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Dick Francis's Bloodline | [Felix Francis]

Dick Francis's Bloodline

When race caller and television presenter Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in second when she could have won, he believes the worst: that she lost on purpose, and the race was fixed. That night, Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, she storms off after an argument - and it’s the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel...or so it seems. Devastated and guilty over her death, Mark goes in search of answers. What had led Clare to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all?
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Publisher's Summary

The next great best-selling mystery from the grand master of the genre...

When race caller and television presenter Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in second when she could have won, he believes the worst: that she lost on purpose, and the race was fixed. That night, Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, she storms off after an argument - and it’s the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel...or so it seems.

Devastated and guilty over her death, Mark goes in search of answers. What had led Clare to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all?

©2012 Felix Francis (P)2012 Recorded Books

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    Su Co 10-21-12
    Su Co 10-21-12
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    "Fast action packed without graphic sex & violence"

    Felix Francis has matured in his writing. He sticks with the plot, introducing plot complications, characters, and clues in a timely matter. He inserts explanations where needed so the reader isn't scratching his head about why a character seems to be overreacting. His last book was good but over long and could have used a sharper pencil. This one is sharply written and doesn't get bogged down.

    It is reminiscent of his father's work in that his main character is someone you might like to hang out and is a hard worker that things happen to and who must find out why before he is killed. Felix Francis' characters in this book seem to have the same good characteristics and a bit more depth. I look forward to his next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Summerville, SC, United States 12-22-13
    A Summerville, SC, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow, what a great book"

    I wondered if son Felix could pick up where his father left off, and he has pleasantly surprised me with a great book, exceptionally well written with a tight compelling story. There is so much in here that is in the style of his father's older books. The reading by Martin Jarvis probably helps recreate the sense of the older books since I had listened to his reading of them. Overall a great listen and I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 02-21-13
    C. Byrd Fort Worth, TX 02-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Felix follows in his father's boot steps!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, of course. I would recommend this to anyone who loves good mysteries! The plot keeps you sucked in right until the end.


    What other book might you compare Dick Francis's Bloodline to and why?

    Well, they all have the British horse racing in common


    What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the accent!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole thing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Not up to what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Felix Francis and/or Martin Jarvis?

    Maybe from Felix Francis and certainly to Martin Jarvis


    Would you ever listen to anything by Felix Francis again?

    I'm not sure....Bloodline was not what I've come to expect from Felix Francis. This book made me feel like I was reading a biography of the character instead of a work of fiction. I read for entertainment and this book didn't do much entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None that really stood out for me.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dick Francis's Bloodline?

    I would have cut a lot of the introspection of the main character. As I said, this book definitely lacked most of the mystery I've come to expect from a Felix Francis book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was almost boring....I was tempted to turn it off several times. The only reason I finished it was because I really don't like to not finish a book...but this one came close.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 12-10-12
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    "average at best"
    Would you try another book from Felix Francis and/or Martin Jarvis?

    Love Martin Jarvis, but Felix Francis is not up to his father's (Dick Francis) standards.


    Would you recommend Dick Francis's Bloodline to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I'll be returning this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SNOWFLAKE, AZ, United States 10-29-12
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    "Great entertainment!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Dick Francis's Bloodline the most enjoyable?

    The book was listened to while we traveled in the the car. The book kept us involved and interested during our drive. The plot was well developed and we looked forward to what would happen next. It was great!


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    Karen 10-27-12
    Karen 10-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Vintage Dick Francis!"
    What did you love best about Dick Francis's Bloodline?

    This story takes lots of twists and turns. Hard to predict the finish until it happens. Lots of interesting information about the back side of racing. This story is Dick Francis at his best. Congratulations Felix on keeping the tradition going. You have all of the talent and then some writing captivating stories like your Father. This is one of the best of the whole series. Please keep them coming!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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