When I created Inspector Andy Horton in TIDE OF DEATH I had little idea that he would go on to solve so many murder mysteries. To date there are fifteen in the series with DEAD PASSAGE, number fourteen.
In TIDE OF DEATH, I knew that Andy Horton had no knowledge of his father and, until the age of ten, had been raised by his mother first in London and then in a council flat in a tower block in inner city Portsmouth until one day she failed to return home from working at the casino.
Horton was told that she had run off with a man because she no longer wanted a kid in tow. Hurt, confused and angry he'd been consigned to a tough upbringing in children's homes in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, a densely populated urban city with a high level of deprivation but with an expansive sea front, a busy naval dockyard and a thriving port. Then, at the age of fourteen, he's fostered by police officer, Bernard Litchfield and his wife Eileen, and his life began to change for the better.