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The new Detective Inspector Horton mystery - Friday the thirteenth starts badly for DI Andy Horton. Convicted Murderer, Luke Felton, has gone missing, at the same time a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour. But before Horton can get to grips with either case, he is called to the house of a woman he had met only the day before, to find her brutally murderer. Is Luke Felton the prime suspect, or is his body in the mud of the harbour? Horton is under pressure, and little does he suspect that things ...
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Footsteps on the Shore

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Overview

The new Detective Inspector Horton mystery - Friday the thirteenth starts badly for DI Andy Horton. Convicted Murderer, Luke Felton, has gone missing, at the same time a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth harbour. But before Horton can get to grips with either case, he is called to the house of a woman he had met only the day before, to find her brutally murderer. Is Luke Felton the prime suspect, or is his body in the mud of the harbour? Horton is under pressure, and little does he suspect that things are about to get a whole lot worse.
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Starred Review

Detective Inspector Andy Horton, the star of several British police procedurals, returns for another investigation. It begins with the disappearance of Luke Felton, a convicted murderer who was recently paroled. Andy barely starts looking for Felton when a body turns up in Portsmouth Harbour—identification is going to be tricky, but it could be Felton's. Then more bodies appear, including that of a local resident from whom Andy was planning to buy a boat. Is Luke Felton dead, or is he at large, committing more murders? Rowson's earlier novels in the Horton series were all satisfactory, but she clearly has stepped up several notches with this outstanding entry. It deserves mention in the same breath as works in the upper echelon of both American procedurals (those by McBain or Joseph Wambaugh, for example) and their British counterparts, including the work of Peter Robinson and John Harvey. Andy Horton is an especially good series hero, a likable fellow with plenty of street smarts and the requisite personal baggage—an abrasive supervisor and an antagonistic soon-to-be ex-wife (like Harvey's Frank Elder). Procedural fans who haven't already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms.

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A series of unpromising cases makes DI Andy Horton (Blood on the Sand, 2010, etc.) reconsider his choice of career.

If DCI Lorraine Bliss's stint at headquarters as a trainer was a relief to many of the men she left temporarily behind at Portsmouth CID, her abrupt return becomes a particular problem for one of them. Bliss is a constant thorn in Horton's side, especially when she saddles him with the search for Luke Felton. Convicted of murdering young jogger Natalie Raymonds, Luke disappears from the halfway house to which he's been released on parole. No one particularly wants drug-addicted Felton found: not his wealthy brother Ashley, not his fearful sister Olivia and certainly not Natalie's husband. Superintendent Uckfield would rather have Andy's help solving the murder of Venetia Trotman, found dead in her garden. Andy is far from enthusiastic about giving that help. He feels too close to the case because he'd almost completed a deal to buy Venetia's boat, now missing. Felton's disappearance also intrudes on his personal space, since the ex-convict had been employed since his parole at Kempton Marine, owned by the father of Horton's ex-wife Diana. Andy rather hopes Bliss will make good on her threat to cashier him for disrespect in questioning his former father-in-law. But in spite of his personal distaste, and because of his personal connection, Horton presses on to clear up a skein of crime as tangled as one of the harbor's ancient fishing nets.

Rowson's latest should please both Andy Horton fans and puzzle aficionados.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780101224
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Andy Horton Mystery , #6
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 389 KB

Meet the Author

Pauline Rowson is the author of the critically-acclaimed marine mystery series featuring DI Andy Horton, as well as several stand-alone thrillers.
Pauline’s novels are set in the area in which she lives, Hayling Island and Portsmouth. Before becoming a full-time writer she ran a Marketing and Training company.

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