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Francis devises a subtle, clever scheme for the heart of the mystery, and he excels at making his broken lead credible and sympathetic.”

Sid Halley is married, a father, and six-years retired from doing investigative work. Sir Richard Stewart approaches him asking that Sid look into race results that seem wrong. Although Sid is curious, he refuses but agrees to look over the information. However, the next day Sir Richard is found dead in his car of an apparent suicide and Sid receives a phone call, followed by escalating threats, demanding he sign a report of no wrong-doing…or else. I don’t know, maybe I’ll try the next Felix Francis novel, and maybe not. Something is missing in his novels lately, and it’s really beginning to show…. I hope he finds it soon, and gets things together. This is so depressing…..! 😩 So far, none of Felix Francis’ novels has television adaptations. However, a number of his father’s books had television adaptations. Among the adopted books included Twice Shy, starring Ian McShane alongside protagonist, David Cleveland. Felix Francis assisted his father in the research when he was writing Twice Shy before he began writing himself. The story was also just a little 'light' for my taste. There weren't any of the usual twists and turns - it was entirely too predictable. And the end was just way, way, waaaay too neat and tidy for my liking. And far too convenient. After the death in 2000 of Mary Francis, his wife of 53 years and a close collaborator on his books, Mr. Francis expressed doubts that he would ever write another novel. “She was the moving force behind my writing,” he said. “I don’t think I shall write again other than letters now. So much of my work was her.”Many of Sid's old colleagues are no longer available to assist him but Chico Barnes still is. Chico is a great character and very helpful to Sid. Together the two of them investigate and come up with a plan to end the threat to Sid's life and family. Finding himself in St Moritz during the same weekend as White Turf, when high-class horseracing takes place on the frozen lake, he gets talked into helping out with the horses. It is against his better judgement. Seven years before, Miles left horseracing behind and swore he would never return. The end of the book has two chapters from his next novel, "Hands Down" another about Sid Halley. While I am happy to see the Sid Halley story continued, I don't think Felix should be the one to do it!! The first two chapters seemed alien, I just wasn't seeing "Sid" in them. It was like, "Who?" I did like this - it was an entertaining and unchallenging read. It was also really great to see Sid again but overall I am not sure I will continue with Felix as the author.

Gamble, Felix's only previous novel written solo, displays a slight anxiety at being handed the reins to a horse previously ridden only by his father. The prose was slightly more formulaic than his father's prose, not as velvety smooth. Gamble did not yet display the best years of Felix's life. Refusal on the other hand has rapidly accelerated the horse, has circumvented difficult turns on the steeple chase run, and shows Felix's confidence building, growing towards the ideal set by his father. The slight difference in style (remembering this is a family business) is near invisible; the story as true as any returning hero's story should be.It was wonderful to see Sid Halley return - he has been a favourite character of mine ever since that first Francis book. But I only wish that this novel had done this wonderfully steadfast and clever character more justice. For a start, human remains are found amongst the equestrian ones in the burnt-out shell. All the stable staff are accounted for, so who is the mystery victim? Harry knows very little about horses, indeed he positively dislikes them, but he is thrust unwillingly into the world of Thoroughbred racing where the standard of care of the equine stars is far higher than that of the humans who attend to them. I found this very disappointing, and almost gave up reading it. About half-way through the pace increased somewhat, and I kept going simply to find out what happened in the end.

Finding himself in St Moritz during the same weekend as White Turf, when high-class horseracing takes place on the frozen lake, he gets talked into helping out with the horses. Against his better judgement, he decides to assist, but things aren't as innocent as they seemed.As a young child he survived a horrific car crash in which his father was killed. His father had maneuvered the car so that he caught the full force of the collision on his side of the car. His father’s body laid on his before the police came. Later, his mother commits suicide and leaves no note.

I disliked everything about this book including the characters, the storyline, the flipping around time frames, the boring descriptions of tobogganing and mental illness and on and on. The whole thing was tedious in the extreme and I pushed myself to get through it.The mystery in this novel is multi-layered and complex and yet the book was still fun and made me laugh numerous times. I liked the voice of Halley. His internal thoughts often matched my own on the various situations

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