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The Portsmouth Murders
The Langstone Harbour Murders
The Horsea Marina Murders
The Royal Hotel Murders
The Isle of Wight Murders
The Royal Hotel Murders

MEET DI ANDY HORTON IN THESE GRIPPING SOLENT MURDER MYSTERIES


The DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mysteries ( 15 books) will all be published on Kindle and in paperback in 2022 by Joffe Books.

AVAILABLE NOW IN THE SOLENT MURDER MYSTERY SERIES:

  • 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



DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mysteries by Pauline Rowson

Fifteen in this entertaining series, full of twists and turns.



"Deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of American procedurals (those by Ed McBain or Joseph Wambaugh for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey. " Booklist

Inspector Andy Horton - a man defined by a tormented past, but with hopes for his future.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. 

THE PORTSMOUTH MURDERS (1)

The Portsmouth Murders by Pauline Rowson

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE DETECTIVE SERIES!

Meet Detective Inspector Andy Horton. It’s his second day back in Portsmouth’s CID and things aren’t going well.

(Please note this was previously published as Tide of Death.)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐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


THE LANGSTONE HARBOUR MURDERS (2)

The Langstone Harbour Mysteries by Pauline RowsonMEET DI ANDY HORTON IN THIS BESTSELLING MYSTERY.

 The head mistress of a Portsmouth school is found brutally murdered on an old structure in the middle of Langstone Harbour. Detective Andy Horton of Portsmouth CID leads the investigation.

(Please note this was previously published as Deadly Waters).

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"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   

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THE HORSEA MARINA MURDERS (3)

The Horsea Marina Murders DI Andy Horton mystery by Pauline Rowson

MEET DI ANDY HORTON IN ANOTHER GRIPPING MYSTERY.

(Please note this was previously published as The Suffocating Sea.)

A foggy December night, Detective Inspector Andy Horton is called to the site of a burning boat on Horsea Marina. He finds a charred body onboard. The autopsy reveals startling evidence of foul play. Horton has a killer to find.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"I had to read it right away, it's a terrific book -- I'm really impressed with the way you make characters so complex and endearingly human (no matter how evil) ... in often just a few sentences. And Andy gets more intriguing all the time!" Catherine



THE ROYAL HOTEL MURDERS (4)

 The Royal Hotel Murders by Pauline RowsonJOIN DI ANDY HORTON IN THIS BESTSELLING MYSTERY

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Great protagonist and lots of odd turns and fantastic ending. I hope to read many more books from this author." Terry G.

(Please note this was previously published as Dead Man’s Wharf.)

 Detective Inspector Andy Horton has a lot on his plate.

A celebrity receives threatening phone calls.

A nursing home resident assaulted.

A man found in a pit with several of his fingers severed.

The pressure is on. Detective Horton’s deep in a web of intrigue, deception and corruption that stretches back into the past. Can he find his way back and stop a killer?

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THE ISLE OF WIGHT MURDERS (5)

The Isle of Wight Murders by Pauline Rowson

Detective Inspector Andy Horton is taking a break on the Isle of Wight. But even when he’s on holiday trouble follows him . . .

(Please note this was previously published as Blood on the Sand.)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"Un-putdownable, written by an exponent of the writing craft, and a brilliant storyteller. Highly recommended." Shaun P.

A cold, grey January morning.

A woman with a gun in her hand.

A corpse on an abandoned golf course.



The Portchester Castle Murders (6)

The Portchester Castle Murders, DI Andy Horton (6)The Solent area of Portsmouth might be pretty, but the criminals certainly aren’t.

(Please note this was previously published as Footsteps on the Shore).

It’s Friday the thirteenth and Detective Inspector Andy Horton’s luck is about to run out.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'I love this series and I hope there's more to come. The characters are all admirably complex, beautifully written.' C. Hall


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The Chale Bay Murders (7)


The Chale Bay Murders by Pauline RowsonHe’s a risk-taking Harley-Davidson-riding detective who doesn’t always play by the rules  which often lands him in trouble with his bosses.

Suspicious lights at sea, decomposing bodies and an old flame send Horton down a rabbit hole in this captivating crime thriller.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Another difficult case for Detective Inspector Andy Horton brilliantly written by Pauline Rowson. As well as the main plot we are taken further along the twisted roads of his mother's disappearance 30 years ago and the recent estrangement from his wife and daughter." Rod V.


COMING IN 2022

DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mystery Crime Novels 8 - 15




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



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.

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