The DI Andy Horton Crime Novels - cleverly plotted, gripping, multi-layered
Pauline Rowson's Portsmouth-set mystery plots are inventive and exciting, gripping but not gruesome, and full of thrilling twists and turns. They take us to the deepest, darkest corners of human behaviour but ultimately lead us into the light.
Her novels combine character-driven, emotional punch with the scale and complexity of plotting. Our intrepid hero on this journey is Detective Inspector Andy Horton. A man very much defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future.
Setting for the Andy Horton Crime Novels
Set against the visually strong, unique, vibrant, diverse and atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England. Horton's investigations take him across the Solent and into the harbours of Langstone and Chichester and its surrounding coastal towns.
Pauline Rowson's Detective Andy Horton police procedural crime series has been hailed as "exemplary," "multi-layered" "cleverly plotted" with an "especially good series hero, a likeable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage"
About Andy HortonAndy Horton is instinctive not intellectual, 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.
Horton is 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.
The DI Andy Horton crime novels in order
The DI Andy Horton series of crime novels has everything: compelling crimes, complex past history, a tough work environment, romantic entanglements and political intrigue played out against the dramatic and powerfully evocative British marine landscape of Portsmouth and the Solent.
DI Andy Horton (13) Lethal WavesPublished in hardcover in the UK on 28 February 2017
Published in the USA on 1 June 2017
On his return from Guernsey, Horton is called out to investigate the death of a vagrant whose body is found under a rotting houseboat on the shores of Portsmouth.
DI Andy Horton (12) Fatal Catch
Fisherman haul a gruesome catch: a severed human hand and Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem.'Plenty of red herrings and a surprising culprit. Series fans will appreciate additional clues about the unsolved murder of Horton’s mother, Jennifer, more than 30 years earlier.' Publishers Weekly
DI Andy Horton (11) Shroud of Evil
How far would you go to protect a secret? For DI Andy Horton there is no choice, withholding information in a murder investigation could cost him his job.
"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment." Crime Book Club
"A compelling protagonist and mounting suspense make the book hard to put down." Publishers Weekly
The eleventh in the popular marine mystery series of British Police Procedural Crime Novels featuring the flawed and rugged, DI Andy Horton
DI Andy Horton (10) Death Surge
"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.
"Rowson plunges readers into the midst of the series’ intricate backstory. Within three pages, a newcomer may feel as if he or she is already catching up. The fast-paced narrative with its multiple theories, will draw readers along.” Publishers Weekly
‘A high quality puzzle… a devious plot. Death Surge is a taut and exciting investigation into a disappearance which turns into a murder hunt….all very enjoyable.’ David Marshall
DI Andy Horton (9) Undercurrent
"Rowson successfully pilots the complex storyline, filled with wild speculations and a slew of suspects, to a fitting conclusion." Publishers Weekly
"Another solid procedural from Rowson, with a little kick of spy stuff for the adventurous." Kirkus.
‘The DI Andy Horton series has the pedigree and essential ingredients to shine as a prime-time, high-end TV adaptation.’ Tim O’Mara TV Director
DI Andy Horton (8) Death Lies Beneath
"A treat for fans of the puzzle-box mystery." Kirkus Reviews
"Convincing characters and a coherent plot bolster a crafty solution to the crimes." Publishers Weekly
"A fast paced excellent mystery, with an interesting diverse set of characters, and an intriguing hook at the end that has me eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.Highly recommended." Mystery People
DI Andy Horton (7) A Killing Coast
"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. " Booklist
"Unexpected Twists." Publishers Weekly
"Multilayered, twisted and complex." Booklist
DI Andy Horton (6) Footsteps on the Shore
"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
‘Footsteps on the Shore, is a detective novel in the tradition of Rankin and Harvey and others. Like Rebus, Rowson’s DI Andy Horton, if not a loose cannon, is a detective who does not always work within the rules. As with all Rowson’s novels the ending is dramatic and deeply menacing. If you are a fan of traditional detective fiction in a vivid setting that makes you believe that you are there, you will love this one.' James Morley, Mystery People Magazine
DI Andy Horton (5) Blood on the Sand
'Like Ed McBain, Rowson works many subtle variations on the procedural formula (including very interesting relationships between Andy and a couple of his superiors). A definite winner in the crowded field of British procedurals.' Booklist
DI Andy Horton (4) Dead Man's Wharf
DI Andy Horton is a complex character: physically strong but emotionally vulnerable. Abandoned by his mother when he was ten, Horton, raised in a succession of children’s homes, growing up on the rough streets of Portsmouth, survived on his wits – and with his fists. He knows the dark, seedy recesses of his home city – which he hates and loves in equal measure. He seeks justice and doesn’t much care how he gets it, just as long as the villains get done. He lives alone.
DI Andy Horton (3) The Suffocating Sea
'Rowson adds an appealing hero to the British Police Procedural ranks.' Kirkus Reviews
'Rowson turns out an exemplary procedural with the requisite plot twists, double-crosses and all loose ends tied up neatly in a sailor’s knot.'Kirkus
'A gripping, suspense filled murder case...entertaining read in an engaging series...' Booklist
DI Andy Horton (2) Deadly Waters
Ambition, murder, adultery... Horton has only a week to find a killer...
"Rowson adds an appealing hero to the British Police Procedural ranks." Kirkus Reviews (USA)
DI Andy Horton (1) Tide of Death
'A strong plot and some nice characterisation and dialogue, which makes this a notch above the average fare out there. Rowson is clearly a crime writer to watch.' Amazon
It is Horton’s second day back in Portsmouth CID after being suspended on a charge of gross misconduct for eight months. Horton has a point to prove - he's still a good cop
Where to buy Pauline Rowson's BooksPauline Rowson's DI Andy Horton crime novels and her standalone thrillers are available in a number of formats including, hardcover, paperback, large print, unabridged audio book and ebook format from all major retailers, independent bookshops and on line.
Also available on Kindle and Kobo and on loan from libraries within the UK, USA and Commonwealth.