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Mad Mouse

(John Ceepak Mystery #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,738 ratings  ·  152 reviews
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. Fortunat ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 14th 2006 by Carroll & Graf
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Richard Derus
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: 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
Review written April 13, 2017

4 Stars - Another goodfeel summer town mystery. I'm on this cozy journey and looking forward to get more

Mad Mouse is the second in this cozy fun contemporary mystery serial. I truly enjoyed the first part Tilt-a-Whirl (3.8 stars) back in November last year. No romance stuff but a lot of fun and really great audiobook narrator. ~ $3 WSfV 8:10 hours audiobook narrated by Jeff Woodman ~ Well worth my time and coins.


Sea Hav
Danny, a fledgling police officer, and Seapack, a former MP and now a veteran detective, are on a mission to stop a sniper in their sleepy little town of Sea Haven. The sniper is smart, invisible and, for some unknown reason, targeting Danny's group of lifelong friends. Not one of his friends, in this tight knit group, can think of any possible reason that could have invoked this brutal unsolicited attack. Sea Haven is a cool, little costal town that relies on it's summer guests to see them thr ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off all: this series must be read in order. Otherwise, you're wasting your time. So, Do Not Start Here.

It's tough for a sequel to equal a strong first book, and this series is no exception. The plot takes an awfully long time to get going as there's no actual murder for quite a while. Also, I didn't really relate to Danny and his young friends all that much; to be brutally honest, they seemed a bit boring to me. But, okay ....

I give the book a fourth star as the villain was actually quite
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the Ceepak/Boyle books! I realize that they are not great literature as one reviewer complained, but it is truly entertaining reading. The mystery in this one is a little weak, but the play between "Yoda" Ceepak and "Skywalker" Boyle is wonderful.

Someone is targeting the "Marshmallow Crew," Danny and his friends from high school. Paintball and bullets are flying, but who would want to hurt this unassuming bunch of friends, let alone start killing them? And all on the eve of Danny maybe -o
Jun 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
OK I'm hooked on this series but I'd only read it in summer. It's set on the Jersey Shore (don't panic--those people do not show up) and the book names come from attractions in an amusement park. The mysteries are ok but what makes them wonderful and hilarious are the characters--particularly a cop/former military named John Cepak. He's Dudley-Do-Right 100% but you can't help but love him. No doubt you'll find some of your own transgressions in the things Cepak points out. Kudos to the author fo ...more
The summer is almost over, and soon-to-be-named a full-time officer of the Sea Haven PD, Danny Boyle, is hanging with the friends he's known since high school. What starts as a prank involving using Danny and his friends as paint gun targets soon evolves to real bullets. With the help of his partner and mentor, Army MP vet John Ceepak, Danny and his friends must figure out who wants them dead before it's too late. This is a fun series that takes place in a little coastal town surrounding an amus ...more
Even better than the first book. Danny Boyle and John Ceepak are a duo I would follow anywhere around the town of Sea Haven. Danny's law enforcement career is in good hands with Ceepak as his mentor and partner.
Jun 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, crime, mystery
This started a bit slowly and I am not sure that I really enjoy the writing style with the attempt at humour.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just a fast paced, fun mystery.
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
No sophomore jinks here!!!
Mad Mouse was as fun as Tilt-A-Whirl. I also thought the author made a very smart choice to just give us a bit more background of these characters but not too much.
Yup, I just went along for the ride and had a few big chuckles along the way. Good stuff!!
Lukasz Pruski
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
There is nothing wrong with writing mystery fiction for children or for the so-called young adults. I just do not like them at all. I am unable to find the richness of life or truth about the world and people in such novels; they are cleansed, simplistic, and cartoonish. So, again, my dislike of this book is based on my deep dislike of the genre, same as with the “cozy”, the traditional “whodunit”, the “closed-room mystery”, or the paranormal genre.

Technically, Chris Grabenstein’s “Mad Mouse” i
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that I think the reader makes. I'm not sure if I would be as enthusiastic if reading the book. Jeff Woodman just captures the wacky humor of the naive Boyle and Ceepak, the almost too-good-to-be-true cop and mentor. The titles of all the books are named after rides at the mythical Sea Haven amusement park.

In this one, someone is targeting Danny and his friends, first with paint balls, then bullets. The mystery is OK, the story fine, but what really makes this series (a

Great Lines:

description of smile as "country club smile"

Ceepak is so tough that GI Joe probably plays with a John Ceepak action figure.

I could not go home and hide under my bed--there's a lot of crap down there, dirty socks, dirty magazines.

Description of regaining consciousness--it was like the grumpy super in my brain had hit the circuit breaker in the basement.

Similar to the other Ceepak mysteries, the plot is interesting and the author keeps the story moving by creating multiple suspects
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this second book in the John Ceepak series by Chris Grabenstein. I like the fast pace of these books, and the wry humor of Danny Boyle, Summer Cop. Ceepak never disappoints, with his Code of conduct from which he will not stray, and the serious common sense, maybe even a 6th sense, with which he approaches his work. This is a mystery, and just by happenstance, I happened to be reading it over Labor Day weekend, the same time frame as the book's story. This is a great beach r ...more
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Danny Boyle and John Ceepak are back and there is murder most foul on the Jersey shore. Danny is growing and learning from Ceepak and Ceepak is serving as a role model to the much younger Danny. The human characters add a lot to the mystery but the seashore and the carnival atmosphere of a "summer town" sometimes steal the show. It is a lot of fun to watch these characters interact and work together to solve a murder.

Highly recommended
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
#2 in the John Ceepak series. John Ceepak, ex-MP, and Danny Boyle, seasonal employee, are on the police force of Sea Haven, a NJ beach resort.

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle seek the sniper who is targeted Danny and his friends with paint balls at their National Toasted Marshmallow Day beach party. The attacks escalate with rounds from a sniper rifle mixing with the paint balls. As a huge Labor Day celebration approaches, the beach town does not want panic to affect the tourists.
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
Second in the series of Chris Grabensteins books with Ceepak and Boyle. Danny is now on the verge of becoming a full time cop...with a gun no less. But until that day comes they need to find out who is targeting Danny and his friends in a quest for revenge. The best part is when Danny realizes who is after them, and what grudge he has been carring around for years. There is always an unexpected twist at the end of these stories.
Charles Mcdonald
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This entire series of books are among my favorites of all time. Yes they are or involve solving murder cases but are always presented with a good sense of humor and good character development. If you have ever visited or lived in a seaside town committed to the Summer Vacation season you will have added insight to the workings of Sea Haven, NJ.

Read/listen to the series.
Emily Linacre
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
liked this one too! i'm invested in these characters and their little beachy vacation town. fun, twisty mystery; a couple of awkward where-is-this-going moments, but overall a good read. question - was it okay to say "Negroes" in 2006??
Terri Floccare
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
No great plot, but I'm not reading this for its plot. My current favorite bromance...Danny and Ceepak. Can't get enough.
Judy Kleen
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great story line. Kept me engaged and interested. The 2 main characters are interesting and fun. I highly recommend it.

Bo Frazer
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great, breezy beach read style, smart-alec laughs and some heart. I intend to continue in the series, for sure.
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like this series: good characters, snappy dialogue, great and unexpected twists. I will continue reading these for sure.
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another good Ceepak novel. These always move quick and are good entertainment. Perfect go-to for when you're in the mood for a quick story that is compelling and lighthearted
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: listened, fiction, crime, 2015
Another romp with Officer Ceepak. Good for the beach, by the fire, on a plane hop. Stephanie Plum only with boys.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Second in the John Ceepak/Danny Boyle series. Still good. :)
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. He totally catches the beach life. Ceepak is a gem!
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the John Ceepak series, and I like them. The stories are told by Danny, Ceepak's young and funny partner in the Sea Haven Police department. A tourist town with a boardwalk and amusement park on the shores of New Jersey. Ceepak's last job was an MP in Iraq. Think a gentler Jack Reacher that goes by a soldier's strict code of truth and honor. In this story Danny is hoping to get a promotion from his part time postion of helping during tourist season to a full time position with Ceepak a ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is is the second book in this series, (which I highly recommend that you read them in order!) Ceepak and Danny are back again solving crimes at the shore. Which kind of cracks me up because I didn't think there could be so many crimes in such a few days, but hey that's CEEPAK for ya! Anyway, in this story it delves cleverly into Danny's past. I won't go into it, for fear of spoilers, but let me just say the plot is good and the characters are as always great!!!! FUN, EASY, READ! EN
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