Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer

Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer

by Don Gutteridge


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Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer by Don Gutteridge

In the midst of the Great Depression, the townsfolk of Port Eddy are looking forward to the annual diversion: a horseshoe tournament against nearby Petroleum City. When a ringer, a hotshot outsider illegally brought in to help the City win the contest, is murdered, Constable Stan Garrett, the recently appointed village cop, is surprised that he might be involved in something more than jaywalking. However, when the uncle of his new lady friend, Susan Shaw, is suddenly arrested by the City police, Garrett reluctantly assumes the role of investigator – this in spite of the strong objections of the City’s chief detective, Bull Derbyshire. But Garrett uses his ingenuity and persistence in an effort to find the killer and keep Uncle Wilbur from the noose.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781773021966
Publisher: Donald Gutteridge
Publication date: 06/29/2016
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

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Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
-Cale-Owens- More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of books in this arena, so this is a genre I’m fairly familiar with. Although “Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer” lacks the depth and finesse and intensity of others I’ve read, nonetheless, it was an engaging novel that held my interest and kept me guessing throughout (I thought I’d figured out the killer but was wrong). I didn’t think it was predictable at all (nice bonus) and was actually really surprised at a few things and liked how the storylines came together in a tension-filled, climactic ending. I appreciated that the author took some risks and wasn’t afraid to put his characters through a lot. I have to mention the great editing as well. Very impressive (and appreciated!) Gutteridge crafted an authentic, engrossing novel that is sure to please fans of the genre, and I’m looking forward to reading more from him soon.
essieh More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars totally different from what I normally read, but superb writing and a unique plot that keeps you interested and guessing totally won me over! When I started reading this book, “Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer” by Don Gutteridge, I just didn't want to stop until I’d read the whole thing. There are so many fun characters and even though it does take some time to get to the big murder that the story is about (almost ½ way in), there is some interesting set up with the town of Port Eddy, and the Garrett’s new role as Constable… really liked the setting being during the Great Depression – has a fun ’western’ feel and the dialogue was authentic for the time period and the narrative tight. Thought Garret made for a great lead, but liked the rest of the supporting cast too. The editing was flawless (I notice these things) I was surprised and happy with how it all wrapped up. Recommend the book to those that enjoy a well written mystery that is complex and unpredictable and more lighthearted and fun. Happy to read more from Don Gutteridge in the future and more adventures of Constable Garrett!
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars lately I’ve been in a rut of putting down books and not picking them up again because I lost interest at one point and just never continued. This was definitely not the case with this book, “Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer” by Don Gutteridge! From the very beginning of intriguing murder-mystery we are pulled into the past, to a charming town called “Port Eddy” with a colorful cast of characters, some with some dirty tricks up their sleeves! Stan Garrett replaces the recently-deceased Constable in the town, and before long he is thrust in the midst of a bizarre murder that sends him on the hunt for the (real) killer. The action flowed seamlessly from one page to the next. Loved the fast paced, witty dialogue and banter. It was unpredictable enough to make me just have to see what would happen next. Not formulaic or cookie-cutter at all, even though there are plenty of “familiar elements” necessary for a murder mystery, I thought Mr. Gutteridge did a great job of giving it his own voice and making the whole ride lively, humorous, and addicting. I’m ready to read more! Recommend.
NikkyH7117 More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first paragraph of “Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer” and my interest never wavered for a moment! I loved the creative and strong characters and plots that continued to build and shock and surprise. I really enjoyed the feeling of personality that Gutteridge infused not only into the characters themselves, but in the whole town and setting of Port Eddy – I really felt like I could picture it all perfectly, like I was there back in time. Like that for a ‘murder-mystery” it didn’t feel cliché or predictable, Just when you think you know what’s happening, something comes along to throw a wrench in it (I was surprised by the killer’s motives at the end). This is good because I hate books that are super predictable. And this one isn’t. Although there are some familiar themes and tropes at play, Gutteridge brings a unique voice and makes it all his own. I appreciated the brisk pace and the vivid, descriptive details and strong word choice that really brought the story to life – accurate world building and authentic character development is absolutely crucial in selling a convincing story, especially one set in a different era, and it is done quite nicely here. And it was actually much funnier than I expected it to be too! Recommend for anyone who enjoy a well-written, original western murder/suspense with colorful characters and unexpected twists.(
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Don Gutteridge’s Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer is one of those books that grabs readers’ attention and pulls them in to the point that they feel helpless, unable to leave the story or the characters behind, a well-crafted blend of crime, investigation, and mystery. During the horseshoe tournament, a man who would help Port Eddy win against the neighboring Petroleum City is killed, and no one has a clue about who did it. But when a friend’s father is apprehended, Garrett knows he is dealing with something bigger, even more sinister than what he bargained for. In a rush of unstoppable action, he sets out to find the killer and perhaps save the life of an innocent man. Does he have what it takes to fight a killer who is as deadly as he is ingenious? The words of the porter to Stan Garrett, after giving him instructions on how to get to Port Eddy, constitute the warning that captures the intense action taking place in Constable Garrett and the Dead Ringer: “But don’t blink or you may miss it.” And yes, the reader will find it hard to take their eyes off the pages of this breezy read. Don Gutteridge creates characters that are memorable and a setting that readers will love to inhabit. The action starts with the first line, and the intensity grows from page to page with the reader’s increasing curiosity. The plot is perfect, designed with numerous twists and surprising turns. Constable Garrett is a rounded character, dealing with conflicts at different levels, an intelligent, determined character. The writing is impeccably good, punctuated with engaging dialogue and vivid prose, not to mention the witticism and powerful humor that will elicit smiles and laughter from readers. A book to read for the best entertainment. Absorbing.