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The Boathouse Murders - Inspector Andy Horton (11)


The Boathouse Murders by Pauline RowsonMeet DI Andy Horton. He’s a risk-taking Harley-Davidson-riding, sailing detective who doesn’t always play by the rules . . . which often lands him in trouble with his bosses.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Horton is my new favourite detective- life continually kicks him in the teeth but he always gets up again until he finds the murderer(s)!" Yvonne Amazon

Please note this was previously published as Shroud of Evil.

Detective Inspector Andy Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator.

Kenton was on the trail of a man whose wife thought he was having an affair.

Then Kenton’s naked body is discovered on a stretch of private beach on the Isle of Wight, wrapped in sailcloth.

The autopsy reveals Kenton was shot with a crossbow at close range.

Now Horton is embroiled in an investigation that has major personal ramifications and he has no choice but to withhold vital information.

As Horton struggles to crack the case, he knows it’s only a matter of time before someone discovers he’s kept silent. And if that’s revealed, it will end his career.

"A compelling protagonist and mounting suspense make the book hard to put down." Publishers Weekly

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Yet another brilliant installment in a thoroughly enjoyable, original crime series by a talented British author. Full of twists and turns, colourful characters and hints of disharmony and mistrust between colleagues in the police force." Amazon

Set against the atmospheric backdrop of the sea in the Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England. Pauline Rowson has been hailed as "redefining the genre of  the police drama”. Her cops are tough yet fallible.




THE DETECTIVES

DI Andy Horton’s mum walked out on him when he was a child and he grew up in children’s home. Now he lives onboard his yacht in Southsea Marina. He rides a Harley-Davidson and never wears a suit or tie — unless it’s to go to court. He’s an instinctive copper and a man of contrasts, which often lands him in trouble with his bosses. He has a desperate need to belong, and yet is always just on the outside. Self-contained, afraid to show his feelings, but he’s a risk-taker that seeks justice.

DS Barney Cantelli is happily married to Charlotte with five children. Cantelli followed in his maternal grandfather’s footsteps and became a policeman. His brothers and sister took over their father’s ice cream business and cafés in Portsmouth. Cantelli and Horton work well together and Cantelli is, or tries to be, Horton’s steadying influence. Only Cantelli and SP Steve Uckfield know about Horton’s past. But not everything; no one knows that.

 

THE SETTING

Portsmouth boasts a vibrant waterfront, a diverse multicultural population, an international port, a historic dockyard, and is home of the Royal Navy. Portsmouth Harbour is one of the busiest in the world — and one of the best places to hide a body, it seems. Set against the backdrop of the sea, the Solent area of Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight is every detective’s worst nightmare. The sea is ever-changing and often the best clues get swept away by the tide.



PRAISE FOR PAULINE ROWSON:

"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment.” Crime Book Club

 "The Harley Davidson-riding, boat-dwelling Horton is a fascinating man to get to know, and his thoughtful approach to detection is a pleasure to read.” Publishers Weekly

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Once you get to know Andy Horton you'll be sure to name him as one of your favourite police characters in crime fiction.” James C.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Couldn't put this book down . . . I thought the story was brilliant and will definitely be reading the next book.” Nikki

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "An enjoyable fast-paced crime novel in an unusual and evocative setting.” Bobby H.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Pauline Rowson’s books are cleverly plotted with lots of twists and turns. Can’t turn the pages fast enough. For anyone who enjoys a gripping crime novel these are a must.” Darren C.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Brilliant read. Love all of Pauline Rowson’s books. If you like a good twist, read this, you won't be able to put it down!” Amazon customer

"A great read for mystery lovers with plenty to keep you guessing until the last moment." Crime Book Club

"I was gripped until the last page of this very well structured and plotted story. This was the best book of hers that I have read so far. Very enjoyable and highly recommended." Eurocrime



ALSO BY PAULINE ROWSON

THE SOLENT MURDER MYSTERIES

Book 1: THE PORTSMOUTH MURDERS

Book 2: THE LANGSTONE HARBOUR MURDERS

Book 3: THE HORSEA MARINA MURDERS

Book 4: THE ROYAL HOTEL MURDERS

Book 5: THE ISLE OF 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: THE THORNEY ISLAND MURDERS

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

 



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