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A ticket to Ryde for Inspector Andy Horton in Lethal Waves

Ryde Pier Railway Line Isle of WightTrain fans and those who travel from the mainland of Portsmouth (DI Andy Horton's CID patch) to the Isle of Wight five miles across the Solent, and vice versa, will recognize this station at the end of Ryde Pier on the Isle of Wight. They will also be familiar with the unusual train line, Island Line, operated by South Western Trains.

It is an electrified train line, a single track with only two crossing points and is made up of former London underground train carriages from the 1960s. Soon though these are to be  replaced with more up-to-date trains and the bone shakers that have been in operation on the line for years will be a thing of the past.  I will miss them.

A great deal of work is going on at the moment with updating the line and creating a new switch over junction at Brading. The line is currently closed but will be re-opened hopefully in September 2021.  The line runs from Ryde in the north to the seaside town of Shanklin in the south, once it used to go on to Ventnor but was axed in the infamous Lord Beeching cuts of the 1960s.  There is talk at government level though of possibility re-opening this line but I won't hold my breath. 

Until the early 1950s, the Island enjoyed a railway network of around 60 route miles. By 1956 the lightly used lines had closed and by winter 1966, only the Ryde to Shanklin route remained operational using ex London Underground tube trains. ( On The Wight)

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway was formed in the early 1970s on the closed Newport line at Havenstreet and has progressively extended to Wootton and Smallbrook stations.
The train stops at seven stations, sometimes eight when it links up with the Isle of Wight steam train that runs from Smallbrook to Havenstreet. 

In LETHAL WAVES,  (DI Andy Horton 13)  Horton has crossed the Solent on the Wightlink Fast Cat ferry to  Ryde in pursuit of his investigation into the murder of a vagrant found under a houseboat on the shores of Portsmouth close to the marina where helives on his small yacht.

Ryde Pier Isle of WightThe Island train travels along the long pier from the Wightlink Fast Cat ferry terminal to the Isle of Wight town of Ryde. Pedestrians can also use the pier, it's an invigorating short walk with lovely views out to sea to both the east and west. Vehicles which travel along it to the ferry terminal are restricted to ten miles per hour.

Ryde Pier Wightlink Terminal Isle of WightThe Wightlink Fast Cat ferry from Portsmouth Harbour to the Isle of Wight has its terminal at Ryde Pier head. It is owned by Wightlink and is a rather beautiful terminal building full of atmosphere.

In LETHAL WAVES, Andy Horton's investigation has brought him to Ryde on the Isle of Wight following up a clue that could possible link the dead woman found on the Condor Commodore Clipper ferry from Portsmouth to Guernsey with that of the vagrant found dead under the houseboat in Portsmouth but what can it be?  Now, you wouldn't want me to tell you and spoil it for you, would you?

Watch the video below to find out more about Lethal Waves, Inspector Andy Horton's investigation and the locations used in the crime novel.

Lethal Waves is published in paperback, as an e book, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.  It is also available for loan in UK, Commonwealth and USA libraries.

"This heart-breaking story of ambition, greed, jealousy, and revenge makes a good choice for fans of no-nonsense British procedurals." Booklist

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