I discovered Dick Francis a few years ago through my sister who is an equestrian and (naturally) crazy about horses. We exchange the books we each borrow from the library then subject them to a postmortem and believe me, it's great fun sharing our reads this way.
That first book was Driving Force, and it made a fan out of me. His horse-flavoured murder mysteries are written with a highly entertaining combination of vigor and wit. I was pleasantly surprised when I moseyed over to the Edgar Awards list (on the recommendation of the stilettoed writer-crushing Miss Snark who advised that every aspiring writer should read each year's winning titles) and discovered that Francis had received the following awards:
- Best Novel for Forfeit (1970)
- Best Novel for Whip Hand (1981)
- Grand Master (1995)
- Best Novel for Come to Grief (1995)
I'm just getting into the story. Driving Force was a fun read, and I expect no less from this one.