"BEWARE. MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM." So proclaims the ad for the Great Transcontinental Mystery Race, a glittering rail junket that promices not only the opportunity to race a thoroughbred on some of the world's great courses but something more: an intriguing mystery to be enacted on board, which passengers will be invited to solve. But Julius Apollo Filmer, one of the most ruthless operators of the racing underworld, hatches a strange plot of his own. For Tor Kelsey, undercover security agent, a scenario of imaginary mayhem is about to explode into a nightmare of real and bloody murder. . . .
Kellie (USA: NC) (2007/05/30): I forget how good Dick Francis mysterys are. This was a great plot. Tor Kelsey works for the British Jockey Club and is asked to take a Transcontinental Canadian Train from Toronto to Vancouver with a bunch of horses, their owners, their grooms and a mystery tour. Disguised as a waiter, Kelsey is watching a villain the Club has been trying to catch for years. Julious Appollo Filmer is suspected of murder but it was never proven. So Kelsey is trying to catch him in an act of law breaking so he can be banished from racing forever. What he doesnt know is, he will actually enjoy the ride himself even if he is a lowly waiter. I was given a Dick Francis book by my Aunt because she knew I liked horses. And yes, Franciss books are loaded with information on horses. But the mystery in these books are some of the best. Its been a while since I have engaged in a Dick Francis mystery. After reading this, it has me anxious to get lost in another.