TILT A WHIRL
Tilt A Whirl is set in Sea Haven, New Jersey that is basically a resort town that caters to the summer beach crowd. Sea Haven is turned upside down when billionaire real estate tycoon, Reginald Hart, is murdered one Saturday morning on the Tilt A Whirl in the seaside amusement park. Ashley Hart, Reginald's thirteen year old daughter was the only witness and was with her father at the ride when he was murdered. They had snuck into the park before it opened.
Ashley climbs the amusement park fence and runs down the street screaming for help, which she immediately receives from officers Danny Boyle and John Ceepak, who were having breakfast at the Pancake Palace across the street. 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.
Ceepak is supposed to be here on R & R and to forget the horrors of Iraq since Sea Haven has very little crime. That all changes on Saturday morning when little Ashley Hart runs up to him covered in her father's blood. She tells them a wild looking hippie shot her father right in front of her and then ran off and that she is scared. Ceepak vows that he will keep her safe. Ceepak is unable to keep his promise when Ashley is kidnapped on Saturday night by what appears to be the same person who killed her father.
Danny Boyle and John Ceepak are quite interesting characters. Danny is only a summer cop and has never taken the job really seriously, he likes the fact the being a policeman attracts women. John Ceepak is entirely different. Ceepak is very serious and operates by a very rigid code of conduct that will not tolerate law breakers, liars, etc. He is also very interested in forensic science and would rather spend a Friday night at home watching a rerun of a forensic show on the discovery channel than go out and have a few beers with the guys.
Tilt A Whirl is quite a ride. Just when you think you have the crime figured out, the author throws in another twist. I was quite surprised with the ending of this book. It was not at all what I expected. I certainly hope Chris Grabenstein turns the team of Boyle and Ceepak into a series, as I would certainly enjoying read more about them.
REVIEWED BY GINA METZ
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