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The story behind Death Surge, DI Andy Horton

Death Surge a DI Andy Horton crime novel The inspiration for Death Surge came like all the other novels in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural series featuring my flawed and rugged Portsmouth detective from the location. It is locations that inspire me and with the Horton series, set against the powerfully evocative British marine landscape of the Solent on the South Coast of England, there is always a good place to put a body.

This time I also chose to set it around the annual international sailing event of Cowes Week which takes place in the Solent off the small coastal town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the first week of August each year. And while researching the novel I found another rather unique location, that of the ancient fortifications on the northern border of the island city of Portsmouth, five miles across the Solent from the Isle of Wight, the Hilsea Lines.

Placing the crime novels against the backdrop of the sea has many advantages. The sea is never constant. In one day it can change from being calm to turbulent. It is also dangerous, misleading and evil like many villains, and although it can look safe, beneath can be a sandbank, a rock, a wreck, a dangerous current all of which can cause havoc and kill, and be used to good effect in a crime novel. It also provides a great backdrop for pace and great settings for a climax, which, of course, I’ve used in Death Surge.

The sea is also completely uncontrollable. No matter how much you think or wish you can control it, you can't, you need to respect it. In life sometimes you need to go with the flow and other times swim against the tide, the trick is knowing when to do which. My detective, Andy Horton, hasn't quite got it sussed, or when he thinks he has something happens to throw him completely off course, just as in life.

Death Surge, which is the tenth in the Horton series, begins with Andy sailing off the Isle of Wight on the small yacht on which he lives. He’s trying to find inner peace after a gruelling investigation which has left him questioning his desire to remain in the job. His ongoing conflict with his nit-picking, control-freak, Alpha female boss DCI Lorraine Bliss doesn’t help matters either. He’s also seeking to escape the mental torment being caused by the startling revelations his own private investigations are revealing into the disappearance of his mother, Jennifer,when he was ten. Then a call comes from Sergeant Cantelli, Horton’s most revered friend, to say that his nephew, Johnnie is missing. Johnnie was due to join a sailing team on one of the large yachts taking part in the racing during Cowes Week. The news brings Horton straight back to work and on the investigation into Johnnie's disappearance which soon triggers a race to find a killer.

In Death Surge, as in some of the other Horton novels, I’ve drawn on my husband’s expertise, he is a retired fire fighter and can provide valuable assistance when it comes to researching fires and charred bodies.

Cantelli’s missing nephew brings Horton’s personal emotions into focus as he continues his investigation in the disappearance of his mother.

Death Surge audio, ebook and paperback, DI Andy Horton"A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist, Rowson’s latest also continues the intriguing saga of Andy’s search for the mother who disappeared in mysterious circumstances when he was a child." Booklist.

Death Surge is available in paperback, as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo and as an unabridged audio book narrated by Gordon Griffin and published by Soundings.

You can order this audio book and the others in the DI Andy Horton and the Art Marvik series from local booksellers, with the exception of Waterstones.

Alternatively order direct from the publisher via their website or by telephone on 01865 250333.

My books can be loaned from UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries.

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SEPTEMBER 17TH, 2017 @ 6:31:14 BST


RE: The story behind Death Surge, DI Andy Horton

I`m just going into Amazon to order Death Surge for my Kindle. Will the mystery of his mother be solved in this story? Phew you do write a good cliffhanger. Love all your books.


RE: The story behind Death Surge, DI Andy Horton

Thank you. Glad you enjoy the books. As to will Andy find the truth behind his mother`s disappearance... ah well you`ll have to keep reading to find out!


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