I have always loved reading mystery books, ever since I was a child reading Nancy Drew and even the Hardy Boys. And that love didn’t change when I got older. I have always liked to read an author’s whole catalogue and when I discovered the Dick Francis books, I realized they combined several things that I love: mysteries, horse racing and England. Dick Francis was the Queen Mother’s steeplechase jockey and retired from racing to write books. He has since died, but his son Felix, who had helped him with the books, took over, writing as Dick Francis.
Felix is in Baltimore for a few days, and my friends at Halcyon House Antiques held an English Drinks Party and Book Signing for Felix, which I was pleased to be invited to join. Dick Francis’s DAMAGE, by Felix Francis has just been released today, so it was extra special to be able to get the book on its release date! It’s also the 50th book that the Francis’s have written, so that’s quite an accomplishment.
Felix brought along copies of the covers of all 50 books, which have been done and redone over time, moving from very modern graphics, to the more realistic cover of his newest book. If you look closely below, you can see several of the older titles arranged on the mantel and the newest book on the desk.
It was such fun to meet Felix and have the chance to tell him how much pleasure these books have brought to me, and many others, over so many years! He’s on a cross-country tour now, so check his Facebook page to see where he’ll be next. And if you’re looking for a great Christmas present, Halcyon House has a dozen or so signed copies of DAMAGE for sale.