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Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery 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: A John Ceepak Mystery
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus Crime (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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This is the latest in the Ceepak Mysteries that take place in Sea Haven, New Jersey along the Jersey shore. The Ceepak mysteries written by award winning author Chris Grabenstein are captivating. I was hooked from the first one Tilt A Whirl. The books heroes are John Ceepak a former Marine who plays by the book...always. And Danny Boyle a bit of a goof off...almost always. Their point counterpoint is extremely well done and they learn (reluctantly at first) from each other. The stories are extremely well written and captivating. It is difficult to put them down.
In this latest outing Ceepak and Danny must guard a group of participants in a reality TV show. One thinks "Jersey Shore" but Mr. Grabenstein takes it far beyond that paragon of poor taste. Although he does skewer reality shows and politicians along the way. The story is well plotted with enough twists, turns, and shifts to keep you interested, keep you reading, and keep you guessing.
But to me the real strength is in Mr. Grabenstein's characterization. His characters are well drawn. At the end of the book I reluctantly say goodbye to Ceepak and Danny and eagerly await their next outing. They seem almost real to the reader and they are people that you'd love to hang out with and wish you knew. I enjoyed the unfolding of their relationship over the series of books from the first where Danny was a high school volunteer to the latest where they are fully partners. I'm glad I started at the beginning and read through series so I could see the character development but the books do stand on their own.
They are the kind of books that you wish you hadn't read so you could once again have the joy of reading them for the first time.
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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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