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Crime author Pauline Rowson on what makes crime fiction so popular

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Crime fiction is one of the best selling genres and the most borrowed from public libraries. So what is it that makes crime fiction so popular?  Well apart from being a cracking good read, in crime fiction we know that generally speaking justice will be done and the case will be resolved and that doesn’t always happen in real life.

In crime fiction the villain either gets caught or gets his/her comeuppance but in real life the evil and manipulative, the guilty can get away with it as in the case of the unsolved murder in my own family in 1959 that of my great aunt, Martha Giles.


Crime fiction can give us a resolution. It can also give us an insight into what makes people tick.
One of the reasons I believe crime fiction is popular is because people are fascinated by human behaviour. Sometimes we are warmed by the actions of others and at other times horrified and apalled by it.  I am interested in personalities, behaviour and motivation. What is it that makes people do th…

Murder at the Womens Institute

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Murder is not something usually associated with the Women's Institute but it was certainly the main topic at Portchester in Hampshire on Thursday 13 April when I entertained the ladies with tales of my crime novels and my crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed sailing detective, Inspector Andy Horton  and undercover investigator, former Royal Marine Commando, Art Marvik.


Lethal Waves, Inspector Andy Horton is embroiled in a complex murder case

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Published in hardcover by Severn House in the UK on 28 February 2017 and in the USA on 1 June 2017.

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On location with Inspector Andy Horton in a new investigation Lethal Waves

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Here are some photographs behind the story for Inspector Andy Horton crime novel number 13, Lethal Waves, published in 2017 by Severn House.

The DI Andy Horton crime novels have been hailed as "compelling," "multi-layered and complex" "a great read for mystery lovers".





The Commodore Clipper ferry, which sails from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands and France, is so much an integral part of Portsmouth and the Solent, the setting for my Detective Inspector DI Andy Horton crime novels, that it was inevitable I would feature it at some stage.  The perfect opportunity came when Andy Horton, in the search for the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years ago discovers a clue that leads him to the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey. Hence him being there when the body on the ferry is found.




DI Andy Horton’s meal with his old friend, Inspector John Guilbert of the States of Guernsey Police, is cut short when a woman is found dead in her cab…

Fascinating little forensic facts from crime author Pauline Rowson

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During my research I come across some interesting little forensic facts.

Here are a couple more.


Did you know the first woman appointed to be director of the Home Office Forensic Science Service was Margaret Pereira (1928-2016) in 1976. She was responsible for six regional laboratories, the research laboratory and more than 600 staff.

During the 1960s in collaboration with Lewis Nicholls (her laboratory director) she developed a method of identifying blood types from tiny bloodstains, a critical and highly important aspect of identifying or eliminating suspects in the days before DNA analysis.

She was also the first woman to give evidence in court as an expert witness in her field.



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A taste for murder at Bishops Waltham with crime author Pauline Rowson

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The audience at Bishops Waltham Library in Hampshire got the taste for murder on Thursday 6 April when I revealed the secrets of successful crime writing and talked about my crime novels featuring the rugged and flawed sailing detective, Inspector Andy Horton, who appears in thirteen crime novels and Art Marvik, undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad (NIMS) who is appears in two crime novels, Silent Running  and Dangerous Cargo published by Severn House with the third, Lost Voyage, being published in July 2017.