1/22/2013

My Review Of The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club By Duncan Whitehead

Overview:

Something is not quite right in the leafy Savannah neighborhood of Gordonston. As the friends and fellow members of her afternoon cocktail club gather to mourn the death and lament the life of their neighbor, Thelma Miller, not all is what it seems.

As old friends vie for the attention of widower, Alderman and mayoral candidate Elliott, jealousies surface and friendships are strained. An old woman with a dark secret and an infamous uncle plots her revenge for a perceived wrong done over thirty years before, a once successful children's writer with his own secret is haunted by memories of the past and aspiring model Kelly Hudd has just won the trip of a lifetime.

As secrets are revealed and history, both old and recent, unravel and an intertwined web of deceits and lies surfaces in the middle class neighborhood a killer lurks and is anyone really who they seem to be? A mysterious European gentleman in South America, a young Italian count parading the streets of Paris and a charitable and kind hearted nephew recently arrived from India add to the remarkable assortment of characters in this story of intrigue, deceit and revenge. What is the secret a recently retired accountant is trying to hide and just why did the former showgirl and attractive sixty two year old widow Carla Zipp really have plastic surgery?

As the plot thickens

and the Georgia summer temperature rises we discover who is destined for an early-unmarked grave in the wooded park that centers the tree-lined avenues of Gordonston.

A mysterious organization with links to organized crime, a handsome fire fighter who can do no wrong and a trio of widows with deep hidden agendas compound a story of simplistic complexity. As twists and turns lead the reader to a conclusion that they will not see coming and a sucker punch ending that will leave readers breathless, the Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club's top priority remains the need to chastise the culprit who refuses to 'scoop' after his dog walking sessions in their treasured park.



My Take On This Book:

The Gordonston Ladies Dog Waling Club was definitely full of mystery and suspense. I love how the book introduces each character and what their lives are like day to day. It gives you a glimpse into their lives, which I enjoyed knowing who was who and how they lived.

The book will take you to Gordonston Park where all of the neighbors in this upscale neighborhood in Savannah Georgia gathered to walk their dogs, jog and of course, the women of the dog-walking club are having their cocktail hour at the picnic table as they did every day at the same time in this historic wrought iron surrounded park.

I love how this book took me to this park and how I pictured every detail of the very exclusive park, and how the old-fashioned Georgia homes looked. This book does start out a bit slow but it definitely picks up, and then you are hooked. I recommend this debut novel by Whitehead to everyone who likes a book where you can take yourself there, and the suspense of which done it, and then you are shocked when you learn who was actually involved.  

I would like to thank Rebecca at The Cadence Group for giving me the opportunity to read and review Duncan's debut novel.

 
 
About The Author:
After a successful career in the military where he served in British Embassies throughout South America and saw service in the Gulf War he joined the world of super yachts as a Purser aboard some of the world’s largest private vessels, working for many high profile individuals, being fortunate enough to visit some of the world’s most luxurious and exotic places.

Eventually retiring to Savannah, Georgia, he began to partake of his greatest passion, writing. Initially writing short stories he finally put pen to paper and wrote The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club, inspired by the quirky characters and eeriness of his new environment, the book, a thriller, which boasts an assortment of characters and plot twists, set in the leafy neighborhood where he lived.

His passion for comedy saw submissions to The Onion and a stint performing as a stand-up comedian.

He is a former boxer, representing the Royal Navy and an English under 19 team as an amateur and is a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language as well as a former accomplished children’s soccer coach.

In 2011 Duncan returned to South America, spending six months in Brazil and a few months in Paraguay before travelling to the Middle-East and Europe before returning to the United States.

He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, gets by with Russian and Arabic and lists his hobbies and passions as cooking, the Israeli self defense art of Krav Maga, Esgrima Criolla (The South American Art of knife Fighting)and the deadly pressure point martial art Dim-Mak.

Duncan has written over 2,000 spoof and comedy news articles, under various aliases, for an assortment of web sites both in the US and UK.

As well as his other activities he performs volunteer work, as a hospice visitor.

He has penned a further novel; a comedy set in Manhattan, The Reluctant Jesus, as well as drafting the sequel and second book in The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club trilogy.


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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this review Jody! I am glad you enjoyed it. The book is now only $2.99 and a sequel has been written! (Thank you for not giving away the twist ending!)

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  2. Your welcome Duncan, this was a very good book. Thank you for stopping by and commenting as well.

    God bless,
    Jody

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