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

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

by Chris Grabenstein

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BN ID: 2940012646996
Publisher: Chris Grabenstein
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Series: John Ceepak Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 167,483
File size: 770 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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Tilt a Whirl 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 117 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story for the money. Characters are interesting, I ended up buying the other 2 John Ceepak mysteries.
canefieldhunter More than 1 year ago
Chris Grabenstein weaves many mysteries in "Tilt-A-Whirl" with the ending being the climax of a wonderful reading experience.
Buffman More than 1 year ago
A fast read with good characters in a decent story. A worthy series keeping you wanting to read more. Definitely a good summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun quick read. Good sense of humor. Great depiction of typical boardwalk shops and summer at the shore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
NookloverMH More than 1 year ago
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.
Pandora Luck More than 1 year ago
I can see why this book won an award. Great characters and well written.
modmomma More than 1 year ago
what great characters! it so much reminded me of carl hiaasen's writings.book two has already been purchased.
sul More than 1 year ago
Interesting from start to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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¿.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Readerchick64 More than 1 year ago
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.
Cromag More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
BettyG76 More than 1 year ago
Good Read, I enjoy the characters.
123kaci More than 1 year ago
I have read subsequent novels and enjoyed them equally. Light reading and highly entertaining!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this book for my nook because I grew up summers on the Jersey shore. It was like being there again. (without the bodies or course) John Ceepak and his rookie buddy Danny are perfect. I got all the other books too. Loved them all. Interesting characters, good mystery and of course the jersey turnpike and the Parkway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had no problem getting engrossed in this book I love a good series. Tons of humor and a story thatbkeeps you guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well writen,lots of twists and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful light read, and well written. Buy it, you will enjoy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book -- held my interest from the very first page and I loved the ending.
sls126 More than 1 year ago
If you like Janet Evanovich you'll like this series.