Thursday, June 4, 2009



Car racing mysteries are almost a complete genre to themselves within the wider sports mystery genre. Bob Judd’s novels are among the best, as are those by Andrew Neilson, and a number of titles by Douglas Rutherford.

Ken Vose is a racer turned writer, co-writing the screenplay for Greased Lightening and writing several non-fiction racing/automotive titles. In 1991, he wrote Oversteer, the first of two books in his Formula One racing thrillers series.

The sexiest sport in the world . . .The sizzling city of Rio . . . With death just a hairpin curve away.

Murder at full throttle.

Nothing mattered to tough, talented Pete Hawthorn, but the chance to get back behind the wheel of a Formula One car. Then, at Daytona, his miracle happened. He was asked to join a new team developing a car to challenge the all-conquering McLarens and Ferraris on the Grand Prix circuit. But behind the glittering promises lurked a dark and sinister mystery of dirty money and even dirtier murder. With the next green flag, Pete would be caroming from Malibu to Rio in a heart-pounding race . . . with death.

Formula One for mystery.

The glamorous world of international motor racing becomes the arena for a new series of mystery thrillers – authentic, breathtaking action in the fast-track, supersonic world of Formula One racing.

Oversteer and its follow-up, Dead Pedal, are solid mysteries and do a good job of mixing sports action with clues. Paperback originals, the pair are worth making a pit stop to find them in your local used Internet bookstore.

1 comment:

Philip O'Mara said...

Read a great adult sporting comedy that follows the fortunes of Paul Marriot, the secretary of the Barnstorm Village Sunday soccer team and coach of a school cricket team in Yorkshire, England. The story describes the remarkable camaraderie between the players and supporters of this little club and their desire to achieve success. Nonetheless, the team is known more for its antics off the field, rather than their performances on it.

During his time at the club he meets and becomes involved with Emma Potter, who is the sister of James Potter, a major player for their bitter rivals Moortown Inn. Thus, begins an entangled web of romance and conflict. He also begins working at Derry High School, a school with a poor reputation of academic success, where he becomes coach of the school cricket team. Here he develops an amazing relationship with the children and embarks on an epic journey.