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MWA Grand Master Francis's first collaboration with his son Felix, a former physics teacher who researched many of his father's previous bestsellers, introduces an engaging hero, though longtime fans may find certain plot elements, like an unlikely love interest and sinister figures somehow connected with shady racetrack doings, less than fresh. The reputation of Max Moreton, a young wunderkind chef with a restaurant in Newmarket, England, suffers after guests at an affair he caters fall ill with food poisoning. This calamity nearly jeopardizes another job—feeding several dozen attendees at a major horse race.
Cancel anytime. From Dick Francis and his son, Felix, comes Geoffrey Mason - a defense barrister whose true passion is riding his thoroughbred. Mason's two lives collide when a fellow jockey is accused of murdering a colleague with a pitchfork.
Rate this book. Max is something of a celebrity in Newmarket circles. He is founder of the racing town's favorite Michelin-starred restaurant, the Hay Net. However, spending the night retching in the throes of agony is the last thing Max expects.
Max Moreton spends much of Friday night so violently ill from food poisoning that he wishes he were dead; Saturday afternoon, he nearly gets his wish. The food-borne illness might well be laid at his very door, for Max — owner and chef of a popular Newmarket restaurant —cooked the tainted meal himself. But there is no way he could be responsible for the bomb blast that rips through the private box at Newmarket racetrack the next afternoon, killing almost a score of the people for whom he is catering a luncheon — a blast that almost kills Max as well.
The one thing guaranteed to have me grinning crazily enough to scare off small children is the appearance of a new Dick Francis book. We're talking rip off the packaging, unplug the phone and read in one sitting territory. The former jockey has been turning out pacy books since the early s.
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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.