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3.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 53.89 out of 5 3.89 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dick Francis Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781538462546
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Charles Todd is an English painter well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses at the racetrack. What he now faces at his cousin Donald’s house is also art—the art of a perfectly brutal murderer.

Donald’s home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked—and a prime suspect.

When Todd discovers a connection between recent burglaries and people who bought horse paintings, the racetrack lover finds himself in the biggest race of his life as he works to clear his cousin’s name and trap a ruthless killer before the killer traps him.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Francis captures our attention and holds us spellbound.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A positive genius.”

    Time

  • “Excitement from start to finish.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The horses are painted ones this time, but stop worrying. You won’t have a moment to miss the hooves and the muck…Action, character, and color ride in perfect balance again…and the ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ motif returns in subtle high gear, just to remind us that Francis stays on top because he remembers to touch bottom.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvonne Powderly | 2/19/2014

    " Can't complain, another great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 2/18/2014

    " This was a fun, quick read - a little bit racey at times but overall an enjoyable read by someone who obviously did his research on the whole realm of painting as an art form as well as a business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 2/12/2014

    " The very first Dick Francis that I read. Truly loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 2/9/2014

    " Good writing and characters, but limited "horse-power" in this one, revolving around paintings of horses and artist-detectives. Not typical of Francis' oevre in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peregrina651 | 2/2/2014

    " Enjoyed it, as always. This is one DF where the racing world is only tangential to the story. I think that what I loved best about the vintage DF stories is the glimpse back into history that they provide, particularly when it comes to the minutiae of life. No cell phone, no security checks in airports, being able to check in to hotels or buy plane tickets under a false name, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/1/2014

    " A different sort of book for Dick Francis. Still a murder mystery, so it was fun, but hardly any horses to speak of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ahf | 1/13/2014

    " It has been years since I read a Dick Frances and I used to enjoy them a lot. This just seemed Blah. At least I got to introduce my son and partner to the joys of detective mysteries, neither had read much of that genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/12/2014

    " I always like Dick Francis' books. I will miss him! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jcurmudge | 1/3/2014

    " Betty liked this whole series of Dick Francis books so I read them along side her. They are a quick and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 woody | 12/30/2013

    " Charles Todd is an English artist who paints horses. He arrives at his cousins house and finds the house robbed and his cousins wife murdered. At the track, he meets another recent victim of burglary, he goes to Australia to figure out why. 2 1/2 stars "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/28/2013

    " this is the dick francis that started it all. I've read just about every dick francis mystery available and while they're all more or less interchangeable, and none is particularly extraordinary, collectively they are fantastic. my favorite guilty pleasure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Macpherson | 12/27/2013

    " A good solid thriller. Some of the villains are pretty cardboard, but the writing is fresh and enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay Van Slyke | 10/10/2013

    " On my own booklist I gave this one 3.5. A pretty good murder mystery involving a complicated ring of thieves who sell paintings and then steal them back along with all the other valuables in a home. If you want a pretty good fast read, this this will fill the bill. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Williams | 2/22/2013

    " I recently finished this book, it was a very good mystery which involved horse racing and travel to Australia and New Zealand. A surprise finish and great characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 12/1/2012

    " Another good 'un! I liked the trip to Australia, plus the interesting info about art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Davies | 10/14/2012

    " Brilliant, when I checked thet dat this was published it was one of his first ones, and it shows it is so original and fresh, even now and having read so many of his titles. I loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MaryLou Pearce | 10/13/2012

    " Any Dick Francis book gets five stars from me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 10/12/2012

    " An artist tracks the murder of his cousin's wife to Australia where he uncovers a scheme to rob people of the art they just bought. Good story. I pretty much have like every Dick Francis book I've read, even though I have no interest in horses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 8/12/2012

    " I really liked this book. It's amazing the amount of esoteric knowledge I have picked up just by reading Dick Francis' books--especially since I originally thought they would not be "my type" of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 7/8/2012

    " A couple of expensive paintings of horses appear to have been burned in a house fire. An investigator discovers that the painting have been stolen, and the house burned to cover the crime. His investigation takes him to Australia, where he track down the paintings and the culprits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 5/3/2012

    " I have read every single one of these horse related (mostly from the viewopoint of a jockey, but not always)--they are competent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Kraft | 10/10/2011

    " Dick Francis is an excellent writer, and he tells a fantastic story! I recommend all his books, but I especially like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Needle | 9/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this Dick Francis book. There was not as much focus on racing, but more on art theft. Much of it was set in Australia which was interesting. As usual it was an exciting read with a likeable hero and a plot full of twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/24/2011

    " A good solid thriller. Some of the villains are pretty cardboard, but the writing is fresh and enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 10/17/2010

    " Brilliant, when I checked thet dat this was published it was one of his first ones, and it shows it is so original and fresh, even now and having read so many of his titles. I loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MaryLou | 2/10/2010

    " Any Dick Francis book gets five stars from me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 1/28/2010

    " Good writing and characters, but limited "horse-power" in this one, revolving around paintings of horses and artist-detectives. Not typical of Francis' oevre in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 7/7/2009

    " A couple of expensive paintings of horses appear to have been burned in a house fire. An investigator discovers that the painting have been stolen, and the house burned to cover the crime. His investigation takes him to Australia, where he track down the paintings and the culprits. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 1/8/2009

    " An artist tracks the murder of his cousin's wife to Australia where he uncovers a scheme to rob people of the art they just bought. Good story. I pretty much have like every Dick Francis book I've read, even though I have no interest in horses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 7/8/2008

    " Another good 'un! I liked the trip to Australia, plus the interesting info about art. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 7/2/2008

    " Dick Francis is an excellent writer, and he tells a fantastic story! I recommend all his books, but I especially like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/25/2008

    " I recently finished this book, it was a very good mystery which involved horse racing and travel to Australia and New Zealand. A surprise finish and great characters "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 3/16/2008

    " The very first Dick Francis that I read. Truly loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 3/9/2008

    " This book changed my life. I discovered it in 1977, quit the government job I was working at the time, and went to work in the horse industry so I could experience the horse world firsthand. I worked with and owned horses for 25 years, all because of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 1/6/2008

    " I really liked this book. It's amazing the amount of esoteric knowledge I have picked up just by reading Dick Francis' books--especially since I originally thought they would not be "my type" of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jcurmudge | 11/5/2007

    " Betty liked this whole series of Dick Francis books so I read them along side her. They are a quick and easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/26/2007

    " this is the dick francis that started it all. I've read just about every dick francis mystery available and while they're all more or less interchangeable, and none is particularly extraordinary, collectively they are fantastic. my favorite guilty pleasure. "

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About the Author
Author Dick Francis

Dick Francis, (1920–2010) a former champion steeplechase jockey, was the author of many bestselling mysteries set in the world of horse racing. The only three-time recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for best novel, his awards include the Gold Dagger, the Cartier Diamond Dagger, the MWA’s Grand Master Award for lifetime achievement, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston, and in 2000 he received a Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.