Location Research for Inspector Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novel Number Six

This morning I did some location research for the Inspector Horton crime novel I am currently writing, which will be number six in the marine mystery crime series. (Called marine mysteries because they are all set against the backdrop of the sea, around the Solent area on the south coast of England).  This  Horton novel is again based in Portsmouth and around the harbours of Portsmouth and Langstone, and this time also around the historic and splendid ruins of Portchester Castle.

(Photograph courtesy of the English Heritage web site).  Portchester Castle is an impressive ruin of a Roman 'Saxon Shore' fort, originally built in the late 3rd century.   "It is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still mainly stand to their full 6 metre height, complete with most of their originally twenty towers," and well worth a visit if you are in the area. There are stunning views over Paulsgrove Lake into Portsmouth Harbour. And there's also a nice little tea room in the ancient Priory Church of St Mary's which stands in the Castle grounds. Me thinks Andy Horton and Barney Cantelli will be supping there!

I will say no more, not wishing to give away too much and certainly not the plot outline. This novel is coming along nicely especially as I now know who done it!

Before this though there is Blood on The Sand, the fifth in the Andy Horton series due to be published in hardcover on 26 February 2010.


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