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The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by [Whitehead, Duncan]
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Winner of the 2013 Reader's Favorite International Book Award and Gold Medalist

"A real page turner that is perfect for anyone who enjoys a story filled with secrets, mystery and devious characters. Even though I loved the ending I can only hope that Mr. Whitehead will continue this story with a sequel; after all there are three more jobs to be completed! On a scale of one to five I would give this book a six because it is just that good!" —Readers Favorite

"Doggone it, whodunnit? Readers of The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club will just have to read to the end of the novel to find out. The thriller was written by Duncan Whitehead, who seems to have more in common with Ian Fleming than his idol, Agatha Christie. —The Savannah Morning News

About the Author

The life of Duncan Whitehead, winner of the 2013 Reader’s Favorite International Book Award and Gold Medalist, is as quirky as his works. Born in 1967, he served in the Royal Navy in embassies across South America and was an amateur boxer. He worked as a purser on some of the world’s largest super yachts and visited many exotic places. He’s also an instructor of English as a foreign language, fluent in Spanish, and a children’s soccer coach.

Duncan retired to Savannah, Georgia, to pursue his passion—writing. Mindful that we all harbor secrets and inspired by the locale’s odd characters, he wrote The Gordonston Ladies Walking Club, a dark comedic mystery.

In 2011, Duncan spent six months in Brazil before settling in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His interests include cooking, the Israeli self-defense art of Krav Maga, and Dim-Mak, a pressure-point martial art.

He has written over two thousand comedy news articles for US and UK websites, and The Reluctant Jesus, a comedic novel set in Manhattan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3783 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (November 19, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FN2KR2G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,389 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club opens on a lovely morning in Savannah, Georgia, with your friendly neighborhood contract killer preparing to execute his latest job. Rewind the clock by about a week. The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club, a group of older women with a shared fondness for canines and cocktails, sigh about the impending death of one of their own. Thelma is on the verge of succumbing to cancer. Two of the ladies, former Vegas showgirl Carla and wholesome housewife Cindy, already have their eye on Thelma's soon-to-be widower, mayoral candidate Elliott. We are also introduced to the club's queen bee, an eighty-something-year-old named Heidi, and to several of their neighbors, including Kelly and Tom--a young couple with Hollywood good looks--and newlyweds Veronica and Doug. And then there's the neighborhood villain: an old man who fails to clean up after his dog during his walks in the park.

Each member of this idyllic suburban neighborhood harbors a dirty little secret. Or, if they don't at the beginning of the novel, they do by the end. The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club follows each member of the community through their intertwining lives. Picture perfect on the outside, not so much behind closed doors. One of them is the contract killer's victim, and one of them the employer. But who? And why? With everything that's going on in Gordonston, everyone is fair game.

Whitehead successfully employs the third person omniscient perspective in his novel to give the reader insights into each character's thoughts and motivations, often within one scene. In an era where first person and limited third are in fashion, using the omniscient voice is a daring yet highly effective move.
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Surprisingly clever. I started this book late last night, and read until 2 am. Then got up this morning and started again. I usually do not like books that are written in omniscient point of view, but this one may have changed my mind a bit. The prose was smooth and reminded me of Hemmingway, while the sweeping descriptions and characterizations reminded me a bit of Steig Larsson and then the clever twists and turns of the plot, of Oscar Wilde. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, highly recommend it, and would read more from this author!
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This was without a doubt, one of the most enjoyable reads I've encountered in the last year. Duncan Whitehead proved to be a Master of surprise twists and turns and making the bizarre, believable. This engaging tale of a diverse ensemble of neighbors in what seems to be a sedate, upscale neighborhood evolves into an ending that is totally unpredicted. The first pages let you know right upfront that someone will meet a grim and unexpected demise but the "who" and the "why" elude you. I mean, how can anything truly sinister be unfolding in the quintessentially quaint and quirky coastal city of Savannah, Georgia? You soon find out jealously, deception, greed and a myriad of evil intentions lurk behind harmless looking closed doors and fake faces. Skillfully written and full of intrigue. If you like mysteries that keep you guessing and then throw you a curve at the very end, you'll love this - as I did!
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Author Duncan Whitehead is, among other assorted hobbies and jobs, a standup comedian and it shows. Not that this book as a comedy (well, in many instances it is a droll comedy at that) - it is billed as a thriller and there are indeed enough acts of derring-do played out in this wild assortment of characters and enough instances of death and killings and even the opening chapter is an elegy for a gravedigger/to become killer to be slotted as such.

But the setting is a rather wonderfully silly shallow group of ladies who walk their dogs in the park in Savannah GA in and around a rich neighborhood called Gordonston. The story isn't all that startling but it is entertaining and there are enough faux pas situations that nearly backfire the plot - until you realize that is precisely what the author is trying to do.

Others have commented on the plot, and enough is enough. What this novel pleads to be is a dark comedy on film. And hopefully the author is stepping out of his home in Savannah far enough to encounter a potential producer/director/screenwriter to make it happen. Read it, and you'll be able to cast it easily enough. This is a dandy little escapist novel for an evening's enjoyment. Grady Harp, February 13
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Like a trip back to Father Knows Best or Leave it to Beaver, the author brings life to the characters, introducing their deepest secrets, crazy quirks; in general, making them friends.
Then, as things start to disrupt their idyllic existence, they decide, individually, to take measures to alleviate the person causing the problem: permanently. I Love Lucy meets The Professional. It's crazy! It's funny! It's murder.
And its a crazy fun read.
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"Day after day, you go to work. You might take the train or maybe the bus. You shop at the same stores. You walk down the same sidewalks. You see you the same people, day after day. Strangers once, they become nodding acquaintances, then familiar faces. Daily contact strengthens relationships. Some become friends, others you scorn. You believe you really know each other. But what has changed, really, beyond happenstance contact? Do you really know your coworker? Your neighbor? Your friend? Can you vouch for their honesty? Their morals? Do you know all their secrets? Or do you just think you do? The sweet old lady next door couldn't possibly be a killer. Or could she? Your best friend wouldn't be jealous of your good looks? Or is she? That good-looking young father and house-husband is just the perfect role model. Isn't he? In the town of Gordonston, a sorrowful event has occurred. Thelma Miller, wife, mother, friend to all, has died. And the neighborhood tilts a little on its axis, a bit out of control. A common mistake made by many is taking a few facts, a few assumptions, and creating a persona that may not be a good fit. In fact, you could be wrong - dead wrong. Author Duncan Whitehead does a masterful job in creating a delightful community, and then wreaks havoc on it. This suspenseful thriller is sure to delight you as it twists its way to a powerful conclusion you won't easily believe but have to accept. And it will cause you to think twice as you exchange pleasantries with the people you think you know." I received this book free from The Cadence Group.
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