This post is a complete indulgence for me. I mean, how hard could it be for an author to write about a fictional character she loves – even if it isn’t one she created herself?
This is how I feel about Pauline Rowson’s brilliant DI Andy Horton. Life has damaged him, and he’s been dealt more than a few rough and unfair blows, not least from the snooty ex-wife, Catherine.
Andy is a tough cop with a deeply ingrained sense of justice that fires his determination to catch the bad guys.
The plots are complicated and multi- layered and sometimes the reader has to hang on in there to keep up with the pace of the stories – which is all to the good as far as I’m concerned.
Our hero’s Achilles heel is his little daughter, Emma, and his love for her never wavers, despite his ex doing all she can to keep the pair apart.
Portsmouth based Andy, lives on a yacht in a marina, so it’s no surprise that sailing and marine activities feature large in each story.
Anyway, here is my review. If it encourages even one person reading this to seek out Pauline’s books then my job is done.
“Shroud of Evil” by Pauline Rowson
You need your wits about you to keep up with the DI Andy Horton Novels; so complicated and multi-layered are the plots. Shroud of Evil is book eleven in the marine mystery series – and they just keep getting better.
Damaged by his past, and the disappearance of his mother when he was a child, the young Andy was shunted from one children’s home to another.
He is a loner, living on his yacht in a Portsmouth marina, and constantly frustrated by the efforts of his ex-wife, Catherine, to keep him from his beloved young daughter, Emma.
In this story, private investigator, Jasper Kenton, is reported missing by his intimidating business partner, Eunice Swallows. Already irritated by being assigned such a low key investigation, Horton is further frustrated by the woman’s reluctance to give him more information.
He sees it as a routine missing persons’ case and suspects that Kenton is probably just having a secret affair. But when the PI’s car turns up at the apartment of the man he has been investigating the case takes a new and serious turn.
Following a lead, Horton takes the ferry to the Isle of Wight where he makes a sinister discovery on a private beach. It’s Kenton’s body, bundled up in an old sail cloth. The beach is owned by the secretive and wealthy Lord Richard Eames, whom Horton believes holds the key to the mysterious disappearance many years earlier of his own mother.
The investigation has now got personal. But how much of Horton’s own involvement should he reveal to his police superiors?
Like Pauline Rowson’s other books in the series, this is a gripping police procedural, strong on detail and fast on action.
Horton’s friend, DS Barney Cantelli, is one of the few people he trusts, and together they set about unraveling the twists and turns of a case that comes close to defeating them. But I won’t spoil it for you by giving away too much of the plot. I’ll let you have the pleasure of reading this great crime novel for yourselves!
Note: Over on Amazon I gave this book FIVE stars – and every one deserved!