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In the Frame

In the Frame [Kindle Edition]

Dick Francis
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A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers.

Charles Todd, a successful artist who paints horses, arrives at his cousin Donald's house and stumbles on a grisly scene: police cars everywhere, his cousin arrested for murder and Donald's wife brutally slain.

Believing - unlike the police - Donald's story of a burglary gone wrong, Charles follows clues which lead him from England to Australia and a diabolical scheme involving fraud and murder.

But soon Charles realises that someone is on his trail. Someone who wants to make sure that Charles won't live long enough to save Donald.

Praise for Dick Francis:

As a jockey, Dick Francis was unbeatable when he got into his stride. The same is true of his crime writing' Daily Mirror

Dick Francis's fiction has a secret ingredient - his inimitable knack of grabbing the reader's attention on page one and holding it tight until the very end' Sunday Telegraph

The narrative is brisk and gripping and the background researched with care . . . the entire story is a pleasure to relish' Scotsman

Francis writing at his best' Evening Standard

A regular winner . . . as smooth, swift and lean as ever' Sunday Express

'A super chiller and killer' New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Dick Francis wrote more than forty international bestsellers and was widely acclaimed as one of the world’s finest thriller writers. His awards included the Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger for his outstanding contribution to the genre, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Tufts University of Boston. In 1996 Dick Francis was made a Mystery Writers of America Grand Master for a lifetime’s achievement and in 2000 he was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Sadly he died in 2010.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (28 Jun 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9DOC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Dick Francis has written forty-two novels, a volume of short stories (Field of 13), his autobiography (The Sport of Queens) and the biography of Lester Piggott. He is rightly acclaimed as one of the greatest thriller writers in the world.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute beaut! 26 Sep 2009
Synopsis: Charles Todd is a painter; of horses, mainly. When he visits his cousin and discovers a nasty crime, he gradually becomes involved in trying to solve a series of robberies; this takes him to Autralia, and the Melbourne Cup. He's ably assisted (albeit rather reluctantly) by his friends Jik and Sarah. Slowly, he finds out more and more - but so do the villains.

Nearly all of Francis' early, middle and early-late books are genuine smashers; some even better than others. And I agree with the review above that this is one of his five best. Tight plot, excellent locations, excellent character interactions, funky dialogue, gradually mounting tension with explosions of even higher tension!
One of Dick Francis most enjoyable books, and you don't get much better than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Francis's fastest and finest 24 Jun 2009
In later years, Dick Francis diluted his brand a little by churning out too many novels that were too much the same, but this one is vintage (an apt term since the development of Australian wine exports is a plot point) and, in my opinion, his finest. From the opening page, in which the hero arrives for a family visit and is dumped in the middle of a crime scene, you are in the thick of things and the pace never lets up: especially as this is a chase novel as well as a mystery. Painter Charles Todd finds himself playing gooseberry to his newly-wed best friend and wife as they help him keep one jump ahead of art-forging crooks in a rampage around Australia. The local colour is great ('Come to paint Australia red!' enthuses one character), crazy comedy alternates with high drama, and even characters we only meet for a page or two have an immediate reality.
Francis has his limitations: not least the way his gorgeous heroines seem to manifest their 'impact-making intelligence' mainly by hanging on the hero's every word and asking all the right questions. Still, he manages to pack more nuance into fewer pages than almost any other thriller-writer. For the record, I think his other best books are Slay Ride, Odds Against, Smokescreen, and Forfeit. Flying Finish, Bonecrack and Reflex are good as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A golden oldie 17 Mar 2014
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I had read this many years ago, probably when it first came out. I re-read it recently whilst in Australia and found it to be just as enjoyable. No pretense to great literature but it does contain some gems, including my favourite: "the most damaging lies are told by those who believe them to be true" (or something similar).
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Frame 7 Mar 2014
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Dick Francis does write some very good books relating to horse racing and this is no exception - worth a read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 6 July 2013
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All books by Dick Francis keep you hooked this one had a really different slant as most if it is set in Aus
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4.0 out of 5 stars Period piece 6 May 2013
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Re-reading the early books probably written by Dick AND Mary is still a pleasure and they now have the added charm of vintage crime novels, mostly set in a time before mobile phones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars In the Frame; an entertaining read 6 May 2013
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Quite a quick book to read and fast moving by one of the masters of his trade; Charles Todd, a painter, visits his cousin only to find that there has been a break-in and murder and soon he is dragges into an investigation which takes him to the other side of the works with a number of adventures and dangers. A large scale criminal operation is discovered and the story runs along at a fast pace to a lovley finale. Good fun and ideal for a weekend journey.
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