John Ceepak Mystery #2
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"ONE OF THE BEST MYSTERIES OF 2006!" (Kirkus)
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.
"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."
—Oline Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"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."
- CG's Magical Wordshop, October 2012
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