March I will be continuing to write DI Andy Horton 16. I'm currently on second revisions, only another six to go! March also sees the publication of number 4 in the Marvik mystery
thriller series, DEAD SEA, and I'm focusing on two DI Andy Horton
crime novels set in March on my website blog, FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE and DEAD PASSAGE. See me on research location for DEAD PASSAGE. Also in this edition some articles on writing and forensic research.
The idea for my mystery thriller, In Cold Daylight, was inspired by a
conversation among my husband's fire-fighter colleagues about the abnormally high number of
the men on one watch who had contracted cancer after exposure to hazardous
chemicals in the line of duty. Research from the University of
Lancashire backed this up. I decided to blend
the facts I heard the fire fighters discussing into a dramatic fictional
Before fire-fighter Jack Bartholomew can reveal the cause of his own and
his colleagues’ cancer he is murdered and silenced forever. But in a
cryptic message orchestrated before his untimely death, he has left a
trail of clues that will lead his friend, Marine Artist, Adam
Greene, into a labyrinth of lies, secrets and government conspiracy
exposing an environmental and political scandal that has resulted in the
deaths of fire fighters.
This is one of my very first published novels, written in the first person like IN FOR THE KILL, another of my early mystery thrillers before DI Andy Horton embarked on his numerous investigations.
delighted to announce that the latest in the Art Marvik mystery
thriller series DEAD SEA is published in
paperback, ebook and on Amazon Kindle on 15 March 2021.
DEAD Sea is number four in the Marvik thriller series and finds the
former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat Services Officer on the hunt
for a stolen computer disk that holds the key to a secret which a
ruthless killer is determined must never be revealed.
Footsteps on the Shore, Inspector Andy Horton (6)
FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE is one of my favourites in the DI Andy Horton series. I'm not sure why. Sometimes it just happens that way. It's Friday
the thirteenth and it begins badly for Andy when his Harley Davidson is
vandalized. Then Andy's nit picking boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss returns
unexpectedly early from a secondment, a decomposed corpse is
washed up in Portsmouth Harbour, a convicted killer out on licence is
missing and Horton is once again under pressure to get results, but
things are about
to get much worse for the beleaguered detective …
'Procedural fans who haven’t already read Rowson should be encouraged to
do so in the strongest possible terms.' Booklist, Starred Review
Here is one of the locations used in FOOTSTEPS ON THE SHORE, Portchester Castle, which incidentally is close to where I was born and lived until I was three before moving to Portsmouth. It is owned and managed by English Heritage and will once again be open to the public on 17 May 2021.
"Portchester Castle stands in a commanding position at the north end of Portsmouth Harbour. The Romans built a huge fort here, which remains the best preserved Roman fort north of the Alps. After the Norman Conquest a castle was built in one corner of the fort, which grew into an impressive royal residence. From 1665 Portchester was frequently used to house foreign prisoners of war, most notably during the wars with France between 1793 and 1815." English Heritage.
If you're visiting keep an an eye out for Andy, he might just be there with Sergeant Cantelli!
DEAD PASSAGE DI Andy Horton 14
Here I am on No Man's Fort which like another of the Solent Forts, Spitbank
Fort, is now a unique luxury hotel, rather unoccupied at the present! It's one of the locations featured in DEAD PASSAGE. Completely renovated it opened in 2015. It boasts a wonderful lighthouse
giving spectacular views over the Solent, across to the Isle of Wight
and to Portsmouth, including right into the harbour entrance. Here I am making copious notes, even in the rain! Can you see Andy Horton here? I can.
And here I am in one of the passages. The fort has twenty-two huge bedroom suites, its own laser battle, sea golf, a
hot house with fire-pit, a large rooftop fire-pit, sauna, hot tub, a
cabaret bar and restaurant, as well as retaining the unique sea bunker
tunnels, a must visit for any history fanatic and especially those keen
on military history. The tunnels are extremely atmospheric.
the extensive tour, a buffet lunch and the chance to explore the fort
for myself I took a break in the Ward Room to check through my notes
before the return boat trip to Portsmouth. There was plenty there for me to take in for DI Andy Horton in DEAD PASSAGE.
mysterious telephone call sends Horton on a complex and twisted
investigation into the death of a local politician twelve years ago and
uncovers a trail of lies, secrets and revenge with roots deep in the
"A detective novel in the tradition of Rankin and Harvey." Mystery People
"All the juicy ingredients that make a good story: an historic death of a
politician, a daughter who urgently wants to speak to the inspector, as
she has ‘something to reveal’ about her father’s death, interesting
characters that keep you guessing about who’s telling the truth,and who
has something to hide." BH Magazine
of my crime novels and thrillers are contemporary but a few years ago I
decided to pen an historical crime fiction novel. It was something I
had been wanting to write for some time, in fact it started many years
ago and could be said to be my original intention.
When I first started writing novels they were in fact historical
sagas. As I wrote more of them a criminal element kept creeping into the
story line. None of those novels have ever been published and after
many rejections I turned to writing contemporary crime fiction. DI Andy
Horton was created in TIDE OF DEATH and published in 2006 and the rest
as they say is history.
But somewhere within me must have lurked that historical itch and
so, after writing twenty contemporary crime novels, I decided to scratch
it. Hence Inspector Alun Ryga was born. DEATH IN THE COVE is the
Scotland Yard detective's first investigation which takes him to the
Royal Island of Portland, Dorset with his second baffling case set in
the port of Newhaven, East Sussex in DEATH IN THE HARBOUR (2020). His
third which will be published in October 2021 DEATH IN THE NETS sees
Ryga, and former war photographer Eva Paisley, on an investigation in
a talk I was asked an interesting question - do I always write chronologically or do I jump about?
My answer was in the main I try to write the first draft from
beginning to end but it doesn't always work out that way, primarily
because I do not have a complete plot line mapped out before I start
writing. Usually I only have the first three chapters plotted and some
of the character profiles drawn up. As I begin the creative writing
process I find that there comes a point when I might jump from writing
chapter seven or ten to chapter eighteen or twenty... or the ending.
Getting the right point of view (POV) is one of the most difficult
aspects for new writers to grasp, and sometimes even established writers
struggle with this. Whose story is it i.e. from whose point of view are
you telling the story? You might think it is fairly obvious that it is
the protagonist’s story but is it his (or hers) alone, or do you need to
switch to telling the story from another character’s viewpoint i.e. is
it single viewpoint or multiple viewpoint?
Then there is the
question of whether it will be written in the first person or the third
person? How do you make that decision?
And now for some forensic titbits
my research for my crime novels I uncover some fascinating forensic
facts. Here are some on bullet wounds unearthed while I was writing the
Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novel, LETHAL WAVES,
number 13 in the Horton series.
I've been very fortunate to spend some intriguing hours with the
Fingerprint Bureau at Hampshire Police Support Headquarters at Netley
studying how the fingerprints taken at the scene of crime and of people
in police custody are identified.
Fingerprints, palm prints and toe prints don't lie. They are unique and even identical twins will have different fingerprints.
Fingerprints on objects can survive for a very long time and can be lifted from paint, oil grease and from those left in blood.
Although the police have a computer system for fingerprints called IDENT1, fingerprints are still physically examined by humans, through an eye glass and careful study.
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