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Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery (Pegasus Crime) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Series: Pegasus Crime
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605983365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605983363
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Thoughtful, funny and exciting.” (Chicago Tribune)

“A nearly perfect read.” (Mystery Scene Magazine)

“This series offers far more than a beach-book romp.  Taut and satisfying crime fiction.” (Booklist)

“Vivid local color and sharply drawn characters help make the pages fly by.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Briskly paced, well plotted, and narrated with a cynical humor that makes it a real joy to read.” (The Detroit Free Press) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the Anthony and Agatha Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed thrill reads Tilt A Whirl, Mad Mouse, Whack A Mole, Hell Hole, Mind Scrambler, and Rolling Thunder, plus the young adult chillers The Crossroads and The Hanging Hill. He lives in New York City.

More About the Author

Chris Grabenstein is the co-author with James Patterson of the #1 New York Times Bestseller I FUNNY. He is also an award-winning author of books for children and adults, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Winner of two Anthony and three Agatha Awards, Chris used to write for Jim Henson's Muppets, was president of the New York Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, and co-wrote the screenplay for the CBS-TV movie The Christmas Gift starring John Denver. Chris lives in New York City with his wife, three cats, and a rescue dog named Fred, who starred on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You can visit Chris (and Fred) at www.ChrisGrabenstein.com

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I'm waiting for what I hope will be the next installment...
Glenn F. Buzbee
The story is well plotted with enough twists, turns, and shifts to keep you interested, keep you reading, and keep you guessing.
K. Peterman
If you have been a Ceepak/Boyle fan, and read the other books in the series - you have to read this one as well.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Chris Grabenstein created an intriguing character in the first book of this series, "Tilt-A-Whirl" named Ceepak. The character has been nicely developed in the six books which precede Fun House, set in a town called Sea Haven, on the Jersey Shore.
In Fun House, which brings Ceepak back after a two year hiatus, Grabenstein takes a look at the goings on of the currently popular reality tv. Not only does MTV's "Jersey Shore" get spoofed, but some of the other popular shows as well. This all occurs while several murders are committed.
Grabenstein has a great sense of humor, but still creates suspense and while I thought I had the murder mystery solved, a twist proved to me that I in fact should not try to solve murder mysteries.
A great read for everyone, I only hope Ceepak makes a return sooner than two years.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Condorena on May 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got home from work at 4:30 and began reading at 4:31 and started to have fun in minutes. What do politicians and reality TV show actors have in common? They live in fantasy land! And this is certainly the case for the typical denizens of a house in a New Jersey beach resort who are being manipulated in every way possible by a TV crew for a reality show called Fun House. This is done to bring out out the worst characteristics of these young people and to engage the emotions of the viewing audience. It helps to keeps these actors on edge and out of control by one means or another, mainly beer.

So John Ceepak and sidekick Danny Boyle whose mental wisecracks keep me laughing in my own personal funhouse, have to give these (there is no nice word for them) fools a reality check. These leads to TV time for both of them which is unwelcome but tolerated and increasing involvement in the world of entertainment and unfortunately murder. Of course for some in the business of fame and fortune death is a small price to pay. Too bad Ceepak and Boyle don't see it that way.

The pace is rapid. The plotting is excellent, interesting and cohesive. The story pokes gentle fun at reality TV and it made me laugh out loud.

Don't miss this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reader on May 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is one great series - and esp. good for summertime. Ceepak is now up-to-date with a "Jersey-Shore" reality TV take off. Fun, light, yet a good mystery. Grabenstein is a talented writer, and once you "move in" with this series, you feel right at home. I hope there's a new one every summer for many years!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ted Feit VINE VOICE on August 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The return, after a short hiatus, of John Ceepak and Danny Boyle, the odd couple cops in Sea Haven, NJ,, combines satire and murder mystery. Ceepak, of course, is the straight arrow, do-it-by-the book character, while Boyle serves as his junior partner, asking questions and narrating the tale. And what a story it is.

It seems a TV production company chooses that fictional seaside town to house its reality show, "Fun House," in which six contestants vie for a quarter of million dollar prize. Unfortunately, the game encourages rowdie-ism, sex, and lots of beer drinking along the way. When things get out of hand, Ceepak and Boyle are assigned to head up a security detail to control things. But events turn from bad to worse when a cast member is murdered and they have to look for the murderer.

Latest in the series, this novel exhibits all the excellent characteristics of its predecessors: an unusual plot and lots of wise-cracking humor. These are always fun reads, and this one as well is recommended.
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John Ceepak has become one of my favorite authors. His stories are just the right length, for a day of reading, and move quickly enough; not to drudge down the reader with unnecessary side stories of characters' personal lives nor unneeded scenes of romance.

I truly enjoy the Ceepak Mysteries. Mr. Grabenstein does an excellent job integrating two of my favorite things into one book...I think he and I could talk for hours if we ever met. I was a Police Officer for sometime and have worked and love the Amusement park industry. Therefore, I can say that a lot of Grabenstein's technical material is correct; yet, he doesn't overwhelm the reader with unnecessary jargon.

While "Fun House" is one of my "least-favorite" stories in the Ceepak Mystery Series, it is still quite entertaining and of equal writing quality as the rest of Grabenstein's stories. It just lacks something that the rest of the Ceepak mysteries have.

Grabenstein does one thing in this seventh book of the series: He brings numerous characters together, from past books in the series, some long forgotten; and he integrates them well into the plot.

If you have been a Ceepak/Boyle fan, and read the other books in the series - you have to read this one as well. For others, who are new to the Ceepak Mysteries; this is not the book for your introduction. I would personally, read them in order. However, if series aren't ruined for you, by out of order reading/listening: My favorites are Mad Mouse, Rolling Thunder, and Mind Scrambler.

Mind Scrambler is another book in the series that is atypical. It takes place in Atlantic City, instead of the small Jersey Beach town of Sea Haven.
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