We are deep in the clutches of a freezing cold, but I can picture myself sitting on a warm beach, sipping a frosty drink and reading a Dick Francis novel. A friend recently posted that her favorite author is Dick Francis, so I immediately reserved a book from the library to check him out. What interested me the most about the main character was that he is a glass blower. I once entertained thoughts of doing this very thing. I was even enrolled in the school. But life happened and glass blowing and I went in different directions. Next summer, though, I will definitely tuck a few DF novels into my beach tote - even if the beach is a long way from Mexico.