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Thursday, 24 April 2014

CSI Winchester Video - Pauline Rowson and NJ Cooper discuss researching their crime novels

CSI Winchester was a morning event, which took place on 8 March 2014. It is modelled on the highly successful one day event, CSI Portsmouth, which takes place each year in November.

Over a hundred people packed the performance hall at Winchester Discovery Centre in Hampshire on Saturday 8 March for CSI Winchester to listen to crime authors Pauline Rowson and Natasha Cooper  debate crime fiction and crime fact with crime experts from Hampshire Police, Jane Aston, Supervisor Fingerprint Examiner and Carolyn Lovell, Head of Operations for Hampshire Police Crime Scene Investigations.

In this video extract from CSI Winchester Pauline Rowson and Natasha Cooper are talking about how they research their crime novels with Angela Hicken at Winchester Discovery Centre.

CSI Portsmouth 2014 is on Saturday 8 November.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Pauline Rowson will be at Yate and Weymouth Libraries in the Autumn

Two more speaking engagements have been added to my calendar of events for 2014.  I’m delighted to have been asked to speak to readers at Yate and Weymouth Libraries in the autumn about the flawed and rugged hero DI Andy Horton and how I write my crime novels.

I’ll be at Yate Library on 22 September at 7.30pm  and at Weymouth Library on 22 October at 2pm.

Before that though I’ll be giving talks at Bognor Regis Library on 20 May at 6.30pm and Lymington Library on 16 July at 7pm. Tickets are available from the libraries mentioned.


Shroud of Evil, the eleventh in the DI Andy Horton series was published in April by Severn House.

DI Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a private investigator.  When Kenton’s car turns up, and a shocking discovery is made, Horton soon finds himself embroiled in an investigation that has major personal ramifications, and one in which he has no choice but to withhold vital information. As he struggles to crack the case, he knows it is only a question of time before someone discovers he’s kept silent, and when that’s revealed, his part in hindering a major investigation will end his career . . .

For information on all my speaking engagements for 2014 and 2015 visit the Events Page on my website.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What is Pauline Rowson Reading?

I was recently asked to write an article on what I am reading.  This article has now been published on The Campaign for the American Reader Website -  an independent initiative to encourage more readers to read more books. And not just American readers but British ones too!

So if you'd like to know what I'm currently reading why not pop over and take a look.

It is also available on Writers Reads.

Monday, 14 April 2014

If you like this book please tell others - Amazon Reviews for crime novels - Pauline Rowson

Recommendation has always been a great way to spread the news. For books this comes not only through word of mouth but through reviews. 

There are several reviews for the DI Andy Horton crime novels and my two thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill on Amazon, ranging from  4 and 5* reviews to those lower down the pecking order! on both Amazon UK and Amazon USA. Reviews seem to be important to readers when it comes to choosing which book to buy, and while there has been and still is a lot of debate about how genuine these reviews (and reviewers) are, while some are phoney others are not, but whichever way you look at it reviews help an author generate higher visibility.

Many readers have told me they have purchased my books on Amazon in Kindle format, paperback or hardback and have enjoyed reading them but have not left a review.  I encourage them to do so and would like to do the same here.

So if you have read any of my crime novels please do take some time to leave a review on Amazon even if it is a one line sentence. And for those of you who enjoy my crime novels and are already spreading the word my heartfelt thanks.

DI Andy Horton number 11 - Shroud of Evil - is now published in the UK and Commonwealth. It will be published in the USA in August 2014.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Met up with my publisher at the London Book Fair and a walk through the Royal Parks of London

Heading for the London Book Fair on Tuesday at Earls Court we decided to walk part of the way there as the morning was sunny and crisp. From the Union Jack Club at Waterloo we walked along the Embankment and past many of the sites of London that we in the UK take for granted, the London Eye, Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, The Mall and Buckingham Palace.

But it was the walks through  some of the Royal Parks that delighted the most.

First up was St James's, and then into Green Park and finally into a small corner of Hyde Park where we caught the tube to Earls Court. But there was also one other Royal Park that it was a sheer delight to visit and which we stumbled on almost by accident over a lunch break from Earls Court and that was Brompton Cemetery, the only Crown Cemetery in the UK.

 Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery covers 16.5 hectares and is one of the finest cemeteries in the country. It was vibrant with bluebells, daffodils and birds but it was also a peaceful oasis from the hurly burly traffic and rush of London. I intend to return to study the graves (and find Emmeline Pankhust's grave) the wonderful mausoleums. The chapel on the Fulham Road side of the cemetery was used in GoldenEye (1995), Pierce Brosnan's first Bond movie and the cemetery has been featured in lots more movies.  I'm not surprised. It's Gothic beauty is splendid and it's packed with atmosphere.

But it was on with the business of the day and the London Book Fair. 

The chapel on the Fulham Road side of the cemetery was used in GoldenEye (1995), Pierce Brosnan's first Bond movie. - See more at:

Pauline Rowson arriving at the London Book Fair 2014

It was great to catch up with my publisher, my oversea agents and my friends and colleagues in the book trade. The fair was pretty busy though I didn't think as busy as in previous years.

Pauline Rowson with Chairman of Severn House Publishers

Next year the London Book Fair moves to Olympia as Earls Court is to be demolished and replaced with housing. I'm sure the new residents will appreciate the beauty and quietude of Brompton Cemetery on their doorstep.

Brompton Cemetery covers 16.5 hectares and is one of the finest cemeteries in the country.
Brompton Cemetery is managed by The Royal Parks under contract from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Located in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is the only Crown Cemetery.
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A great audience at Southampton listened to Pauline Rowson relay the exploits of DI Andy Horton

Over a hundred and fifty people packed the hall in Southampton on 1 April to hear me talk about the writing process and ther DI Andy Horton crime series set on the South Coast of England.

Pauline Rowson talking to the audience at Southampton U3A about crime writing and her crime novels

I entertained  members of Southampton U3A with the exploits of the rugged and flawed detective, and talked about the inspiration behind the series which is published in the UK and USA by Severn House and which has been translated into several languages.

I spoke about how I plot and research the police procedural crime novels and I gave a reading from The Suffocating Sea, number three in the Horton series, before taking a number of questions from the floor.

Shroud of Evil, the eleventh DI Andy Horton crime novels is now published in the the UK and Commonwealth this month in hardcover, and will be published in the USA in August, when it will also be released as an ebook.

DI Andy Horton number 11 in the series, Shroud of Evil

It was a fantastic event and books were very quickly sold out. U3A audiences are always a delight to speak to.

Pauline Rowson talking to members of Southampton U3A

I give talks to many audiences throughout the UK. My next appearance is at CrimeFest in Bristol on 16 May when I will be chairing a panel of crime authors.  I will also be giving a talk at Bognor Regis Library on 20 May. 

To see all my events for 2014 and 2015 visit the events page on my website