Horse Racing Stories Will Never Be the Same.
The Telegraph reported that bestselling thriller author, Dick Francis died at his home in Grand Cayman at the age of 89.
Francis had a successful career a jockey, winning over 350 races. As an author, he has written over 40 novels, the last three co-written with his son, Felix Francis.
Francis was a professional jockey for several years before retiring in 1957. His most famous ride was the 1956 Grand National when he rode the Queen Mother’s horse. Unfortunately, the horse fell for no apparent reason just as it was close to winning the race.
After his retirement, Francis began writing. His first book was his autobiography, The Sport of Queens. His first thriller, Dead Cert, was published in 1962 and was set in the world of horse racing. This kicked off his long career as a novelist. All of Francis’ books took place in the racing world, but his protagonists held a wide variety of jobs.
Francis has won the Edgar Award for best novel three times. He has also won the Gold Daggar Award, Cartier Diamond Dagger lifetime achievement award, and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
Several of these thrillers are available for download in audio format from Audible.com. Try one of these:
Even Money, narrated by Martin Jarvis, is one of the books co-written by Francis and his son. The Royal Ascot horse race is the setting for the murder of Ned Talbot’s newfound father, a man that Ned had been told died when he was a baby.
High Stakes, narrated by Tony Britton, follows Steven Scott, a wealthy inventor who takes up horse racing as a hobby. Deceit within the stables leads to danger.
Dead Heat, narrated by Martin Jarvis, is another father-son effort. Set during the famous 2,000 Guineas Stakes races, Max Moreton, a culinary star, must figure out who is trying to ruin his career.
Under Orders, narrated by Martin Jarvis, finds three deaths on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day. Detective Sid Halley must try to find the murderer quickly and before any more lives are lost.
I have never read any of Francis’ work. Honestly, I thought the horse racing thing would get old fast. I didn’t realize how diverse the stories are and that there are so many different types of characters. I love a good mystery, and these sound really intriguing. I’m going to have to check them out…
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