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December and Inspector Andy Horton has a body on a burning boat to investigate

The Suffocating Sea a DI Andy Horton Mystery by Pauline RowsonTwo of my DI Andy Horton crime novels are set in December, FATAL CATCH number 12 in the Andy Horton crime series, and THE SUFFOCATING SEA number 3 in the series. Here is what's in store for Andy Horton in THE SUFFOCATING SEA.

THE SUFFOCATING SEA opens on December 17 with the discovery of a body on a burning boat in Horsea Marine, Portsmouth, England. Horton, my rugged and flawed detective, is assisted by the lovely Sergeant Cantelli. They are called to investigate a suspicious fire on board a boat in the marina, but as soon as Horton arrives he experiences a premonition so strong that it’s almost audible. As he views the charred remains of the dead man he knows instinctively that this investigation will be like no other and he's right because in this case he is forced to confront the past, not just the victim’s, but the mystery surrounding his mother’s disappearance when he was ten years old, thirty years ago.

As the pieces of a long ago puzzle begin to unravel, it becomes clear to Horton that this is one case someone is determined he should never solve, masterminded by a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out...

Booklist says, "A gripping, suspense-filled murder case...an entertaining read in an engaging series..."

Read an extract from The Suffocating Sea

Wednesday 17 December 7.45pm

The blue pulsating lights of the fire engines radiated out of the dense freezing fog like revolving spotlights on a stage as Sergeant Cantelli swung into the car park at Horsea Marina. Inspector Andy Horton shivered. A cold, clammy feeling fingered its way up his spine. He’d been to hundreds of fires in his career, and had seen burnt and shrivelled corpses before. This was no different, he told himself, yet instinctively he knew it was.
The fog and smoke curled together like a snake and seemed to ooze their way inside the car, bringing with them the smell of danger and death. They clawed at his throat making it hard for him to catch his breath. A premonition so strong that it was almost audible was urging him to turn back and leave this to others, but it was too late for that. Cantelli was already drawing to a halt in front of the police vehicle straddling the fire engines. Beyond, somewhere on the pontoon, thought Horton, was a burning boat and inside it a charred corpse.

The DI Andy Horton crime novels in order.

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DECEMBER 2ND, 2019 @ 7:42:13 GMT

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