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  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • Under Orders
  • Dick Francis
  • English
  • 15 October 2019
  • 0399154000

Under Orders❴PDF / Epub❵ ☃ Under Orders Author Dick Francis – Essayreview.co.uk Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise than one eyebrow It s the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles s Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raise than one eyebrow It s the third death on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day that really troubles super sleuth Sid Halley Last seen ins Come to Grief, former champion jockey Halley knows the perils of racing all too well but in his day, jockeys didn t usually reach the finishing line with three rounds in the chest But this is precisely how he finds jockey Huw Walker who, only a few hours earlier, had won the coveted Triumph Hurdle Just moments before the gruesome discovery, Halley had been called upon by Lord Enstone to make discreet inquiries into why his horses appeared to be on a permanent losing streak Are races being fixed Are bookies taking a cut And if so, are trainers and jockeys playing a dangerous game with stakes far higher than they are realistic Halley s quest for answers draws him even deeper into the darker side of the race game, in a life or death power play that will push him to his very limits both professionally and personally.


About the Author: Dick Francis

Dick Francis CBE born Richard Stanley Francis was a popular British horse racing crime writer and retired jockeyDick Francis worked on his books with his wife, Mary, before her death Dick considered his wife to be his co writer as he is quoted in the book, The Dick Francis Companion , released in Mary and I worked as a team I have often said that I would have been happy to have both our names on the cover Mary s family always called me Richard due to having another Dick in the family I am Richard, Mary was Mary, and Dick Francis was the two of us together Series Sid Halley Mystery Kit Fielding Mystery.


10 thoughts on “Under Orders

  1. says:

    A gentle meeting with an old friend I adore Sid Halley.Unfortunately, I think one can tell this was written after the death of his wife So sad.

  2. says:

    It s been awhile since I ve read a Dick Francis novel and Under Orders included everything that I ve always loved about his writing Sid Halley is a great hero though not in the usual sense of the term Solid, smart and with a fair amount of guts , he works methodically through his cases The fact that he s a former jockey former because of a life changing injury brings an insight to the world of horse racing that other detectives wouldn t have Of course, this insight is brought about by It s been awhile since I ve read a Dick Francis novel and Under Orders included everything that I ve always loved about his writing Sid Halley is a great hero though not in the usual sense of the term Solid, smart and with a fair amount of guts , he works methodically through his cases The fact that he s a former jockey former because of a life changing injury brings an insight to the world of horse racing that other detectives wouldn t have Of course, this insight is brought about by the fact that Francis himself was a steeplechase jockey This novel also introduced me to the world of online betting and what an eye opener that was A good read for me with lots of deducting and something new to be learned

  3. says:

    I learned a few weeks ago that Dick Francis had written a fourth Sid Halley novel in 2006 I rushed to the library and found a nice large print version I am sorry to say that it was not up to the standard set by the earlier three, perhaps because Francis appears to have been writing it either during or just after his wife s last illness The plot and climax were a bit far fetched the new character Halley s in love was engaging, but what turned me off a bit was two kinds of superfluous verbi I learned a few weeks ago that Dick Francis had written a fourth Sid Halley novel in 2006 I rushed to the library and found a nice large print version I am sorry to say that it was not up to the standard set by the earlier three, perhaps because Francis appears to have been writing it either during or just after his wife s last illness The plot and climax were a bit far fetched the new character Halley s in love was engaging, but what turned me off a bit was two kinds of superfluous verbiage that kept recurring First, several times during the book Sid Halley who, as always, tells the story goes off on a rant about something completely irrelevant to the plot for example, traffic jams in London caused by empty buses Second, whatever research Francis or his assistants have done, whether it s on Internet gambling, DNA, or cancer research Sid s lover is a cancer researcher , is just dumped into the text paragraphs at a time until the reader s head swims Much of what Francis writes about in the books of his that I ve read is new information to me, and I believe it was handled better in earlier novels Fortunately for me, I still have many earlier works of his that I haven t read yet I really like the characters of Halley and his ex father in law Charles Rowland, and that kept me reading

  4. says:

    The least of the Halley s I ve read, which makes it merely excellent Francis may not be at his best here, but he s still damn good.Sid Halley was the only Francis protagonist to make it past two books, and really the only one who should have His other leads are very good, but Halley was the only one among the walking wounded, who really had progress to make The other heroes must overcome situations, Halley has to prevail over himself, which makes him a better series character because there is The least of the Halley s I ve read, which makes it merely excellent Francis may not be at his best here, but he s still damn good.Sid Halley was the only Francis protagonist to make it past two books, and really the only one who should have His other leads are very good, but Halley was the only one among the walking wounded, who really had progress to make The other heroes must overcome situations, Halley has to prevail over himself, which makes him a better series character because there is a place for an arc.Halley, here, is nearing the end of that arc, accepting himself and his faults, settling down with a caring partner, even achieving some kind of closure with his ex Of course, that s when people start to die, scandal starts to boil over, and Sid has to get to work.The characters are splendid, as always, and the racecourse atmosphere is, if anything, better fleshed out here than in the other books The mystery, however, is the weakest in the series thus far, and the climax is somewhat lacking It s still a lot of fun, but is a step down from the last two, especially.Even so, this is a great read for mystery fans You can start here with the character the books are, plot wise, standalone but the first three should not be missed This one s very good, but not quite essential

  5. says:

    I love Dick Francis I really do I think I ve read nearly all of his books Why Because he s a British guy who always writes about horses and mysteries How can it get any better This newest audiobook by Francis is about Sid Halley, the likable ex steeple horse jockey turned private investigator Halley is a respectable gentleman who always solves the crime This time his lovely girlfriend is threatened, but Halley pulls through and solves the case

  6. says:

    Back in England with my good friend Sid Halley Sid is one of my favorite investigators Strong, flawed, and unfailing honest This time Sid is digging into the world of online gambling and the death of a jockey He s got a new love interest, and I think this one is for keeps Finally Sid has so much bad crap happen to him that it s exciting to see him happy We get the usual band of characters in this one, and decent dose of Charles, the ex father in law and pretty much the best retired Naval Back in England with my good friend Sid Halley Sid is one of my favorite investigators Strong, flawed, and unfailing honest This time Sid is digging into the world of online gambling and the death of a jockey He s got a new love interest, and I think this one is for keeps Finally Sid has so much bad crap happen to him that it s exciting to see him happy We get the usual band of characters in this one, and decent dose of Charles, the ex father in law and pretty much the best retired Naval officer ever I must confess, I have a slight crush on Charles We get to see Jenny in a different light finally Danger abounds, and, without giving too much away, they all lived happily ever after, as they do Or some version of it.Standard enjoyable mystery by my good friend Dick Francis Three solid stars

  7. says:

    Audio book read by Martin Jarvis3.5 Opening lines Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raisethan an eyebrow That only one of the deaths was of a horse wasthan enough to bring the local constabulary hotfoot to the track.Sid Halley is a former steeplechase jockey turned detective following an accident which cost him his left hand He and his former father in law are at the track as guests of Lord Enstone but t Audio book read by Martin Jarvis3.5 Opening lines Sadly, death at the races is not uncommon However, three in a single afternoon was sufficiently unusual to raisethan an eyebrow That only one of the deaths was of a horse wasthan enough to bring the local constabulary hotfoot to the track.Sid Halley is a former steeplechase jockey turned detective following an accident which cost him his left hand He and his former father in law are at the track as guests of Lord Enstone but the events of the day draw him into an investigation that involves race fixing and big stakes gambling I really enjoyed this exercise in detection which focuses on the world of steeplechase racing Francis assumes a certain intelligence in his reader always a plus , but gives enough explanation of technicalities of the sport so as not to leave the novice completely in the dust i.e this reader was never confused The pace is good, although I did think it slowed a bit in the middle, and Halley is a likeable, intelligent protagonist The plot was sufficiently intricate to keep me guessing, and I was surprised at the reveal I did think the ending was a little contrived he seemed to have painted himself into a corner or locked himself in a bathroom with no way out But that was a minor flaw I thought he did a fine job with the supporting cast as well I learned enough about Marina, Charles, Jenny and Rosie to believe their involvement and to like them and want to knowabout them As much as I love mysteries, and as often as friends have recommended Dick Francis to me, I had not read any of his books before My understanding was that his novels are stand alone works and not series, so I picked this one because it satisfied a challenge to read a book whose title begins with U Just my luck, Francis did write two series the Kit Fielding duet Break In and Bolt and the Sid Halley series, of which Under Orders is number 4 and the last he completed before his death in 2010 I ll definitely go back and start at the beginning Although I had a vague feeling I might be missing some interesting background stories, I don t think my enjoyment of this book suffered for not having read the previous Sid Halley works Martin Jarvis did a credible job of the audio performance His voice is pleasant, he reads at a good speed, and he has enough training as a voice artist to differentiate the characters

  8. says:

    I didn t really enjoy this book very much I am an avid Dick Francis fan and have been for decades, and I regularly re read his books I adored all the earlier Sid Halley books, and thought that the finish in Come to Grief was the perfect ending for him This book feels to me as though it were written by someone who had been told about the earlier books but had never read them Charles Rowland spelled Roland in earlier books has had such a drastic personality change I was wondering whether he I didn t really enjoy this book very much I am an avid Dick Francis fan and have been for decades, and I regularly re read his books I adored all the earlier Sid Halley books, and thought that the finish in Come to Grief was the perfect ending for him This book feels to me as though it were written by someone who had been told about the earlier books but had never read them Charles Rowland spelled Roland in earlier books has had such a drastic personality change I was wondering whether he had had a stroke Where was the cultured, reserved, dignified rock we have come to know and love in earlier books Swearing in front of women and getting drunk I also had trouble with the dismissal of the characters met in Come to Grief No word about the success or failure of Rachael s bone marrow transplant, all the effort put into preparing Jonathon to be recruited, the slow development of the India Cathcart relationship, all just dumped All in all, I feel that this book would have been better if it had not been a Sid Halley book if the plot had been used with completely new characters

  9. says:

    Dick Francis novels are always enjoyable but not so memorable The victims are bad, the protagonists are clever and the horses are fast Except for the horses who are slow Sid Halley appears in several Dick Francis stories He is a former jockey who lost a hand in a racing accident Having to retire he became a private investigator specializing in horse racing issues In Under Orders Sid investigates the murder of a jockey and finds all kinds of corruption The suspects include a member of the Dick Francis novels are always enjoyable but not so memorable The victims are bad, the protagonists are clever and the horses are fast Except for the horses who are slow Sid Halley appears in several Dick Francis stories He is a former jockey who lost a hand in a racing accident Having to retire he became a private investigator specializing in horse racing issues In Under Orders Sid investigates the murder of a jockey and finds all kinds of corruption The suspects include a member of the House of Lords Danger and suspense and in the end Too much to spoil

  10. says:

    For pretty much as long as I can remember, Dick Francis books have been around, in every new and used bookstore or library the unmistakeable design of the US hardcover editions features brightly colored covers, with a stylized horse or horses on the front, because every book includes horses set in the world of horse racing, or horse breeding, or someone has a valuable horse that is in danger in short, horses abound And that s OK, because Mr Francis started his career as a jump jockey, and For pretty much as long as I can remember, Dick Francis books have been around, in every new and used bookstore or library the unmistakeable design of the US hardcover editions features brightly colored covers, with a stylized horse or horses on the front, because every book includes horses set in the world of horse racing, or horse breeding, or someone has a valuable horse that is in danger in short, horses abound And that s OK, because Mr Francis started his career as a jump jockey, and was the Queen Mother s personal jockey for a number of years, and turned to racing journalism when he retired from steeplechasing.About 5 years after he retired from racing, Francis came out with his first mystery novel, and for the next 38 years he published a book a year, developing a fan base that waited eagerly for the first week of October to see what he would deliver this time Sadly, in 2000 his wife Mary died, and it was revealed that she had always been his writing partner, even though her name never appeared on the cover From 2000 to 2005 there were no new Dick Francis books, and I didn t anticipate he would ever publish again, so those of us who loved his stories would just have to re read the ones already in existence Over and over and over.Then out of the blue for me, at least in 2006, there was a new Sid Halley book I suspect that Francis went back to his most popular character the only one who featured in multiple books, with the exception of the two Kit Fielding novels Break In and Bolt because its enthusiastic reception would be pretty much guaranteed Under Orders doesn t quite rise to the level of the previous Sid Halley books, Odds Against, Whip Hand, and Come to Grief, but it s still head and shoulders above much of the drivel that s published these days It s like running into an old friend and discovering that you are still comfortable together and enjoy their company, despite many years of absence.Sadly, the books since this, co written with his son Felix and later I m sure written solely by Felix , have been disappointing to say the least

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