The story behind Fatal Catch, the latest DI Andy Horton Mystery, no.12 in the series - fishermen haul a gruesome catch - a severed human hand

The sea has always held a fascination for me, probably because I was raised in the coastal city of Portsmouth with its vibrant waterfront, its great contrasts of modern and historic, its diverse multicultural population, its international port, its historic dockyard, fishing fleet and the home of the Royal Navy.  Portsmouth Harbour is one of the busiest in the World and the Solent offers up every kind of sailing vessel you could wish for from giant container ships to ferries, naval ships to leisure craft, fishing boats and even a regular hovercraft service. Once the sea is in your blood it never leaves you and it seemed only natural for me to turn to it for inspiration for my crime novels.

The great variety of locations provides diversity of scenes within a novel.  Horton can be on a stony or sandy beach, at an expensive marina or a rotting boatyard, on the police launch in the Solent or crossing on the ferry or the hovercraft from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.  While Andy Horton’s patch is Portsmouth, its immediate surrounding area and the Isle of Wight, and he sails and lives on board a yacht, Art Marvik chooses to travel by a powerful motor cruiser and his adventures take him further afield to Southampton, to the bays and marinas of the west country coastline and to the south east coast to Littlehampton, Eastbourne and Brighton.

In Fatal Catch, the latest in the DI Andy Horton series(number 12), two fishermen haul a gruesome catch – a human severed hand. Who does it belong to and where is the rest of the body? Is the hand that of missing criminal Alfie Wright? DI Horton is determined to get to the bottom of the case, but the deeper he digs, the more lies and secrets he uncovers. Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem. Assailed by doubts both in his personal and professional life, Horton desperately tries to keep his emotional feelings under control and his focus on his work. His instincts tell him to trust no one and believe nothing; he’s not sure though whether this time he’ll succeed.


Andy Horton's investigations take him to Fareham Quay in the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour and to the tranquil reaches of Chichester Harbour to Thorney Island.

Fareham Quay featured in DI Andy Horton mystery crime novel, Fatal Catch

Thorney Island, Chichester Harbour, featured in DI Andy Horton crime novel, Fatal Catch

Pauline Rowson is the author of the DI Andy Horton series of marine mystery police procedural crime novels and of the new marine crime series featuring former marine commando, Art Marvik as well as standalone thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill. 
The first in the Art Marvik series Silent Running is published by Severn House and is available in hardcover and as ebook. It will be published in paperback in Spring 2016.

The latest in the DI Andy Horton series, Fatal Catch, is published by Severn House in hardcover. It will be published as an ebook on 20 December 2015.

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