John Francome has now published well over a dozen stories based around the racing industry and this one is certainly entertaining. It is a thriller loosely based on the nitty-gritty detail of the sport, although many of the twists and turns take place off the racecourse and involve exciting domestic dramas.

Curiosity and clever writing will compel you to keep reading this tough and torrid tale. The horses provide the background for this murder mystery, which races to a satisfyingly dramatic finish. This is not the sort of book that will change your life, but it is a fun read, just right for enjoying on wet winter evenings curled up indoors.

It is worth recommending as a relaxing read, which will become a welcome Christmas present appreciated and enjoyed by many, not just those fascinated by the racing game.

Published by Headline (ISBN 0755326938)