Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club
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.
When 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.
Soon secrets are revealed and an intertwined web of deceits and lies surfaces in the middle class neighborhood where a killer lurks, but is anyone really who they seem to be? A mysterious old man in South America, a young Italian count parading the streets of Paris and a charitable and kindhearted 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 former showgirl and attractive sixty two year old widow Carla Zipp really have plastic surgery?
As the plot thickens and the Georgia 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this quick tale by Duncan Whitehead. The story is filled with twists that must have made Whitehead’s storyboard look like a Christmas tree. I suppose the best part of The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club would have to be the characters.
While fictional, I know these ladies. I’ve had tea at the Olive Garden with these ladies. One reminds me of a woman I once knew who gave me a book as a gift and then let it slip to my boss that I was reading on the job. Oh yes, I know these ladies — the good and the bad.
All in all, it was a fun read written in small bite-sized chapters. Having said that, I read about half of the book in one afternoon. If you like sex, violence, and quirky southern characters, I think you’ll enjoy The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club. I give it 4 stars out of 5.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Author Duncan Whitehead. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”