Photographs of where the new DI Andy Horton crime novel, A Killing Coast, is set in Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight

I've been out and about in Portsmouth researching for the new DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel I'm currently writing which will be number nine in the series.The eighth DI Horton is currently with my editor and number seven in the series, A Killing Coast, was published in hardcover by Severn House in January.  Later this year it will be available in paperback and as an e book.

As many readers know the Horton series is set primarily in Portsmouth but Horton's investigations often take him out into the Solent and to the Isle of Wight. Here are some photographs of the places that are featured in A Killing Coast . In A Killing Coast, a multi millionaire's luxury super yacht is moored up in Oyster Quays, a body is found floating just outside the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and during the investigation Horton's enquiries take him across the Solent, (often on the Wightlink car ferry but sometimes on the police launch) to the Isle of Wight.

Oyster Quays where Russell Glenn's luxury super yacht is moored (real location Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth)


Looking out towards the narrow entrance of Portsmouth Harbour from Oyster Quays (Gunwharf Quays)

The Wightlink Car Ferry and Spinnaker Tower on the waterfront at Portsmouth

Sometimes DI Horton travels across to the Isle of Wight on the police launch with Sergeant Elkins and PC Ripley

Spitbank Fort where a body is found floating in A Killing Coast


And taken on a sunny summer day, Ventnor Haven on the Isle of Wight where DI Horton arrives with Elkins and Ripley on the Police launch to conduct his investigation in  A Killing Coast


When a body is found floating in the sea off Portsmouth harbour, Detective Inspector Horton initially judges it to be an accidental death. Soon though, to his dismay, he discovers he’s got it very wrong. Accused of being incompetent by his boss, and with the head of the Major Crime Team coming down heavily on him, Horton wonders if he’s allowed his ongoing investigation into the disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago to cloud his judgement. With no clear motive for the murder, Horton is sucked into a baffling investigation that he is determined to resolve despite the odds. Not only does he need to find a brutal killer, but Horton now has to prove to himself, and others, that he is still up to the job.

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