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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. I was at a bit of a loss, after a long walk to check out the sights, went to the lounge room which had a bookcase and looked for something to read. perfect for curling up on a chilly autumn evening and reading it will definitely keep you guessing and completely engrossed from start to finish.

In this sixth book featuring ex steeplechase jockey and racing investigator Sid Halley, first brought to the page by Dick Francis in 1965, Sid has a new transplanted left hand and a troubled marriage. I understand I can change my preference through my account settings or unsubscribe directly from any marketing communications at any time. But the journey is enjoyable and I found myself once again rooting for Sid's victory in both his professional and personal life. 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.Sid meets the friend who is hiding out for fear of villains, but the fear keeps him from telling Sid the whole story. I would have enjoyed this last of the Sid Halley series more if the actual crime involved hadn’t been so similar to that of the previous book—Refusal—which I had just barely finished. As a side plot, there is some discussion about Sid's transplanted left hand and his feelings about it, as well as some marital tension regarding that hand. Felix does a good job in these last two Sid novels, and they make for lots of deductive meanderings, nerve-wracking thrills and fishing for clues while steering clear of the red herrings—but I do miss his Dad.

Released 8th Nov 2022 by Crooked Lane Books, it's 304 pages and is available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. Sid demands the guy back down or he’ll pass all of the information he’s collected to the police and to the British racing authority. Felix Francis studied Physics and Electronics at London University and then spent seventeen years teaching Advanced-Level Physics. Nevertheless, I had to get closure about Sid and his daunting challenges, especially if and how he would hold up as his once fit and lithe jockey body ages, his precarious mental health teeters, and his personal relationships are threatened—all because of his propensity toward heavy risk-taking.

His wife and daughter have left for the Netherlands to see her parents leaving him free to dig to the bottom of this mystery.

His marriage, on the other hand (pun intended), isn't working quite so well; in fact, his wife Marina has taken their nine-year-old daughter, Saskia, with her to stay with her elderly parents - in part because her father is dying and in part because she needs to get away for a while. Can Sid get to the bottom of what's going on before he too becomes a victim, while, at the same time, saving his marriage? Having read many of the authors (and his fathers) previous books there is a somewhat familiar style and feel to the book, however, that does not mean that the author has not kept this book feeling fresh, the plot is wonderfully contrived, in its construction it feels as though Sid Halley is leading himself up a blind alley as he tries to do right by all but that in itself presents a conundrum in also getting justice and retribution, for me that added a clever dimension to the plot-line which allowed the book to have many a twist, the suspense and intrigue surrounding this kept me thinking as to where the book would lead.Since my mother passed away over a year ago, I have been making my way through her book collection, finally. This was an engaging read, full of suspense, fast paced, gripping, looking at the underbelly of the racing world, but how are these masterminds controlling things without being caught? He soon finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy that cuts to the very heart of the integrity of British horse racing, and then danger comes closer to home than ever. What a pleasure to find a comfy spot, tell the world to go away for awhile and settle down with the new mystery featuring Sid Halley. This follows Jockey turned PI, Sid Halley who is pulled into danger when a friend asks for his help.



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