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What's on in June 2017 - Lethal Waves published as an ebook, research and writing

Lethal Waves, an Inspector Andy Horton police procedural by Pauline RowsonctorJune sees the publication of the e book version of the latest in the Inspector Andy Horton series, number 13, Lethal Waves.  From 1 June it is available on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.  It is also published in hardcover in the USA on 1 June 2017. It was published in hardcover in the UK on the 28 February 2017.  Aside from this June is a relatively quiet month in terms of giving talks and radio interviews so it's time to catch up on some writing and undertake some research for my new crime novels.

Blood on the Sand A DI Andy Horton MysterydMy research in June takes me to the Isle of Wight, familiar territory to those of you who have read some of the DI Andy Horton novels as his investigations often take him the five miles across the Solent from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.  The Isle of Wight is particularly featured in Blood on the Sand, A Killing Coast, Death Surge and Shroud of Evil. I have also used it for the setting of one of my standalone crime novels, In For The Kill.

Woody Bay used in DI Andy Horton, A Killing CoastAThe Isle of Wight has a stunning coast line with lots of sandy and rocky bays, chines and downland and is popular with walkers, sailors and holiday makers.  It was also a favourite haunt of the poets Swinburne and Tennyson. Queen Victoria built her much-loved summer residence and final home on the island at Osborne House at East Cowes, not yet featured in an Andy Horton mystery but give it time...

The current Inspector Andy Horton novel I am writing (number 15 in the series) is partly set on the Isle of Wight, which means I have a good excuse to pack the rucksack and set off on the Wightlink ferry to trek in Andy Horton's footsteps.

Silent Running the first Art Marvik crime novelMy new hero, undercover investigator, Art Marvik, also has connections with the Isle of Wight where he rents a remote cottage on the shores of the natural unspoiled beauty of  Newtown Harbour although he is rarely there! Instead he is undertaking missions on his powerful motor cruiser for his boss, Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder head of the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS). (Andy Horton is a sailor and lives on board his small yacht in Portsmouth).

Swanage Bay, Dorest in Art Marvik Dangerous CargoMarvik's missions take him along the south coast of England to Littlehampton, (Silent Running), Newhaven and Eastbourne in the east, taking in the stunning coastal landscapes of the Birling Gap, the Severn Sisters and Beachy Head (Lost Voyage -2017)  and the beautiful Dorset coast and Isle of Purbeck in the west (Dangerous Cargo).

In June I will be spending a couple of days on the small Isle of Portland to the west of Southampton situated in the English Channel. Portland forms the southernmost point of the county of Dorset and I'll be exploring Chesil Beach which joins Portland to the mainland. My research takes me there for number four in the Art Marvik series, which I am also currently writing.

So June is the month for walking, writing, research and exploring, for re-charging the batteries and stimulating ideas for more crime novels.  I'm hoping for fine weather and in England that can never be taken for granted. But whatever the weather I am looking forward to walking in the footsteps of my two wonderful male protagonists, my heroes, Andy Horton and Art Marvik whose adventures I hope will continue to entertain and thrill readers.

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