The Solent Murder Mystery Series - DI Andy Horton
MEET DI ANDY HORTON IN THESE GRIPPING SOLENT MURDER MYSTERIES
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AVAILABLE NOW IN THE SOLENT MURDER MYSTERY SERIES:
- Book 1: THE PORTSMOUTH MURDERS
- Book 2: THE LANGSTONE HARBOUR MURDERS
- Book 3: THE HORSEA MARINA MURDERS
- Book 4: THE ROYAL HOTEL MURDERS
- Book 5: THE ISLE OF WIGHT MURDERS
- Book 6: THE PORTCHESTER CASTLE MURDERS
- Book 7: THE CHALE BAY MURDERS
- Book 8: THE FARLINGTON MARSH MURDERS
- Book 9: THE OYSTER QUAYS MURDERS
- Book 10: THE COWES WEEK MURDERS
- Book 11: THE BOATHOUSE MURDERS
- Book 12: THE THORNEY ISLAND MURDERS
- Book 13: THE GUERNSEY FERRY MURDERS
- Book 14: THE RAT ISLAND MURDERS
- Book 15: THE LUCCOMBE BAY MURDERS
- Book 16: THE SOUTH BINNESS MURDERS
Sixteen in this entertaining series, full of twists and turns.
The Portsmouth Murders (1)
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Meet Detective Inspector Andy Horton. It’s his second day back in Portsmouth’s CID and things aren’t going well.
(Please note this was previously published as Tide of Death.)
DI Andy Horton is on his morning run along an isolated stretch of beach when he stumbles across a dead man. Stark naked and bludgeoned to death.
Eight months ago, DI Horton’s life fell apart when he was suspended for misconduct. His wife kicked him out and stopped him seeing his daughter.
The young woman who’d accused him went missing and the charges were dropped, but his personal and professional life are still in a mess.
And now it doesn’t look good for a detective under suspicion to be the one to find a dead body. His colleagues don’t want him on the case.
But this murder will challenge Detective Horton in every single way. And when another body turns up with the same cause of death, Horton suspects he might be the next person in the killer’s sights.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Once you get to know Andy Horton you'll be sure to name him as one of your favourite police characters in crime fiction.” James C.
The Langstone Harbour Murders (2)
And a wad of money covered in honey, and wrapped in a five pound note is also discovered on her person.
The victim is Jessica Langley, a steely,
determined woman who has made enemies on her path to success. But did
any of them hate her enough to want her dead?
All the evidence points to a killer who wanted to leave a very particular message.
Horton is in a race against time to piece together the clues and stop the killer. With the clock ticking and Superintendent Uckfield pressing for results, Horton is forced to make a decision that will put his life on the line.
(Please note this was previously published as The Suffocating Sea.)
The Horsea Marina Murders (3)
The autopsy reveals startling evidence of foul play. The victim was Tom Brundall, a wealthy financier from Guernsey. And Tom had terminal cancer. What made him sail back to his hometown of Portsmouth? And who would kill a dying man?
Horton is determined to find out.
But then another body is found and Horton is forced to confront the past. Not just the victim’s, but the mystery surrounding his own mother’s disappearance over thirty years ago.
As the pieces of the puzzle begin to unravel, it becomes clear that Horton is up against a deadly adversary who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out.
Can Horton catch a killer and find out what happened to his mother all those years ago?
(Please note this was previously published as The Suffocating Sea.)
The Royal Hotel Murders (4)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Great protagonist and lots of odd turns and fantastic ending. I hope to read many more books from this author." Terry G.
(Please note this was previously published as Dead Man’s Wharf.)
Detective Inspector Andy Horton has a lot on his plate.
A celebrity receives threatening phone calls.
A nursing home resident assaulted.
A man found in a pit with several of his fingers severed.
Perry Jackson and his team are filming a
new TV series about wrecks in the Solent and staying at the large and luxurious
Royal Hotel on Portsmouth’s seafront.
Shortly after they’ve checked in, Jackson
receives a series of threatening phone calls telling him to watch his
back and you’ve been warned. Horton thinks it’s a publicity stunt to
the new TV show.
Meanwhile at the Rest Haven Nursing Home,
Mrs Kingsway says she’s been assaulted by an intruder, but there’s no sign of a
break-in. The staff thinks she’s lost her marbles, but her son wants action
from the police.
And now a man in diving gear is found dead in Oldham’s Wharf. Several of his fingers are missing.
The pressure is on. Detective Horton’s deep in a web of intrigue, deception and corruption that stretches back into the past. Can he find his way back and stop a killer?
The Isle of Wight Murders (5)
Meet DI Andy Horton in this bestselling mystery.
(Please note this was previously published as Blood on the Sand.)
A cold, grey January morning.
A woman with a gun in her hand.
A corpse on an abandoned golf course.
Inspector Andy Horton is taking a break on the Isle of Wight. But even when
he’s on holiday trouble follows him . . .
On an abandoned
golf course, Horton finds a distraught, young woman with a gun in her hand,
crouching over one of the derelict bunkers.
Then the smell hits him. A dead man lies there. Dressed in walking gear, his body decomposing.
The woman with the gun says she’s his sister.
The local police think she killed her brother, but Horton’s not so sure.
Then Horton’s boat is broken into and another body is found in a barn. The victim stabbed in the back with a pitchfork.
Horton must race
against time to uncover the truth before the killer strikes again.
The Portchester Castle Murders (6)
(Please note this was previously published as Footsteps on the Shore).
It’s Friday the thirteenth and Detective Inspector Andy Horton’s luck is about to run out.
The Chale Bay Murders (7)
is without doubt one of the most absorbing books I have read in a long
time. In fact the complete series has been well crafted and I thoroughly
recommend the seven books to any avid crime series readers." Amazon Customer
The Farlington Marsh Murders (8)
But it’s a perplexing case. Prior to his death, Woodley was assaulted and spent three days in hospital before discharging himself. His body was found on Farlington marshes, three miles from the hospital. How did he get there?
The funeral surveillance appears to be a bust. But the next morning Horton is called out when a woman’s body is found on a yacht wreck, stabbed in the back. She was at Woodley’s funeral.
Are the cases linked?
The Oyster Quays Murders (9)
It's August, DI Andy Horton is returning from London. He spots a police car outside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. He’s supposed to be on holiday, but his curiosity gets the better of him and he stops to investigate.
Lying face down and sprawled out in Number One Dock is the lifeless body of naval historian Dr Douglas Spalding.
Then another body is found in similar circumstances in the cockpit of a boat moored at Oyster Quays.
Horton takes matters into his own hands.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Absolutely brilliant books. I read all of the 8 books in the series one after the other. Best read I’ve had in ages. Would highly recommend these books." AmazonREAD MORE
The Cowes Week Murders (10)
Detective Inspector Andy Horton is on a sailing trip to France when he gets the news: Sergeant Cantelli’s nephew, Johnnie Oslow, is missing.
Johnnie was due to take part in the Cowes Week yacht races on the Isle of Wight, but he never turned up.
Horton’s boss isn’t interested. She thinks Johnnie must have gone off with a woman.
But then the charred remains of a body are discovered in a disused tunnel.
Is it Cantelli’s nephew?
The search for a missing person soon becomes a hunt for a ruthless killer. And this killer is just getting started.
The Boathouse Murders (11)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Yet another brilliant installment in a thoroughly enjoyable, original crime series by a talented British author. Full of twists and turns, colourful characters and hints of disharmony and mistrust between colleagues in the police force." Amazon
When private investigator Jasper Kenton's naked body is discovered
on a stretch of private beach on the Isle of Wight, wrapped in
sailcloth, Horton becomes embroiled in an investigation that has major
As he struggles to crack the case, he knows it’s only a matter of time before someone discovers he’s kept silent. And if that’s revealed, it will end his career.
The Thorney Island Murders (12)
The Guernsey Ferry Murder (13)
THE RAT ISLAND MURDERS (14)
are unearthed on Rat Island, an uninhabited island owned by the Ministry of
Defence. Among them are the remains of a woman dubbed ‘Quintessa’ by the
detectives, who was murdered sometime in the 1980s.
Then Horton receives
a mysterious phone call from Adele Goldsby, the daughter of a Portsmouth
politician who died in suspicious circumstances.
She says she has
something important she wants to tell Horton and that they must meet on the
Wightlink ferry — urgently.
But Adele doesn’t show up. She is nowhere to be found. What was she going to tell him?
Horton suspects the Goldsby and Quintessa cases are somehow linked. Now all he has to do is convince his bosses . . .
(Please note this was previously published as Dead Passage).
THE LUCCOMBE BAY MURDERS (15)
(Please note this was previously published as A Deadly Wake).
A man is found dead inside a log cabin nestled in Luccombe Bay on the Isle of Wight. He has no ID on him and no one knows who he is. Except Detective Inspector Andy Horton . . .
The dead man’s fingerprints match those on a card Horton was handed months ago by a mysterious man.
Horton travels to the Isle of Wight to view the body. But he’s shocked to see it’s not the same man who handed him the card. How did this man’s prints get on the card? And who is he?
As Horton explores the area around the cabin, he causes a landslip and another corpse is revealed.
Now he may have two murders on his hands. As he follows the trail of the dead man, he uncovers some startling revelations into his own mother’s past and the truth behind her disappearance over thirty years ago.
THE SOUTH BINNESS MURDERS (16)
There’s a large pool of blood on the deck and heavy crimson spatter up the side of the storage lockers. But no sign of a body on board.
Detective Inspector Andy Horton is on the case.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Finally the end of Andy’s back story re his missing mother has been resolved and he’s back to solving crimes. Loved this book and without giving away any spoilers, yes pleased to the ending !!!" Amazon
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Couldn't put this book down . . . I thought the story was brilliant and will definitely be reading the next book.” Nikki
"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment.” Crime Book Club
"The Harley Davidson-riding, boat-dwelling Horton is a fascinating man to get to know, and his thoughtful approach to detection is a pleasure to read.” Publishers Weekly
DS Barney Cantelli is happily married to Charlotte with five children. Cantelli followed in his maternal grandfather’s footsteps and became a policeman. His brothers and sister took over their father’s ice cream business and cafés in Portsmouth. Cantelli and Horton work well together and Cantelli is, or tries to be, Horton’s steadying influence. Only Cantelli and SP Steve Uckfield know about Horton’s past. But not everything; no one knows that.
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