Sunday, February 14, 2010

Dick Francis Is Gone

I was going to post something about Valentine's Day, but then I heard the news that one of my favorite mystery writers had died. I first read a Dick Francis' mystery many years ago from the high school library. I immediately searched for more of them. As soon as one came out, I had to read it.

I never tired of his characters, many of whom were ex-jockeys like himself. They had an admirable sang froid manner of dealing with whatever life handed out and rising above the evil and/or pain. Here's a link to an article about Dick Francis:

I note that his son, Felix, plans to carry on writing novels. It will be interesting to see how well he does without his Dad's collaboration. Felix has some very large shoes to fill, figuratively speaking. Having been a jockey, I doubt if Dick Francis had very large feet. He may have been small physically, but his stature in the mystery community was great.

Though I never met Dick Francis, I'll miss him.


  1. I'm sorry to hear that, he was certainly an institution.

  2. I, too, loved his books. We still have a collection of them that we re-read now and then.

  3. It's been a long time since I read one of his books, but I know I enjoyed them. It'll be interesting to see if his son stays with his father's writing style or allows his own voice to become stronger.

  4. It seems like there are a lot of icons dying lately. I haven't read a Francis book lately, but he was a good writer.

    Straight From Hel

  5. Virginia Walton Pilegard6:47 PM

    I'm so sorry to learn of his death. I was raised with horses and remember thinking after reading a few pages of my first Dick Francis, this man knows horses, and after a few more pages, this man knows horses better than I do!

    God bless him for the joy he brought us all.

  6. I was sorry to hear about Dick Francis passing away he was such a brilliant writer.


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