I’ve finished, it’s done, the sixth Inspector Horton marine mystery crime novel-Footsteps on the Shore

Over the weekend I did the final read through of the sixth in the Inspector Andy Horton series of marine mystery crime novels. I say final read through but it’s not because there will be copy edits and proofs to read yet before it is published, and, heaven forbid, I might even need to do revisions. But for now the manuscript is done and has been whizzed off to the publisher. At this stage of writing I have been through it so many times I could practically recite it by heart, so a fresh pair of eyes is very welcome.

This is always a jittery moment because you’re never sure if you could change one thing here, amend something there, tinker with this and that. Then the next jittery moment is when reading the proofs and thinking, I could have written that differently. But it’s too late then to change anything. For now I wait a response from my publisher.

And as to the title? Well here it is and the blurb. Let me know what you think.

Footsteps on the Shore

An Inspector Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novel

Friday the thirteenth begins badly for Inspector Andy Horton when he wakes to find his Harley has been vandalized and his boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, head of CID, has returned early from her secondment at 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? Exacerbated by the fact that he is being stalked by someone he suspects of having a connection with his missing mother and complicated by the fact that the case brings him into contact with his estranged wife, Horton begins to cut corners. Soon he is the subject of an official complaint giving DCI Bliss the much-needed excuse to kick him off her team. With the clock ticking on what looks like being his last case in Portsmouth CID, Horton is under pressure to get results unsure that finding the convicted murderer will help him save his job.


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