Review: Break In by Dick Francis



Break In
by Dick Francis
Narrated by Simon Prebble
Series: Kit Fielding #1
Genre: Mystery
Published by Berkeley, 2005 (originally published 1986)
Audiobook, Purchased
320 pages
Length: 9 hours, 14 minutes
Grade: A-
Narrator Grade: B+
Synopsis: Steeplechase jockey Christmas “Kit” Fielding has had more than his share of close calls both on and off the course. But trouble hits close to home when a grudge between his family and his sister’s in-laws turns into a blood feud.

(I don’t have any quotes since I listened to the audiobook and wasn’t thinking about quotes as I listened.)


  • I enjoy Dick Francis’ writing so much.
  • Dick Francis’ books are mysteries which deal in some way with the racing world. That’s one of the things I always love about them since I learn so many peripheral things–like about airplanes flying race horses to distant races or about an ex-jockey private investigator.
  • His heroes are brave and must overcome high odds when the villain tries to stop him. Sometimes even physical challenges when the villain tries to kill him. I like the courageousness of these heroes who overcome the odds to do what is right not just for themselves but also to help others.
  • His heroes aren’t ambiguous about what is right and wrong like some modern-day anti-heroes. That’s really nice sometimes.
  • There is some romance in the book, but it doesn’t take over the story. I like that.
  • I like the secondary characters a lot. Kit’s twin sister–Holly–is very likeable, his brother-in-law who doesn’t really know if he likes Kit some of the time, the Countess whom he rides for and likes and respects.
  • The narrator is good. However, I sometimes had trouble remembering who all the characters were…partly because I had to stop listening for a couple of weeks. I was able to figure out and remember who people were when I listened a little more.


  • No jeers!

 And a few thoughts . . .

  • I read almost all of Dick Francis’ books when they came out. My mother and I loved his books and read them and discussed them through the years. It was a yearly ritual for us since he wrote a novel a year for 38 years. They all deal in some way with the racing world.
  • Dick Francis wrote one more book about Kit Fielding called Bolt. Most of his books are stand-alone mysteries.
  • He wrote several mysteries in the last few years (until his death in 2010) with his son–Felix Francis. Felix has continued to write books with his father’s name in the title.
  • I want to read and re-read more of Dick Francis’ books.

Have you read this book or others by Dick Francis? How did you like it or the book you read by him?