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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


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.

AVAILABLE NOW IN THE SOLENT MURDER MYSTERY SERIES:

Gripping character driven crime mysteries with plots that twist and turn and keep you guessing until the end

  • 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

DI Andy Horton Solent Murder Mysteriesi


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

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Absolutely brilliant books.  Best read I’ve had in ages. Would highly recommend these books." Amazon


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

(Please note this was previously published as A killing Coast)

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "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.



THE FARLINGTON MARSH MURDERS (8)

The Farlington Marsh Murders by Pauline RowsonDetective Inspector Andy Horton is at the funeral of ex-con Daryl Woodley watching out for a big-time crook, who they suspect was involved in Woodley’s murder.

But it’s a perplexing case. Prior to his death, Woodley was assaulted and spent three days in hospital before discharging himself. His body was found on Farlington marshes, three miles from the hospital. How did he get there?

The funeral surveillance appears to be a bust. But the next morning Horton is called out when a woman’s body is found on a yacht wreck, stabbed in the back. She was at Woodley’s funeral.

Are the cases linked?

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A brilliant book with more twists and turns than a corkscrew. A wide range of believable characters and an ending which means book 9 will have to be written." Kindle Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Just loved all the twists and turns in every chapter. The series gets better and so much more to understand. You will not put these books down." Brian O

(Please note this was previously published as Death Lies Beneath)



THE OYSTER QUAYS MURDERS (9)

The Oyster Quays Murders, DI Andy Horton by Pauline Rowson

It's August,  DI Andy Horton is returning from London.  He spots a police car outside Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. He’s supposed to be on holiday, but his curiosity gets the better of him and he stops to investigate.

Lying face down and sprawled out in Number One Dock is the lifeless body of naval historian Dr Douglas Spalding.

Then another body is found in similar circumstances in the cockpit of a boat moored at Oyster Quays.

Horton takes matters into his own hands.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Absolutely brilliant books. I read all of the 8 books in the series one after the other. Best read I’ve had in ages. Would highly recommend these books." Amazon

(Please note this was previously published as Undercurrent)

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THE COWES WEEK MURDERS (10)

 The Cowes Week Murders DI Andy Horton mystery by Pauline Rowson⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ " I've found my next favorite mystery writer. Fast action, great plot and a twist at the end.  Who could ask for more?" Amazon

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Brilliant storyline, each of the series gets better and better. Right from the start the words just suck you in to complete the book in one sitting." Judith, Amazon

Detective Inspector Andy Horton is on a sailing trip to France when he gets the news: Sergeant Cantelli’s nephew, Johnnie Oslow, is missing.

Johnnie was due to take part in the Cowes Week yacht races on the Isle of Wight, but he never turned up.Horton’s boss isn’t interested. She thinks Johnnie must have gone off with a woman.

But then the charred remains of a body are discovered in a disused tunnel. Is it Cantelli’s nephew?

The search for a missing person soon becomes a hunt for a ruthless killer. And this killer is just getting started.

(Please note this was previously published as Death Surge)


THE BOATHOUSE MURDERS (11)

The Boathouse Murders by Pauline Rowson⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"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

When private investigator Jasper Kenton's naked body is discovered on a stretch of private beach on the Isle of Wight, wrapped in sailcloth, Horton becomes embroiled in an investigation that has major personal ramifications.

As he 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.

(Please note this was previously published as Shroud of Evil)

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THE THORNEY ISLAND MURDERS (12)

PUBLISHED ON 14 AUGUST 2022 AMAZON KINDLE AND PAPERBACK

The Thorney Island Murders, DI Andy Horton by Pauline Rowson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐"The stories are great as are the characters and kept me engrossed from start to finish." M. D Green (Amazon).

(Please note this was previously published as Fatal Catch.)

DI Andy Horton is called out to examine a gruesome catch by two fishermen: a human hand.

Is it that of missing violent criminal Alfie Wright – or is he the killer? And where is the rest of the corpse?  

Soon Horton finds himself immersed in a complex case where everyone has a reason to lie and no one is who they seem.

"Plenty of red herrings and a surprising culprit." Publishers Weekly

MORE COMING SOON





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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