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Gordon Griffin, the narrator of the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels, awarded the MBE in Queens Birthday Honours

I'm delighted to announce that Gordon Griffin, the narrator of my Inspector Andy Horton audio books, has been awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to audio books and charity in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. He has narrated eight novels in the Inspector Andy Horton series of police procedural crime novels which are published by Soundings, part of Isis Publishing, the World’s leading publisher of unabridged audio books. They are available in CD and MP3 CD format.


Gordon Griffin is an accomplished actor, musician and composer, he is in the top five of ‘most borrowed audio book narrators” in the world. He has narrated eight hundred audio books, both fiction and non fiction, and has won several awards for his work.  He has also conducted voice overs for many products, commercials on radio and TV, documentaries, corporate videos and was previously the voice for the London Underground MIND THE GAP PLEASE!



Of Dead Man's Wharf, number four in the Inspect…

The Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novels by Pauline Rowson

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There are now now thirteen  DI Andy Horton crime novels with Lethal Waves, the latest published in 2017. 

The Inspector Andy Horton crime novels are available as paperbacks, e books, on Amazon Kindle and Kobo, as unabridged audio books and in large print.
Click here to read more about the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels

The DI Andy Horton novels in order, the first in the series listed at the top, are:

Tide of Death
Deadly Waters
The Suffocating Sea
Dead Man's Wharf
Blood on the Sand
Footsteps on the Shore
A Killing Coast
Death Lies Beneath
Undercurrent
Death Surge
Shroud of Evil (2014)
Fatal Catch (2015)
Lethal Waves (2017)


More  novels to come in the series...

If you enjoy the Inspector Andy Horton crime novels you might like the crime novels featuring former Royal Marine Commando Art Marvik, now working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad in Silent Running and Dangerous Cargo.


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Writing a novel - crime author Pauline Rowson discusses mastering viewpoint

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Viewpoint is one of the most difficult aspects for new writers to grasp, and sometimes even established writers struggle with this. Whose story it is i.e. from whose viewpoint are you telling the story? You might think it is fairly obvious that it is the protagonist’s story but is it his (or hers) alone, or do you need to switch to telling the story from another character’s viewpoint i.e. is it single viewpoint or multiple viewpoint?


Then there is the question of whether it will be written in the first person or the third person? How do you make that decision?


 Sometimes it is a matter of trial and error or rather experimentation. When I wrote In Cold Daylight, a crime thriller, I originally wrote it in the third person. It was only when I had finished the novel that I knew it didn’t feel right. It didn’t have enough tension, so I decided to re-write it switching to first person and it worked much better.  Thrillers are frequently written in the first person to give them a faste…

The writing process - Crime Writer Pauline Rowson on writing routines

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Fascinating Forensic Facts - bullet wounds

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During my research for my crime novels I undercover some fascinating forensic facts. Here are some on bullet wounds unearthed while I was writing the Inspector Andy Horton police procedural crime novel,Lethal Waves, number 13 in the Horton series, now published as an ebook, on Amazon Kindle and on Kobo and in hardcover in the UK, USA and Commonwealth.

Bullet wounds
The shape of a bullet entry wound, and an examination of the victim’s clothes for evidence of soot or stippling helps in determining the range at which he/she was shot. The absence of soot on the clothes indicates the victim was shot at intermediate range, between two to three feet.

The victim can incur a fatal gun wound but still be capable of physical activity. In fact, he/she can run hundreds of yards before dying, even if shot in the heart. The oxygen supply to the brain is the critical factor in survival and time of death tests have proved that an individual can remain conscious and can function, he can run or walk for …

The story behind Lethal Waves, no. 13 in the DI Andy Horton detective series, by Pauline Rowson

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Locations often spark an idea for a new crime novel and while I am out walking the coastal paths of Portsmouth, the surrounding harbours and the Isle of Wight I'm always on the lookout for a good place to put a body!  The inspiration for Lethal Waves, Horton's thirteenth outing, came from seeing one of the regular ferry services sail from Portsmouth into the Solent and out around the Isle of Wight on its way to the Channel Islands, the Condor Commodore Clipper Ferry.

I started with the idea of a body on that ferry, that of a woman who is found dead in her locked cabin when the ferry docks at Guernsey in the Channel Islands. I, of course, asked Condor for their permission in allowing me to have a fictitious body on their ferry and was delighted when they agreed and even more so when they offered to give me free reign of the boat and the opportunity to question their staff in aid of my research.

When the ferry docks in Guernsey Andy Horton is on the spot about t…

Pauline Rowson talks about her crime novels in this selection of television interviews

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