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on 14 February 2010
On hearing of the news that Dick Francis has died today - I revisted his novels that I own.
Enquiry is by far the most gripping in my opinion. Being born in the same year of the book's first publication, I like to think a lot of good things happened in 1969!
Admittedly the book is centrally placed in the world of racing - this time with a jockey fighting to salvage his reputation against the hallowed authorities. The real pull for me is the sub story of Hughes relationship with Roberta. The author charts a relationship that starts on rocky ground and then over the course of the novel becomes something else(no spoilers here!). The fact that I always get caught up in that facet of the story ever time I read it is testament to his writing skill.
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on 30 October 2011
A good example of Dick Francis's books to start on (it was the first of his I read). Don't worry if you're not a horse-racing fan; this is essentially crime fiction set against a sporting background. You don't have to know anything about horse racing or betting: all is clearly explained.

The story is of a jockey who has been disgraced after an enquiry into his failure to win a race: what follows is his attempt to clear his name, and to find out who framed him, and why. It's gripping stuff, and combines detective work with interesting, well-drawn characters, and a touch of minor romance thrown in. Some aspects of the plot stretch credulity somewhat, but it doesn't it from being a highly enjoyable book.

The Kindle version which I bought has the usual smattering of minor typos that seem to be typical of eBooks, but it's still perfectly legible.
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Enquiry (first published 1969)
Excellent - a real cracker of a story, fast-paced and extremely well written, about a jockey being 'warned off' for cheating at a race (I am not spoiling the story - this is all on page one!). He knows he didn't do it - and intends to find out who is behind the false accusations. Francis has you vehemently on the jockey's side, raging against the injustice, the being sneered at, the taunts. And somehow he gets you slowly falling in love, along with the jockey falling in love, as well.
The characters are well fleshed out, the dialogue is believable, the research is impeccable.

Dick Francis writes so well that there does not seem to be a superfluous word in the book. A taut story, crafted by a master, and another absolute smasher!
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on 29 December 2013
For those who love horse racing Francis is a favorite.
For those who love suspense and thrills Francis is the Man.
For those who love very clever plots,well built stories,cliffhangers,and a surprise ending,Francis is a must.
For those who love Francis this is one of his best stories . Enjoy it to the last page.
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on 12 December 2003
Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield have their licenses suspended by the Oxford stewards for supposedly throwing a race. Hughes believes that they were framed and he sets out to clear their names and get the licenses restored. Who would want to ruin their careers? As the truth is revealed we hear a story of sexual deviation, blackmail, fixed evidence and attempted murder.
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on 4 December 2003
Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield have their licenses suspended by the Oxford stewards for supposedly throwing a race. Hughes believes that they were framed and he sets out to clear their names and get the licenses restored. Who would want to ruin their careers? As the truth is revealed we hear a story of sexual deviation, blackmail, fixed evidence and attempted murder.
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on 26 May 2009
The story does start slow, but then so did the book, and like the book it improved the further we progressed into the story.

However the dramatisation missed certain important elements of the story, such as why Kelly's former wife had been nice to Roberta Cranfield and what that tells us about her (Roberta's) character.

All in all not bad, but could also have been better.
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on 14 August 2013
One of the better Dick Francis classics with a taut plot that is fast moving as ever, a smidgeon of romance and the usual heroically gritty, stubborn & resourceful hero who is stitched up to be banned from racing along with a snobby trainer. He sets out to clear their names & find out how, why and by whom so that justice is done!
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on 27 June 2009
This is a double CD edition of the Enquiry book by Dick francis. Much easier to liten to as its a CD and also its a dramatised story so sounds like a play. Anyone who is interetsed in horse racing and justice will enjoy this.
I wish all his books were on CD (hint hint)
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on 9 November 2012
Now half way through and still nothing happening, I am a keen Dick Francis fan and have read most of his books, this one has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. Still hoping for something to happen.
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