I received an e mail from my editor to say that my latest marine mystery crime novel featuring Detective Inspector Andy Horton, Blood on the Sand, has been given a great review in the USA by Booklist. It's always nice to have good reviews and every writer cherishes them. It gives you a boost and spurs you on. Reviews come in three varieties: the good, the bad and the plain ugly. I'd rather not dwell on the bad and I try to ignore the plain ugly, but I'll happily celebrate the good!
Here's what Booklist say about Blood on the Sand.
In the fifth Marine Mystery, Detective Inspector Andy Horton’s Isle of Wight vacation is cut short when he encounters what appears to be the scene of a murder—and a woman who seems to be the killer, still holding the murder weapon. But there’s far more to it than that, and soon Andy is deep into an investigation that reaches far into the past.
Like Ed McBain, Rowson works many subtle variations on the procedural formula (including very interesting relationships between Andy and a couple of his superiors). A definite winner in the crowded field of British procedurals.This is another solid entry in a consistently well written series.'
Blood on the Sand is published by Severn House in the UK (February 2010) and in the USA (May 2010).
I'm tickled pink.
I'm also pleased with another review for Blood on The Sand, from Eurocrime who call it an 'excellent police procedural,' and say 'the very tight plotting was very impressive and make me want to look out for further books by this author. A very enjoyable read.'