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Monday, 30 March 2015

Vidoe trailer - Silent Running, the explosive new crime novel featuring former marine commando, Art Marvik by Pauline Rowson

Pauline Rowson on air with Julian Clegg BBC Radio Solent

An early start on Wednesday 25 March to head for the BBC South studios in Southampton for my interview on BBC Radio Solent with the lovely Julian Clegg on his very popular breakfast show.



Pauline Rowson with Art Marvik crime novel Silent Running at BBC Studios March 2015


It was great as always to talk to Julian and this time on air at 7.25 we talked about the publication of Silent Running, featuring a brand new hero, former marine commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik.



Pauline Rowson and Julian Clegg on air BBC Radio Solent March 15


Pauline Rowson on air BBC Radio Solent Julian Clegg Show March 2015

We also discussed the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton, the fact that the Horton series has been optioned for television by one of the UK's top television productions companies, Lime Pictures.  I also mentioned the next DI Andy Horton novel due to be published in September 2015 by Severn House, called Fatal Catch.


Julian also sprang a surprise on me because that morning BBC Radio Solent were conducting a personality test which revealed the person's happiness ratio regarding where they lived, and where they would be happiest living!  I had to do the quick test before going on air and then we jokingly discussed it. 



Pauline Rowson taking the personality test on BBC Radio Solent Julian Clegg show March 2015


It seemed I was 74% happy living where I am and that I would equally be as happy living in Chichester, something I didn't disagree with particularly as Chichester Harbour, the marina and outlying areas are all locations I've used in Silent Running.  But the most surprising thing my test revealed was that I'd be far happier living in the Shetland Islands - yes the complete opposite end of the UK from where I now live on Hayling Island. Maybe it is the attraction of living on an Island but I think being the chilly mortal I am the Shetland Islands might be a tad too cold for me.  So for now I'll stick to Hayling Island and the Isle of Wight both locations used in my DI Andy Horton crime novels.


Pauline Rowson and Julian Clegg with the new Art Marvik marine crime novel, Silent Running, published by Severn House.

Silent Running is published in hardcover in the UK. It will be published in the USA in July 2015 when it will also be released as an ebook and available on Kindle.


All my crime novels are also available for loan in UK, Commonwealth and USA librarie

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Read the third extract from Death Surge - DI Andy Horton 10, now in paperback

The third extract from Death Surge - DI Andy Horton number 10 - now published in paperback. Also available as an e book. See where Death Surge is set, view the location photographs.


What began as the hunt for a missing man becomes the search for a ruthless killer...


The DI Andy Horton series of marine mystery crime novels (currently 11) are set in the Solent area of Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and the surrounding areas on the South Coast of England.



A telephone call from a frantic Sergeant Cantelli to say that his nephew, Johnnie Oslow, is missing cuts short Detective Inspector Horton’s sailing trip to France. Summoned back to the Isle of Wight, Horton learns that Johnnie has not shown up for racing during Cowes Week, as previously arranged.

Read an extract from Death Surge


Behind the earth, hidden from view at this angle, was Fort Gilkicker, an ancient monument that was about to be developed into more exclusive houses and apartments. He gazed up at it. There was nothing to see except the revolving coastguard radar on top of what had once been gun casements, but behind it, hidden from view, lay a row of derelict red-bricked barracks, stores and offices, which were to be converted to houses.
The fort had originally been built in 1871 to protect Portsmouth harbour and to defend the deepwater anchorage at Stokes Bay. It had been abandoned by the military some years ago and left to rot by the council;, surrounded by a wire fence, it was out of bounds to the public, and the builders had yet to move in. The deep throb of the hovercraft caught his attention, and he turned to watch it ride the tops of the small waves across to the Isle of Wight where he could see the yachts racing out of Cowes. It made him think of Catherine, with her new boyfriend, and Emma. He tried hard to push away his personal problems, and willed his mind to concentrate on the matter in hand: Johnnie Oslow disappearance. What was it that was bugging him?


Fort Gilkicker featured in DI Andy Horton 10, Death Surge


Fort Gilkicker, Gosport featured in DI Andy Horton marine crime novel, Death Surge


Fort Gilkicker, Gosport featured in DI Andy Horton marine crime novel, Death Surge


Fort Gilkicker, Gosport featured in DI Andy Horton marine crime novel, Death Surge


Death Surge is available for sale in paperback and e book, It can also be loaned from UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries.

"A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist, Rowson’s latest also continues the intriguing saga of Andy’s search for the mother who disappeared in mysterious circumstances when he was a child." Booklist.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

The story behind Death Surge - DI Andy Horton 10

DI Andy Horton 10
The inspiration for Death Surge came like all the other novels in the series featuring the flawed and rugged detective DI Andy Horton from the location. It is locations that inspire me and with the Horton series, set against the powerfully evocative British marine landscape of the Solent on the South Coast of England, there is always a good place to put a body.

Placing the crime novels against the backdrop of the sea has many advantages. The sea is never constant. In one day it can change from being calm to turbulent. It is also dangerous, misleading and evil like many villains, and although it can look safe beneath can be a sandbank, a rock, a wreck, a dangerous current all of which can cause havoc and kill, and be used to good effect in a crime novel. It also provides a great backdrop for pace and great settings for a climax, which, of course, I’ve used in Death Surge.

The sea is also completely uncontrollable. No matter how much you think or wish you can control it, you can't, you need to respect it. In life sometimes you need to go with the flow and other times swim against the tide, the trick is knowing when to do which. My detective, Andy Horton, hasn't quite got it sussed, or when he thinks he has something happens to throw him completely off course, just as in life.

Death Surge, which is the tenth in the Horton series, begins with Andy sailing off the Isle of Wight on the yacht on which he lives. He’s trying to find inner peace after a gruelling investigation which has left him questioning his desire to remain in the job. His ongoing conflict with his nit-picking, control-freak, Alpha female boss DCI Lorraine Bliss doesn’t help matters either. He’s also seeking to escape the mental torment that is being caused by the startling revelations his own private investigations are revealing into the disappearance of his mother when he was ten, just over thirty years ago. A call from Sergeant Cantelli in CID, Horton’s most revered friend, to say that his nephew is missing brings Horton straight back without question.

I like heroes, on screen, reading about them and in real life so when I created DI Andy Horton I knew he had to be that. My husband is a former fire fighter and DI Andy Horton is modelled on a combination of many fire fighters I’ve met in the course of my husband’s career. And in Death Surge as in some of the other Horton novels I’ve drawn on my husband’s knowledge of fires and charred bodies.

Horton is an action man, fit, good looking and with a strong sense of justice. But of course there’s more to the Harley Davidson riding detective, physically strong he may be but he’s also emotionally vulnerable. Abandoned by his mother he’s been raised in a succession of children’s homes, growing up on the rough streets of Portsmouth, surviving on his wits – and with his fists. He knows the dark, seedy recesses of his home city – which he hates and loves in equal measure. He seeks justice and doesn’t much care how he gets it, just as long as the villains get done. But his childhood has made him psychologically vulnerable and that flaw allows us to penetrate his masculine armoury. Andy is a loner. He doesn’t want to be though, he has a desperate desire to belong but he’s afraid of letting anyone get too close for fear of being hurt and rejected. As a result he always finds himself on the outside. Estranged from his wife and daughter he lives alone on his yacht in a marina.

Cantelli’s missing nephew brings Horton’s personal emotions into focus as he continues his investigation in the disappearance of his mother. Missing persons is a fascination of mine. When someone goes missing it leaves a huge void in the lives of those left behind and leaves so many unanswered question. As the saying goes nature abhors a vacuum but how do we fill that? Each individual is different.

I like complex plots with troubled characters. I like a good mystery, a puzzle to solve and I enjoy delving into the motivations and personalities of people. I’m fascinated about why people do the things they do? What are their fears, their pleasures, their desires, to what extent will someone go to protect himself? Exploring these aspects is what I attempt to examine in my crime novels whilst at the same time, hopefully, providing a riveting and entertaining read.

Death Surge is available for sale in paperback and e book, It can also be loaned from UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries.

"A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist, Rowson’s latest also continues the intriguing saga of Andy’s search for the mother who disappeared in mysterious circumstances when he was a child." Booklist.



Thursday, 19 March 2015

Three more talks booked for 2015 for crime author Pauline Rowson

On 21 March I will be talking to members of Dell Quay Sailing Club, West Sussex about my crime writing and crime novels and the new crime novel featuring former marine commando, Art Marvik, Silent Running, published by Severn House on 31 March 2015.

An Art Marvik marine crime novel


On Saturday 24 October  I will be appearing at CSI Southampton on a panel with another crime author (to be announced) and two crime experts from Hampshire Police to discuss crime fiction versus crime fact.

I help to organise, along with Portsmouth City Council, CSI Portsmouth, a highly successful annual event, which began in 2010. CSI Portsmouth is taking a break in 2015 but hopes to return in March 2016.

As well as CSI Portsmouth and CSI Southampton I have appeared at and helped to organise CSI Basingstokee, CSI Newcastle and CSI Winchester. 

The Hampshire Police Fingerprint bureau will be on hand at CSI Southampton to explain how they work and will offer delegates the chance to have a fingerprint taken and pressed into a keepsake key ring to take away.  CSI Southampton will be held between 10am and 12noon at Southampton City Library on 24 October 2015.  More details and ticket information to follow.

On Saturday 28 November 2015 I will be guest author at Farnborough Library when I will be talking about my crime novels set on the South Coast of England. More information to follow.

Meanwhile I will on BBC Radio Solent on 25 March 2015, talking to Julian Clegg on the Breakfast Show at 7.25am and have lots of other speaking engagements lined up for 2015. 

You can view all my events, appearances and radio interviews on the Events Page.

If you would like to book me as a speaker or for a media interview please contact us.


 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Read the second extract from Death Surge - DI Andy Horton 10 now in paperback

This is the second extract taken from Death Surge - DI Andy Horton number 10 - now published in paperback. Also available as an e book. In this extract I match the text with some of the location shots.


What began as the hunt for a missing man becomes the search for a ruthless killer...


The DI Andy Horton series of marine mystery crime novels (currently 11) are set in the Solent area of Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight and the surrounding areas on the South Coast of England.



A telephone call from a frantic Sergeant Cantelli to say that his nephew, Johnnie Oslow, is missing cuts short Detective Inspector Horton’s sailing trip to France. Summoned back to the Isle of Wight, Horton learns that Johnnie has not shown up for racing during Cowes Week, as previously arranged.

An extract from Death Surge

‘There’s been a fire at the Hilsea Lines, the old bastions, sir.’
That wasn’t usually Horton's province unless it was arson, and even then uniform would deal with it and report it to the fire investigation officer. But he knew why he was being informed, and he felt a cold shiver run down his spine. They had a body. This was confirmed by the officer’s next words.
‘Any ID?’ Horton asked anxiously, unable to stop himself thinking about Johnnie.
‘I don’t know, sir. They didn’t say.’
‘I’m on my way.’
Hastily, he locked up. As he made for the north of the city he mentally ran through what he knew of the bastions that formed Hilsea Lines. There were several of them, originally built to protect the north of the island from attack in 1544. Since then they had been rebuilt, some time he thought, in the 1700s, and again, he seemed to recall, in 1871 with the renewed threat of a French invasion, which had never happened. They had belonged to the army, providing barracks, ammunition stores and a series of tunnels beneath the earth mounds, before becoming derelict and overgrown with grass, shrubs and trees. But some years ago (he forgot when), the Hilsea Lines had been designated a conservation area with a series of nature trails around the moat and the creek which made Portsmouth an island; or rather it would have done, but for the two road bridges over it, and the motorway on the western shores.
Was it Johnnie, he thought fearfully? But it couldn’t be, because the bastions were about four miles from where Johnnie had last been seen at the southern end of Portsmouth. But despite telling himself that several times as he made his way through the dark, humid night, he couldn’t shake off the terrible feeling that he was about to look upon the charred remains of Cantelli’s nephew.

Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth featured in DI Andy Horton marine crime novel, Death Surge


Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth featured in DI Andy Horton marine crime novel, Death Surge


The view from the Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth across to Langstone Harbour featured in DI Andy Horton, Death Surge


A good place to put a body - one of the tunnels in the Hilsea Lines, featured in Death Surge, DI Andy Horton 10



Death Surge is available for sale in paperback and e book, It can also be loaned from UK, USA and Commonwealth libraries.

"A crisply written, cleverly plotted procedural with a nice twist, Rowson’s latest also continues the intriguing saga of Andy’s search for the mother who disappeared in mysterious circumstances when he was a child." Booklist.



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