The setting for Inspector Andy Horton Mystery, DEATH LIES BENEATH

DEATH LIES BENEATH is a multi-layered Detective Inspector Andy Horton crime novel, number eight in the series.

There are two locations that inspired me for the setting of DEATH LIES BENEATH, one was the marshes on the northern boundary of the city of Portsmouth, facing on to Langstone Harbour, Farlington Marshes. The other was the area of Tipner, or more specifically the sea bordering this north western boundary of Portsmouth, which filters into Portsmouth Harbour.

Here is a selection of photographs of the setting for DEATH LIES BENEATH.




 Ex con Daryl Woodley is found dead in a remote location of Farlington Marshes. Farlington Marshes is part of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. It is a coastal grazing marsh and lagoon which has several pools, and a broad stream providing feeding and roosting sites for waders and wildfowl.

Farlington Marshes, featured in DI Andy Horton, Death Lies Beneath

 The marshes were reclaimed from the harbour in 1771. During World War 2 it was used as a starfish site acting as a decoy for Portsea Island. The control blockhouses remain on the marshes

The Intelligence Directorate believe Woodley's murder is linked to big time crook Marty Stapleton currently serving time in prison. DI Horton is not so sure.

Farlington Marshes, featured in DI Andy Horton, Death Lies Beneath

He attends Woodley’s funeral in the hope it will give them a lead in an investigation that has drawn a blank at every turn. It does but not in the way he or anyone expected.

Then a woman's body is found on a rotting boat being salvaged in Portsmouth Harbour in Tipner Lake within the Portsmouth Harbour special protection area.  Moves to reclaim the land for the expansion of Portsmouth were rejected in the early 1990s on environmental grounds but the area around the Tipner quayside has been cleared in preparation for the re-development which at the time of writing has not happened.

Portsmouth Harbour featured in the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels



DI Andy Horton's investigations take him across the Solent to the Isle of Wight

 Horton is catapulted into a complex and frustrating investigation which takes him across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. As the tension mounts to solve the case, Horton receives a chilling message; time, it seems, is also running out for him personally…



"A fast paced excellent mystery, with an interesting diverse set of characters, and an intriguing hook at the end that has me eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.Highly recommended." Mystery People

"A treat for fans of the puzzle-box mystery." Kirkus Reviews

"Rowson’s solid eighth police procedural featuring Det. Insp. Andy Horton...convincing characters and a coherent plot bolster a crafty solution to the crimes." Publishers Weekly

"Pauline Rowson is an excellent constructor of false trails and DEATH LIES BENEATH is no exception. Carefully plotted, Andy Horton is a likeable if flawed character." Mysteries in Paradise

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