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Trapped at the Altar

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Read a little of legendary romance author Jane Feather's latest novel, Trapped at the Altar.

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Deadly Finish

John Francome
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John Francome
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Outsider

John Francome
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John Francome
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Break Neck

John Francome
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John Francome
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Cover Up

John Francome
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John Francome

A thoroughbred thriller that keeps your heart racing to the finish...Cover Up is a gripping racing thriller from ex-jockey and racing broadcaster John Francome. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown and Dick Francis' classic crime novels.'Jealousy, blackmail and teenage emotions are well-stirred into this exciting mix. In a word - readable' - Herald Sun (Australia) What's the worst way to die? At the end of a rope driven by your own shame and despair? Or savaged in the jaws of a black-hearted stallion who has hated you for years? If only the bankrupt gambler and the stable girl were alive to give us the answer...For a jockey they say there's no thrill like riding a big winner but Rob Harding has found something better - that's breeding one. His two-year-old colt Goldeneye is the product of Rob's own stud farm and, as the horse takes the July Stakes at Newmarket in some style, it seems he can lift Rob's failing business out of the mire. But no amount of prize money can deflect the tragedy that's waiting round the corner.Rob's head girl Ivana, a horse-mad beauty from the Czech Republic, would also revel in Goldeneye's triumph except for the terrifying reappearance of her sadistic ex-lover Milos. She's run a long way to escape from him - but it looks like she hasn't run far enough...What readers are saying about Cover Up:'A great book with many twists and turns''The pace of the plot stops you from putting it down''Just brilliant'

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Dark Horse

John Francome
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John Francome

Getting away with murder is a real art...John Francome will keep you on your toes with an unstoppable chain of events throughout Dark Horse. The perfect read for fans of Lynden Stacey and Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'A taut and twisting plot gallops along all the way to the finish line' - Daily Express Ten years ago, a car crash left a girl dead and four friends from racing school with a dark secret. Since then they have gone their separate ways and have managed to put the memory of that day to the backs of their minds. But when a hit-and-run sparks off a chain of unstoppable events, and a journalist starts asking questions, these men know that the truth of that day is about to come to light.In the world of flat racing, everything rides on reputation and there are those who would do just about anything to save their own necks and keep a secret buried...What readers are saying about Dark Horse:'A pacy and exciting racing mystery that's well up to Francome's high standard''As always a super read''Recommend if you like a keep-you-guessing mystery with a racing background'

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Dead Ringer

John Francome
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John Francome
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Dead Weight

John Francome
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John Francome

There is no hiding place for a jump jockey when his courage deserts him...Dead Weight is a gripping racing thriller addressing the mental challenges faced by jump jockeys, from ex-jockey and racing broadcaster John Francome. The perfect read for fans of Dick Francis and Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown. 'Authentic, thrilling and compulsive' - Bookseller After a crashing fall, champion rider Phil Nicholas returns to racing, but though his body has healed, his mind has not. Flashbacks of his accident invade his dreams, rob him of his sleep - and freeze him in the saddle. While Phil is battling to overcome his fear, his weighing-room colleague Adrian Moore is viciously attacked after losing a race he should have won. It's the start of a vendetta by someone determined to hurt those who break the rules of racing. If Phil wants to save the sport - and the woman he loves - it's time for him to recover his nerve...What readers are saying about Dead Weight:'Great characters and tons of nail-biting racecourse action, sex and jokes''A thrill on every page''Just like reading a Dick Francis novel. Great read from beginning to end'

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False Start

John Francome
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John Francome
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Free Fall

John Francome
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John Francome

The need to win can push some people over the edge...John Francome explores greed and expectation in his electrifying racing thriller Free Fall. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'Curiosity and clever writing will compel you to keep reading this tough and torrid tale... a fun read' - Horse & Hound Jockey Pat Vincent has ambitions to win the best races and become a wealthy sporting hero. But Pat knows his dreams will never be fulfilled so he's devised a brilliant new scam which, if discovered, would see him warned off for life. But first it's guaranteed to make him rich.Pat's girlfriend Zoe is starting her second full season as an apprentice jockey. A talented rider, she has a chance of becoming champion apprentice, if she's not side tracked by the disasters of her sister Harriet's unhappy marriage...Along the crumbling cliffs in Somerset a man walks his dog. Every day Andy Burns - Pat's partner-in-crime, Harriet's tortured husband - wrestles with the demons that haunt his life. But Andy would be better off keeping his thoughts on the ground - it's a long way down to the beach below. What readers are saying about Free Fall:'So many twists and turns the reader isn't sure which way the storyline will go''Brilliant!''He [Francome] gets better and better'

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High Flyer

John Francome
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John Francome
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Inside Track

John Francome
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John Francome

Inside Track is another jaw-dropping racing thriller from ex-jockey and TV broadcaster John Francome, with all the drama and colour of the racing world. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'There are some genuinely exhilarating descriptions of races that capture the tension and excitement, and could be written only with a jockey's insight' - Daily Mail Pippa Hutchinson is an aspiring young trainer, certain that given the right horses she is as good as anyone in the business. Until, that is, an owner removes two horses to another yard, and one shows dramatic improvement. She enlists the help of her brother, Jamie, once a star flat jockey, now trying to revive his racing career over fences after a harrowing term in prison. But former wild boy Jamie has his own demons to deal with, like the new challenge of jumps riding, the hostility of those who can never forgive him for a young lad's death - and the black wall within him that separates him from his past.What readers are saying about Inside Track:'The best book he [John Francome] has written so far''An outstanding, compelling book from start to finish''Well written, well-paced and the way he portrays the differing characters is astounding'

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Lifeline

John Francome
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John Francome
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Rough Ride

John Francome
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John Francome

When it comes to corruption and murder there's no easy way out...Jockey Archie Best gets caught up in a web of corruption in John Francome's exhilarating racing thriller Rough Ride. The perfect read for fans of Lynden Stacey and Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown. 'The racing feel is authentic and it's a pacy, entertaining read' - Evening Standard When amateur jockey Archie Best receives a surprise legacy from an old family friend, it proves to have some unwelcome strings attached. The strange bequest points an accusing finger at Clive Drury, an influential and affluent businessman who mixes with cabinet ministers and has his wealthy fingers in every conceivable pie. Helped by his would-be girlfriend, Georgie - and distracted by the rather obvious charms of Drury's daughter, Amanda - Archie sets out to substantiate the extraordinary claims. But only gradually does he discover the extent of the web of corruption, and the deadly nature of his adversary...What readers are saying about Rough Ride:'Gripped my attention all the way through''Excellent plot, making the book difficult to put down''Really enjoyable read - I love the settings of these books'

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Safe Bet

John Francome
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John Francome

Would you risk it all to get the truth?The sudden death of a jockey-in-decline leaves his best friend with some very serious questions in Safe Bet, John Francome's compelling racing thriller. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown. 'Francome provides a vivid panorama of the racing world... and handles the story's twist deftly' - The Times Only when it's too late does Mike Powell realise that he's wasted his talents as a jockey and spoilt his marriage. His riding career is in decline; his beautiful wife, Tessa, has left him. And, to cap it all, he's almost bankrupt, having tried to build a future by pinhooking. Then, on the way to the Sports Personality of the Year Awards, Mike is killed in a car crash.When his old friend Jed Harvard discovers that Mike's estate has been left to an American called George Parker - a man he's never heard of before - his suspicions are aroused. While tracking down George, Jed discovers that Mike's business deals have left a number of bitter enemies, and he realises that all is not what it seems...What readers are saying about Safe Bet:'Another cracker from the man who has taken his skills from the saddle straight to his writing desk''Excellent as always''[John Francome is] carrying on the excellent suspenseful Dick Francis style'

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Stalking Horse

John Francome
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John Francome

Stalking Horse is another dark racing thriller from 'the natural successor to Dick Francis' (Irish Times), John Francome. The perfect read for fans of Felix Francis' Pulse and Triple Crown.'The descriptions of races, from the jockey's saddle, are realistic enough to excite a confirmed non-racegoer' - Scotsman Jockey Josh Swallow is about to retire and he's aiming to go out at the top. He's ridden over 1000 winners and landed all the big prizes in the sport - all except one. So he's determined that this season the title of champion jockey will finally be his. But it won't be easy. There's Ben O'Brien, the brilliant young Irish rider in his first full season who already has a lead on Josh in the championship race. And leading trainer Leo Lovall, once Josh's best friend and now his most bitter enemy. There's also someone else with a keen interest in Josh. She's his biggest fan, though he has no idea she exists. And hers is the kind of obsession that will never be satisfied - not even by murder...What readers are saying about Stalking Horse:'Add this to the best horseracing action since Dick Francis retired''A really top-notch racing thriller''I found myself completely wrapped up in the race for the jockey's championship, not to mention itching to find out what would happen off the track'

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Stone Cold

John Francome
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John Francome
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Stud Poker

John Francome
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John Francome
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Final Breath

John Francome
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John Francome

A gripping new racing thriller from bestselling author John FrancomeIt's been over a year since Danny Clark's girlfriend Kirsty died in a horrific diving accident in the Caribbean. Danny was plunged into a time of bitter mourning but now he's back on his feet, with a lot of help from Kirsty's best friend, Tara. In fact, Danny has fallen for Tara in a major way. Danny's godfather Adrian Spring, who runs a racing stable, isn't at all happy about this. He can't help wondering how much Tara knows about the secrets that died with Kirsty. Secrets he'd prefer stayed secret for ever. Tara herself is uneasy: unconvinced that Kirsty's death was an accident, she fears that she might fall victim to a fatal 'accident' herself. And she's never been the paranoid type...

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Back Hander

John Francome
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John Francome

Not much is going right for jockey Alan Morrell. He can't get the rides he needs and when he sets up a bloodstock partnership a tragic accident robs him of the business and his best friend Lee. Now Alan owes £100,000 and his only asset is a racehorse who has yet to be put to the test. But all that fades into insignificance next to the suspicion that Lee's fatal fall was more than an accident... Things aren't looking so hot for fellow-jockey Max Ashwood either. There's the backlash from his affair with a trainer's wife and the little matter of his gambling. There's also the convenient death of another man to whom Max owed money. But surely no one is ever going to find out the truth about his part in that... Two riders, two unexplained deaths - but overshadowing both is a conflict that dwarfs the cosy world of racetrack winners and losers. As the noose closes round the neck of one man's criminal empire, just how many others will swing?

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Tip Off

John Francome
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John Francome

It’s every punter’s dream to beat the bookmakers and Toby Brown is doing it regularly. The son of a top trainer, Toby has a telephone tipping service that is slowly bringing the old enemy to its knees.A plea from the bookmakers prompts a Jockey Club investigation which uncovers a plot of murder and jealousy where the stakes being played for mean more than just money - and where one horse, Better By Far, lives up to its name.