Plot synopsis: Peter Darwin (and no, he's no relation; yes, he has been asked before) is a Foreign Office smoothie in between jobs; when he accompanies two elderly people to England he finds himself back near the village where he spent his childhood. He also finds himself trying to work out why so many horses are dying at a vet's practice.
Reading a good Francis is *such* a pleasure! He is very good at characterization, interplay between people, establishing a mystery, tension, and leaving you wondering - up to the last few pages - who the villain is. There is also some romance, though less than in other books; and there is, once again, the introduction to a specialist profession: vets, here, obviously.
Francis is, once again, very very good; and so is this, his thirtieth thriller, on form, follwing a well-established format, but never formulaic. Excellent!