On location for Footsteps on the Shore - the new Inspector Andy Horton crime novel (published 27 January 2011)

Last week I went on location to take photographs of the area where my new Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel, Footsteps on the Shore is set.

Footsteps on the Shore is set around Portsmouth, Portchester Castle and the Hayling Island Coastal Path. It will be published on 27 January and you can pre order on Amazon, The Book Depository or at your local bookshop. (It's cheapest on The Book Depository with free worldwide delivery.)

First I'd thought I'd post the photographs of  Portchester Castle. Tomorrow I'll post some of the other photographs of where the novel is based. There are some great photographs of the castle and surrounding area on the English Heritage web site and this is what it says about this amazing and atmospheric place:

"The most impressive and best-preserved of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts, Portchester Castle was originally built in the late 3rd century."


Looking towards the Keep of Portchester Castle from the Watergate

Looking across to Portchester Castle from what is called Horsea Marina in the Andy Horton crime novels
(Real name Port Solent) 

Looking through the Watergate into Paulsgrove Lake that feeds into Portsmouth Harbour

Another view of the Watergate from inside the castle


Foosteps on the Shore is the sixth in the Andy Horton series.

Friday the thirteenth begins badly for DI Andy Horton when he wakes to find his Harley has been vandalized and his boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, has returned early from her secondment to HQ.Then, convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, is reported missing and a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour. But before Horton can get a grip on either case, he’s called to a house where a woman he’d only met the day before has been brutally murdered. Is missing Luke Felton the prime suspect, or is it his body in the mud of the harbour?  Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the beleaguered detective …

More photos tomorrow.

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