire, targeting Boyle and his circle of friends. In scenes reminiscent of Jaws, the local mayor, anxious that tourist dollars not be scared away, tries to conceal the significance of the shootings, but the politician offers little resistance to the detective duo's investigative efforts. Some readers may find that the jokey tone jars with a plot that echoes the real-life D.C. sniper case, but those for whom a laugh counts more than realistic action will be amused. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This worthy sequel to Grabenstein's successful debut, Tilt-a-Whirl, takes place about a month after the events in the previous book end. It's almost Labor Day in the summer resort town of Sea Haven, NJ, and part-time cop Danny, who has just been offered a full-time position, and his childhood friends are targeted by a sniper. Fortunately, Danny gets help from his by-the-book partner, John Ceepak. While the crimes and the rationale behind them are darker and edgier here than in the first novel, Grabenstein's writing remains quick, sharp, and funny. The well-developed characters of Danny and John remain true to form, and plenty of new and interesting personalities are thrown into the mix. Highly recommended for all mystery collections.-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., Upper Montclair, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
More fireworks at the Jersey shore when a rookie cop confronts a vengeful paintball gunner in this dandy sequel to Tilt-A-Whirl (2005). Young Danny Boyle, about to make the longed-for transition from part-timer to full-timer in the Sea Haven PD, finds himself in a role he didn't want: as one of several victims. Danny and some old buddies are enjoying quiet beach-blanket time when a well-aimed paintball barrage scatters them. Danny's hit. His friend Becca takes a missile dangerously near her eye. The culprit escapes. Pranksters, says the chief dismissively. John Ceepak, Danny's mentor, isn't convinced. Sure enough, the attacks suddenly intensify and become terrifying. Now the missiles aren't paintballs but cartridges made for an Army issue M-24. Danny's beloved Katie goes down, severely wounded, and another of his posse is killed. Who hates Danny? Ceepak wants to know, since it's no longer possible to construe the attacks as random. And then the sniper taunts them with a note: "You'll never remember, I'll never forget." But finally Danny does remember an act of seeming inconsequence, the kind of mindless cruelty from which the ripple effect is always incalculable and sometimes lethal. Likable good guys, plausible bad guys, a sensible plot and a supple prose style that moves from breezy to poignant.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786719365
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
John Ceepak Series, #2
Pages:
323
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the author of Tilt-A-Whirl and Whack-A-Mole. He is also the author of Slay Ride as part of the Christopher Miller series.Visit his Web site at www.chrisgrabenstein.com.

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Mad Mouse (A John Ceepak Mystery) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book in this series. I highly recommend this book as well as the first one in this series. It is a page turner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Grabenstein is an awesome writter. Holds your interest from beginning to end. Exciting characters. Ceepak & Danny rock!!! Was sorry the book ended. Want more!!!!
sul More than 1 year ago
Will be sure to read everything Chris Grabenstein writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the people, the story, and the locale-- a New Jersey ocean beach community. The book follows the characters of Tilt-a-Whirl, the first book of the series. Touches of humor in the narrator's descriptions highlight character development. I like the book a lot; it is well worth your time. arf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't write many reviews mostly cuz I'm simply not motivated to by what I read. And then a truly unique and intriguing concept is presented and curious but doubtful the author could pull it off I was compelled to give it a try. I did begin at the beginning lol with Tilt A Whirl and loved it so much I grabbed this one the very second I finished the first...long bout 3 a m or so! What is so original is the way the 'real' protagonist's personality is slowly revealed via his cop partner's eyes. I've seen this before, not often but I have, and I found them vaguely dissatisfying and now I see why: the character being revealed never became 'real' for me the way Ceepak has. What a BLAST this series is thus far. Laugh out loud is followed by a sudden intake of breath, yer heart racing, ignoring the late hour and the need to rise early, followed by an exhale with just enough time to inhale just once before yer laughing aloud again. I love the mix of character ages which should appeal to all ages from beach bum mentality to entrenched and consistent morality mentality to the blustery polititions and town leaders with dollar signs for eyes. The author has absolute consistency with his characters too. I can tell who said what by what is said without having to rely on "so so said". This book is the epitome of unadultered joy...not gory but detailed, funny yet serious, realistic yet entertaining. As far as I'm concerned this can be an ENDLESS SERIES. If you buy these books you will have a super good time AND stay out of trouble doing it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable book, will read others from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy this series!
Drewano More than 1 year ago
Another great book in the Ceepak series.  The author does a great job of building the story and setting the stage making you feel as if you're right there on the boardwalk with them.  As before, you're kept guessing on who the killer is, and with his dry humor and story telling makes for a fun ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Follow the series - lots of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Yes you're right." Looks at the ground and picks up her kill and pads with him back to camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The sky grew darker. We should probably head back to camp. Its getting late.
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A good page-turner.
DaleneH More than 1 year ago
I’m hooked on this series. The characters that Grabenstein has created are great.. Ceepak and Boyle make a great duo. This is book two and so if you haven’t read book one, there may be a few spoilers in this review, but hopefully not too many. Check out my review of Tilt-a-Whirl for a great introduction. So continuing on with the series, this book is also a quick read. Not much in the style of writing has changed and a few more characters are added. With the story taking place in such a small town, I was worried it would be limited, but that is definitely not the case. With this book, you get to meet new people in town and visit more shops and restaurants. This mystery/crime centers around Danny and his friends which gives us more detail about him and what he does in his time away from work. It will also be decided at the end of this book if Danny gets the full-time position that is available after summer. The mystery itself was amazing. Not what I expected and definitely deeper than the last mystery Ceepak and Boyle solved. I did not guess who or what, until the end of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to those that have read the first book and recommend this series to those who like cozy mysteries. I wouldn’t classify this series specifically as such. It’s definitely not as heavy as Harlan Coben or James Patterson, but just as good. IMO!
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Buffman More than 1 year ago
Good story, good characters...... great for summer reading.
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BettyG76 More than 1 year ago
Hope Mr Grasbenstein can keep these characters going. Love them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OK but not as many laughs or as much mystery as I am accustomed to with this series.