On location with DI Andy Horton in A KILLING COAST

A Killing Coast, the seventh in the DI Andy Horton series of police procedural mysteries,  opens with Horton at Lee-on-the-Solent on the south coast of England. Horton is visiting the former copper, PC Adrian Stanley, who was detailed to cursorily investigate Andy's mother, Jennifer's, disappearance thirty years ago. Can Stanley tell Horton more about what happened to Jenifer on that foggy November day when she left their council flat in a tower block in inner city Portsmouth and abandoned her ten year old son to the mercies of social services, and a succession of children's homes and foster parents?

 A Killing Coast - DI Andy Horton Police Procedural

As I happened to be over at Lee-on-the-Solent recently, before giving a talk about my crime novels to a lovely audience at Stubbington library I took the opportunity to take some photographs of the Solent. This is the view that Andy had while in Adrian Stanley's retirement apartment..

Lee-on-the-Solent seafront looking across the Solent to Ryde Isle of Wight

Lee-on-the-Solent looking across to Cowes Isle of Wight

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. 

Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England.

Here are some more photographs of where A KILLING COAST is set

Woody Bay, Isle of Wight, featured in DI Andy Horton A Killing Coast

Coastal Path on the Isle of Wight featured in DI Andy Horton, A Killing Coast

Looking down into Woody Bay on the isle of Wight, featured in DI Andy Horton, A Killing Coast

Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, featured in DI Andy Horton, A Killing Coast

'Multilayered, twisted, and complex...a surprising conclusion and a satisfying read.' Booklist

''Meticulous police work leads Horton to a particularly callous and ruthless killer as well as theft and blackmail…includes a few unexpected twists.” Publishers Weekly


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