Sunday, April 11, 2010

Review of the Day: Second Wind

Second Wind starts off like a typical Dick Francis novel: A random assortment of characters shows up at a Stately Home of England for a swanky weekend lunch and a prized racehorse ends up poisoned. But before you can button up your tweeds and pet the corgi, it switches to a meteorological adventure when two BBC weathermen decide to spend their vacation flying through a Caribbean hurricane.

In the course of bringing these two storylines together, Francis drags the reader on a rambunctious trip from Newmarket to Florida mansions to the Grand Caymans to a mysterious island of dubious ownership. It is not as tight a plot as Francis usually provides, and there is a lot of ink spent on weather science, but the loose ends get tied up for a satisfactory ending.

This is one of the books I read for the Typically British challenge. Dick Francis certainly qualifies.

Review of Even Money on Book Dilettante 

(If you would like your review of this book or any other Dick Francis book listed here, please leave a comment with a link and I will add it.)


  1. I've reviewed only one of his books - but my husband just oves all his books!

    thanks for including the link. I'll reciprocate!

  2. I've never read any Dick Francis, because I always assumed his books were all about horses.

  3. BD -- Thanks for the review link. I added it.

    Bermuda -- I read a couple of the racehorse books and liked them, but he has others and I tend to like them better.

  4. I haven't read him in ages. I gave you an award:


  5. Caitlin -- I like DF's books when I read them, but I never remember to read them. If that makes sense.

    Thanks for the award!


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