This was a disappointing effort for Dick Francis. The plot was loose, the deductions were wild leaps that hadn't been well set up, and the customary Francis wit is missing. Add to that, the usual stoic, quiet strength of a typical Francis hero does not come through at all. In fact, the hero sounds distinctly whiny at times, although to be fair I don't know if this is a result of the writing or of the narrator.
Martin Jarvis is a poor replacement for Tony Britton as the reader. His voice is irritating, and he tries too hard to emote when the characters in Francis novels have always been written as very understated. As I said, he often comes across sounding whiny which is what largely ruined the book for me.
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