The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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 club plotting how to snare her husband after her death and the eldest member plotting to kill him.
Heidi Launter (implausibly the niece of Adolf Hitler) resents The Jew Elliott Miller for stealing her Uncle's stories for children, and takes a contract out to have him killed.
Carla Zipp the Ex Vegas Showgirl, married a Florida Banker only to become tired of his constant cheating on her. She found a "creative" way to end his cheating and is equally determined to pay Tom (Kelly's husband) back for dumping her after his wife returns from Paris. An old Vegas chum helps her arrange the contract on Tom's life.
Cindy Moppet opens her home to her nephew the con-artist Billy. Kelly (Tom's wife) takes a contract out on him when she realizes Billy is the Italian Count she slept with in Paris. Cindy fearing Elliott Miller will choose Carla as his wife takes a contract out on Carla.
Unbeknownst to the inhabits of Gordonston both "the Director" who chooses which contracts to accept and whose contract will be taken care of first and the Contract Killer lives in the neighborhood.
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