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Triple Crown

by

Felix Francis

After hosting Tony Andretti from the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA), in the ways of British Horseracing Authority (BHA),  Andretti invites Jeff Hinkley to come to America and help him find a mole in his organization.

And that is how Triple Crown begins with British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) lead investigator, Jeff Hinkley, working with the US Federal Anti-Corruption in Sports Agency (FACSA) to find a mole in the agency.

Hinkley joins his FACSA colleagues on a disastrous raid on a trainer’s barn at Churchill Downs.  The only thing they discover is a body.  Then, on the morning of the Derby itself, three of the most favoured horses in the field fall sick and are withdrawn from the race.

At this point, Hinkley decides to go undercover as a groom at Belmont Park racetrack in New York where he discovers some corrupt individuals who will stop at nothing, including murdering Hinckley to win the Triple Crown.  The Triple Crown is a series of races that include; The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.  These three races are contested over five weeks in May and June each year and only three-year-old thoroughbreds are eligible to enter.   Therefore a racehorse has only one year, during its career, in which to win the Triple Crown.

I rated

Triple Crown

as a

four-star audiobook.

***  

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Triple Crown

an average of 3.66 stars

from 1,995 ratings

and 298 reviews.

***

Triple Crown

can be purchased online at

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Book-Review-Crisis

 

Crisis

by

Felix Francis

 

Lawyer Harry Foster decided he had had enough of drawing up wills and decided to change his job and now works for a London company dealing in Crisis management.

Harry is despatched to find out how, or why, a sheik’s horse died in a stable blaze.   However, considering Harry has no love for horses and has never been near a race track, he has no desire to investigate this fire although things begin to look brighter after meeting Katie.

As well as several horses a body was also discovered in the ashes.  The body is so badly burned identifying it becomes another problem.  When the body is identified the stable becomes a crime scene.

The investigation becomes bogged down when the family who owns the stable and trains horses are reluctant to divulge family secrets to Harry.

Crisis moves along quite nicely and the narrator does a very good job of providing character voices.

I thoroughly enjoyed Felix Francis’ Crisis.  I have met some readers who are not overly thrilled by another horse novel.  However, I find stories about or surrounding the British Horse Racing industry very enjoyable.

 ***

I rated

Crisis

as a solid

read.

***

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Crisis

an average of 4.07 stars

from 1,9118 ratings

and 234 reviews.

Crisis

can be purchased online at

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Guilty, Not Guilty

by

Felix  Francis

 

Guilty, Not Guilty, was my first, but will definitely not be my last, Felix Francis audiobook.

 

Guilty, Not Guilty, follows the trials and tribulations of Bill Russel after he is advised that his wife has been found murdered.  A few days after his wife’s death Bill is arrested for her murder after his nasty brother-in-law pointed the finger at him.   It didn’t seem to matter to police that Bill was so far away from home.

 

With nearly all of Bill’s friends and work colleagues declaring him guilty in the court of public opinion the outlook for Bill is rather grim.  The trial and verdict appears rather conclusive.  However, there is one more twist in this tale.  A twist which is inferred during the course of the plot and which, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight is obvious…although not so at the time.

 

Guilty, Not Guilty, moves along at a fast pace and I believe would make a good read and is an excellent audiobook.

 

I rated

Guilty, Not Guilty

as a


read.

 

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Guilty, Not Guilty

an average of 3.84 stars

from 1,306 ratings

and 203 reviews.

Guilty, Not Guilty

can be purchased on-line at

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