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am 1. Juli 2014
Eine Geschichte mit vielen überraschenden Wendungen! Konnte das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen. (Auch wenn der Titel das impliziert: Hunde sind nur Nebenschauplatz, wer eine Hundegeschichte erwartet, wird hier nicht bedient)
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I read Duncan Whitehead's The Reluctant Jesus and found his writing style to be extraordinarily talented. He has a way of injecting humor into a story that is well timed, creating a pleasant impact upon the enjoyment of the story. This book is no exception. It is evident that a master storyteller is at work. I became engaged and absorbed with this story right from the very beginning. I did not put it down until I had completed reading it in one sitting, which is quite a feat.

Fortunately, I had a free weekend, because everything else I was supposed to do simply faded away because I was so engrossed with the book that I did not notice time slipping away as if it did not exist at all! What did I like most about this book? That's a difficult question because the prose, the characters, the setting... everything about this book was absolutely fascinating... If you are looking for an entertaining and enjoyable read, this book will deliver. It is "unputdownable! Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of How to Coach A Debate Team

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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am 13. März 2015
I had high expectations after seeing all the positive reviews, and kept reading in vain until the story improved ( it didn't much). What irritated me most were the repetitive descriptions of the main characters, factual errors (the main languages in Switzerland are not Swiss, German and French), and completely unbelievable plots (Hitler writing children's stories!).
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am 2. März 2014
Ein sehr gut geschriebenen Komik-Krimi, mit vielen Wendungen, Bezug auf Realität und Psychologie. Es ist einfach zu lesen, ist aber kein Thriller.
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am 27. August 2015
The reviews were so good, I decided to give this a shot. The basic idea definitely had potential, but ' in one word: ugh.

What struck me first was the repetitive, often redundant language which is something I hate on principle. Also, chapter 1 and 18 are literally identical, and sorry - that is just plain lazy. Next were the lifeless characters and their missing or just plain absurd motivations, the often clumsy, awkward descriptions and the irrelevant details which are perhaps supposed to make up for the lack of depth. You can very well just skim large parts of the text without missing anything important.

On top of all that, the story is rather predictable, and some ('historical') parts of it are simply preposterous, as are, for instance, the organization's understanding of PR, and that one Google search that starts it all - come on, really? Google might have been helpful, though, to find out the actual time difference between Georgia and France. I read that passage three times, and couldn't believe that not even the editors (if that's still a thing, and after this work - I'm sorry - I have my doubts that they do) noticed that. Along with other, overall just too many, mistakes.

So ' sadly, way too many little things that bugged me, too many questions that weren't answered, and details mentioned blatantly to add suspense that were just weirdly coincidental (but didn't have to be - like the cigarettes, for instance).
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am 19. August 2015
I totally agree with Kelly (March 2015)! Except that if it were possible, I would give it NO stars at all! The story,such as it is, is so slow moving and dreary that one could easily fall asleep over it. I would like to ask the author if he could recommend a language school that teachs "Swiss" and would suggest he does a little research into time differences between Europe and the U.S. especially as he is not even consistent!
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am 29. Dezember 2014
A story filled with mystery, secrets and entertaining satire. Duncan introduces us to a small neighborhood where everyone has secrets which makes it a bit hard pinpoint who is the killers employer. "The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club" has a wide variety of unique characters that are blended together quite well with Whitehead's masterful plotting skills. This is a really good enjoyable quick read.
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I read this book while lying down, having over-minted by breakfast julep and thus quite unsuited myself to the rigours of interaction with human society - and I am so very pleased that I did, for it was a page-turner.

A thoroughly magnificent read allowing for the safely vicarious schadenfreude-experience of living in the soft underbelly of Georgia, and reminding us that shallow people live wonderfully full lives of shallowness while drowning in the summer puddles. I always get upset when some character that I regard with fondness or charity snuffs it or is elbowed into dire peril in a book, but the magic of Mr Whitehead here is to have provided me with an array of characters with whom I was happy for the plot to play fast and loose.

This book is pure entertainment, and unless you're consulting a legal dictionary or thumping an errant Cook with a copy of Beeton's household Management what else could you want? The writing is splendid, the editing wholly unobtrusive and the book does exactly what it says on the proverbial tin. Five stars.
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am 5. März 2015
This number one best seller was recommended to me by a friend who knew I would like it. After giving this book a read, I can certainly see why Duncan Whitehead has a winner here. Masterfully written with style and charm, this is an enchanting read with a great plot and a storyline that while hard to put into words, is still well executed. The premise is different and I love the setting. An engaging read that held my attention and left me wondering how much of this is really fiction. I only state that because how believable aspects are in this tale. An excellent look into human nature and one that is intriguing as in what we perceived to be real or another way of putting it, the way we view "appearances" in not being what they really are. Overall, Well done and this is one that I now can recommend. Thanks,
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am 9. März 2015
I live in a quiet neighborhood with what I assume are good people. After reading this delightful book I may have to reassess my opinion!

The walking club consists of four older women, residents of Gordonston, a suburb of Savannah, Georgia. The chief activities of this group are gossiping, drinking cocktails, and walking their dogs. This quote made me giggle,” …each lady with her afternoon cocktail inside a red plastic cup.”

Although the ladies seem to be harmless busy bodies, there is so much more to this story including murder. The author does a great job of drawing the reader into a complex tale with interwoven events.

The ending begs for a sequel. I hope author Duncan Whitehead is in the process of writing one. And finally, I adore the cover!
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