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DI Andy Horton crime novel, Lethal Waves, on board Condor Ferries

Pauline Rowson with Lethal Waves on quayside by Commodore Clipper Crime author, Pauline Rowson paid a special visit to Condor Ferries to celebrate the release of DI Andy Horton crime novel LETHAL WAVES, which features one of Condor's fleet, Commodore Clipper.  LETHAL WAVES, no. 13 in the series has been re-issued in August 2020 paperback, as an e book on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.

Pauline visited the Captain and crew of Commodore Clipper in Portsmouth International Port, which included an exclusive trip up to the Captain's Bridge.

Condor's conventional ferry, Commodore Clipper which sails from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands, plays a key role in the new crime thriller novel, acting as a scene for one of the book's unfortunate  victims, although this death is not thought to be suspicious - at first!

Whilst penning the novel, Pauline visited Commodore Clipper in October 2015. The Condor team assisted with a behind-the-scenes tour and access to the cabins on Commodore Clipper for background research to inform and inspire Pauline's writing.

LETHAL WAVES features Rowson's marine-series lead character, the flawed and rugged, DI Andy Horton.

Pauline Rowson and Lethal Waves and Condor ferry in the backgroundWhilst visiting Commodore Clipper in Portsmouth, Pauline commented: "The Commodore Clipper ferry is very much an integral part of Portsmouth and the Solent, the setting for my DI Andy Horton crime novels, that it was inevitable I would feature it at some stage. I love watching it sail out of Portsmouth and always feel a buzz when it glides through the narrow harbour entrance.

"All my crime novels are set against the backdrop of the sea and I particularly love that self-contained feel of island settings. Andy Horton’s patch is Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight, both islands, but I fell in love with Guernsey when I visited it on holiday and decided that Andy Horton’s past and the mysterious disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago should have a Guernsey connection, hence his trip to Guernsey and being there when the body on the ferry is discovered.

Captain Leake and Pauline Rowson on the Bridge"I’m very grateful to Condor and the Captain and crew for all their help while researching Lethal Waves.”

Alicia Andrews, Executive Director - Commercial at Condor Ferries, added: "We have been delighted to assist Pauline with her new novel, and now see the finished article going on sale. The book underpins our longstanding links with Portsmouth, from where Condor has been sailing for more than 50 years, and our Channel Islands heritage. Although the circumstances of Commodore Clipper's involvement in the novel is somewhat dark, we're pleased to report that Lethal Waves is completely fictitious - we wish Pauline every success with the novel.”

Now available in paperback and published as e book, on Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Apple and Google Books on 3 August - available to order

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.

"Nothing in this police procedural is as it first appears. 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

"This heart-breaking story of ambition, greed, jealousy, and revenge makes a good choice for fans of no-nonsense British procedurals." Booklist

For more information on Condor Ferries, visit condorferries.com.


Issued on behalf of Condor Ferries by McKenna Townsend

For further information please contact Angharad Tye-Reeve or Mel Bradley on 01425 472330 or email condor@mckennatownsend.com

About Condor Ferries

Condor Ferries was founded in 1964 and initially operated a passenger service between France and the Channel Islands. In 1987, the first service linking the Channel Islands with the UK was launched and since then Condor Ferries has operated a year-round service connecting the UK through Poole, and Portsmouth, the Channel Islands through Guernsey and Jersey and the ports of St Malo and Cherbourg in France.

Condor Ferries operates the high speed ferries, Condor Liberation and Condor Rapide. In 1999 Commodore Clipper, a conventional car, passenger and freight carrying vessel was introduced to the fleet to offer an all-weather, year round service. Each year, Condor Ferries carries more than 1 million passengers and 200,000 passenger vehicles.

Condor Ferries also operates Commodore Goodwill, as a freight only vessel. The Condor Ferries fleet carries 100,000 freight vehicles into the Channel Islands each year as well as exporting tonnes of local produce.

Condor Ferries is also an active member of the communities within which it operates and supports numerous organisations, sports and charities through sponsorship and travel.

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