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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425197050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425197059
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A classic mystery from a rare and magical talent."—San Diego Union-Tribune



"Nobody sets up a mystery better than Dick Francis."—San Francisco Chronicle

About the Author

Dick Francis (pictured with his son Felix Francis) was born in South Wales in 1920. He was a young rider of distinction winning awards and trophies at horse shows throughout the United Kingdom. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the Royal Air Force as a pilot, flying fighter and bomber aircraft including the Spitfire and Lancaster.

He became one of the most successful postwar steeplechase jockeys, winning more than 350 races and riding for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. After his retirement from the saddle in 1957, he published an autobiography, The Sport of Queens, before going on to write more than forty acclaimed books, including the New York Times bestsellers Even Money and Silks.

A three-time Edgar Award winner, he also received the prestigious Crime Writers’ Association’s Cartier Diamond Dagger, was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2000. He died in February 2010, at age eighty-nine, and remains among the greatest thriller writers of all time.


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Dick Francis was the author of more than forty acclaimed books. Among his numerous awards were three Edgar Awards, the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger, and the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award. He died in February 2010.

Felix Francis has assisted with the research of many of the Dick Francis novels and is the coauthor of Dead Heat, Silks, and Even Money. He lives in England.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Boone VINE VOICE on November 22, 2007
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The story of Enquiry begins after a jockey, Kelly Hughes, and a trainer, Dexter Cranfield, have been stripped of their licenses and banned from any association with racing. Thanks to a flashback, we learn the hearing was pretty much a kangaroo court and the pair was framed for intentionally throwing a race. Hughes decides to find out what really happened and starts digging into things. Along the way, he starts to get chummy with Cranfield's daughter, making for some interesting cross-class romance. From there, things proceed to resolution in a pretty straightforward fashion for a mystery.

Enquiry moves along at a quick pace, and is not a long book at 264 pages. Kelly Hughes is the main character and he's honest, fairly courageous, and reasonably intelligent. He's no detective but he is determined to keep digging until he can find out who set him up. It doesn't take long for you to get firmly in his corner and stay there. The supporting cast is also interesting. It was definitely a nice touch to show the class snobbery between aristocracy and laborers.

This book is a good read and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a mystery. Either first time readers or established fans of Francis should be pleased with what they find here. I can't point out any real flaws in the book because it didn't suffer from any. Buy it, read it, and enjoy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kenney on November 15, 2004
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Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield have their licenses suspended by the Oxford stewards for supposedly throwing a race. Hughes believes that they were framed and he sets out to clear their names and get the licenses restored.

Who would want to ruin their careers? Could it be the envious and greedy jockey Charley west? Could it be rival trainer Jack Roxford or the imperious Lord Gowery?

As the truth is revealed we hear a story of sexual deviation, blackmail, fixed evidence and attempted murder.ENQUIRY is up to the usual standard for a crime novel by Dick Francis.If you are a fan of the author, you will probably enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Earle H. Burger on February 11, 2010
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When you read a Dick Francis novel you know that you are not only getting a great read but you are also getting a book written by a writer who knows his subject. Dick Francis was one of the world's greatest jockeys. Talk about horses and racing - he knew his subject. He was also Queen Elizabeth's and her mother's rider for many years. A great athlete!
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By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 14, 2009
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Jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield are accused of rigging a race. The enquiry by Jockey Club Stewards that should have cleared things up instead turns out to be a nightmare of distortion and false evidence. Both men lose their licenses and are warned off racing.

Cranfield's first impulse is to shoot himself. He's a snob and can't bear the disgrace. Kelly Hughes, however, is a fighter. He finds Cranfield's gun, unloads it and vows to set matters straight. He'll get their licenses back, or die trying.

As Kelly looks into the matter, he takes more than one beating and endangers his life, as do all Dick Francis heroes. But on the plus side, Kelly gets to know Roberta Cranfield, the snobbish trainer's gorgeous, aristocratic daughter.

The reader can look forward to scandalous doings in high society, shocking examples of treachery for pride or pay - and some interesting insights into how good jockeys win races.

All in all, I found ENQUIRY to be an excellent Dick Francis, with well drawn characters from every social class.
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Another early Dick Francis mystery. Vwey well written with a number if twists and turns to keep you involved. Well worth reading.
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In this Dick Francis mystery, jockey Kelly Hughes and trainer Dexter Cranfield are undergoing a closed-door enquiry by the Stewards of racing. The outcome is that both men lose their licenses and are barred from horseracing and also are barred from being around the tracks and the entire racing scene for throwing a race for money, which means that Kelly slowed his horse in order to keep from winning. If a jockey does that, it's for money, but someone has set up Cranfield and Hughes. This also means unemployment for the two men.

This is on par with Dick Francis's other mysteries in that the mystery is slowly developed but never boring. Kelly finds romance and this story makes for an overall excellent reading experience. I haven't read a Dick Francis novel that I haven't liked yet. The character development is excellent and the dialogue is outstanding.

Highly recommended.
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