[Skip to Content]

The setting for Inspector Andy Horton THE PORTCHESTER CASTLE MURDERS

The Portchester Castle Murders DI Andy Horton 6 by Pauline RowsonPortsmouth, the surrounding harbours, the Solent and the Isle of Wight is a great place to set down a detective and Inspector Andy Horton is that man. The area has a diverse community and bags of history including a Roman castle at Portchester which is one of the settings for the Inspector Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery THE PORTCHESTER CASTLE MURDERS, book six of fifteen in the series, previously published as Footsteps on the Shore).

Locations inspire me. I’m always on the look out for a good place to put a body - a fictional one I hasten to add. I’m very fortunate to live in a coastal area which is extremely diverse and offers up all kinds of intriguing places for bodies, from bays, beaches and boatyards to shores, ships and shipwrecks, coast, coves, ferries and frogmen. OK so I haven’t used the latter in a novel but give it time because there is always the mystery surrounding Buster Crabb, the Royal Navy frogman and MI6 diver who vanished during a reconnaissance mission around a Soviet cruiser berthed at Portsmouth Dockyard in 1956. (Perhaps I should save this for the 1950s set Inspector Ryga mystery novels?)

Portchester CastleIn THE PORTCHESTER CASTLE MURDERS DI Andy Horton is called to a house next to Portchester Castle, where a woman he’d only met the day before, Venetia Trotman, has been murdered. Horton had been intending to buy her late husband's yacht to replace his small boat which had been torched by a villain with Horton only just managing to escape with his life. Horton has been living on board his boat in Southsea Marina since his estrangement from his wife, Catherine.

Portchester CastlePortchester Castle is at the north end of Portsmouth Harbour and is the best preserved Roman fort north of the Alps! It is owned and managed by English Heritage and is open to the public. After the Norman Conquest a castle was built in one corner of the fort, which grew into an impressive royal residence. From 1665 Portchester was frequently used to house foreign prisoners of war, most notably during the wars with France between 1793 and 1815.

Other locations used in this novel are the Hayling Coastal Path and the Hard at Portsmouth Harbour.

Portsmouth Hard and HMS WarriorA convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, has been reported missing. Could he be Venetia Trotman’s killer? Or is the decomposed corpse washed up in Portsmouth harbour the missing Luke Felton? If so does Horton have two killers on his hands or one? But what, if anything, connects an ex-criminal and a quiet unassuming lady?

Added to this is the return of Horton’s nit-picking boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss from her secondment at HQ and she’s intent on making Horton’s life as difficult as possible. Someone else also seems set on troubling Horton when he finds a symbol scratched on his Harley Davidson. Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the beleaguered detective …

There are many twists and turns in this novel with a hint of international crime behind it but I will say no more. I wouldn’t want to spoil your enjoyment of it.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐This book was high on suspense. Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I didn't want the book to end. Amazon

'Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms.' Booklist, Starred Review

'A detective novel in the tradition of Rankin and Harvey. Like Rebus, Rowson’s DI Andy Horton, if not a loose cannon, is a detective who does not always work within the rules. As with all Rowson’s novels the ending is dramatic and deeply menacing. If you are a fan of traditional detective fiction in a vivid setting that makes you believe that you are there, you will love this one.' Mystery Magazine.

Available on Amazon Kindle and in paperback.

Like on Facebook  Tweet on Twitter  Share on Linkedin  Pin It on Pinterest

APRIL 22ND, 2022 @ 6:20:50 BST

Leave Comment

  B J E Y J P
Location:  Home   »  NEWS/BLOG