Another great trip on the bridge of the Wightlink Ferry inspires Pauline Rowson's DI Horton marine mystery crime novels and thrillers

I could get used to this.  I was fortunate enough again to be invited on to the bridge of the Wightlink Ferry, St Clare, crossing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight just before Christmas. This time by Captain Paul Marshall and on this occasion the camera came too!

This is DI Andy Horton's patch, the Solent, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, and it is also the setting for two of my crime thriller novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.

Looking back at Portsmouth Harbour and Gunwharf Quays, renamed Oyster Quays in the DI Horton Novels

It was great to talk to Captain Marshall and to view the splendour of the Solent on a calm winter's day providing me lots of inspiration for more crime and thriller novels.



Huge thanks to Captain Marshall and also to Captain Monk who so very kindly invited me on to the bridge a few weeks ago and to Wightlink.

Sailing out with the Brittany Ferry in the background

Hope you enjoy the pictures.

On the bridge sailing out


Looking towards Portsmouth Harbour, Old Portsmouth, the Solent and the Isle of Wight - Marine Mystery Country

Looking back at the ferry terminal, the Camber where Deadly Waters is set and Portsmouth Cathedral
At the helm sailing across to the Isle of Wight
On the Bridge looking across to Gosport
In the Solent looking back to Portsmouth

Sailing into Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight where In For the Kill, Blood on the Sand and A Killing Coast is partly set


Pauline Rowson is the author of the popular marine mystery police procedural crime series featuring DI Andy Horton, set on the South Coast of England in the Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Solent area.


A Killing Coast a DI Horton crime novel by Pauline RowsonA Killing Coast, the seventh in the DI Horton series is published in hardcover in the UK on 26 January 2012 and in the USA on 1 May 2012.


She is also the author of two standalone thrillers, In Cold Daylight, which came third in an on line poll of the UK's most favourite books for World Book Day and In For The Kill.


“Deserves mention in the same breath as the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey.” Booklist Starred Review of Footsteps on the Shore


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