©1987 Dick Francis; (P)1994 Chivers Audio Books
I'm a Dick Francis Fan, so seeing so many more added to the store has just made me so happy! This title I hadn't read until just last month, so seeing Audible has it, was great! I love Tony Britton's voice, and this story, while not completely on a racing incident, had racing peripherally in the story line. I loved the story of Ian reconciling with his father, and then learning about his zany family added to this one's charm. As to who was trying to kill Ian's father, it had me guessing til the end. For one to enjoy cuddled up maybe even with a friend, you can't go wrong with this book!
I liked this book! It was different, not your average cop-detective story, nor your run-of-the-mill who done-it. The characters are so realistic some of them could be my own brothers. I missed them once the story ended. It also paid respect to the police, not making them all out to be dumb-clucks. In fact, most of them were not only kind, but also had great intellectual input. It may have dragged a little, yet it always came back with flair. My first listen with this narrator, who also seemed to have a great intellectual input, along with female voices his own mother, should be proud of. Good Show!
I have been reading who-done-its for thirty years, no other book compares to this. It's in a league of it's own. Original plot line, charactures and completely different approach to solving crime. I seems in crime writting today there is a standard routine to all of them, but not this one.
My favorite scene was the night he went into the house and felt ....well..creepy. So creepy they left.
It was particually moving when his father goes to his first race; nothing like it, he gets addicted.
I miss listening to this, I am addicted.
I've listened to many of Dick Francis' novels and they are all terrific; Hot Money is no exception.
There is a lot of "character development" in this book, more so than anything short of Dostoyevsky. Yet Francis keeps it moving along exceptionally well.
What really set this book apart was the language. If you like British English, you'll absolutely love this one. Of course all of Francis' novels use British English, but this one somehow has an extra dose that almost made me feel like I was listening to P.G. Wodehouse. Tony Britton really brought this book to life wonderfully.
The story is about Malcolm, five wives, money-hungry relatives, an estranged son, and a murder. And, of course, horses. The story begins with the murder of Malcolm's newest wife, and an attempted murder of Malcolm himself. He turns to his son Ian for protection. Ian protects Malcolm and plays amateur detective at the same time. This story isn't the Ludlum genre: super criminals, roller coaster thrills, incomprehensible plots, and high drama in italics. Hot Money is easy to understand. It moves along gently, a canter, not a gallop (perhaps I mean that it's slow), But I'll probably listen to it again some time, because I enjoyed the pace. It's the sort of book that fills you with the leisurely glow of a holiday. The characters are alive. I could understand every bit of the plot, and I must confess that this is a sort of achievement for me. My earphones weren't unputdownable, but the prospect of picking them up was always pleasant. AND, the narration is excellent (how does he do it?)
I usually don't read this type of book, but I have to say, it was great fun. Dick Francis takes you you on a fascinating, catch-me-if-you-can caper with the most dysfuctional (and hysterical) family the world has ever seen. It was really worth the credit. Great fun!
I don't know what he looks like and frankly who cares....but when Tony Britton utters the first line of this book you'll be hooked --- it's so thoroughly English, a touch snobby and (to me) the hysterically funny renditions of the Dick Francis stable of characters may spoil you for other books. Now I look for anything narrated by this man. A total junk food listen.
If you like action-adventure, Francis never let's you down. This is one of his best, allowing you to keep suspended and really identify with the hero's most frightening events. Take this one for a whirl!
Once again Dick Franicis writes a riveting book with well developed characters! I could listen to Tony Britton all day.
Dick Francis tells a great story and they are all different. there is nothing horrible in a Francis book, no cringe making imagery to bum you out. Just a clever well written story.
i liked them all. always a collection of colorful, eccentric, and unusual people made very true to life.
he gets the story.
lots of laughs at the foibles and absurdities.
if you like Dick Francis you will like this book. if you want an interesting light mystery with clever dialogue and believable characters who are very human you will like this one. if you want dark, violent, twisted emotions and a break neck plot that makes your heat race don't get this book.
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