Mindless. Readers who like a slow-paced mystery that requires little brain activity are those most likely to enjoy Felix Francis’ debut novel in the family business titled, Dick Francis’s Gamble. Consistent with prior novels from the family, this one uses the backdrop of horse racing to present and solve a mystery. The characters are developed just enough to prompt a reader to care, the dialogue not quite realistic, and the exposition more than ample to fill in the modest plot twists and obvious clues. I’ve read the Francis novels regularly and quickly as an entertaining diversion. This book provided that and met my expectations.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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