Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dead Heat

On Friday I ran into the library to return a book and saw a new book by Dick Francis and Felix Francis, his son. Dead Heat is definitely a Dick Francis mystery. He follows his familiar pattern - which is why I enjoyed it enough to spend last Saturday reading it instead of doing other things. Yes, it's formula fiction, but sometimes formula fiction is as good as an aspirin, or a favorite meal. It's soothing and familiar and it's nice to experience familiarity - even in reading.

Reading this so soon after Michael Ruhlman's book, The Making of a Chef, was nice, because the hero is a chef. Francis weaves in bits about chefs and restaurants and cooking that his readers may not know. And horses and racing are involved - peripherally. But there's also a side trip to Delafield, Wisconsin, and polo games, and orchestra musicians, and the viola, and it all comes together well to make a decent mystery for a Saturday.

This isn't my favorite Dick Francis mystery, but it was good enough to order in the audio version so that Steve can enjoy it when he's on the road.



Blogger Tammy said...

I keep forgetting to check out Dick Francis. Although I've been pretty engrossed with the MC Beaton Agatha Raisin series. It evens out the richer books Julie has me reading. :)

5:59 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I like Agatha Raisin, too.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Wool Winder said...

Don't think I've read a Dick Francis mystery, but I'm ready to try one now. Don't mind formula writing. Sometimes it's just what I'm in the mood for.

8:19 AM  
Blogger Dana said...

I'm forwarding this to DD#3 who is my Dick Francis fan and enjoys cooking.

7:36 AM  
Blogger BookGal said...

I was avoiding this one because I thought it might not be as good with the son as a cowriter. Thanks for a good review that changed my mind.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Literary Feline said...

This does sound good! I haven't read Dick Francis before but will have give him a try. I agree with you, sometimes the reading formula fiction is just what I need most!

12:00 AM  

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