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DI Andy Horton at the Scene of Crime in THE OYSTER QUAYS MURDERS

The Oyster Quays Murders, DI Andy Horton, by Pauline RowsonA wet August night and Inspector Andy Horton is returning from London to Portsmouth when police cars on blue lights race past him on the motorway.

Nothing unusual in that but as Horton heads for the small yacht on which he lives he sees the police vehicles pull up outside Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard and draw to a halt. His curiosity gets the better of him and he stops to investigate.

Meet DI AndyHorton. He’s a risk-taking Harley-Davidson-riding, sailing detective who doesn’t always playby the rules . . . which often lands him in trouble with his bosses.

(Please note thiswas previously published as Undercurrent.)

The Body in the Basin - Undercurrent - DI Andy HortonLying face down and sprawled out inNumber One Dock is the lifeless body of naval historian Dr Douglas Spalding.

While on a visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this is what I saw and it immediately looked like a body under that tarpaulin in Number One Dock, which houses the black and white Monitor M33, ( see picture below) one of only two British warships to survive from the Great War World War I, which has now been restored and is open to the public.

Number One Dock M33 - Undercurrent - DI Andy Horton MysteryBut when I wrote THE OYSTER QUAYS MURDERS (formerly titled Undercurrent) Number One Dock was sealed off as you can see in this picture with no public access and seemingly no way of a body getting down there.  The sight of the tarpaulin in the corner stimulated the little grey cells, as Poirot would have said, and sent my imagination flying.

Who is it under that tarpaulin?  How did he get there? Why is he dead? How did he die? And so began the twisted tale of THE OYSTER QUAYS MURDERS.

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in THE OYSTER QUAYS MURDERS by Pauline RowsonSuperintendent Uckfield is adamant thatSpalding took his own life. But Horton’s not so sure. Then another body isfound in similar circumstances in the cockpit of a boat moored at Oyster Quays.

Angry at his boss’s inaction, Hortontakes matters into his own hands.


Locations always inspire me

My grateful thanks to Rowannah Martin-Cottee and Heather Johnson of the National Museum of the Royal Navy Portsmouth who helped me with the research for this novel and for answering my numerous questions.

"Rowson offers up a thorny, multifaceted plot; a profusion of unusual twists; a likable yet complex hero; and plenty of fast-paced, knuckle-biting action." Booklist USA

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