A murder mystery novel. The story of Phillip "Dutch" Cleland, a man with a hidden past and a future about to explode in his face. A seemingly average man whose love for two women drives him to such extremes that deception, even murder and suicide are not longer unthinkable.
When a lovely corpse is discovered near Dutch's home town, the nearby ditches begin to yield a harvest of secrets, none of them comforting for Dutch. Soon he is forced to flee for his life, before his past and the police slip a noose around his neck. Things In Ditches is peopled with small town characters that are so humorous and eccentric, their oddball antics enliven every paragraph and page.
A reader can't help but be reeled in by the strange citizens of Willow River, until soon discovering they're really not so different from all of us and Dutch's story is the oldest story on earth; good and evil, betrayal and laughter.
And finally, the power of love and friendship, forging one man's determination to overcome all odds, even death.I wasn't too sure about this book when I first started reading it but the more I got into the book, the more it grew on me. It's well written and actually if there wasn't a murder involved, I would almost say this is a comedic type of book. It has some really seriously funny parts or parts that I thought were funny.
Gosh, poor old Dutch, things are not going his way in this book but I mostly feel bad for his wife, Jean, especially when I find out that Dutch carried on this affair with another woman for 5 years! I in all honesty cannot fathom the wife not knowing her husband was cheating for that long. But, in the book, Jean is made out to be the all present, all loyal wife and she refuses to give up on Dutch.
There are some twists and turns in the book but the most important one comes in the last chapter and it's a doozy! If only someone had known that another person was lurking around that day, Dutch's life might have turned out completely different. But, then again, in the end, I think Dutch wanted to get away from it all and it worked out fine in some respects.
You will definitely be laughing half of the time and the other half you will want to knock Dutch up side the head!
I thought this was so unique and funny that I decided to give my copy away to one of you! And it's signed by the author! This is a hard copy book so I can only mail in the U.S. Good Luck Everyone!