It's Cowes Week it's DI Andy Horton in DEATH SURGE

Cowes Week 6-8 August is one of the highlights of Britain's summer sailing sporting events when countless number of yachts take part in the racing in the Solent and many in the yachting world descend on the small town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight for a week of festivities including DI Andy Horton in Death Surge, but in his case not for pleasure but to investigate the case of a missing man, Sergeant Cantelli's nephew and a series of brutal murders.


Death Surge, a DI Andy Horton crime novel

Death Surge opens with Sergeant Cantelli's nephew, Johnnie, missing. Johnnie was due to arrive at Cowes to compete on one of his millionaire boss's yachts. He hasn't shown up. Frantic with worry Cantelli calls Andy Horton who postpones his solitary sailing trip and makes haste for Cowes in the hunt for Cantelli's nephew. What begins as the hunt for a missing man though soon become the chase to find a brutal killer with fear mounting that Johnnie is dead.

Horton and Cantelli's investigations take them back to Portsmouth and to the Hilsea Lines originally a military base built in 1544 to protect the port of Portsmouth from attack and now a valuable nature reserve. Most of the original structure is unaltered today. The perfect place to put a body in crime fiction!


Overlooking the Creek and harbour from the Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth

Cowes Week has been held in early August every year since 1826, except during the two world wars. Traditionally, Cowes Week takes place during the first week of August although it is sometimes delayed a week to take into account the tides or, as in 2012, to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games. This year, 2016, it follows the Americas Cup which took part in the Solent, off Portsmouth, on 22 - 24 July. Over the years Cowes Week has attracted British and foreign royalty, and many famous faces - including DI Andy Horton!!!


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