It is 1886 and the greatest of all jockeys, Fred Archer, has put his gun to his head and shot himself. An inquest is arranged with indecent haste. His mind was unhinged by typhoid, say the jury, despite conflicting evidence.
The Prince is suspicious. He admired Archer. He knows the Turf better than anyone on that jury and he has personal experience of typhoid. When he learns that Archer’s last words were, ‘Are they coming?’ he decides on action. He will turn his unique talents to solving the mystery and tell us in his inimitable fashion how he does it.
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Imaginative and entertaining
Ridiculous but Engaging
Ridiculous, engaging, cosy.
I have read a few of his Cribbs books and you wouldn't be suprised to know this is the same author but the characters in these are quite different.
The whole plot is absurd. The Prince of Wales goes around either sleeping or drinking with the cast. Lots of shady horse riding shinnanigans going on. Talking parrots, vaudeville, dressing as a commoner dontcherknow. I kept asking myself why I was listening to it but in the end it was all catchy, harmless fun. Classic cosy mystery.
- Ms Lixie