Tilt-a-Whirl is a mystery I first read about on Kay's blog, and so a nod to the lady from Austin for introducing me to a new series that is a little grittier than a cozy, but still retains many cozy elements.
Sea Haven is a tourist mecca located on a small island off the New Jersey coast, and the locals depend on the summer influx of tourists to keep their economy healthy during the rest of the year. When a highly publicized murder occurs and the murderer isn't caught, the islanders are concerned about their finances as much as anything else.
Enter the newest police department hire John Ceepak, formerly military police, and "summer cop" young Danny Boyle. Ceepak is a "Boy Scout" and his adherence to his strict code of conduct acknowledges no exceptions.
Although a bit annoying with his Dudley Do-Right personality, Ceepak is a thoughtful and thorough cop and proves a great mentor for Danny Boyle.
The conversation is sometimes stilted and the characters fairly stereotypical, but somehow for this particular sub-genre, it works.
This is the first novel in the series, which has been very successful, and it will be interesting to see the series as it develops. Many authors deepen their characters and plots with succeeding books, and I enjoyed this one enough to want to read the next in the series.
Fiction. Mystery. 2006. 321 pages.