The Inspector Andy Horton Crime Novels
A compelling and gripping series of detective crime novels full of twists and turns featuring the flawed and rugged detective DI Andy Horton set on the south coast of England in the Solent area of Portsmouth and Isle of Wight, hailed both in the UK and the USA as 'exemplary police procedurals.'
"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment." Crime Book Club
"Deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of American procedurals (those by Ed McBain or Joseph Wambaugh for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey."
"Andy Horton is an especially good series hero, a likeable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage – an abrasive supervisor and an antagonistic soon-to-be ex-wife. Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms."’ Booklist.
There are fifteen in this entertaining series, full of twists and turns with number sixteen already written. All the DI Andy Horton crime novels are to be relaunched with exciting new covers and titles in the coming year (2022/23).
Joffe Books is thrilled to announce it will publish Pauline Rowson’s DI Andy Horton mysteries in eBook and paperbacks this year with the first book due to launch in February 2022.
ABOUT INSPECTOR ANDY HORTON
Andy Horton is instinctive, tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic. A dry sense of humour is the key to Horton’s investigative approach. It’s how he keeps people at arm’s length and stays detached from the crimes he investigates. His greatest strength is his ability to put himself in a victim’s shoes, to imagine events from their perspective (even the moments up to their death), making leaps of deduction few would be able to. And he’s most often right. He's especially tough on bullies, or people who abuse their power or position, as they remind him of the people in the children’s homes in which he’s been raised. When this happens, when his guard slips, he’s like a raw nerve. He fears his emotions will betray him.
He feels a duty of care to the victims of the crimes he investigates and often feels like he’s the only person looking out for them; the only one who can bring the guilty to justice so that the dead can rest. No one cared about him when he was a child; he won’t let that happen to anyone else.
Living on board his small yacht in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife following a gross misconduct charge, the sailing detective is a man rarely at peace, unless he is on the sea or fighting crime. Raised in children's homes after his mother abandoned him as a child he has a desperate need to belong and yet is always on the outside. Being alone is his greatest fear, yet he is alone.
DI ANDY HORTON BOOK 1. 22 FEBRUARY 2022
DI ANDY HORTON BOOK 2. 27 FEBRUARY 2022
DI ANDY HORTON BOOK 3. 6 MARCH 2022
DI Andy Horton (1) OUT 20 February 2022
(Previously published as Tide of Death)
DI Andy Horton (2) OUT 27 February 2022
When a woman, the head teacher of a struggling local school, is found brutally murdered in Langstone Harbour DI Andy Horton is appointed to lead the investigation but not for long if Superintendent Uckfield has his way. Horton is given only a week to find the killer, after that he will be shunted off the case. Horton now has a point to prove as well as a complex murder case to solve. A note was found on the victim, Have you forgotten ME? Along with money wrapped up in a five-pound note and dripping with honey. Is there a clue in 'The Owl and the Pussy-cat' rhyme? Is it simply a senseless murder by an unhinged killer or does someone close to the head have a motive for murder? As Horton delves deeper into the investigation, aided by Sergeant Cantelli, the tension mounts. With the clock ticking Horton is soon forced to take a decision that will put his life on the line.
(Previously published as Deadly Waters)
DI Andy Horton (3) OUT 6 March 2022
DI Horton is called to investigate a suspicious fire on board a boat, but as soon as he arrives at the marina he experiences a premonition so strong that it’s almost audible. As he views the charred remains of the dead man he knows instinctively that this investigation will be like no other, and he’s right. Soon Horton is forced to confront the past, not just the victim’ past, but the mystery surrounding his mother’s disappearance over thirty years ago. As the pieces of a long ago puzzle begin to unravel, it soon becomes clear to Horton that this is one case someone is determined he should never solve – masterminded by a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out...
(Previously published as The Suffocating)