My rating: 3 of 5 stars
While murder mysteries are not my stock and trade, this was a delightful read. A little predictable, but nice and clean. Dick Francis has been writing more years than I’ve been alive, and it shows. Also, it is so British, and I’m a bit of an anglophile, so one more star. I might have given it one more if not for the sappy, happy ending where everything goes right. Honestly, I’ve got a real sore spot for the hero getting everything they want in the last chapter, and this happens all in the last few pages. It’s like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!
That said, it was a lovely read, well plotted, good characters, and excellent research went into the setting and situations. I don’t know jack about horse racing, but I find it kind of fascinating.
Well done, and I might just pick up another of his novels.