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It was good to revisit Sid Halley again, and I enjoyed the story, and the good memories of many books over more than 25 years. Nearing fifty and having much more to lose made Sid a more careful investigator but still a very persistent and intelligent one. Because the details of the plot would have had more time to leak out of context from my constantly replenished brain bucket of memories.

I have read other books by Felix Francis but this is the first time I have met Sid Halley, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Consortia of agents have muscled into the selection of jockeys for races, and they demand fees from the jockeys and the trainers at stables. Heavy with a guilty heart, Sid starts to investigate and soon finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that cuts to the very heart of the integrity of British horse racing. It was all going smoothly than all of a sudden child SA comes out of now where completely out of the blue and it ruined the mood throughout.The first three were written by Dick Francis, but after a long life and very prolific writing career, he rode off into the sunset.

It is almost not worth it to continue reading him, but I read all of his father’s books and all of his, despite their flaws. Things don’t seem to be going great for him, when his wife Marina tell’s him she is leaving him, her father is dying so she is going over to be with her mum and to spend some time with her dad before he passes away, taking their nine year old daughter Saskia with her.

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.

Sid starts to investigate and soon finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that cuts to the very heart of the integrity of British horse racing. Released 8th Nov 2022 by Crooked Lane Books, it's 304 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. My fave character Sid Halley makes a comeback, living a normal life now he's dragged back into the mysteries involved in horse racing. perfect for curling up on a chilly autumn evening and reading it will definitely keep you guessing and completely engrossed from start to finish. Dick Francis novels were a familiar fixture in our household when I was growing up, as both my parents loved his books.He was amongst the first ‘adult’ reads that I explored at the time, and over the years I have read everything he’s written. Can Sid get to the bottom of what’s going on before he too becomes a victim, while, at the same time, saving his marriage? 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. Suffice it to say the story held me captive for a few good hours - well written with plenty of action. The story line should have packed some intrigue but a lot of pages were devoted to Sid's marital woes and I don’t know, it was just boring.

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