Review: The Gordonston Ladies Dogwalking Club – Duncan Whitehead

Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (November 14, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1457514508
ISBN-13: 978-978-1457514500
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Cindy Mopper – Youngest of the Gordonston Members
Heidi Launer – Oldest of the Gordonston Members
Carla Zipp – Most attractive of the Gordonston Members
Elliot Miller – Husband of the Fourth Member.


A group of women from Gordonston, form a dogwalking club where they meet each day in the park to gossip, and drink cocktails.


I found this to be very entertaining. It wasn’t usually my choice of genre, but I decided to give it a chance, and as it turns out, I really enjoyed it. The book reminded me of Desperate Housewives, which while I didn’t watch the series, I understand the premise. It involves everything you’d expect. Backbiting, betrayal, women having affairs, and the whole ball of yarn. There are a lot of additional surprises thrown in.

The author deftly takes numerous plots and manages to bring them all together in what to me seems to be a very cohesive story. The characters are well developed, but are standard stock characters, the oversexed woman, the lonely housewife, the woman holding a secret hatred.

Mr. Whitehead keeps the drama moving though, and keeps the pace interesting. There seemed to be some open ends left, so I hope he revisits Gordonston in the future. If he does, I’d definitely want to go along for the ride.

About the Author

Duncan was born in England in 1967. 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 onboard 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 to settle in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and lists his hobbies and passions as cooking, the Israeli self defense art of Krav Maga and the 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 volunteer visitor and teaches English to refugees arriving in South Florida.

He has penned a further novel; a comedy set in Manhattan, The Reluctant Jesus, and of course the second and third books in The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club triology,

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Mr. Whitehead for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review. You can discuss it here or join my facebook page and discuss it there.