Tilt-a-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein

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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 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 by 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.

About Chris Grabenstein

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Chris Grabenstien was the first writer hired as a result of James Patterson’s famous advertising aptitude test that ran in the New York Times when Patterson was Creative Director of J. Walter Thompson. Now he is following in his mentor’s footsteps with his debut mystery novel. Chris spent several years at the nations top ad agencies. Before he started in advertising, Chris also worked with Bruce Willis (among others) in some of New York’s most acclaimed improvisational comedy troupes. A member of Mystery Writers of America, Chris lives in New York City.
Published November 21, 2013 by Chris Grabenstein. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Crime. Fiction

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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 wo...

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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.

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Boyle's narration is mostly about Ceepak, and the reader gets a view of him through Boyle's eyes, which is up close and personal --- a comparison to Watson and Holmes wouldn't be inaccurate or unfair to any of the parties --- without being fawning.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Chris Grabenstein shows some great skill and fills the book with fascinating secondary characters, but the main pull of this book is the ongoing relationship between light-hearted Danny as he grows to really get to know Ceepak and understand what fires have tempered his partner and how Ceepak rem...

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While Danny is only 24 years old and just works part time for the Sea Haven police department, John Ceepak is a former MP just back from Iraq, who was offered this job by an old army buddy that is the chief of police.

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This allows readers to get deeper into the Ceepak character because he is being observed while also getting a good idea of Danny’s character.

Jul 25 2009 | Read Full Review of Tilt-a-Whirl

Spinetingler Magazine

John Ceepak having newly joined the Sea Haven police and his partner Danny Boyle, a part time summer cop, rush to help her and find she has been the sole witness to her father's brutal murder on the Tilt a Whirl at the town's seedy amusement park.

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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

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