I’ve finished the sixth Inspector Horton marine mystery crime novel which has now been sent to my publisher. At this stage of writing I have been through it so many times I could practically recite it by heart, so a fresh pair of eyes is very welcome.
And as to the title? Well here it is and the blurb. Let me know if you have any views on either or both.
Footsteps on the Shore by Pauline Rowson
An Inspector Andy Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novel
Friday the thirteenth begins badly for Inspector Andy Horton when he wakes to find his Harley has been vandalized and his boss, DCI Lorraine Bliss, head of CID, has returned early from her secondment to HQ. Then convicted murderer, Luke Felton, released on licence, is reported missing and a decomposed corpse is washed up in Portsmouth Harbour. But before Horton can get a grip on either case he’s called to a house where a woman he’d only met the day before has been brutally murdered. Is missing Luke Felton the prime suspect or is it his body in the mud of the harbour? Exacerbated by the fact that he is being stalked by someone he suspects of having a connection with his missing mother and complicated by the fact that the case brings him into contact with his estranged wife, Horton begins to cut corners. Soon he is the subject of an official complaint giving DCI Bliss the much-needed excuse to kick him off her team. With the clock ticking on what looks like being his last case in Portsmouth CID, Horton is under pressure to get results unsure that finding the convicted murderer will help him to save his job.