Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Series #2)

Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Series #2)

by Chris Grabenstein

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Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Series #2) by Chris Grabenstein


The Anthony Award Winning series continues...

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, like TILT-A-WHIRL, keeps zigging and zagging at a breakneck pace, all the way to the surprising finish.

"...quick, sharp, and funny... Highly recommended."

"More fireworks at the Jersey Shore when a rookie cop confronts a vengeful paintball gunner in this dandy sequel to TILT A WHIRL... Likable good guys, plausible bad guys, a sensile plot and a supple prose style that moves from breezy to poignant."
—KIRKUS (starred review)

"Set on a colorful Jersey Shore boardwalk, graced with a Bruce Springsteen soundtrack, and starring an aw-shucks charming pair of cop buddies, Grabenstein's second seaside amusement-park-ride mystery lives up to the promise of his smash-hit debut, TILT A WHIRL... With agile humor, neat plotting, unexpected sweetness, and an irresistible duo, Grabenstein offers a hip new form of cozy."

"Like Grabenstein's impressive debut last year TILT A WHIRL, MAD MOUSE is named after a ride at the resort. And like that ride, MAD MOUSE moves briskly, slowing down occasionally to allow readers to catch their breath before speeding up again with heart-stopping action... We hope there's an endless supply of amusement rides that Grabenstein can draw on for his titles."

"As he did with his debut novel, TILT A WHIRL, Grabenstein imbues MAD MOUSE with a quick pace, dialogue that rings true and a plot with more twists and turns than the rides on the Jersey Shore. He's a writer born to run with the good thing he has created."

"Grabenstein has fashioned a genuine mystery that is not only engrossing and entertaining but also challenging, while providing longtime fans of the mystery genre with what is arguably the missing link between the Hardy Boys (and Ken Holt) of old and Robert B. Parker's Spenser. With MAD MOUSE Grabenstein has repeated the artistic success of TILT A WHIRL while simultaneously raising expectations for his future work—expectations that no doubt will not only be met but exceeded."
—JOE HARTLAUB, BOOKREPORTER.COM (read the full review)

"MAD MOUSE is a terrific book and it takes the reader on a wild ride throughout this New Jersey community looking for the madman who is determined to kill Danny, his friends and destroy the holiday party plans. Visit Sea Haven, eat a hot dog, go on some rides, and enjoy meeting the residents. This is a great summer read."

"Could anyone else construct a hard-to-put-down thriller about a vengeful anonymous paintballer? Not many, I reckon, but Grabenstein staked out his unusual turf featuring Sea Haven detectives Danny Boyle & John Ceepak and expands this further with surprising plot twists and affecting character growth. Sure, Ceepak's a bit of a superhero, but we're seeing him through the ever-maturing Boyle's eyes—as it should be."

"Thoroughly enjoyable, MAD MOUSE is a nearly perfect read, one probably most appreciated by people familiar with the New Jersey shore and all of its colorful attractions. That's not to say that others won't enjoy Grabenstein's well wrought thriller, only that the experience is enhanced by having actually visited Danny Boyle's stomping grounds—Grabenstein does such a good job evoking the shore, you can practically smell the aroma of fast food wafting from the restaurants and the creosote they use to preserve the planks of the boardwalk. That he does such a great job with his varied cast, and in keeping readers rapidly flipping the pages, is a welcome bonus."

"MAD MOUSE is a wild zinger of a ride, with characters so vivid they practically splash the pages with Technicolor. Climb aboard!"

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012647016
Publisher: Chris Grabenstein
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Series: John Ceepak Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 93,757
File size: 713 KB

About the Author

Chris Grabenstein did improvisational comedy in New York City with Bruce Willis before James Patterson hired him to write advertising copy.

His first John Ceepak/Jersey Shore mystery TILT A WHIRL won the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery and was followed by MAD MOUSE, WHACK-A-MOLE, HELL HOLE, MIND SCRAMBLER, and ROLLING THUNDER, which is nominated for this year’s Watson Award for “best sidekick.”

Chris became a New York Times Best Selling author with his short story “The Demon In The Dunes,” which appeared in the anthology DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION, edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner.

His fist book for middle grades readers, THE CROSSROADS, won both the 2008 Agatha and Anthony Awards. The second book in the series, THE HANGING HILL, also won the Agatha Award. The third Haunted Mystery, THE SMOKY CORRIDOR, was published by Random House in 2010. THE BLACK HEART CRYPT, will be published in 2011.

Chris’s new middle grades caper series, RILEY MACK AND THE OTHER KNOWN TROUBLEMAKERS (an Ocean’s Eleven starring eleven-year-olds) will be published by HarperCollins in January 2012.

Chris’s dog Fred, however, has better credits: Fred starred on Broadway in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

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Mad Mouse (A John Ceepak Mystery) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy this series!
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
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Summer is winding down, and Danny is contemplating his future on the force. Meanwhile, a sniper is targeting he and his friends. The characters are great and the plot moves very quickly. Not my normal cozy, but a wonderful read.
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
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