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Lethal Waves on board the Condor Ferry

Pauline Rowson on Condor Ferry for launch of Lethal WavesoI had great fun on board the Condor Ferry, Commodore Clipper, for the launch of the latest in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series, LETHAL WAVES, number thirteen in the series.  Hopefully the Condor ferry doesn't experience any lethal waves as it crosses the English Channel to the Channel Islands!

Captain Steve Leake and Pauline RowsonI was on board the ship at Portsmouth International Port for a photo shoot. Condor very generously permitted me and my photographer, Nick Masson, to roam, as I posed and he clicked his camera. And the wonderful Captain Steve Leake joined me.  The Condor Commodore Clipper is featured in LETHAL WAVES, when the body of a woman is found in the cabin on arrival in Guernsey in the Channel Islands  having sailed from Portsmouth, Inspector Andy Horton's home patch.

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 on board Condor Ferry for launch of Lethal WavesvThe Commodore Clipper ferry is very much an integral part of Portsmouth and the Solent, the setting for my Inspector Andy Horton crime novels, that I just knew I had to 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. 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....?

Inspector Andy Horton Lethal WavesAll 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.

In the hot seat - Pauline Rowson and Captain Steve Leake Captain Leake loaned me his seat at the helm. I did my Star Trek, Captain Jean-Luc Picard impression, "Make It So" I even said "Engage" but no one obeyed! Maybe 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.

My thanks to Captain Steve Leake and his crew, including Hotel Services Operations Manager, Mike Mustill  and Cabin Manager, Geoff.

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.

Lethal Waves is published by Severn House in paperback, hardcover and as an ebook, available on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo.  Also available for loan from USA, UK and Commonwealth libraries.

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FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018 @ 11:05:08 UTC

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