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Did Not Finish (Aidy Westlake Racing Mysteries #1)

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The first book in the Aidy Westlake mystery series set in the high-octane world of motor racing - When Derek Deacon threatens to kill Alex Fanning, his championship rival, rookie driver Aidy Westlake doesn’t put much stock in it – it’s typical of the intense competitiveness and aggression in their world. But when Fanning dies after making contact with Deacon’s car during a...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Creme de la Crime
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Amy Marbach
The first book of the Aidy Westlake Mystery series is Did Not Finish and it is here where we are introduced to Aidy, a youngish racer driving in the Formula Ford series in England. Aidy and his best friend Dylan- who is also half of his put crew (the other half consists of his grandfather Steve) pull into Stowe Park race circuit the night before a race. While at the track's clubhouse (bar) enjoying the company of other drivers the night before the race, Aidy hears a rumor from a fellow driver th...more
Eleanor Jones
When I cracked this book open (figuratively--think Kindle) I knew nothing about British motor racing or racing in general. I didn't know anything about engines or pit crews. But I know a good book when I read one, and a good writer can interest me in almost any subject. This book is a terrific thriller, well written, fast paced, and incredibly descriptive without being bogged down in technical detail. Aidy is a grand lead character and the kind of guy you wish you could meet in person and share...more
Gloria Feit
The advice usually given to authors (and would-be authors) is to write what you know. And that is just what ex-race car driver Simon Wood has done. He has written a mystery with motorsports as the theme; sort of a Dick Francis novel on wheels, if you will.

It all begins the night before a big race when a nine-time champion threatens to kill his rival, who is in the lead to capture the title. When the rival actually is killed during the race under suspicious circumstances in a collision with the c...more
Graham Brown
This book did three things for me -

1- It gave me a great glimpse into the world of auto-racing - but not the million dollar teams with everything computerized and provided for them - instead it was the young, lower echelon racers, I think sometimes these small teams are called privateers.

2- It totally sucked me in. Simon did a great job of pacing the revelations to where I had to keep reading.

3- It kept me guessing right to the end in a fair way - not a pull the rug out from under you/here's a...more
Stacy
This was a fun quick read to start the new year off right. This is the first book in a series (of two so far) with race car driver Aidy Westlake. It probably helps that I'm a Formula One fan and enjoyed the racing portion of the book. The mystery was fairly decent for a first effort and I enjoyed the characters, even though Aidy definitely suffered from tunnel vision in his quest to track down a killer.
Dan Beaver
Even if I did not happen to be a fan of auto racing, I wld have loved this book. Wood has a skill for pacing that keeps the pages flying. Highly recommended for mystery fans and sports fans alike.
Patti
I learned a lot about racing from this book, but it was integrated into the story well. I really liked a lot of the twists.

Highly recommended!
Vishnuvaka
This is an ok read in terms of the suspense. But I keep finding the Protagonist to be very dumb and its a big turn off and is hard to root for a dumb person that continues to do mistakes. I felt like the author is making the Protagonist to do things with out justification in order to create a sense of action or adventure but with out justification those actions come across as plain stupid and pulls the leader out of the experience. Also there is no justification for the behaviour of most of the...more
Sharon
Sorry Simon, I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of your other work.
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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's an ex-competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and five cats. In the last ten years, he's had over 150 stories and articles published. His stories have been included in “Best of” anthologies and h...more
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