Author on location - inspiration and a good place for a body
Authors are always thinking about their novels whether that is plot, characters or simply looking for inspiration. My DI Andy Horton novels are set in the area where I live, which is the Solent on the South Coast of England, so when it comes to research and looking for inspiration I haven't far to go.
Horton's patch is Portsmouth in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight five miles across the Solent, so normally he wouldn't be involved in a crime in the bordering county of West Sussex, but then an investigation could link the two counties and DI Andy Horton, who lives on board his boat in a marina in Portsmouth might be sailing in Chichester Harbour, or staying at Chichester Marina and a stroll along the canal could uncover all sorts of things... mmm now there's an idea.
A body in the old lock at Chichester Canal, next to the yacht club?
DI Horton could sail into Chichester Marina for a weekend stay or on holiday
Or perhaps a body can be found under the bridge in the canal