15 Aug 2013

Duncan Whitehead: The Gordonston Ladies Walking Club

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The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club


2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Finalist!

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.

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? 

An enigmatic European gentleman 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 the former showgirl and attractive sixty two year old widow Carla Zipp really have plastic surgery?

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 you 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.

“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 the murder part is cleverer than I would have anticipated in a humorous book as this. Well done.


Interview with Duncan:

Duncan how did you come to writing? 6589431

I began writing spoof news articles initially and the short stories, it just developed from there. I have always been interested in creative writing – and I enjoy it.

What did you do before?

I was in the military for a long time (20 years) and also worked in British embassies across the world.  I then became a superyacht purser before becoming a security and safety consultant for private superyachts.

 Have you always been an entertainer or are you quite different in your private life? 

I am very different.  Not many people who know me realize I write.

What made you write a thriller?

It is more of a dark comedy mystery – I love twists and books that make you think “ah….of course!’ and my book, I believe, is like that.

How comfortable do you feel writing in the genre?

Humor – very comfortable – mystery was a new genre for me so I think I will let you know about that later.

Would you ever write something else?

Yes, comedies and of course a sequel to this book.

When did you first have the idea for the Dog Walking Club?

About 6 years ago, when I moved to Savannah.

Did you have it all planned out before you wrote it or did the characters and story surprise you?

I had it all planned out – as there are multiple twists and red herrings, flashbacks and flashforwards I had to know exactly what each character would do and how they would interact with other characters.

Did you have any actors or people in mind when writing your characters?

I try not to!

What aspects of the story or which characters do you like to write about the most?

I love setting up the twists and red herrings…..that is so much fun.

What would your main character say about you?


What song would you pick to go with your book?

I have never thought about that.  Rolling in the Deep by Adele would be apt……for the conclusion…

Are you like any of your characters?

Heck no! They are awful people!

 How long did it take you to write the book?

From 1st draft to publication – roughly 4 years!

 Will there be a series?

I expect there will be two more books in this story….

Who are your editors and how do you quality control your books?

I had three editors.  And to be honest I wish I had more!

How have you found the experience of self-publishing?

The most difficult thing is marketing – it is extremely time consuming and hard work.

What’s your least favourite thing?


What is your advice to new writers?

Ignore those who belittle you, ignore those who tell you you can’t do it and NEVER give up.

Who are your favourite independent writers?

I like many – there are a lot out there and I think that most of them are talented and individual in their own right.

Who are your favourite authors?

Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens.

What is your favourite book?

A Confederacy of Dunces

What book are you currently reading and in what format (e-book/paperback/hardcover)?

I am reading several books right now – all e-books.

Who would play your characters in a movie?

I am not sure, it would need good actors/actresses as the characters are so two faced! I think Morgan Freeman would make a great Ignatius.






Duncan was born in England in 1967. After a successful career in the Royal Navy 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 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, is set in the leafy neighborhood where he lived.

His passion for comedy saw submissions to many online satire news sites 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.


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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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