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It's back to school and Horton has a week to find the killer of a headteacher

Deadly Waters - DI Andy Horton Crime Novel Pauline RowsonThe school term is on us in 2020, after all the months of absence owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and many children (and parents and guardians) will be delighted that their children can resume their education. It's also back to school for my flawed and rugged Portsmouth copper DI Andy Horton in the second of the DI Andy Horton series. DEADLY WATERS, set around Portsmouth and Langstone Harbour.

"Rowson adds an appealing hero to the British Police Procedural ranks." Kirkus Reviews (USA)

Here are some photographs of where Deadly Waters is set

A woman, the headteacher of struggling inner city Portsmouth school, is found brutally murdered on the Mulberry in Langstone Harbour.

The Mulberry Langstone Harbour - scene for Deadly Water, DI Andy Horton crime novelA note is found on the body. Have you forgotten ME? Is it simply a senseless murder by an unhinged killer or does someone close to the head have a motive for murder? As Horton delves deeper into the investigation, aided by Sergeant Cantelli, the tension mounts. With the clock ticking Horton is soon forced to take a decision that will put his life on the line . . .

Langstone Harbour setting for DI Andy Horton, Deadly WatersAmbition, murder, adultery...

Horton has only a week to find a killer...

Town Camber - Portsmouth, scene from DI Andy Horton, Deadly WatersDeadly Waters begins at the Camber in Portsmouth and ends with Horton's life on the line

"Compelling, multi-layered, gripping, a great read for mystery lovers."

There are now fifteen in the Inspector Andy Horton series.

Who is Andy Horton? What makes Andy Horton tick?

Andy Horton is an instinctive rather than an intellectual cop with a highly formed sense of justice. Raised in a succession of children's homes he finds he can never quite trust. He is tough and resilient, but deeply empathetic. A dry sense of humour is the key to Horton’s investigative approach. It’s how he keeps people at arm’s length and stays detached from the crimes he investigates. His greatest strength is his ability to put himself in a victim’s shoes, to imagine events from their perspective (even the moments up to their death), making leaps of deduction few would be able to. And he’s most often right.

Horton is especially tough on bullies, or people who abuse their power or position, as they remind him of those in the children’s homes. He feels a duty of care to the victims of the crimes he investigates and often feels he’s the only person looking out for them; the only one who can bring the guilty to justice so that the dead can rest. No one cared about him when he was a child; he won’t let that happen to anyone else.

What is the order of the DI Andy Horton crime novels?

Tide of Death
Deadly Waters
The Suffocating Sea
Dead Man's Wharf
Blood on the Sand
Footsteps on the Shore
A Killing Coast
Death Lies Beneath
Death Surge
Shroud of Evil
Fatal Catch
Lethal Waves
Dead Passage

Where to buy Pauline Rowson's

Available in paperback, as an ebook on Amazon Kindle, large print and as unabridged audio book.

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