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Shannon White
Jun 29, 2003 at 01:40
Just finished "for Kicks". Wondering if main character, Daniel Roke, appears in any other DF books. Thanks!

D. F. Millhollon

Jul 02, 2003 at 14:43
I read them all at least once each year.

Sandra Box
Jul 02, 2003 at 22:49
Favorite: All Of Them
I first read your work in Readers Digest Condensed Books, and I was hooked. I'd like to know what happened with one of the characters that had befriended a lady that boarded horses (I think) - and she had a terminally ill daughter; he had befriended them both and had bought the girl a goldfish because she was too sick for a pet. I don't remember the name of the book, but the child was very ill and in the hospital and it didn't sound too promising. I'm sure there was another book that dealt with these characters; but I haven't read it. If anyone knows the name, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks for so much enjoyment!!!

Jul 03, 2003 at 03:26
To answer Shannon - No, Daniel Roke doesn't appear in any other books. With the way For Kicks ended, though, it sure seems like he could have.

Jul 03, 2003 at 03:31
To answer Sandra: The book you are thinking of is Come to Grief with main character Sid Halley. The other Sid Halley books are Odds Against and Whip Hand.

Pamela Arnost
Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
Jul 05, 2003 at 20:25
Favorite: High Stakes
Actually, I have no favorite. I love them all! But I did especially like the toy inventor.

Jackie R
Jul 09, 2003 at 12:42
I have found a few articles on actor Lee Kinsolving but I crave more. Did he have any children? Where is he buried. Please help

Rodney John Griffiths
Victoria Australia
Jul 11, 2003 at 23:54
Favorite: Omnibus
I have been a dick Francis fan for as long as I could remember! Myself one of Australia's leading Jockeys for many years with 1500 winners and 14,0000 race rides in seven different countries was forced to retire due to injury in september 2000, through boredom and a hard life I decided to write a book on my life and some wonderful true racing stories. The book is called "One ride to another" it will be published and on the book stores by the middle of August this yaer. I was wondering if possible at all, if I was to send a copie to Mr. Francis if he would be kind enough to sign one and I will give him one to keep. It will be for a close cousin that is dying of cancer! It would be much appreciated, could one of your freindly staff please be in contact with me. Yours truly

Jul 12, 2003 at 17:59
Favorite: all
used to work on a bin lorry found a dick francis book in the bins.now i've got most of them liked them all

Kit Ehrman
Columbus, IN
Jul 13, 2003 at 23:15
Favorite: For Kicks, Dead Cert, Longshot
I owe so much to Dick Francis, it's not funny. It's amazing how much one person can change your life. I discovered his books in the late 70's, quit my job working for the government, and got a job on a horse farm. I've worked with and owned horses ever since. What's even more bizzare, I wrote a mystery set in the horse world, At Risk, and it was published last October. The sequel should be out early next year.

Jul 16, 2003 at 21:52

Colleen Collura
Pittsburgh, PA
Jul 22, 2003 at 21:46
I'm trying to find a Dick Francis book that I know I read years ago. It had a dotty old woman in it who turns out to be a poet. The woman's son-in-law is taking credit for her poems. The woman also continually shows up at her ex-husband's home. The main character ends up talking to someone in a monastery. I have most of Dick Francis's books and reread them frequently. I've looked through descriptions of the books I don't have and I guess the details I remember don't make it into the descriptions. Does anyone know the name of this book? Please let me know if you do. Thanks.

Jul 26, 2003 at 11:04
Hi, Colleen! I can't think of any Dick Francis book that has anything like what you are remembering. You are welcome to join our email group and post your question there, though. They might remember something that I'm not remembering. To join, go to: http://dickfrancisbooks.com/dick-francis-group.html or send a blank e-mail to: dick-francis-group-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


Jul 28, 2003 at 14:59
My Grandfather passed away last week and I will be speaking at his funeral this week. Whenever I came to visit him, he was always reading a book, most of the time a Dick Francis book. He read every one at least three times. If anyone knows of a Francis quote or passage that would be appropriate to read at his funeral would you mind letting me know? It would mean a lot to both of us. Thanks, Jo.

M. Heikens
Jul 28, 2003 at 19:18
Wish I could find Reflex, Decider, and Springfever (or the Dutch translations: Relfex, Doofpot, Goudkoorts op de renbaan) to make my collection complete. Suggestions where I can find these titles are welcome.

wisconsin, u.s.a.
Aug 03, 2003 at 15:02
Favorite: All !!
I acquired my first DF book as a raffle prize and was none too excited about it - until I read it! That was 10 Lb. Penalty. Have read over 30 of his books in the five years since then. Have since discovered that both my father and ex-father-in-law are fans and have received many books from them both. What fun it is reading them...will definitely re-read them when I've read them all once. Have owned a horse, have been to several race tracks (both thoroughbred and harness), but mainly just enjoy the mysteries.

Aug 10, 2003 at 07:32
Favorite: Nerve
Once I start reading a Dick Francis book I just cant put it down

Jim Hays
Homestead, FloridaSee Below
Aug 14, 2003 at 20:02
Favorite: See Below
The ABSOLUTE BEST story I've ever read(can't rem. the name) is the Mystery in a mystery in a mystery. The Train ride across Canada with the various races. I gave the book to a friend who has never HEARD of Dick and she loved it. I put a note on the book stating that it was the best I've ever read, and it sems to be working at the exchange point.My brother in-law ans his wife raise horses in Ocala Fla. and I believe that I know much more about racing than they do Just because of all the Dick Francis books I've read. Thank YOU Mr. Francis.

Millie Hanrahan
Aug 26, 2003 at 20:08
Favorite: 10 lb penalty
Really they are all my favorites.The reason I am visiting is because I have become concerned because of the extended time since Mr. Francis published his last book,(Shattered)and I was wondering if there is a reason that he has not written for so long.I miss his books

Millie Hanrahan
Aug 26, 2003 at 20:08
Favorite: 10 lb penalty
Really they are all my favorites.The reason I am visiting is because I have become concerned because of the extended time since Mr. Francis published his last book,(Shattered)and I was wondering if there is a reason that he has not written for so long.I miss his books

Jane Chambers
Aug 29, 2003 at 06:32
Favorite: Bolt & Break In
Is he doing a new book, seems ages since the last one!

Phill Lee
Carlisle Cumbria
Aug 31, 2003 at 18:17
To the Hilt
I have really enjoyed reading his by Dick Frances

Linda H
Sep 04, 2003 at 22:15
Break In
I only recently discovered Dick Francis' books when I visited our local library looking for a good book to read.....needless to say, I have had MANY good books to read thanks to Dick Francis and his wonderful talent.

Appleblossom Art

Sep 08, 2003 at 07:47
Are you kidding? All of them!
Great website! Keep expanding it.


Sep 13, 2003 at 23:51
Whip Hand, Hot Money, In the Frame
How can one pick only one favorite DF book. Can't be done. Anyway, has anyone heard how Dick is doing? Is he still writing?

David Hunt

Sep 22, 2003 at 12:35
Favorite: All!!!
Are there any Dick Francis fans out there who would be interested in buying my personal DF book collection which includes ALL 41 paperbacks, 25 of the hardcovers and many extras and surprises. All books are in good condition and all hardcovers have acid-free book jacket covers on the dust jackets. I am retired now and wish to dispose of this modest collection before my kids have to deal with it. If you are interested, E-mail me, for a complete listing. Thanks.

David Hunt

Sep 22, 2003 at 12:49
Favorite: All!!!
I gave you the wrong E-mail address on the previous message regarding selling my DF book collection. Sorry about that! Please send to this E-mail address if you are interested in a complete listing of my collection. Thanks

Frances Roberts
Livingston Texas
Sep 22, 2003 at 13:55
Favorite: Hot Money
I think I have all of them in paperback. I reread every year or so. They are always fresh. I read a commentary once that his heroes are so "competant". Perhaps that's what I like since I don't feel very competant most of the time.. I like the way he describes the female character's clothes but, they could use a little more depth.

Colleen Fisch
Oct 02, 2003 at 00:41
Is he still alive? Is he releasing another book ever?


Oct 03, 2003 at 06:58
I am a librarian working in the UK and have had a query regarding two Dick Francis novels, the borrower would like to know the titles... Both books involve Sid Halley (?) and in the first he has a fall in a race and a horse tramples his left hand. In the second he has been employed as a security guard on a racecourse... Any ideas?!

Oct 03, 2003 at 12:48
Hi, Richard! There are three Sid Halley books. They are: Odds Against, Whip Hand, and Come to Grief.

Oct 03, 2003 at 12:56
Hi, Colleen! He is still alive, but has retired.

England* * as of oct. 15
Oct 07, 2003 at 14:29
I am a second-generation Dick Francis lover. I love all of his novels, and I only dream of writing with such an addictive response.

Oct 09, 2003 at 10:20
Favorite: Can't Decide - They're all great!!!
I was thrilled to find this site - I'm new to computers and just wandered into it. I read all his books about once a year. I don't know any other fans of his (although I might have some converts soon) and I loved reading messages from people who feel the same. I'll absolutely be a frequent visitor! Thanks!

Houston Texas
Oct 10, 2003 at 11:19
I understand why he may not, but I do hope he continues to write.

POTIN François
Douala Cameroun
Oct 10, 2003 at 12:56
Favorite: Hot Money
i have been reading Mr FRANCIS books since about 15 years and every year i await his new one. After reading one of his book, i always feel relax. Many thanks

Deby Zimmerman
Penrose, Colorado USA
Oct 12, 2003 at 00:45
Favorite: ALL
I can't name one over another as my favorite because each one is unique unto itself and just as engaging as the last. I have a difficult time putting one down until it is finished, causing me to be late and behind on other things to do once I start a new book or go back over one previously read. It is great finding a site where an email to the author will actually get to him. It would be nice to hear back from him but I will be satisfied knowing he will hear from me and know how much I enjoy and appreciate his works. I am so very glad for the chance to express myself to Mr. Francis as I have been an instand fan since 1984 thanks to my Grampa Charlie who was reading his works back then. Although Grampa is now gone, he is with me every time I pick up another book by Mr. Francis. There is a two-fold benefit in this as I get another enjoyable story to read and can "share" my time with Grampa again. Thank you Mr. Francis. God bless you and your family. Respectfully, Deby Zimmerman

Jean Smith
North Carolina, USA
Oct 18, 2003 at 19:49
Favorite: The Edge
Have enjoyed all his books for a long time. They are wonderful. Hope there will be a new one soon.


Oct 21, 2003 at 05:18
Favorite: Knock-down or Comeback
My mum is fanatical about Dick Francis books, and I've just started reading them (and listening to the ones on tape) and I'm becoming a bit of a fan too. I was wondering if Dick was releasing any more new stories.. if so, WHEN? PLEASE let it be SOON!!!

Cathy Costello
Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Oct 22, 2003 at 08:03
Favorite: Wild Horses
The ending is so dramatically and beautifully written that it has me in tears every time.

Midnight, MS
Oct 22, 2003 at 13:04
Favorite: bonecrack
Nice to see a site dedicated to the man who loved to expose the shenanigans going on in the world of racing. We try to do a similar thing over at http://www.midnightplumbers.com so feel free to drop by

Nov 01, 2003 at 14:45
Favorite: reflex
just missing my annual new francis

Jayne McHugh
Galway, Ireland
Nov 06, 2003 at 10:49
Favorite: Bolt ,and the sequel, Break In
I just have to say that as a horse fanatic and breeder, I find myself completelu under the spell of any Dick Francis book I read. There is such wit and intelligence in the writing of these books that it is impossible not to read on. My very first book was "Bolt" and I must admit I picked it up by accident in the bookshop but thank God for life's mishaps because it was one of the best mistakes I ever made! I'd better finish up now because I am aware that I'm going off on my own little tangent here! Keep up the good work, A faithful fan, JAYNE:)

Sue Todd
Tallahassee, FL
Nov 14, 2003 at 14:51
Have thoroughly enjoyed all Dick Francis' books and am looking forward to reading a new one soon.

Artemis Fowl

Nov 18, 2003 at 18:51
Favorite: Reflex
Great site. Just out of interest the favourite quote on the page relating to "The Danger" - "We drove to Brighton and talked of many things for which there had never been peace enough before; of likes and dislikes, places, books, people; cabbages and kings." The character is paraphrasing the poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" from Alice in Wonderland Just thought it might be of interest :)

Nina Danielsen
Gyland, Norway
Nov 26, 2003 at 10:26
Favorite: Odds against
I`v been hooked on Dick Francis` books since the first was translated to norwegian long ago. I was born with horses in my blood, have had horses for 30 years (trotters)and been racing them. Best novel is hard to tell, but it had to be one of the first I ever read. It made a great impression to discover his authorship and I have about 35 books, some both in norwegian and english and others in either one or the other. Wish I could have seen him race, but that I never did.

J Hanson

Nov 28, 2003 at 11:39
no particular book
is he retired?


Dec 01, 2003 at 17:21
Not fair to ask which is my favorite - I have read all of the books several times over! The mysteries are well-done and surprising, and he makes characters seems real, warts and all. I also enjoy how he works his research into the story without being didactic. I learned more about wines from reading "Proof" than from any article, for example. Thank you, Mr Francis, for sharing your talent.

Jorge de Castro
Lisbon - Portugal
Dec 08, 2003 at 12:13
Favorite: NERVE
A situation which can happen to many people!

Dec 09, 2003 at 08:47
The danger
DANK U ik ben door op men xmn dankzij u site Luf ya

Deborah Fox

Dec 16, 2003 at 10:37
Favorite: To the Hilt
I have always read the current bestsellers by DF, but recently visitied the public library to read the older titles. I have fallen in love all over again with DF's heros - and been entertained all summer long as I've worked my way through the 3 marvelous shelves of offerings. Depth, integrity, pace, intelligence...Many thanks, DF!!!!!!

Lindie Visser
Centurion, South Africa
Dec 18, 2003 at 07:39
Favorite:Break In
I fell in love with Kit Fielding and Syd Halley. They are my favourite heroes regardless of author and I would very much like either or both of them to appear in more books. Dick Francis describes racing so well that anyone with an affinity for horses absolutely ravishes his books. Please, don't ever stop writing!

Bob Reynolds

Dec 20, 2003 at 13:54
Has Dick Fancis wrote another book since The Sport of Queens. Thanks Bob

Bob Reynolds

Dec 20, 2003 at 13:55
Has Dick Fancis wrote another book since The Sport of Queens. Thanks Bob

Bob Reynolds

Dec 20, 2003 at 13:56
Has Dick Francis wrote (sorry) written any books since The Sport of Queens Thanks bob

Barbara Domingues
West Monroe, LA USA
Dec 30, 2003 at 16:26
all of them!!!!
A friend introduced me to Dick Francis a few years ago and what has delighted me most is his style of writing such as "he crunched down the drive" (I can hear him walking). I love the characters that seem so unassuming and yet are brilliant. Someone once asked me who I'd like to have dinner with if I could choose anyone in the world and I said, "Dick Francis." I'd like to know if he talks the way he writes! I hope you never stop writing, even if you live to be 150 years old!!!!! I DO own a few books that I re-read - can't determine which is the favorite because they all are!

Alissa Mize

Dec 30, 2003 at 23:27
Favorite: I love the books with Kit Fielding
My grandmother got me interested in Dick Francis about 6 years ago. She has since passed away and she left me all of her books. What a treasured collection! I nearly have them all and once I start reading one I can't do anything else until I finish it. I particularly like the books that are sort of series. I always hate to finish a book because I want to know what happens next. The series help with that. Thanks Alissa Mize

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