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It would also be nice to know why so much effort was put into ...
28 March 2015
This follow-on from 'The Gordenston Ladies Dog Walking club' was certainly needed, but although it answered many questions and vague areas the follow-on was not completely seamless and many unexplained changes in attitude by the key players tended to cause confusion to the analytical reader. One can only hope that a third book will explain just who Doug Partridge really is, and whether the Mayor is a crook or a political genius. It would also be nice to know why so much effort was put into developing Mrs Jenkins' character and then doing nothing with it. Similarly the fat useless Detective who, while the reader was not looking, suddenly became an important pawn in whatever game was being played by the mayor. His boss, the Chief of police was full of threat about his intentions to burn a few bridges before he resigned - but nothing happened. And the reader is left wondering.
The sudden transformation in the attitude of Cindy is perhaps explainable by the loss of her Nephew and Elliot (the Mayor)ignoring her romantic approaches for those of the more attractive and younger Kelly. Cindy is not really a nice person, and it is bewildering that the author has left her wandering around at the end of the book with no clear indication of her possible fate or intentions. The greatest enigma is Heidi - a nasty embittered old Nazi. The Author sets her up for the chop and then saves her by making her gun (a Luger for heavens sake) misfire! The book ends with the reader looking for the concluding two or three chapters to tie up the multitude of loose ends. Alas, all the reader gets is a couple of pages of blah about the life and time of Duncan Whitehead.