Today I have an interview with award winning comedic writer, Duncan Whitehead, and we talk about his series of cozy, humorous mysteries The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club. Duncan also write parodies of the news over at The Spoof.
The book is the type of novel that I would read. Mystery, Humor and a great twist at the end. I have always loved ‘who dunnits’ and this book is certainly a who dunnit but, also a ‘who did it’ as the actual killer, their motives are not revealed until the victim is killed. I love flashbacks and flash forwards – that tie up a plotline!
The book takes place in Gordonston Park, in Savannah. What was it about this place that made you want to set the book in it?
I lived in the real Gordonston for a while. It is a kind of quirky neighborhood. The park (which does exist) is eery, even during the day. I spent hours there with my daughter, and that’s when I came up with the idea for the book.
I googled the park, and it does look very creepy – those trees especially!
Did you find yourself ‘borrowing’ expressions or lines of dialogues from what you heard around you in Savannah, or are your characters completely made up?
Absolutely: I have used phrases, colloquialisms, banter and stories I have heard – I just love the people and their sayings!
Your story also takes place in Bueno Aires and Paris. How did you research both places?
I lived in Buenos Aires for three years, hence my knowledge of the city and its neighborhoods, or barrios. I have visited Paris several times – though the Hotel in Paris is made up.
In researching your book, what was the funniest/most random/most interesting thing you came across?
Well, believe it or not, it was that Hitler (boo) rescued and adopted a dog during the First World War!
I’d heard about that – probably the man’s one and only redeeming feature. I feel sorry for the dog though!
Thanks for taking part Duncan!
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club, by Duncan Whitehead
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.
But a killer lurks and secrets unfold, as does a web of deceit. Is anyone really who he or she seems to be? A mysterious South American, a young Italian count, and a charitable nephew add suspicion and intrigue, as do an enigmatic organization linked to organized crime, a handsome firefighter, and three widows with hidden agendas. What’s a retired accountant’s secret, and why did a former showgirl really have plastic surgery?
The plot thickens, the Georgia temperature rises, and someone is destined for an early unmarked grave. The truth contorts to a climax that leaves readers breathless.
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About the Author:
Winner of the 2013 and 2014 Reader’s Favorite International Book Award and Gold Medalist.
Multi Award Winning Author, Duncan Whitehead hails from the UK and after a successful career in the Royal Navy where he served in British Embassies throughout South America before he joined the world of superyachts.
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 dark comedy mystery, which boasts an assortment of characters and plot twists, is set in the leafy neighborhood where he once lived.
His passion for comedy saw submissions to many online satire news sites and a stint performing as a stand-up comedian.
Duncan has written over 2,000 spoof and comedy news articles, under various aliases, for an assortment of websites both in the US and the UK.
He has penned further novels; a comedy set in Manhattan, THE RELUCTANT JESUS, published in April 2014 and republished in July 2015. He has also recently released the final book in the Gordonston Ladies Trilogy. He has also recently published two short stories.
Well known for his charity work, kindness to animals, children and old people; and, of course, his short-lived bullfighting career and his hideous hunchback.
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