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Bloodline by Felix Francis

Bloodline (edition 2012)

by Felix Francis

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Authors:Felix Francis
Info:Michael Joseph [Penguin Books]
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Tags:Thriller, England, UK, 21st Century

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I miss his father. This was a fair approximation of Dick Francis's work, but it seemed more violent and the ending more out of the blue. The love interest was startling, rather than building naturally. Martin Jarvis put in a sterling performance. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Enjoyable, although the main character in this one is not very engaging. A quick read. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 6, 2014 |
Another good romp with the British racing world, and Dick Francis' son seems to have the same knack as dad for keeping it real- and providing just enough helpful details about the racing world for the uninformed reader, without dragging down the pace. While I didn't admire this particular protagonist as much as some of Dick Francis' most memorable heroes, he was still a sympathetic character who manages to solve the mystery and save his own life in the end!
  BDartnall | Jan 12, 2014 |
BLOODLINE was another engaging mystery by Felix Francis who is continuing his father's legacy for heart-pounding mysteries. Mark Shillingford is a race caller and television presenter. His twin sister is a champion flat racing jockey. When she, seemingly, commits suicide, Mark needs to know why. Investigating will lead him into danger and bring out strengths he didn't know he had.

Mark and Clare are the youngest of their family and have a contentious relationship with their father. Neither of them chose to follow his path to university and a city career. Both wanted to be jockeys but Mark grew to be too big and too heavy. He drifted into race calling and television reporting and has been a great success. He is not an argumentative person and is rather indecisive. He presents the picture of being very laid back. He drifted into a relationship with a married woman and, although he is 31, he still lives in the apartment he and Clare moved to when they left home at seventeen.

His sister's death galvanized him and his investigation leads to discoveries of race fixing, blackmail and murder. Along the way his is strangled near to death and the near victim of a hit-and-run but neither cause him to back off in his investigation.

I really like Mark as a main character. His determination to find out what really happened to his sister Clare changes him and his family. I liked his dogged persistence as he unraveled the mysteries surrounding his sister.

I also really like that all of these mysteries shed light on some field of endeavor. It was interesting to find out all about the ins and outs of doing live television coverage of horse racing.

Fans of mysteries can't do wrong with Dick or Felix Francis. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jun 23, 2013 |
Would I have read with a critical eye if the author was Dick Francis instead of Felix Francis? I'm not sure, but there definitely seemed to be a difference (if slight) in quality.

All of the Dick Francis hallmarks are there:
-a great hook: Mark, a racing commentator, realizes his twin sister Clare, a jockey, is purposely riding to lose, an illegal offense. Why?
-a sibling relationship: Mark and Clare are twins
-a profession related to racing: Mark is a racing commentator, so readers learn a bit about live TV behind the scenes
-the role of newspapers and reporters: as usual, one highbrow paper whose reporter has integrity, and one tabloid paper whose reporter is a rat
-murder: or is it suicide? No, we're pretty sure it's murder.
-amateur detective aided by police: in this case, Mark is pretty competent, and the police are pretty unhelpful
-the bachelor protagonist: attractive to women, and naturally good in bed

However, though I raced through it (no pun intended), it wasn't as clever or satisfying as some of the old ones, such as Hot Money, Decider, Banker, Twice Shy. In those, the women were stronger characters (and did less screaming. Can't they at least "exclaim"?), the reader learned more about whatever the main character's specialty was - betting systems, color photography, piloting a plane, veterinary science, whatever - and the twist/reveal was more spectacular, and yet there were seeds planted throughout. The culprit in Bloodline kind of comes out of nowhere.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. If you feel compelled to read British racetrack mysteries, you could certainly do worse.

( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
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With my special thanks to
Mike Cattermole,
race caller and TV presenter,
to all my friends at

Channel 4 Racing
BBC Radio 5 Live
for their help and encouragement,
and, as always, to Debbie
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"When race caller and television presenter Mark Shillingford calls a race in which his twin sister, Clare, an accomplished and successful jockey, comes in second when she could have won, he believes the worst: that she lost on purpose, and the race was fixed. That night, Mark confronts Clare with his suspicions, she storms off after an argument--and it's the last time Mark sees her alive. Hours later, Clare jumps to her death from the balcony of a London hotel; or so it seems. Devastated and guilty over her death, Mark goes in search of answers. What had led Clare to take her own life? Or was it not suicide at all? "--"A Dick Francis novel from the author of Dick Francis's GAMBLE"--… (more)

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