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Murder on the Condor Ferry, crime author on location research

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The latest in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series, Lethal Waves (no. 13) begins with Horton on the island of Guernsey, eighty miles south of Portsmouth, (Horton's home patch) part of the Channel Islands, following up a lead on the disappearance of his mother, Jennifer, over thirty years ago.  While there he is called out by his friend Inspector John Guilbert of the States of Guernsey Police when a woman is found dead in her cabin on the Condor Ferry sailing from Portsmouth earlier that morning. I asked Condor if they would permit me to have a fictional body on one of their ferries and to my delight they agreed. Not only that but they were also only too happy to assist me with my research.  So it was on a rather dull and damp Monday evening in October 2015 that I was welcomed on board the Commodore Clipper ferry at Portsmouth International Port for an exclusive tour. 





The Condor team gave me every assistance in my research for which I am extremely grateful.  Here are some phot…

Crime on board Condor ferry Commodore Clipper - of the fictional kind

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I had great fun on board the Condor Ferry, Commodore Clipper, while it was at Portsmouth International Port recently on a photo shoot to launch the new Andy Horton crime novel, Lethal Waves.  The Commodore Clipper features in Lethal Waves the thirteenth in the series starring my flawed, hunky and rugged detective, Andy Horton.

It was a calm and rather grey Sunday but it was brightened by meeting the lovely Captain Steve Leake and his crew, including Hotel Services Operations Manager, Mike Mustill, who allowed me, my husband, Bob, and the photographer, Nick Masson, free reign, escorted and ably assisted by the delightful Cabin Manager, Geoff.

It was my second visit to the Commodore Clipper as I had been allowed an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour in October 2015 while I was researching for Lethal Waves when the Condor team assisted me.

The Commodore Clipper ferry is very much an integral part of Portsmouth and the Solent, the setting for my DI Andy Horton crime novels, that I just knew…

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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The inspiration behind the crime novel featuring fire fighters, In Cold Daylight, by Pauline Rowson

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Ideas for crime novels can come from many different sources, often a location inspires me particularly with regard to the Andy Horton detective mysteries which are set around the sea in the Portsmouth, Isle of Wight area of the Solent. Other times a news item might create that spark or an overheard conversation and such was the case with one of my standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight.



In Cold Daylight was inspired by a conversation I overheard on my husband’s watch one day in the Southsea Fire Station. My husband and his fire fighter colleagues were discussing the unusually high number of fire fighters from their watch who had contracted cancer. Most of the cancers had been centered around the neck, ears and throat, the area where fire fighters were not protected.  They believed it was from exposure in a fire to hazardous chemicals.  This was never investigated. Indeed it wasn't known which incident could have caused the cancer.  I decided to take this idea and …

Crime novels crowd my bookmark

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With a new Andy Horton mystery published on 28 February 2017, Lethal Waves, I needed a new bookmark. The latest bookmark showcases all my seventeen crime novels published, with one final space left (where the writing is) as you can see for my eighteenth crime novel to be published later in 2017, which will be the third in the series featuring undercover marine investigator Art Marvik.

After this  I will either have to stop writing! Impossible. Or have a brand new design for my bookmarks.







I use my bookmarks to pop into the copies of my crime novels I sign at the talks I give throughout the year.  A very useful marketing tool and handy to have too to mark your space in an Andy Horton Mystery or an Art Marvik Marine Mystery, that is unless you read them from beginning to end in one session and can't put them down!

The bookmark also includes my two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight, and In For the Kill.  Maybe one day I will write a sequel to either or both.

For now I am working …

Join Pauline Rowson at Bishops Waltham Library and Fordingbridge Library

I'm delighted to announce two more library talks lined up for 2017.  Hope some of you can join me.

On 6 April 2017 I will be at Bishops Waltham Library  at 2.30pm talking about my crime busting heroes, detective Andy Horton and undercover marine investigator, Art Marvik and how I write my crime novels set on the South Coast of England.

Tickets cost £4 and available from the library or the booking line on 01489 896173.
 Bishops Waltham Library, Free Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1EE

Then on 19 October 2017 I will be at Fordingbridge Library at 2pm. Tickets from Fordingbridge Library, Round Hill, Fordingbridge SP6 1AQ Tel: 0300 555 1387

Looking forward to both events and meeting lots of lovely readers.

See all my events and talks for 2017.




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A killing spree breaks out in Lyndhurst in the New Forest

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Members of Lyndhurst U3A (University of the Third Age) went on a killing spree with me on Wednesday 8 March but I'm glad to say no one was murdered, or even wounded, as Inspector Andy Horton and Art Marvik were on hand to see that any villains got put away before any real damage could be inflicted.

I was at Lyndhurst in the New Forest in England to talk about my crime novels set against the backdrop of the sea on the south coast of England and of my crime busting heroes, the rugged and flawed detective, DI Andy Horton, and my new hero, troubled former Royal Marine Commando Art Marvik now working as an undercover investigator for the UK's National Intelligence Marine Squad,(NIMS).




I was also delighted to launch the latest in the Inspector Andy Horton crime series, Lethal Waves,  number thirteen in the series, published by Severn House in the UK on 28 February 2017 and in the USA on the 1 June 2017



I talked about how I created my characters and how I plot and research my crim…