Inspector Andy Horton Marine Mystery Country featured in the crime novels Deadly Waters and The Suffocating Sea

Set against the backdrop of the sea, in the Solent area on the South Coast of England, Inspector Andy Horton's patch is Portsmouth, Hampshire, the surrounding areas of the Chichester and Langstone harbours and the Isle of Wight.  This is where I draw my inspiration from. It is a vibrant area and the sea provides the backdrop to murder, treachery, deceit, betrayal, evil and revenge.

Here are some scenes from Deadly Waters, the second in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime series, and The Suffocating Sea, the third in the series.


Deadly Waters

A woman, the head teacher of a struggling local school, is found brutally murdered in Langstone Harbour on the broken back Mulberry.


The Mulberry in Langstone Harbour where the head teacher's body is found in Deadly Waters
DI Andy Horton is appointed to lead the investigation but not for long if Superintendent Uckfield has his way. Horton is given only a week to find the killer, after that he will be shunted off the case. Horton now has a point to prove as well as a complex murder case to solve.

The Round Tower at Old Portsmouth, close to the area where the head teacher in Deadly Waters lived


The Suffocating Sea

DI Horton is called to investigate a suspicious fire on board a boat, but as soon as he arrives at the marina he experiences a premonition so strong that it’s almost audible. As he views the charred remains of the dead man he knows instinctively that this investigation will be like no other, and he’s right. Soon Horton is forced to confront the past, not just the victim’s past, but the mystery surrounding his mother’s disappearance over thirty years ago. As the pieces of a long ago puzzle begin to unravel, it soon becomes clear to Horton that this is one case someone is determined he should never solve – masterminded by a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out...

Selected as the "Best of British Crime Fiction" by The Book Depository


The Commercial Ferry Port which features in The Suffocating Sea



Portsmouth's Town Camber featured in both Deadly Waters and The Suffocating Sea

'll be posting more photographs including those that gave me the inspiration for Blood on the Sand, Dead Man's Wharf and the sixth in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series, Footsteps on the Shore, due to be published early 2011.

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