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The inspiration behind THE COWES WEEK MURDERS


The Cowes Week Murders DI Andy Horton mystery by Pauline RowsonThe inspiration for THE COWES WEEK MURDERS (formerly published as Death Surge) number 10 in the DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery Series came like all the other novels in the series featuring my flawed and rugged Portsmouth detective from the location. It is locations that inspire me and with the Horton series, set against the powerfully evocative British marine landscape of the Solent on the South Coast of England, there is always a good place to put a body.

I also chose to set THE COWES WEEK MURDERS around the annual international sailing regatta of Cowes Week, which takes place in the Solent off the small coastal town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight in the first week of August each year, except for 2020 when it, like every other event, was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic.  In 2021 Cowes Week took place between 31 July and 7 August and in 2022 from 29 July to 5 August.

Placing my crime novels against the backdrop of the sea has many advantages. The sea is never constant. In one day it can change from being calm to turbulent. It is also dangerous, misleading and evil like many villains, and although it can look safe, beneath can be a sandbank, a rock, a wreck, a dangerous current all of which can cause havoc and kill, and be used to good effect in a crime novel. It also provides a great backdrop for pace and great settings for a climax, which, of course, I’ve used in THE COWES WEEK MURDERS.

The sea is also completely uncontrollable. No matter how much you think or wish you can control it, you can't, you need to respect it. In life sometimes you need to go with the flow and other times swim against the tide, the trick is knowing when to do which. My detective, Andy Horton, hasn't quite got it sussed, or when he thinks he has something happens to throw him completely off course, just as in life.

THE COWES WEEK MURDERS opens with Andy sailing off the Isle of Wight on the small yacht on which he lives. He’s trying to find inner peace after a gruelling investigation which has left him questioning his desire to remain in the job.

His ongoing conflict with his nit-picking, control-freak, Alpha female boss DCI Lorraine Bliss doesn’t help matters either. He’s also seeking to escape the mental torment being caused by the startling revelations his own private investigations are revealing into the disappearance of his mother, Jennifer,when he was ten.

Then a call comes from Sergeant Cantelli, Horton’s most revered friend, and colleague in CID, to say that his nephew, Johnnie is missing. Johnnie was due to join a sailing team on one of the large yachts taking part in the racing during Cowes Week. The news brings Horton straight back to work and on the investigation into Johnnie's disappearance which soon triggers a race to find a killer.

While researching the novel I  also found another rather unique location which I just had to bring in, that of the ancient fortifications on the northern border of the island city of Portsmouth, five miles across the Solent from the Isle of Wight, the Hilsea Lines where the charred remains of a body are found.

In THE COWES WEEK MURDERS, as in some of  my other crime novels, I’ve drawn on my husband’s expertise, he is a retired fire fighter and can provide valuable assistance when it comes to researching fires and charred bodies.

Cantelli’s missing nephew also brings Horton’s personal emotions into focus as he continues his investigation in the disappearance of his mother.


"A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist." Booklist.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I've found my next favorite mystery writer. Fast action, great plot and a twist at the end.  Who could ask for more?" Amazon


THE COWES WEEK MURDERS is published on Kindle and in paperback.
 

The DI Andy Horton novels in order:

AVAILABLE NOW IN THE SOLENTMURDER MYSTERY SERIES:
  • Book 1: THEPORTSMOUTH MURDERS
  • Book 2: THELANGSTONE HARBOUR MURDERS
  • Book 3: THEHORSEA MARINA MURDERS
  • Book 4: THE ROYALHOTEL MURDERS
  • Book 5: THE ISLEOF WIGHT MURDERS
  • Book 6: THE PORTCHESTER CASTLE MURDERS
  • Book 7: THE CHALE BAY MURDERS
  • Book 8: THE FARLINGTON MARSH MURDERS
  • Book 9: THE OYSTER QUAYS MURDERS
  • Book 10: THE COWES WEEK MURDERS
  • Book 11: THE BOATHOUSE MURDERS

Book 12: to be published  14 August 2022
Book13: to be published 4 September 2022
Book 14: to be published 25 September 2022
Book 15: to be published 2 October 2022
Book 16: to be published in November 2022









POSTED BY: PAULINE ROWSON
AUGUST 3RD, 2022 @ 6:31:14 BST
 
 


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RE: The inspiration behind THE COWES WEEK MURDERS


I`m just going into Amazon to order Death Surge for my Kindle. Will the mystery of his mother be solved in this story? Phew you do write a good cliffhanger. Love all your books.

COMMENT BY MARY KERNICK, APRIL 2ND, 2015 @ 9:10:27 BST

RE: The inspiration behind THE COWES WEEK MURDERS


Thank you. Glad you enjoy the books. As to will Andy find the truth behind his mother`s disappearance... ah well you`ll have to keep reading to find out!

COMMENT BY PAULINE ROWSON, APRIL 2ND, 2015 @ 13:19:25 BST
 

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