What is the first Inspector Andy Horton crime novel?

Tide of Death is the first in the DI Andy Horton series. Tide of Death introduces Andy Horton who is back in CID after being suspended for eight months on a gross misconduct charge. 

His marriage has broken up and he's living on board his small yacht in a marina in Portsmouth on the South Coast of England. Out running in the early morning of a foggy August Bank Holiday Monday he almost trips over the naked body of a man on the Portsmouth beach. Horton has a murder to solve and a point to prove, he is still a good cop.  Determined to clear his name and re-establish his reputation, Horton finds his personal problems sidelined as he sets out to find a ruthless killer.

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But you don't have to begin with the first in the Andy Horton series. The Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novels can be read in any order because each is a standalone mystery. In each DI Andy Horton (and there are now 13 in the series) there is a new …

The Inspector Andy Horton crime novels in order

I'm often asked by readers if they should read the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novels in order

The answer is that they can be read in any order because each is a standalone mystery. In each DI Andy Horton (and there are now 13 in the series) there is a new crime for the flawed and rugged detective to investigate but there is also the drama of his unfolding personal life and his quest to discover the truth behind his mother's disappearance (Jennifer Horton) thirty years ago.

It can never be determined which book in the series a reader might buy or borrow from a library so I need to weave in Andy Horton's back story and his personal quest enough so that the new reader can pick it up but not too much so that it bores the reader who has read the Horton series from the beginning. Some readers have told me that they've discovered Andy Horton in a later book in the series and then having done so have gone back to the beginning and read them in sequence.


Listen to an extract of the unabridged audio crime novel, Footsteps on the Shore, by Pauline Rowson

Footsteps on the Shore, the sixth in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime series.

 '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, Starred Review.

Friday the thirteenth, a  decomposed corpse in Portsmouth Harbour, a woman brutally murdered, a missing prisoner out on licence... Horton is 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

Listen to an extract from Footsteps on the Shore available as an unabridged audio book, narrated by Gordon Griffin
Also available in paperback and as an e book  on Amazon Kindle and Kobo


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On location with Inspector Andy Horton in Footsteps on the Shore

Footsteps on the Shore is the sixth in the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural series. It is available in paperback and as an ebook on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.

In this crime novel the rugged and flawed, Harley Davidson riding, sailing detective Andy Horton is once again drawn into a complex murder case.  Assisted by Sergeant Barney Cantelli, often thwarted by his boss DCI Lorraine Bliss, and working with the head of the major crime team, the coarse and blunt Detective Superintendent Uckfield, Horton is, as usual, under pressure to get results.

Here are some photographs from the locations featured in Footsteps on the Shore.

Friday the thirteenth begins badly for Andy Horton when he finds his Harley has been vandalised. Then DCI Lorraine Bliss tasks him to track down a missing prisoner out on licence. No sooner does Horton set about this when a decomposed body is washed up in Portsmouth Harbour. Horton is under pressure to get results, but things are about to get much worse for the b…

Unveiling the cover for the NEW Art Marvik marine thriller, Lost Voyage

Lost Voyage, the third in the crime series to feature former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik, an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS,) is to be published by Severn House in hardcover in the UK on 10 July 2017 and in the USA on 1 November 2017.

It can be pre-ordered on Amazon and from any bookshop.

Lost voyage is set on the south coast of England.

Marvik is surprised to receive an unexpected summons to meet Helen Shannon, a woman he helped on his first mission, in the middle of the night. When a body is discovered in her flat, Marvik is convinced that Helen is being framed for murder, but why and by whom? Before he has a chance to follow it up, the head of the National Marine Intelligence Squad, (NIMS) Detective Chief Superintendent Crowder, asks Marvik to investigate the disappearance of a salvage vessel, the Mary Jo, which went missing in 2003.  As Marvik delves into the past, it becomes clear that he faces a desperate battle to keep Hele…

Fascinating Forensic Facts - Pauline Rowson uncovers on research for her crime novels

I uncover some fascinating forensic facts while conducting research for my crime novels featuring the hunky Inspector Andy Horton and the tough yet fallible Art Marvik.

Here are a couple of gruesome but interesting ones on Blood Spatter.

Blood Spatter Arterial 'rain' is the term used where blood in an arc effectively spurts from the victim’s wound into the air and then drops to the ground as it gets further from the upright body simply by gravity. There can be several 'spurts' of this arterial rain as the heart keeps beating. So, not only will you find this arcing of blood spots on the wall/cupboards/doors etc. (it can even extend to the ceiling) you will find drops of blood on the floor as the victim lands.

Once on the floor these blood stains will have an almost star shape 'stellate blood spots' which show that blood has dropped from above, therefore the victim was upright whilst injured and bleeding.

So there you are!

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