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Undercurrent, DI Andy Horton at the Scene of Crime

Undercurrent - DI Andy Horton MysteryThe new DI Andy Horton, number nine in the series, called Undercurrent, is set against the backdrop of the sea in the Solent area on the South Coast of England.  In this crime novel DI Horton has a new mystery to solve as well as continuing with the search for the truth surrounding the disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago.

Undercurrent is set in July around Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, at Gunwharf Quays - which is renamed Oyster Quays in the Horton novels - and around Langstone Harbour.

My gHeather Johnson, Pauline Rowson, Rowannah Martin-Cotteerateful thanks to Rowannah Martin-Cottee and Heather Johnson of the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth who helped me with the research of this novel and for answering my numerous questions.

Here is a flavour of where Undercurrent was created.

The Body in the Basin - Undercurrent - DI Andy HortonA body is found in Number One Dock in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which houses the black and white M33 seen in the photograph below.  M33 is one of only two British warships to survive from World War 1.

Number One Dock M33 - Undercurrent - DI Andy Horton Mystery

When naval historian Dr Douglas Spalding is found dead in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the Major Crime Team is adamant it is suicide. Detective Inspector Horton is not so sure. Then another body is found in similar circumstances and Horton is convinced they’re looking at murder; but not so his bosses.  Angry and frustrated at the lack of investigation, Horton goes out on a limb to prove he’s right. Whichever way he turns, he finds the deaths have all the hallmarks of a cover up at the highest level, but who is behind it and why?

Soon Horton begins to find disturbing similarities with his own private investigations into the disappearance of his mother thirty years ago. As he gets closer to the truth someone is determined to prevent it from ever coming out, even if means death . . .

Published in the UK and Commonwealth in hardcover January 2013. In the USA on 1 May 2013 and as an e book on 1 May 2013.

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