A classic mystery from Dick Francis, the champion of English storytellers.
Malcolm Pembroke didn't get rich without making a few enemies - not least among the five wives and nine children left like wreckage in his wake.
But when Moira, his fifth wife, is murdered and Malcolm believes that someone is out to get him, he knows of only one person he can turn to: his estranged
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"Hot Money" is a very enjoyable romp through a disfunctional family populated with several ex-wives and children of various legitmacies. Several attempts have been made on the life of Malcolm Pembroke, the family's patriarch. Malcolm reaches out for help to his estranged son, Ian, an amateur jockey who had turned his back on the Pembroke clan's money and problems. The fun begins.
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Malcom has 5 ex wives and 9 children, all but one of whom want his money, attention, and affection. Only one son is estranged, and that is the son he turns to when he's bashed on the head and his soon-to-be-next-ex is murdered.
The ex wives are hysterically funny, and you'd think Francis would come off as misogynistic when you read about how horrible they are, but he gives each one a backstory so they're also a little pitiful, and more understandable.
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It's a typical Dick Francis novel. A mild-mannered protagonist who is forced into helping someone out of a jam inspired by a murder, usually involving a strange or estranged family and always involving horse raci ...more
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With his five ex-wives and the nine children between them, it's no great surprise that spectacularly wealthy gold trader Malcolm Pembroke should preside over a motley clan in constant conflict with one another.
But when violent death strikes the least likable of his former spouses, Malcolm himself feels threatened, and he calls on his most capable son, Ian, the family jockey. Ian's task: to protect his father from their nearest, if not always dearest, relati ...more
Someone is trying to kill Malcolm Pembroke, has already murdered his wife. But Malcolm, the man with the golden touch and millions, five ex-wives, nine children has a stubborn wish to live. The problem is that the police are getting nowhere and Malcolm is scared, so he approaches his estranged son, Ian, the jockey and racehorse trainer for help ...more
I grew affection for the kindly and extremely rich man at the center of the story. While he has a knack for earning money, he doesn't do it at the expense of anyone. Kind of hard to understand how he got to have 5 ex wives. All but one (the protagonist of this story) ...more
The police consider Malcomb a suspect to begin with because of the bitter fight over his money. When someone tries to kill him, the poli ...more
This novel is enjoyable on multiple levels. There is a great mystery here. Malcolm Pembroke is the mega wealthy patriarch of a disfunctional family that includes the children from five marriages, three e ...more
The plot is simple: a very wealthy man contacts his estranged son to ask for his protection, as attempts have been made on his life. There are 3 ex-wives and six o ...more
It is not fast by any stretch of the imagination, but the writing is clean, has elements of humour & occasional thrills to keep you entertained & the solution is not far fetched and would rival any G ...more
Ian has to navigate all the vitriol and figure out everyone's motivations. Why are they all so unhappy? Could one of them be a murderer? Most of the book is a treatise on How Not To Treat People. They're pretty vicious to each other, and more than willing ...more
In 19th century England money solves all problems. Or at least that is what the family of Ian Pembroke believes. When the latest wife of the Pembroke patriarch, Malcolm, is murdered and attempts made on his father’s own life, Ian must step in and protect his father from all of the people who want his millions, including his own family. He must quickly discover who is trying to kill Malcolm before the killer succeeds.
The style of Dick Frances is an older ...more
Dick Francis worked on his books with his wife, Mary, before her death. Dick considered his wife to be his co-writer - as he is quoted in the book, "The Dick Francis Companion", released in 2003:
"Mary and I worked as a team. ... I have often said that I would have been happy to have b ...more