Chris Grabenstein

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Chris Grabenstein
Grabenstein at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Grabenstein at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
BornBuffalo, NY
GenreChildren's, Mystery

Christopher Grabenstein is an American author. He published his first novel in 2005.[1] Since then he has written novels for both adults and children, the latter often with frequent collaborator James Patterson. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1977 with a degree from the College of Communication and Information.[2]


In 2005, Grabenstein's debut novel was the first in the adult Ceepack Mysteries series, Tilt-a-Whirl, called an "entertaining debut" by The New York Times and given a Library Journal starred review.[1][3] He has subsequently written more books in this series, called a "mash-up of Jersey Shore, Big Brother, and Survivor."[4]

Grabenstein has also written many novels for children, including the Agatha and Anthony award-winning Haunted Mysteries series and the New York Times bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library. He has also co-authored a number of books with author James Patterson, for whom he previously worked when he was in advertising.[5]

Grabenstein has won the Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel four times: for The Crossroads, The Hanging Hill, The Black Heart Crypt, and Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library.[6] He has also won the Anthony Award twice, once for Best First Novel for Tilt-A-Whirl and once for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel for The Crossroads.


The John Ceepak Mysteries[edit]

  1. Tilt-a-Whirl (2005)
  2. Mad Mouse (2006)
  3. Whack A Mole (2007)
  4. Hell Hole (2008)
  5. Mind Scrambler (2009)
  6. "Ring Toss" (A Ceepak Short Story) (2010)
  7. Rolling Thunder (2010)
  8. Fun House (2012)
  9. Free Fall (2013)

Christopher Miller Holiday Thrillers[edit]

  1. Slay Ride (2006)
  2. Hell for the Holidays (2007)


  • The Boys Go Fishing (Aug 2010) in Death's Excellent Vacation[7]
  • The Unknown Patriot (2018) in Scream and Scream Again

Books for Children[edit]

The Haunted Mysteries[edit]

Riley Mack[edit]



  1. ^ a b "Fiction Reviews". Library Journal. 15 September 2005. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ Blakely, Amy (28 September 2009). "UT Alumnus, Award-winning Mystery Writer, to Speak on Oct. 1". Tennessee Today. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  3. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (11 June 2006). "Killing Time". New York Times Sunday Book Review. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  4. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (1 June 2012). "New York Times Sunday Book Review". Buried in the Sand. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ Mitrani, Joseph (30 October 2012). "A Fun Chat with 'Fun House' author Chris Grabenstein". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Crime Fiction Awards". Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  7. ^ Harris, Charlaine; Kelner, Toni L. P., eds. (Aug 2010). Death's Excellent Adventure.

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