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Footsteps on the Shore (An Andy Horton Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Pauline Rowson
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Book Description

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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"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. Procedural fans who haven't already read Rowson should be encouraged to do so in the strongest possible terms." Booklist, Starred Review.

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A Detective Inspector Andy Horton Mystery

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  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055E8Y54
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,994 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sires
Format:Kindle Edition
The overall rating is 3. I thought that the narrator did an OK Job at 3 but I wasn't engaged by the story so it got a 2 1/2.

This is the first book by Rowson I have read and the 6th in the series. Her continuing character is DI Andy Horton and this story is set in the Solent area. A couple of her earlier novels had won awards which is why I picked this one up, maybe I should have read one of those because I can't see it here.

DI Andy Horton has every police procedural cliche that I can think of: a superior who hates him and wants to undermine him while claiming credit for his successes. The superior is a totally unsympathetic female character. He also so has an unfaithful almost ex-wife with a wealthy father and who tries to keep him away from their eight year old daughter because Horton was falsely accused of rape in some previous book. The almost ex-wife's lover is fat and pusillanimous. He wears leathers and rides a Harley. His mother left him as a child and he was reared by mainly abusive foster parents. He lives on a yacht moored at a marina. I could list police procedurals where all of these tropes appeared, admittedly not all at once, and where they contributed to a compelling read.

What DI Horton lacks is believability or any reason to want to read about him. I also wonder why all of the women in the book are either dead, disappeared, promiscuous, duped by men, or actively vicious. Any overweight character is depicted as criminal or immoral. Some authors are able to bring even minor, unattractive characters to life with a few lines, but Rowson is not one of them-- at least not in this book.

There is also one of my least favorite denouements where the villain explains in detail what was done to outwit the police and why it was done.

Read by Gordon Griffith not one of my favorite narrators but not actively annoying here. On my iphone Audible app I could put the speed on 1.25X which helped some.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pauline Rowson is a sure bet April 12, 2012
By Kawka
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Never less than entertaining, sometimes a little overcomplicated. It helps to know the previous books in the series for many actions of Inspector Andy Horton are heavily influenced by his past. The plots are somehow schematic and Horton's behaviour often predictible (he is a lone wolf with personal and professional problems, many of which are caused by his rather sociopathic and self-destructing nature), yet Ms. Rowson can certainly create tension and suspense. Everyone enjoying the work of Ian Rankin, Henning Mankell or Jo Nesbo will definitely like this one (and the other books of the series). A bit of dry cynical humour, a lot of police work that can hardly be called standard. I am already looking forward to the next book titled A Killing Coast.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars November 29, 2014
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It was an interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wave of Delight October 11, 2013
By Pammie
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Another great book by an author new to me. I am hoping to read more to be able to give an adequate review of this author. This book however was great.
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British crime writer, Pauline Rowson, author of the DI Andy Horton crime series, has been hailed as "redefining the genre of police drama" by setting it against the atmospheric backdrop of the ever changing sea. Her cops are tough yet fallible. The DI Andy Horton series of crime novels has everything: compelling crimes, complex past history, a tough work environment, romantic entanglements and political intrigue played out against the dramatic and powerfully evocative British marine landscape of Portsmouth and the Solent. She is also author of two stand alone crime thriller novels.

"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

'Like Rebus, Rowson's DI Andy Horton is a detective who does not always work within the rules. As with all Rowson's novels the ending is dramatic and deeply menacing. If you are a fan of traditional detective fiction in a vivid setting that makes you believe that you are there, you will love this one.' Mystery People Magazine

'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.' Booklist

Pauline Rowson is also the author of several marketing and motivational books and an entertaining and inspirational speaker. Visit her website at You can also follow her on Twitter and, Facebook and Goodreads.

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