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The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club

(The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,983 ratings  ·  389 reviews

Little is what it seems to be in a leafy Savannah neighborhood as members of an afternoon cocktail and dog walking club mourn a neighbor’s death. Jealousies surface when friends vie for the widower running for mayor. An old woman with an infamous uncle plots to avenge a wrong. Memories haunt a once successful children’s writer. And a model has won the trip of a lifetime.


Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer (first published November 14th 2012)
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Kylie D
A black comedy of a mystery, full of nasty, yet compelling characters. Slow to start, but by the end the reader is hooked, needing to know what comes next.

Something is up in the quiet, middleclass neighbourhood of Gordonston. I really don't want to go into the plot, for fear of giving anything away. Let's just say what seems like a normal, everyday suburb is anything but. This book has several jaw dropping moments, and you will get a few laughs out of the antics of the neighbours. All just pret
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead, is a short novel that sort of defies a specific genre. I suppose one could place it in the mystery suspense thriller group and be OK. But, there is touch of satire thrown in as well.
This book has about 196 pages, and I believe the publisher is Dog Ear Publishing and is a 2012 copyright.

Gordonston is a nice neighborhood in Savannah. On the surface it's a place anyone would feel comfortable living in. There's a nice park where on any give
Jovon Tucker
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club (yes, it's a mouthful, LOL) was funny, intriguing, and a little dark at times and I loved it! If you're a fan of Desperate Housewives, I think you will find this a great read as well! It's set in a kind of a ritzy suburban neighborhood where everyone is talking about everyone and no secret stays hidden for long.

From the very beginning, Duncan Whitehead's style of writing keeps you inches from all the untold truths and just when you are about to say “OMG, I
Fiona Black
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not fair! Arrghhh! I want to know what happens next......I loved the characters in this book; some dumb, some evil, some nasty, some devious, some just plain crazy.

Brilliant plot very cleverly done and what a surprise ending that left me shaking my head and wondering when there will be a part two...I WANT TO KNOW MORE MR WHITEHEAD!

Please, please, please write a follow up to this fantastically different book and please kill off somebody else.
Yawatta Hosby
This 20 chapter book was okay. Heidi, Cindy, and Carla were part of the Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Cub. The other member, Thelma, had died from cancer; she hadn’t even been buried that long before Cindy and Carla fight over Thelma’s husband, Elliot. The neighborhood was like Wisteria Lane times ten. They had secrets galore and were crazy. It was awesome how psycho people became towards the end.

My favorite part was when one of the younger neighbor’s visited Paris without her husband. Once she
Jody Zimmerman
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead is one of the most fun and enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time.

If I had had the time to read it in one sitting, I would have. When I had to put it down, I found myself looking forward to picking it up again, anticipation for a special treat.

The plot focuses on three well-heeled ladies who live in an exclusive neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia, and who regularly meet each afternoon in the neighborhood park for the purpose of letting
Steve Cohen
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're a fan of shows like Desperate Housewives that sway between the farcical and the semi-serious, with a lot of humorous coincidence thrown in, then this one's for you. The Southern lady dogwalkers of Gordonston are a gossipy bunch of drinkers with a little too much time on their hands. Their business is knowing, or imagining, everyone else's business in the small, privileged enclave where they live. Of course, the line they tread between consideration and meddling is too easily crossed. A ...more
Lee Holz
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club is a tour de force, a sort of Grand Guignol, Peyton Place on steroids with tongue firmly in cheek. My early impression was one of sprawling farce, but I soon came to realize this was an intricate, tightly plotted work without spare parts. The result is highly entertaining, and I recommend this book without reservation.
C.M. Wright
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to get into the book, but that's probably my own problem as I like action...and lots of it! But OMG! Stick with it and that book ROCKS! I hope there is a another book.

Great job, Duncan!
Kate Schoedinger
Twisty turny with great appeal. Sexy, sassy and sinister all cloaked under the auspices of an innocent dog walking club. Loved this fast paced tale ( tail?!) and it is a quick read. The intersections of characters lives is exquisite. Loved this book!!
Marsha Roberts
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book from the beginning, but once I was about half-way through, I couldn't click my Kindle fast enough. I was hooked! The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club is a complex satire that intermingles mystery, drama and dark humor into a multiple plot thriller that kept me riveted until the end. Perhaps I enjoyed it even more because I am from the south and have been to Savannah, GA where the story takes place many times. Mr. Whitehead's description of the old historic district in Savan ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having been to Savannah several times, I was hoping that this book would be somewhat akin to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, highlighting some of the quirky characters of the city, while still showcasing its history and beauty. The book is amusing, with an incredibly twisted ending. But it is all too improbable and requires a total willingness to put aside the reader's general commonsense. But this is the part that almost had me put the book down with revulsion. Anyone who thinks to por ...more
James Wharton
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club was a great and satisfying read. The description was excellent. Particularly noteworthy was the characterization with thorough exploration of the characters' motives and description of their sometimes eccentric personalities. Heidi, Cindy and Carla were interesting and well cast. The reader is hooked immediately by the unusual setting and the great plot. Romance and intrigue always make for a good story. The description of the setting made the reader feel h ...more
Chantelle Atkins
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has so many good things going for it; an interesting plot, devious characters, a glamorous setting, and towards the end a very fast paced climax. I would have enjoyed it more if the beginning had also been faster paced. I didn't like or empathize with any of the characters, which also put me off a bit to start with, however it becomes obvious that you are not meant to; they are all pretty dark and vile people one way or another! I did really enjoy the end, in fact I was turning the pag ...more
Amy Ridenour
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book.
The plot twists were inventive and unsuspected. The setting was refreshing and felt authentic; including the two overseas forays the novel takes.
There should be a part two: lots of room for character development that could follow along the already well drawn lines. A little tweaking with the writing style could develop a novel that loses all trace of the authors hand and lets readers get fully engrossed in the story.
I don’t read a lot of mysteries so I’m not aware of the di
Jeremy Poole
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not sure what genre this book is, a comedy, a murder mystery or a desperate housewives type of soap book. It doesn’t really fit into any fixed genre. What it is, is funny, not laugh out loud, side holding silliness, but a knowing inner laugh, that plasters a wide grin on your chops. The story of widows, Nazis, assassins and models cover everything in suburbia and all through the women’s dog walking club.
Yes, an all-round good fun book, at times the characters confused me, and I had to check
Sally Wolf
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take the afternoon and read, this Southern Noir style with a twist. The members of the Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club meets in the park every afternoon to let their dogs romp, drink an afternoon cocktail, and most importantly gossip about the neighbors. It seems like a typical southern style community with the young and the old alike living their normal lives, but behind closed doors each has their own dirty little secrets. The question is: who gets theirs aired first? This is a fast-paced n ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. From the very first chapter it grabs your attention. Some very unlikely elements have you guessing and turning the pages. A group of widows, a community park, politician, a hit man. All dog lovers. Great plot, great clues, and wonderful canines keep you on your toes. Read this one for the story and your love of dogs
Jan 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well it's not every day you come across a book that glorifies Hitler... ...more
Mary Fan
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
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, al ...more
Jeannie Walker
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can see why this novel is a Finalist in the 2013 Reader's Favorite Annual International Awards Contest.
I love small towns, I guess it's because I came from a small town. Although small towns usually go at a slow pace - the same cannot be said for jealous feeling and gossip of small towns.
This novel is about some unconventional and slightly strange women whose activities involve walking their dogs, among other things. Although they are friends and share some of the same interests - they still
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
Day after day, you go to work. You 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 vouc ...more
Kitty Muse Book Reviews
At first pass, the neighborhood of Gordonston, only a stone’s throw from Savannah, Georgia, seems like the perfect place to live. Lovely old homes, nice yards, and a park in the center for running the dogs and passing the day–what an idyllic setting.

But while the dogs play together at one end, the Gordonston Ladies’ Dog-Walking Club (total members: three) catfight at the other, hissing and spitting behind their genteel Southern manners. Replace the park with a shark tank, and you wouldn’t be far
Jan Rice
May 11, 2016 marked it as here-i-halted-unfinished-so-far  ·  review of another edition
This paperback with its flashy cover has been sitting for several years on top of a shelf with another book I read in the past.

Why do I have it? I didn't get it for my mother as the publication date is after her death. It looks new. I may have bought it in Sam's Club on the excuse it could be a gift for a dog lover. In other words, it was an impulsive purchase. Wish I'd bought The Orchardist the time I saw it, but that one I passed up. My Sam's Club where I used to make impulsive purchases like
Christoph Fischer
"The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club" by Duncan Whitehead is a very enjoyable and often hilarious book about a group of women who meet in the park with their dog to gossip about the neighbours and complain. Whitehead gives them elaborate backgrounds and distinct and colourful characters.
This is very much a comic murder mystery with a lot of societal satire of well off Southern widows and upper class society.
I enjoyed the book and read it in one sitting. It is rich in plot, well written and th
Mark Rubinstein
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written portrait of a neighborhood surrounding a park in Savannah, Georgia where the neighbors are a potpourri of people. Beware the seemingly benign atmosphere of this neighborly bunch as the author has skillfully woven jealously, resentment, revenge and murder into this nearly pastoral setting. Definitely five stars for the well-developed characters and suspense. Read this one: you won't regret it. Kudos to Mr. Whitehead! ...more
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Name of Book: The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club

Author: Duncan Whitehead

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1450-0

Publisher: dog ear publishing

Type of book: Murder, relation to Hitler, lies, deceit, betrayal, hit man, dog-walking, widows, Savannah Georgia, secrets, mysteries, 2000s, dogs

Year it was published: 2012


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 o
Brie McGill
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The character development in this book is incredibly rich. The author introduced me to the entire town of Savannah, Georgia, and being privy to everyone's gossip, which reads hypnotically, I felt I knew as much about the people in the town as if I had lived there my whole life.

The book is unique because it is an epic case of the pot calling the kettle black--in the beginning of the story, I was led to believe that everyone was a bunch of honest, upstanding, well-meaning and well-mannered citizen
Alasandra Alawine
I found the constant changing between different characters voices annoying and never felt like I got to know any of the characters. I actually didn't even care which of the 4 who had contracts out on them got killed. The plots were not well developed and the major one was downright implausible.

The book revolves around the 4 ladies who make up the Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club. Thelma Miller is dying of cancer (dies in Chapter Two) and her imminent death has the two younger members of the cl
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the very beginning. Coming from a small town myself I totally got the “small community mentality” and could identify with the quirky residents that lived there. I wondered how Duncan Whitehead, a man, could have known with such accuracy, how women thought and acted...sweet to the face, backstabbing once the back was exposed! And oh the gossip and getting into everyone’s business that went on. He was spot on! I found myself laugh right out loud as I followed the plot twists ...more
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Winner of the 2013 and 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Award and Gold Medalist.

Award Winning Writer, Duncan Whitehead, was born in England and is the author of the best-selling and award-winning GORDONSTON LADIES DOG WALKING CLUB Trilogy.

The series, inspired by the quirky characters and eeriness in the real life Savannah neighborhood in which he once lived is a humorous mystery, which b

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