Saturday, March 2, 2024

No Reserve by Felix Francis – Book Review


A Dick Francis Novel

Race Horses in stalls

Author Felix Francis continues following in his father's footsteps with the series of books which are always placed in the horse racing world in Great Britain.  Each main character in these books written first by Dick Francis, and then continued on by his son, Felix Francis, is related in some way to horse racing.  The character may be a jockey, a horse trainer or owner, or in some way work in a related field. 

In this latest book, No Reserve, the reader gets to follow the actions and adventures of an auctioneer in Newmarket at the bloodstock yearling sales.

Synopsis of No Reserve

The higher the stakes, the greater the risk.... 

Theo Jennings has been working for a bloodstock sales company these past three years, hoping to continue climbing the ladder in his chosen field. On Day 1 of the Newmarket October sales he makes his first-ever multimillion-dollar sale of a yearling colt. A few days after the sale, Theo finds out that the colt has died. After having accidentally overhearing a conversation about that colt and insurance, he becomes suspicious that foul play was involved. 

Theo begins to investigate the death of the colt, with the help of a young woman friend who works in the accounting department of the sales company. But no one really wants to talk to him or answer any questions. Then a person's body is found in the same stable where the colt was found dead. 

Suddenly, Theo finds fingers pointed at him and his world turns upside down with the accusations. The only way to clear his name is to find the real murderer. 


Another exciting adventure in the English world of race horses by mystery writer, Felix Francis. A thoroughbred thriller for sure! 

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*Book Review of No Reserve written by Wednesday Elf

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  1. How very interesting that the son continued his fathers book series. I remember my husband reading all of the Dick Francis novels. Thanks for the information.

  2. Sounds like a very unique plot for a book. I don't know much about horse racing, only what I have learned from television. How sad for the little colt to have been killed for insurance money. I would, no doubt, be encouraging Theo's investigation and would get angry over accusations thrown his way. I feel like I am already invested in this book. I want the colt murderer in prison for life!

  3. Oh I'm sure I would enjoy this book and I know my grandaughters would as well. Anything to do with horses is right up their alley. A good mystery is right up mine. Thanks Pat Austin for this review, it's going on my growing list of Must read Books!

  4. A murder mystery with both equine and human victims? This sounds like a great plot, although my heart goes out to both victims as well as to poor Theo, wrongly accused and besmirched. Thanks so much for the review and recommendation.

  5. This sounds intriguing. I could easily find myself wrapped up in this story. Would make an excellent movie as well.

  6. I am already wanting the little colts murderer to be found and punished! A double murder case with such a good plot and mystery like this sounds compelling reading. Thank you for your book review and recommendation.


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