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In the Frame (1976)

by Dick Francis

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Charles Todd is an English artist who is well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses. What he now faces at his cousin Donald's house is also art-the art of a perfectly brutal murderer. Donald's home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked, and a prime suspect. And Todd suddenly finds himself involved in a dangerous man-hunt as he searches, against all odds, for an elusive killer and some murderous answers.… (more)
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Good old Dick Francis.

The offhand social/political commentary is always interesting...this was coincidentally on the Troubles. ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
burglary ring
  ritaer | May 1, 2020 |
I always turn to a Dick Francis novel, when I need a break from the latest writing styles of today. Francis always turns out to be a refreshingly sweet breeze from the past, full of old-fashioned manners, lifestyles, and attitudes, and isn't it nice to go there once in a while, for a short stay? Even if it's in a short novel such as this.
In the Frame is a novel about a painter, instead of the usual jockey, which was a nice change of pace. Francis makes sure to write, in the beginning of the book, about how he spent time with two different real artists, just to be able to tell us how things work. How the artist paints, how he cleans his brushes, and how he feels about other artists. And I think Francis does an amazing job, once again.
In the Frame deals not only with artists, painting, and (of course) horse racing, but also forgery, on a large, overseas scale. Once again, I was fascinated, and wanted to spend more time with the main character, even though the main reason for the mystery was a death. What a lovely time I had, living in this novel. I hope you will have one as well. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
James Todd is a moderately successful painter of racehorses. When his cousin’s wife is killed, presumably during a robbery, James is shaken and his cousin deeply shattered. A painting commission gives James a strange coincidence and a clue to the murder.

He takes off from Britain to Australia to track down the clue, which revolves around famous paintings of horses. He believes that only by solving the murder can his cousin return to sanity.

Lots of action and adventure and narrowly squeaking-by-death.As usual Francis's protagonists are motivated to do the right thing and are almost super-humanly good at it. ( )
  streamsong | Feb 10, 2020 |
Artist Charles Todd arrives at his cousin’s house to find that the house has just been burgled and his cousin’s wife was killed in the process. When Charles realizes that his cousin Donald is the chief suspect in his wife’s murder and that Donald is in no shape to defend himself, he takes matters into his own hands. His unofficial investigation takes him to Australia, where Donald and his wife had recently traveled on business. With the help of his old friend, Jik, and Jik’s new wife, Sarah, Todd uncovers a criminal conspiracy, but the discovery just may cost him his life.

While the characters have an interest in horses and racing, horse racing is not at the forefront of this Francis novel. It’s more thriller, with Todd alternately pursuing and being pursued by the criminals. I loved the Australian setting and the art theme, but I was annoyed by first-person narrator Todd’s habit of withholding some of his discoveries and suspicions from the reader to reveal later in the story. ( )
  cbl_tn | Feb 9, 2020 |
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This is an interesting book. The protagonist of this book is Charles. He is a painter, and he visits his cousins's house. He decides to help his cousins when he knew his cousins's house was stole and his wife was killed. The beginning of the story is very attracting. In my opinion, the author is good at writing. The writer has very great logical ideas about this story.
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Charles Todd is an English artist who is well known and respected for his renderings of sleek and athletic horses. What he now faces at his cousin Donald's house is also art-the art of a perfectly brutal murderer. Donald's home has been burglarized and his wife, Regina, is lying on her back dead, her face the color of cream. Donald is shattered, shocked, and a prime suspect. And Todd suddenly finds himself involved in a dangerous man-hunt as he searches, against all odds, for an elusive killer and some murderous answers.

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