But I’ve Got the Fastest Set of Wheels in Town*

Confessions of a Mystery Novelist...

As this is posted, it would have been Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 101st birthday. As you’ll know, the Lamborghini name is associated with world-class racing cars, among other sorts of vehicles. To own a ‘Lambo’ is certainly a status symbol in a lot of places.

Of course, not everyone is passionate about racing cars. But Formula One, NASCAR, and other auto racing have plenty of devoted fans. And there is something about the feeling of driving a car that’s build for speed.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that driving and racing pop up in crime fiction. There are plenty of opportunities for disparate people to interact, there’s the racecourse setting, and there’s lots of money involved. And even off the course and out of the circuit, racecars and their drivers can add to a story.

In Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, for instance, we are introduced to Anthony…

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