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... show more
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.
Publish date: May 15th 2006
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
Pages no: 321
Edition language: English
Series: John Ceepak Mystery (#1)
Danny Boyle grew up in Sea Haven, NJ -- a tourist trap of a town on the Jersey Shore. He likes the life -- hanging out with the friends he's had since high school, goofing around, eating and drinking more than he should. He's got a nice Summer gig -- working as a Part-Time police officer. The downsi...
I needed to escape into a quick fiction read. This filled the bill. I didn't like the style of writing at first (a bit choppy), but I was quickly interested in the story and the characters. Put that together with a long morning bus commute and I was well on my way into the story. Liked the twists an...
Originally posted at A Date with a BookI chose to read this book mainly because the title and cover made it seem like fun, and I also love a great mystery book. And yes, this book was both. A quick read, as Grabenstein has create a unique little community including its city employees and citizens. T...
Probably more like 3.5 stars.
This was some listen-while-I-mow-the-lawn material. No point in recounting the plot. Jeff Woodman, the narrator, does an absolutely masterful job with the character voices. The homeless lady on the beach was my favorite as he recreates her insulting Ceepak (a quite novel character: combination Boy S...