A walk along the Hayling Coastal Path the setting for the Andy Horton crime novel to be published in 2011

A muggy, thundery day with the seagulls feeding on the flying ants, and a hot walk along the Hayling Island Coastal Path, formerly the Hayling Billy railway line which got axed in 1963.

The coastal path skirts Langstone Harbour and features in the Andy Horton crime novel I have just finished writing and which, I believe, (though it's not been confirmed) is scheduled for publication in February 2011. I'll keep you posted on that.

It's called Footsteps on the Shore and here is a preview of what it's about:

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 to 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 to save his job.

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