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Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery (Pegasus Crime) Hardcover – May 1, 2012

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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

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.

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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: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Grabenstein is the author of many fast-paced and fun page-turners including the New York Times bestsellers The Island of Dr. Libris and Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Currently nominated for 34 different state book awards, Mr. Lemoncello has spent 38 weeks in the top ten of the New York Times Middle Grades bestseller list. Nickelodeon has optioned the book to become a movie. Chis is also the co-author with James Patterson of the #1 Bestselling I Funny, Treasure Hunters, and House of Robots series. He is the critically acclaimed author of over thirty books, a playwright, screenwriter, and former advertising executive and improvisational comedian. Previously, Chris wrote for Jim Henson's Muppets and co-wrote the CBS-TV movie The Christmas Gift starring John Denver. His dog, Fred, has better credits. Fred starred on Broadway in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.www.ChrisGrabenstein.com

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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
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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 NYNM 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on June 4, 2012
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I can think of few better ways to herald the beginning of summer than to crack the binding of a new John Ceepak mystery by Chris Grabenstein. There is a comfortable similarity of form to the books, each of which is set along the Jersey Shore in the fictional but readily familiar resort town of Sea Haven. Policeman Danny Boyle is the first-person, present-tense narrator of each installment. He stands in the shadows of the more competent, permanently square and squared-away Ceepak, who has a code of conduct and honor that commands respect from all who he might encounter, including Boyle and the reader.
If the familiar form of the series is what keeps readers coming back, it is the evolving substance of the story that keeps them reading. FUN HOUSE, the latest installment, follows this pattern, as reality television comes to Sea Haven. The show is "Fun House," and it features 10 contestants --- five males, five females --- who move into Sea Haven and form alliances of sex and convenience with the hope of being the last person standing in order to win a small fortune. Grabenstein makes the participants just stereotypical enough to be familiar, and just obnoxious enough to be entertaining. So when the most grating of the bunch is found murdered in a staged position, it is somewhat difficult to be emotionally invested in the dearly departed. Still, Ceepak is tasked with the investigation.

Meanwhile, the ratings for "Fun House" skyrocket, as does the homicide rate when another victim's body turns up along with a warning --- and a threat of more to come. Ceepak observes, questions, calculates and concludes, while refusing to let a tempting offer in a faraway land called "Ohio" distract him from the job at hand.
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