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Sid Halley is asked by an former jockey/now trainer to help him stop a fraud perpetrated by jockeys' agents. Sid Halley, a private investigator, has a new left hand, having had a transplant since his last appearance in Refusal. But when Marina expresses discontent in their marriage and takes Saskia to visit her parents because her father is dying, Sid wonders if she'll ever come back. When his friend’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and the friend is found dead, Sid can only blame himself for not helping sooner.

But when they start telling the jockey and trainers which horses to lay off in specific races, that is illegal. Felix does a good job in these last two Sid novels, and they make for lots of deductive meanderings, nerve-wracking thrills and fishing for clues while steering clear of the red herrings—but I do miss his Dad. Nearing fifty and having much more to lose made Sid a more careful investigator but still a very persistent and intelligent one. Suffice to say it’s a great read, with a good insight into the hard life of an up and coming jockey.Started reading the British racehorse mysteries by father Dick Francis as a young adult in the 1980’s. However, the very next morning, the friend’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and then the friend is found dead.

Having read many of the authors (and his fathers) previous books there is a somewhat familiar style and feel to the book, however, that does not mean that the author has not kept this book feeling fresh, the plot is wonderfully contrived, in its construction it feels as though Sid Halley is leading himself up a blind alley as he tries to do right by all but that in itself presents a conundrum in also getting justice and retribution, for me that added a clever dimension to the plot-line which allowed the book to have many a twist, the suspense and intrigue surrounding this kept me thinking as to where the book would lead. For me this is a definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read, if you like your crimes fast paced then grab a copy of this.However, the very next morning, Gary’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and Gary has disappeared. Suffice it to say the story held me captive for a few good hours - well written with plenty of action. What a pleasure to find a comfy spot, tell the world to go away for awhile and settle down with the new mystery featuring Sid Halley. The drips and drops of details, even entire plots, that had precipitated into my brain would have splished and splashed into even smaller drops to be carried along with the churning river of drips from the thrilling (or not) pages of the hundreds of whodunnits I have read, mixing up the characters, settings, and plots until I wouldn’t be able to distinguish one from the other, or sometimes even forgetting that I had ever read it!

But when he learns that his friend's stables have burned down and he's presumed dead, Sid feels he has no choice but to get involved.I remember reading him of old, pinching my mums old Dick Francis paperbacks and tucking myself away somewhere to read them. Biography: Felix Francis studied Physics and Electronics at London University and then spent seventeen years teaching Advanced-Level Physics. I was at a bit of a loss, after a long walk to check out the sights, went to the lounge room which had a bookcase and looked for something to read. In 1996 I left Australia fr the first time, arrived in London and had to stay in accommodation for one night before moving to Sydenham for my course the following afternoon. I’m afraid those old shoes were pretty hard to fill, thus my disappointment about the slightly rehashed crime that begs for Sid’s attention and makes him a target of those he tries to thwart.

Francis devises a subtle, clever scheme for the heart of the mystery, and he excels at making his broken lead credible and sympathetic.His marriage in on the rocks and despite giving up investigating, he's drawn into another mystery when one of his friend's stables is burnt down. Watching the news the following day, he sees that Bremner’s horse barn has gone up in flames, and several horses have been killed, including, perhaps, Bremner.



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