This is my absolutely favorite novel by Dick Francis… and let me say straight up, I don’t like mysteries. But Dick Francis is in a whole special category, and so is this book. I absolutely ADORE Malcolm, the father, with his 5 exwives and 9 very dissatisfied children. Ian has to figure out which of the 3 living ex wives (“the witches”), 8 half-siblings and assorted spouses is trying to murder their father. All the while trying to keep his father safe as Malcolm finds a new addictive hobby as a race horse owner. They all have a reason… they all have the knowledge… and Ian quickly becomes as much a target as Malcolm.