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Every Christmas, without fail, there'd be a bit of a kerfuffle between my siblings and me over who would get to buy our father a Dick Francis novel as his present. Like most dads, he was difficult to buy for, but we knew he liked Francis so the latest paperback was the easiest and best option. So, over the years, our family accrued quite a collection — a long line of the old, white-jacketed books he'd got himself, tipping over into the colourful 80s and 90s titles we'd buy for him.
No eBook available Amazon. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. After a superfluous opening episode in Miami, Francis begins his 30th thriller by packing his Foreign Service hero Peter Darwin back to Cheltenham, where Peter spent his own early years, to solve the
Sparad i dina bevakningar. Skickas inom vardagar. A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers. Foreign Office diplomat Peter Darwin is returning to England, back to his childhood home of Gloucestershire.
New York Times bestselling Grand Master of Crime Fiction Foreign Office diplomat Peter Darwin uncovers a peculiar operation involving a veterinary surgeon and the unexplained deaths of several valuable racehorses. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
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Foreign Office diplomat Peter Darwin is returning to England, back to his childhood home of Gloucestershire. But instead of a pleasant trip down memory lane, Peter finds himself coming to the aid of a veterinary surgeon whose operating theatre is rapidly turning into an abattoir. In fact a string of valuable racehorses have suffered unexplained deaths, and the police are baffled.
As previously reportedI have been binge-reading Dick Francis in service of an essay project that is steadily, if a bit stumblingly, heading towards completion. On the other hand, the differences have never been — and probably never will be again — as clear in my mind as they are now. Interestingly, too, there are definitely standouts for me — and I think there are a couple of duds, too.
After wartime service in the RAF, Francis became a full-time jump-jockey, winning over races and becoming champion jockey of the British National Hunt. Francis retired from the turf and became a journalist and novelist. All his novels deal with crime in the horse-racing world, with some of the criminals being outwardly respectable figures.