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Deadly Waters (Detective Inspector Andy Horton)

Deadly Waters (Detective Inspector Andy Horton) [Kindle Edition]

Pauline Rowson
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Strong plots, nice characterisation and dialogue. Rowson is clearly a crime writer to watch.

Rowson adds an appealing hero to the British procedural ranks. --Kirkus

Rowson turns out an exemplary procedural with the requisite plot twists, double-crosses and all loose ends tied up neatly in a sailor's knot.' (Dead Man's Wharf) --Kirkus


An entertaining procedural.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing (11 Sep 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,119 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 the 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

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter tripe 9 Sep 2009
Near the end of this book the hero detective's slower side kick (what a cliche) says of the solution revealed by our hero "it beggars belief". Well with that I would have to agree. This is possibly the worst detective story / thriller I have ever read. There aren't holes in the plot so much as yawning chasms. The earlier reviewer is correct in that you are very unlikely to predict the solution but unfortunately that is because of the absurd improbability of the whole thing.

The plot inadequacies are not even compensated for by good characterisations almost all of the characters are cliches.
1. The hero detective with marriage problems
2. The loyal deputy
3. The superior officer who dislikes our hero and who is a less good policeman and only interested in self promotion and a "quick result".
4. Minor criminals who confess to all sorts of things when our hero implausibly threatens to charge them with murder...
etc etc

Usually when you read a book, even one you don't like or don't enjoy you can find something +ve to take away. But not this one. Reading this book was a complete and utter waste of time and energy and I am really angry with myself for finishing it. My only excuse is that there was something hypnotic about how bad it was.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Truly terrible 2 Jun 2012
Format:Audio Download
I got this novel as an audible download. I am a big fan of crime novels but this was very disappointing. The characters were clique and one dimensional. The plot was laughable, I am not sure why I actually finished the book other than amusement at how bad it was. I am quite surprised that this author seems to get some good ratings. Maybe her other novels are better, maybe I am missing something, but I wouldn't risk spending any more of my time or money to find out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 July 2009
I have read many crime novels, both British and American, and I'm sorry to say I was disappointed with this one, I had hoped I had found a new series to follow. It was difficult to engage with the characters, there were some irritating mistakes such as referring to the "autopsy" when in the UK it is a post-mortem. I was not sufficiently intrigued to even finsh the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again 9 Nov 2007
I've read all Pauline Rowson's crime novels and have been surprised at the ending of each one, they're so full of twists and turns. Just when you think you've got it sussed she drops in another bombshell. I really enjoyed Deadly Waters, and love DI Andy Horton. Can't wait for the next one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Pauline Rowson 19 Sep 2009
Always enjoy Pauline Rowson, this one is as good as her others. Looking forward to reading her next book.
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