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Fun on the photoshoot on board Condor Ferry for Andy Horton, Lethal Waves

Pauline Rowson reading Lethal Waves on board the Condor FerryI had great fun on board the Condor Ferry, Commodore Clipper, while it was at Portsmouth International Port recently. I was there for a photo shoot to launch the new Andy Horton crime novel, Lethal Waves. The Commodore Clipper features in Lethal Waves the thirteenth in the series starring my flawed, hunky and rugged detective, Andy Horton.

It was a calm and rather grey Sunday but it was brightened by meeting the lovely Captain Steve Leake and his crew, including Hotel Services Operations Manager, Mike Mustill, who allowed me, my husband, Bob, and the photographer, Nick Masson, free reign, escorted and ably assisted by the delightful Cabin Manager, Geoff. (Click on the images to enlarge them).

It was my second visit to the Commodore Clipper as I had been allowed an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour in October 2015 while I was researching for Lethal Waves when the Condor team assisted me.

Pauline Rowson reading Lethal Waves dark and deadly mystery 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 I just knew I had to feature it at some stage. Lethal Waves begins with the body of a woman in her locked cabin on board the Condor Ferry. I love watching it sail out of Portsmouth and always feel a buzz when it glides through the narrow harbour entrance. I thought a body on board would be perfect and Condor kindly permitted me to place my fictitious one there. It has all the appearances of natural causes or suicide but is it....?

Pauline Rowson on Commodore Clipper 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 him being there when the body on the ferry is discovered.

Captain Leake and Pauline Rowson reading Lethal WavesI visited the Captain's Bridge where Captain Leake and I indulged in a spot of reading.

In the hot seat - Pauline Rowson and Captain Steve LeakeIn this picture we look a little more serious. Captain Leake loaned me his seat at the helm. I did my Star Trek, Captain Jean-Luc Picard impression, "Make it So" except no one obeyed! Maybe it was just as well. I might have hit the big Naval warship in dock and certainly the tiny sailing boats crossing the harbour! Andy Horton would have had a very different investigation on his hands then.

About Condor

Condor has been sailing from Portsmouth for more than 50 years. 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.

Lethal Waves is published by Severn House in hardcover and is available now from all good booksellers and on line.

My huge thanks to Condor Ferries. Check out their website for some great trips across to the lovely Channel Islands. I'm sure Andy Horton will be back there soon!

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MARCH 3RD, 2017 @ 5:47:16 GMT

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