Tilt-a-Whirl (John Ceepak Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An unusual setting (Sea Haven, a summer resort in an unnamed state that sounds a lot like New Jersey) and two police protagonists with contrasting personalities lift Grabenstein's debut mystery. A former military policeman in Iraq, John Ceepak has brought his considerable physical strength, crime-solving skills and morality to the beachside town; "a cop 24/7," he spends his spare time reading about forensics and watching true-crime shows on TV. Assisting Ceepak is 24-year-old Danny Boyle, a part-time summer cop who joined the force largely to impress college girls. The only thing they have in common is a love for Bruce Springsteen. But the murder of a Trump-like real estate magnate, knifed to death while meeting his young daughter at the town's sleazy amusement park, brings the unlikely pair of police officers closer together. Boyle's first-person narration can occasionally sound too cute for comfort, but his increasing respect for police work in general and Ceepak's combination of abilities in particular provide a good deal of the book's satisfaction. Agent, Eric Myers. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
This impressive debut by New York City advertising executive-turned-mystery writer Grabenstein is set in idyllic Sea Haven, a touristy summer town that will be very familiar to readers knowledgeable about the New Jersey shore and follows cop extraordinaire John Ceepak and his part-time junior partner, Danny Boyle. Ceepak is a former military policeman just back from Iraq who lives by a strict moral code of absolute honesty and integrity, a code that is constantly challenged as he and Boyle set out to find the culprit in the murder of a real estate mogul and the subsequent kidnapping of his daughter. The story is related by Boyle, whose youthful inexperience and desire to be a kid are the perfect foil for Ceepak's mature, by-the-book demeanor. Grabenstein's writing is direct and punchy, providing many laugh-out-loud moments. Though a bit surreal, the ending is unexpected and satisfying and wraps up a good pace. Highly recommended.-Nicole A. Cooke, Montclair State Univ. Lib., NJ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fireworks down by the shore, and in the amusement park, a good cop almost gets taken for a ride. Just back from Iraq where he served as an MP, and where he experienced enough war horrors to corrode the souls of most, John Ceepak somehow manages to remain surprisingly level-headed. Still, a change would be beneficial, argues old friend and comrade-in-arms Chief Cosgrove of the Sea Haven PD. He hires Ceepak, supplies him with a 24-year-old part-timer, wide-eyed Danny Boyle, as a partner, and for a time things are tranquil in sunny Sea Haven. A 12-year-old girl changes everything. Blood-spattered and distraught, she emerges suddenly from Sea Haven's tiny amusement park, screaming, "He killed my father." When Ashley Hart's father turns out to be Reginald Hart, billionaire, tranquility takes a holiday. Placed by default in charge of the high profile investigation (Sea Haven PD not being rich in homicide experience), Ceepak appears at first to be in over his head, easily misled, sent careening down one unproductive garden path after another to the consternation of young Danny, primed for hero worship. But in a complex case in which almost nothing is what it seems, one thing is: Ceepak's intelligent, principled, get-the-job-done steadiness. This first book in a promising series flounders here and there but is ultimately saved by the strength of Grabenstein's protagonist.
Library Journal
05/15/2014
Danny thought spending the season as a summer cop in the quiet tourist town of Sea Haven would be a great way to make a little beer money and meet some beach bunnies. But when a billionaire developer is found dead on the Tilt-a-Whirl and his blood-covered daughter runs right into Danny, he must confront the sordid side of Sea Haven head-on. Luckily, Danny has the help of his partner John Ceepak, an Iraqi war veteran whose personal code of honor and stiff morality hides a shrewd analytical mind. VERDICT Grabenstein's Anthony Award-winning debut is a gripping mystery that is like any unforgettable vacation—nice weather, unexpected twists, and colorful characters you'll want to revisit many times. [For the author's ebook edition go to chrisgrabenstein.com/adults/tilt.php.—Ed.] (LJ 9/15/05)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480529410
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: John Ceepak Series, #1
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    This is good, really good.

    The story is an honest mystery not a romance book as so many titles are lately. The plot is fresh. The characters seem real--they change and grow.
    The narrator is a part-time, nonprofessional police officer. The chief investigator is an ex-military police officer who has been recruited by his former military comrade, now Chief of Police. The setting is a small New Jersey beach and tourist community on the ocean. The reported crimes include murder, kidnapping and tricycle theft.
    I very much enjoyed this story and urge you to read it.

    13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Fast read - recommend.

    Good story for the money. Characters are interesting, I ended up buying the other 2 John Ceepak mysteries.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    A can't put it down kind of book.....

    Chris Grabenstein weaves many mysteries in "Tilt-A-Whirl" with the ending being the climax of a wonderful reading experience.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2012

    A fast read with good characters in a decent story. A worthy se

    A fast read with good characters in a decent story. A worthy series keeping you wanting to read more. Definitely a good summer read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    recommended

    Fun quick read. Good sense of humor. Great depiction of typical boardwalk shops and summer at the shore.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Really enjoyed this.

    Tried this new (to me) author and liked his style. I really like thetwo main characters-Danny and Ceepak- and hope he keeps writing for them.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Highly recommended! Great Book.

    This was a great read. Couldn't put it down. Just when you think everything is tied up and the crime is solved, its like riding the tilt a whirl another spin is put on the case. Will definitely be looking for more books by Chris Grabenstein.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Wonderfol WONDERFUL BOOK!!!!

    I can see why this book won an award. Great characters and well written.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    loved it

    what great characters! it so much reminded me of carl hiaasen's writings.book two has already been purchased.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Interesting from start to finish.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Very enjoyable

    I really enjoyed this story and all the unexpected twists and turns! Atfer I finished it, I immediately bought the 2nd in the series but, while fun, I found the 2nd one a little more predictable. Im now buying the 3rd in the series. Fun reads and only 99¿.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Awesome Surprise!

    Stumbled on this series. Bought this one-it is the 1st in the series-and it sounded good, plus it was only .99 so I bought it hoping I'd like it. Well turned out I LOVED it! Gave it to my husband and he did too. The characters are believeable and I thought I had it figured out several times-I was wrong and didnt see the ending coming till it was actually revealed! I am currently half way thru the 4th book Hell Hole, and have l am hooked on this Ceepak Series! Many twists n turns in every book n akways has me guessing. I have bought all 8 books in the series-they are that good! I cannot wait for more! Give Tilt-A-Whirl a chance, its a great book esp for .99 & you wont be able to put it down. I have found another author I love and so will you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    A Very Enjoyable Read

    The author brings an entertaining assortment of characters to life: from the seedy underclass to the ultra-rich; a part-time, inexperienced cop paired with a heroic cop in the John Wayne mold; and the various and sundry citizens that live in a summer resort town in New Jersey. The thread that ties them all together is the story's narrator, who keeps you chuckling with his hilarious descriptions and observations, long after you've turned the pages. Speaking of turning pages, the many plot twists and turns, shocks and surprises will keep you flipping them for more. A very enjoyable read, indeed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    Easy to read, hard to put down.

    This book has twists I did not expect and a rather jarring last look at the "victim".

    Even though I usually don't, I liked the 3rd person narration of the story.

    I also enjoyed getting to know Ceepak. Hope you do, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

    Excellent story, believable characters, plot twists that make se

    Excellent story, believable characters, plot twists that make sense and don't just come out of thin air. The author captures the feel of a typical "Jersey shore" town -- not Atlantic City, but not too run down. A great start to the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    Dead

    Awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2012

    Great read!

    This book was really good. So many twists and turns. I thought I figured out who the killer was, and then it changed over and over. When they revealed who the killer was I was like WHAT? i didn't see that one coming. Good book. I'm going to read his other books as well. Glad my friend got me this book! I recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Recommend

    Good Read, I enjoy the characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Great first novel! Read it and enjoy!

    I have read subsequent novels and enjoyed them equally. Light reading and highly entertaining!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Good Read, average length book.

    I will will read more from this author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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