DI Horton's patch: Photographs of where the DI Horton marine mystery crime series is set on the South Coast of England

As many readers know the Horton series is set primarily in Portsmouth but Horton's investigations often take him out into the Solent and to the Isle of Wight. Here are some photographs of the places that are featured in the latest Horton crime novel A Killing Coast by Pauline Rowson. In A Killing Coast, a multi millionaire's luxury super yacht is moored up in Oyster Quays, a body is found floating just outside the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and during the investigation Horton's enquiries take him across the Solent, (often on the Wightlink car ferry but sometimes on the police launch) to the Isle of Wight.

Oyster Quays where Russell Glenn's luxury super yacht is moored (real location Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth)

Looking out towards the narrow entrance of Portsmouth Harbour from Oyster Quays (Gunwharf Quays)

The Wightlink Car Ferry and Spinnaker Tower on the waterfront at Portsmouth

Sometimes DI Horton travels across to the Isle of Wight on the police launch with Sergeant Elkins and PC Ripley

Spitbank Fort where a body is found floating in A Killing Coast

And taken on a sunny summer day, Ventnor Haven on the Isle of Wight where DI Horton arrives with Elkins and Ripley on the Police launch to conduct his investigation in  A Killing Coast

When a body is found floating in the sea off Portsmouth harbour, Detective Inspector Horton initially judges it to be an accidental death. Soon though, to his dismay, he discovers he’s got it very wrong. Accused of being incompetent by his boss, and with the head of the Major Crime Team coming down heavily on him, Horton wonders if he’s allowed his ongoing investigation into the disappearance of his mother over thirty years ago to cloud his judgement. With no clear motive for the murder, Horton is sucked into a baffling investigation that he is determined to resolve despite the odds. Not only does he need to find a brutal killer, but Horton now has to prove to himself, and others, that he is still up to the job.

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