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Fast Horses and Foul Play

IN THE June 3 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Carmen Radtke


Writers are world-builders, no matter if it’s a small, intimate portrait of a well-known place or a sprawling epic set in a parallel universe with its own rules and laws of physic.

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by Sharon Tucker


Dick Francis thrillers are a delight. His standalones and series detailed so many aspects of the racing world I have lost count. Moreover, in spite of the fact that I dislike gambling and competitive sports, I love his books. Sadly, Francis Senior passed away in 2010, yet the books continue to be written by his son Felix.

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by Cynthia Chow



Maggie Park is thrilled that she has finally experienced her Witchy Hour and discovered her life’s journey. It means that at the age of twenty-eight, she can finally stop working in her family’s Louisville, Kentucky, diner. It’s not that she doesn’t love her Mother Nature-esque witch mother or her plant-magical Aunt Meme, but Maggie truly wished to find her own goal and path in life. Since that seems to be working with Interpol’s Secret Keepers of the Universal Laws, Maggie has had to keep her realization on the down-low from her very opinionated relatives.

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Dick Francis: More Than Just Horses

IN THE February 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze
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by Brenda Williamson


I was introduced to Dick Francis, one of my favorite writers, by my husband, David, through the book Reflex and have been entranced ever since. I’d want Dick Francis books if marooned on a desert island.

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by Ted Feit


The second standalone written by Dick Francis’ son follows the same formula that served the father so well: A mystery set in the English racing world, populated by the trainers, jockeys and track officials. In this case, the plot involves the Shillingford family, especially race-caller Mark and his twin sister, jockey Clare. When Clare rode a horse that came in second when it should have won, he believed Clare lost on purpose and over dinner they have a heated argument.

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by Cynthia Chow


Former Chicago and Cleveland police detective, Eli Paxton, is watching the overdue bills pile up in his Cincinnati private detective office when he receives a call from Bill Striker, the owner of an extremely prosperous detective agency who has a referral that Paxton cannot refuse. It should be an easy job–babysitting and body-guarding the first yearling of Trojan, a Derby-winning Horse of the Year worth over forty-five million dollars. Without even running a race Trojan’s colt is expected to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars at the Keeneland Summer Sale and his breeding ability to produce winners could be worth millions.

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