Books by Chris Grabenstein

A former improvisational comedian (he and Bruce Willis were in the same Greenwich Village comedy troupe), Chris spent almost twenty years writing advertising for clients such as Seven Up ("Make Seven...Up Yours"), Miller Lite, KFC, Dr Pepper, and numero


TREASURE HUNTERS by James Patterson
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"A high-seas adventure that will entice even the most confirmed of landlubbers. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The disappearance of their parents inspires four children to take over the family business: treasure hunting. Read full book review >
Released: June 25, 2013

"Full of puzzles to think about, puns to groan at and references to children's book titles, this solid, tightly plotted read is a winner for readers and game-players alike. (Mystery. 9-13)"
When a lock-in becomes a reality game, 12-year-old Kyle Keeley and his friends use library resources to find their way out of Alexandriaville's new public library. Read full book review >
FREE FALL by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 2013

"Ceepak and Boyle's eighth blasts the energy of a tilt-a-whirl into an offbeat procedural."
Sea Haven detectives Ceepak and Boyle (Fun House, 2012, etc.) investigate the murder of a 94-year-old dentist who has a very pretty nurse. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2013

"A lighthearted caper. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This latest installment in the continuing comic adventures of 12-year-old fix-it artist Riley Mack (Riley Mack and the Other Known Trouble Makers, 2012) finds Riley trying to expose environmental polluters. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"The affecting ending, which reveals a more vulnerable Jamie behind the guise of his humor, celebrates Jamie's resilient spirit. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Middle school student Jamie is an aspiring comic. Read full book review >
FUN HOUSE by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 15, 2012

"Ceepak and Boyle's seventh caper (Rolling Thunder, 2010, etc.) moves like lightning as it puts its cartoonish cast through their paces."
How low can reality TV go? Think murder. Read full book review >
THE BLACK HEART CRYPT by Chris Grabenstein
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"A grave tale indeed, if not entirely serious. (Supernatural adventure. 10-13)"
Blood both spills and tells in a small Connecticut town when 13 bad-seed specters from the same family escape from their crypt one Halloween. Read full book review >
THE SMOKY CORRIDOR by Chris Grabenstein
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

First day in a new school is never easy, but when your school was founded by a Civil War captain-turned-voodoo hougan and the corridors are full of ghosts only you can see and hear, it's particularly problematic. In his third funny and spooky mystery adventure, 11-year-old "ghost seer" Zack Jennings finds himself and his new friends, Malik and Azalea, entangled in a search for Confederate gold and a quest for voodoo revenge—all while trying to thwart a dead man's desire to rise from the grave, fend off his zombie slave and avoid a major swirly from the school's worst bully. Read full book review >
THE HANGING HILL by Chris Grabenstein
FICTION
Released: July 28, 2009

Thrills and chills of the ectoplasmic and mildly gruesome kind abound in this exciting, humorous sequel to The Crossroads (2008), the author's first novel about 11-year-old Zack Jennings, who sees and vanquishes ghosts. Read full book review >

MIND SCRAMBLER by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 23, 2009

"Though his characters may be shallow, Grabenstein's sharply arch prose and steady plotting makes Ceepak's fifth (Hell Hole, 2008, etc.) compulsively readable."
A young cop's reunion with an old flame is cut short by her murder. Read full book review >
HELL HOLE by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 22, 2008

"A solid entry in the Ceepak series (Whack a Mole, 2007, etc.). Grabenstein economically limns an array of characters and has a great ear for dialogue, but Boyle's first-person narrative sometimes strains for laughs."
Iraq war vet commits suicide...or is it murder? Read full book review >
THE CROSSROADS by Chris Grabenstein
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 27, 2008

Ghosts vengeful and benevolent, evil possession and dark secrets from the past all figure in this suspenseful page turner destined to grab reluctant readers, especially boys, and R.L. Stine fans. Read full book review >

WHACK A MOLE by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2007

"By-the-book but judicious Ceepak and Boyle, his ardent young Boswell, remain an amiable pair, though poised perhaps on the slippery slope of the formulaic."
A misogynistic murderer takes the fun out of sunny Sea Haven. Read full book review >
SLAY RIDE by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A departure for Grabenstein, darker and bloodier than his Jersey Shore mysteries (Mad Mouse, July 2006, etc.). It's nicely done, though readers may miss the author's signature light touch."
'Twas two weeks before Christmas and all through the town rocketed the psychotic, death-dealing limo driver from hell. Read full book review >
MAD MOUSE by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2006

"Likable good guys, plausible bad guys, a sensible plot and a supple prose style that moves from breezy to poignant. "
More fireworks at the Jersey shore when a rookie cop confronts a vengeful paintball gunner in this dandy sequel to Tilt-A-Whirl (2005). Read full book review >
TILT A WHIRL by Chris Grabenstein
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This first book in a promising series flounders here and there but is ultimately saved by the strength of Grabenstein's protagonist."
Fireworks down by the shore, and in the amusement park, a good cop almost gets taken for a ride. Read full book review >