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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. Watching the news the following day, he sees that Bremner’s horse barn has gone up in flames, and several horses have been killed, including, perhaps, Bremner. Jockey-turned-private eye Sid Halley was last seen in Refusal after losing his left hand in a nasty fight with even nastier opponents; for his troubles, he ended up with a prosthetic hand and a wife who who insisted that he quit his detecting work. That and the bravado of the lead character is no where near as likeable as it was in the last century.

After the death of the elder Francis, his protege and youngest son Felix took over primary writing duties and continued the legacy with respectable verisimilitude.The drips and drops of details, even entire plots, that had precipitated into my brain would have splished and splashed into even smaller drops to be carried along with the churning river of drips from the thrilling (or not) pages of the hundreds of whodunnits I have read, mixing up the characters, settings, and plots until I wouldn’t be able to distinguish one from the other, or sometimes even forgetting that I had ever read it! 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. Sid starts to investigate and becomes embroiled in a conspiracy that cuts to the very heart of racing and then even closer to home.

The master of suspense and intrigue” (Country Life) is back with the next powerful installation in the Dick Francis series, featuring Sid Halley, perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Michael Connelly. Nearing fifty and having much more to lose made Sid a more careful investigator but still a very persistent and intelligent one.Overall this is a highly engaging and enjoyable read, that features many a twist, It keeps you gripped and enthralled in suspense.

In 1996 I left Australia fr the first time, arrived in London and had to stay in accommodation for one night before moving to Sydenham for my course the following afternoon. However, the very next morning, the friend’s stable yard is torched, horses killed, and then the friend is found dead. Set against the backdrop of horse racing this one has Sid with a new arm to replace the prosthetic one.

Life should be looking good but things start to sour when his wife decides to go home to be with her mother when she finds out that her father is dying. Sid can't help himself- he's supposed to be out of the investigations game, his wife Marina has left him, taking their child with her, and he's alone with the dog when Gary asks for help. Hands Down is the 6th mystery featuring Sid Halley, written by Felix Francis around characters originated by his late father, Dick Francis. The pace is fast which for me I know is always a winner, the characters are well drawn, they are believable, three dimensional, I like the camaraderie between Sid’s ex Father in law Charles and Sis, and also his relationship with his friend Chico who is there for him when he needs help. Released 8th Nov 2022 by Crooked Lane Books, it's 304 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats.

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